You must have an up-to-date health and safety qualification in order to be awarded with an ECS card. Why? It's designed to prevent accidents and promote safety and quality of work, to ensure all cardholders have a good level of health and safety awareness when on site.
You can meet the ECS H&S requirement by passing the ECS HS&E Assessment. Alternatively you might have a valid ‘exemption’ – this means you already hold a qualification that meets or exceeds the required level of H&S knowledge.
Unfortunately we cannot accept the CSCS H&S assessment, as the ECS test is specifically designed for health and safety relating to electrotechnical workers.
The ECS HS&E Assessment pass is valid for 2 years.for making an ECS application. You must submit your ECS application within that two-year period, or you’ll need to do a new assessment before your application can be processed.
HS&E Assessments can be taken online via MyECS
or the Employer Portal
. Alternatively face to face assessment sessions are available through some employers for their directly employed staff or some training providers for their students. Open access sessions are available from providers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Steps to follow:
- Choose where you'd like to take the assessment - you can undertake the Assessment online through your MyECS account or at physical centres
- Visit our Preparation & Revision section to download the revision book. And revise!
- After the assessment, your MyECS account will be updated or a result letter will be sent to you. This will typically be via an email to the address that you provide.
- Once you've passed the assessment visit MyECS to continue your application.
Take a look at the sections below for more information about the assessment.