ECS Cards and qualification requirements


 

ECS Card Types

All ECS card occupations have their own qualification requirements.
Listed on this page are the ECS occupations and details of what is needed to apply for them.

Click on any ECS card category and title below to find out more and how to apply:

Apprentices and Trainees

Apprentice

The Apprentice ECS card is for students undertaking any electrotechnical advanced apprenticeship.

It allows apprentices to be formally recognised and work on site to gain valuable industry experience in support of their training. The cards are issued under the strict understanding that a formal industry training programme is being undertaken and that all work the apprentice carries out is under supervision.

The apprentice should be JIB-registered by their training provider to get the full benefit from industry registration. JIB registration includes an initial ECS card, staged apprentice cards to show progression and the final Gold card at the successful completion of the apprenticeship. The JIB training requirements are listed in the JIB Handbook.

Apprentices registered with the JIB will have JIB Registered printed on their ECS card.



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ECS Pre-apprentice card

Potential apprentices will usually start their employment via a recognised training provider or through local contacts with an employer. Some companies may offer trial periods of work to potential apprentices to ensure that they understand the reality of working on site, the expectations of the company and allow the company to gain a better understanding of the individual and their work ethic. 

The ECS Pre-apprentice card is designed to support the employer and potential apprentice in achieving a successful probationary period before the full apprentice registration is made by the training provider.

Training providers registered with the JIB are able to make apprentice registrations at any time once the formal apprenticeship agreement is in place. 

Employers need to confirm any pre-apprentice cards are for those individuals with defined probationary periods. 

Before the employer applies for the ECS Pre-apprentice card they must ensure that the potential apprentice has been provided with a suitable induction and has undertaken and passed the ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Awareness Assessment.

The ECS Pre-apprentice card is valid for 12 months and cannot be renewed.

 

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Trainee Electrician

The Trainee Electrician ECS card is for trainees that are not undertaking an apprenticeship but are following a formal JIB industry training programme that will lead to an ECS Gold Card.

This card is issued under the strict understanding that a formal industry training programme is being undertaken and that all work the trainee carries out is under supervision.

The trainee should be JIB-registered by their training provider to get the full benefit from industry registration and includes the initial ECS trainee card. The JIB training requirements are listed in the JIB Handbook.



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Industry Placement (previously known as Work Experience)

This card is only available via a training providers who are registered with the JIB. Please ask your training provider to contact ECS. 
 
The ECS Industry Placement Card has been designed for electrotechnical students to attend formal work placements or gain necessary experience in work alongside their studies. These types of courses include (but are not limited to) T Levels, degree sandwich courses and other activities which involve work experience requirements on a site or project. This card is valid for three years. 

The Industry Placement card is available for T Level students in the following disciplines: 

  • Building Services Design 
  • Control and Instrumentation 
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment Engineering 
  • Electrotechnical Engineering 
  • Protection Systems Engineering
  • Digital Support Services: 
    • Digital Infrastructure 
    • Network Cabling 
    • Unified Communications
    • Digital Support
  • Digital Production, Design and Development 
  • Digital Business Services 
Please note: There are no health and safety qualification exemptions allowed for this card, the ECS HS&E assessment must have been passed prior to this card being applied for by the training provider.

The ECS HS&E assessments can be undertaken through registered Training Providers and employers by Remote Invigilation. 

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Electrical

Installation Electrician

The Installation Electrician ECS gold card is for Level 3 competency based (NVQ) skilled individuals who work unsupervised on the installation, commissioning and maintenance of low voltage electrical and electronic equipment and appliances in a consumer's electrical installation.

The gold card shows that the cardholder has completed a formal industry regulated competency based qualification, which includes technical theory with practical and competency assessments.



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Maintenance Electrician

The Maintenance Electrician ECS gold card is for operatives working on electrotechnical installations, plant and equipment to ensure their safe and continued operation. It shows that the operative has completed a formal industry regulated competency based qualification, which includes technical theory with practical and competency assessments.

