ECS stands for Electrotechnical Certification Scheme - it's the sole ID and competence card scheme for electrotechnical operatives in the UK and it's recognised and endorsed by the industry.
Holding an ECS card proves your qualification status, main electrical occupation, identity, your health and safety awareness, as well as any additional disciplines in which you are skilled to work.
The ECS is a partner of CSCS and covers not just core electrotechnical occupations, but specialised industries such as building controls, data communications, highway electrical and fire & security.
What's the link between the ECS and the JIB?
The JIB administers the ECS scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, the Scottish JIB adminsters the scheme. Historically only people working for JIB members could gain a card, which traditionally was used to show an operatives’ grade and therefore the pay they were entitled to.
For that reason, the common name for the card at the time was ‘the JIB card’ - and it’s still a name that gets used today because of its history.
However since 2002, the scheme became the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme and became available to all people working in the electrical industry, not just JIB members. So when people refer to a JIB card, it’s actually now the ECS card scheme.
Take a look at the sections below to find out more about the ECS scheme and card...