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Applying for ECS cards with non-UK qualifications

The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) is open to anyone who can demonstrate they have formal industry qualifications that meet the UK qualification requirements for the occupation and JIB Grade applied for.

There are two main routes to gaining an ECS card if you trained outside of the UK:

1) Countries with a JIB-approved mandatory licensing system:

If the applicant trained in a country with a mandatory licensing system approved by the JIB*, an ECS Installation Electrician gold card can be applied for once the following conditions are met:
  • Validated proof of the applicant’s licence must be supplied. If the applicant cannot prove they hold a mandatory licence, they must follow section 2 below.
  • The applicant must undertake and achieve:

*Countries currently recognised by the JIB as having a mandatory licensing system: United States of America, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa

If other countries wish to have their mandatory licensing systems recognised by the JIB, the qualification authorities in that country should contact the JIB for checking and validation.


2) Countries without a mandatory licensing system

If the applicant trained in a country without a JIB-approved mandatory licensing system, or the applicant cannot prove they hold a mandatory licence, they must hold the industry recognised qualification from their country of origin, and undertake the following before an ECS card is applied for: 

JIB Mature Candidate Assessment

The JIB Mature Candidate Assessment helps those who trained overseas to demonstrate they meet the UK requirements of the ECS card they wish to apply for.

In many cases, the applicant’s existing qualifications will be recognised. However, in all cases, it must be assessed and verified that existing qualifications meet the same criteria as the UK requirements.

The JIB Mature Candidate Assessment is available from training providers and colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. More details about the JIB Mature Candidate Assessment.

UK NARIC documents

Translation documents from UK NARIC relating to an individual’s qualifications will not, in isolation, be accepted as proof of the applicant’s competence and experience to obtain an ECS card. A translation document from UK NARIC will only refer to the level of a particular qualification; it does not provide an assessment or mapping of the qualification content that is required for an ECS card application.