To apply for this card you must have JIB recognised UK competency based qualification and hold a formal BS7671 qualification in the current edition of the wiring regulations in force when your application is made.

From 1st January 2019 applicants for this card will need to hold BS7671:2018 and also to signup to become a Registered Electrician.

If you trained outside the UK you must demonstrate the same qualification standard as UK trained electricians. For details visit the non-UK qualifications page.

If you are not qualified to the UK Level 3 NVQ, or cannot provide certificates to prove your qualifications, you have two options:

  • The Experienced Worker Assessment helps operatives to become accredited at Level 3 standard
  • There are other ECS cards that will allow site access to carry out specific work. These cards can be upgraded to a gold card when you qualify to the industry standard.


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Domestic Electrician

The Domestic Electrician ECS gold card is for Level 3 competency based skilled individuals who work unsupervised to install and maintain electrical services within a domestic setting. 

The gold card shows that the cardholder has completed a formal industry regulated competency based qualification, which includes technical theory with practical and competency assessments for this specific occupational route in a domestic setting only.

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Electrical Labourer

The Electrical Labourer ECS card is for people working in the electrical industry in a supportive role to assist electricians and other qualified staff with the installation of cables and other unskilled work, under supervision. They are to assist but not carry out any craft work that an electrician carries out.

A labourer has a specific job role within the JIB grading structure.

In some situations this card may be issued if you cannot meet the qualification requirements of other cards such as Installation Electrician. If you hold a Labourer card, you can upgrade to an ECS gold card once you have gained further qualifications.



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Experienced Worker (EWA)

The Experienced Worker card (with a brown stripe) is for applicants that have a JIB recognised level 3 technical certificate, but do not yet have a full industry qualification such as NVQ Level 3.
 
This card will only be valid for 18 months and cannot be renewed. This is to reflect that fact that the card is only issued to people who need to complete the formal industry qualification meet the requirements of an ECS gold card and plan to do this within the next 18 months.
 
You will need to qualify to gold card standard (such as an NVQ Level 3) during the life of this card if you wish to upgrade to a gold card - this can be done via an Experienced Worker Assessment. These assessments are available in a number of occupations. Details on the Installation or Domestic Electrician Experienced Worker Assessments can be found on The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) website.

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Electrical Fitter

The Electrical Fitter’s ECS card is for skilled operatives who work unsupervised to assemble, install and maintain equipment associated with low voltage electrical systems and their electromechanical and electronic parts - such as machines, drive mechanisms, protective components, controls, regulator equipment and signals.

If you hold an ECITB NVQ Level 3 as shown in the criteria below, you can have the ACE (Assuring Competence in Engineering Construction) logo shown on your card.

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Wireman/Panel Builder

The Wireman / Panel Builder ECS card is for operatives that install the internal cabling or equipment into panels designed to provide a power distribution or control function for a specific installation. The operative may also be involved in the pre-delivery inspection and testing of a control panel or the commissioning of a panel once installed on site by an Installation Electrician.

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Marine Electrician

The Marine Electrician ECS gold card is for skilled operatives who install and maintain electrotechnical equipment in boats, ships, underwater craft, offshore platforms and drilling equipment.

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Other Electrical Gold Cards

Auto Electrician

The Auto Electrician card is for those who carry out work to the electrical systems on automotive vehicles, to NVQ Level 3 standard. This work typically includes the maintenance, repair, adjustments and installation of electrical and electronic components independent of the motor vehicle, including related elementary mechanical adjustments.

Applicants should be skilled worker in the automotive industry who are capable of carrying out the work unsupervised and in a competent manner.

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Electrical Product Service Engineer

This card is for Household Appliance Electricians who install, commission, maintain and repair electrical household appliances. The appliances may be brown and white goods, or specialist equipment designed by a manufacturer for a specific purpose. Duties also include the demonstration of appliances to ensure their appropriate use by customers and clients.
 

Apprentices and Trainees

An apprentice card is available for any student undertaking an electrotechnical apprenticeship, including the Electrical, Electronic Product Service and Installation Engineer or Commercial Catering Equipment Technician apprenticeship. The general requirements can be found here

A Trainee card will be available for anyone enrolled on an apprenticeship or Level 3 NVQ qualification to end result would be the award of a gold card in the occupation of Electrical Product Service Engineer. 

Industry Placement – T Level

An Industry Placement card is also available for any student on the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Engineering T Level. The Training Provider or College should apply for this card directly for the learner using the ECS online portals which can be accessed free of charge. 

The general requirements for Industry Placement cards can be found here

Training Providers may also wish to find out more and contact the relevant team here
 

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Electrical Winder

The Electrical Winder’s ECS card is designed for skilled operatives who work unsupervised in the assembly, installation, testing and maintenance of electrical machines and equipment that use electrical winding as an integral part of its construction.

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Distribution Networks Electrician

The ECS Distribution Networks Electrician card is for operatives who are working in the supply distribution sector. Typically operatives will be working for a contractor installing, commissioning and testing high voltage electrical networks above and below ground, at sites during their construction or refurbishment.

There is now a qualification requrement for all applications for this card regardless of who you may currently or have previously worked for.

If you do not have the formal qualifications below you may need to apply for an ECS Cabling or Jointing card.

 

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Radio/Television Electrician

This card is for skilled Radio/Television Electricians who work unsupervised to install, commission, maintain and repair radio and television receiving and/or transmitting equipment.
 

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Instruments Mechanic

The ECS Instruments Mechanic card is designed for skilled operatives working in measurement and control systems for plant and industrial production lines - specifically the installation, commissioning, maintenance and repair of electromechanic, electronic or pneumatic measurement, control and regulation devices used in process engineering.
 

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Management

ECS Site Support Occupation

The ECS Site Support Occupation card is for people working for an electrical contractor in a role where they are supporting the administration of a contract and need access to a building or site under construction. 

You can apply for this card if your occupation involves supporting a contract such as: Design Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, Commissioning Engineer, IR Specialist, H&S Specialist, Site Contract Administrator, CAD Engineer, Compliance Auditor.

Please ensure you start a Managers application (and not a Craft application) in the ECS Employer Portal or in MyECS if you are applying for this card. 



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Manager

New requirements are in place for ECS Manager card applications and renewals - see below for full details.  

The following management occupations are available:

  • Electrical Site Manager
  • Electrical Contract Manager
  • Site Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Contract Manager


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Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS)

FESS Apprentice

The FESS apprentice card recognises that a level 3 apprenticeship in Fire, Emergency or Security Systems is being completed. The apprentice must be completing an apprenticeship standard that leads to the requirements of the ECS FESS Systems Technician gold card. This incliudes apprenticeships across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Apprentices are supervised through their training programme and complete under pinning knowledge and performance assessments prior to their final assessment.

A JIB Registered or Preferred Training provider is able to apply for this card on your behalf.

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FESS Trainee

New entrants to the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) industry and are on an industry training programme (not an apprenticeship) that leads to the requirements of the ECS FESS Systems Technician gold card can apply for a FESS trainee Card.


A trainee is supervised through their training programme and complete under pinning knowledge and performance assessments prior to their final endpoint assessment.

A JIB Registered or Preferred Training provider is able to apply for this card on behalf of the trainee.

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FESS Labourer

The FESS Labourer ECS card is for people working in the electrical industry in a supportive role to assist other qualified staff with the installation of cables and other unskilled work under supervision. 



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FESS Systems Operative


The ECS Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Systems Operative card is for people working in the FESS industry as a specialist installer or maintainer of FESS systems.

Some people holding this card, and have relevant industry experience, may go on to apply for an ECS FESS gold card as a Systems Technician after completing the industry FESS Experienced Worker Assessment.

A guide to the assessment and the preparation needed is available the FESS Assessment page.

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FESS Systems Technician

There are four FESS pathways (Fire, Fire & Emergency Lighting, Fire & Security, or Security) each with their own assessment.

The FESS Systems Technician (Gold Hatched) card is for experienced people who have been working with fire, emergency or security systems and who have qualified to the industry Level 3 standard in one of the relevant specialisms (installation, maintenance or commissioning) of the FESS Experienced Worker Assessment. 

Working at this level typically involves carrying out duties unsupervised that may include installation or maintenance of FESS systems.



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FESS Systems Technician (Gold)

The ECS Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Systems Technician gold ECS card is for operatives that have gained an industry recognised level 3 apprenticeship, or equivalent standard, in Fire, Emergency and Security Systems. This includes apprenticeships across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Working at this level typically involves carrying out duties unsupervised that include installation and maintenance of FESS systems.
 

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FESS Technical Manager

The FESS Technical Manager ECS card is for managers that have met both the FESS Systems Technician ECS gold card and the ECS manager requirements. 

This card gives the cardholder the benefits of both being recognised as having met the FESS industry benchmark level 3 technical standard and also is an industry manager. 



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FESS Technical Auditor

The FESS Technical Auditor ECS card is for auditors that have met both technical competencies (such as FESS or electrical gold card holders) and auditor qualification or certification requirements. 

The FESS Technical Auditor card shows good quality standards to be applied across all individual roles, including those who are responsible for confirming standards are being adhered to via third-party certification schemes.

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Building Controls

Building Controls Apprentice

The Building Controls apprentice card recognises that an apprenticeship in Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) is being completed.

The apprentice must be completing an apprenticeship standard or framework that leads to the award of the ECS Building Controls Engineer card. This includes apprenticeships across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Apprentices are supervised through their training programme and complete underpinning knowledge and performance assessments prior to their final assessment.

A JIB Registered or Preferred Training provider may apply for this card on your behalf.

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Building Controls Associate

The Building Controls Associate will typically be supporting a team of Building Controls Engineers and/or Technicians or Installers on large projects, assisting with pre-commissioning and commissioning tasks for example. Generally working under supervision or deploying engineered elements and defined tasks and activities.

This Building Controls Related Discipline card is to provide a progression route for people working in the Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) sector. 

The Building Controls Associate does not undertake installation works, instead relies on qualified electricians for these works when needed. 

Post occupancy the Building Controls Associate may also be involved in servicing & maintenance, assisting with energy performance reviews and the deployment of system improvements. 
 

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Building Controls Installer (Electrical)

The Building Controls Installer’s role is to support the commissioning process of a Building Energy Management System (BEMS), including setting up, programming and end user training in the operation of the installed systems.

This card is suitable for technical staff that need to support the installation of building control systems but are not likely to require the full scope of the industry apprenticeship to carry out their role.

The Building Controls Installer will have an appreciation of BEMS, and knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems, how they operate and are installed. 



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Building Controls Technician (Commissioning)

A Building Controls Technician may be involved initially alongside an Engineer with the design of a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) that controls the building services (e.g., heating, air conditioning, renewables etc). 

This card is suitable for technical staff that need to support the installation of building control systems but are not likely to require the full scope of the industry apprenticeship to carry out their role.

They may write related software and graphics and commission systems, fault finding as appropriate. It is a requirement to liaise with various trades and disciplines and have a sound understanding of mechanical and electrical systems and their application. 

The Building Controls Technician does not undertake installation works, and instead relies on qualified electricians for these works when needed. 

Post occupancy, the Building Controls Technician may also be involved in servicing and maintenance, fault finding if there are problems with the system and energy performance reviews, recommending and implementing improvements. 



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Building Controls Experienced Worker

THE BEMS EWA IS CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT AND WILL LAUNCH SHORTLY

The Experienced Worker card is for applicants that have enrolled onto the Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Experienced Worker Assessment (EWA) route. This route is for people who do not yet have a full industry qualification such as a completed apprenticeship.

Entry onto this EWA will require you to have completed the BEMS EWA knowledge assessment (as a prerequisite),
 
This card will only be valid for 18 months and cannot be renewed. This is to reflect the fact that the card is only issued to people who need to complete the formal industry assessment to meet the requirements of an ECS gold card and plan to do this within the next 18 months.
 
You will need to qualify to the Level 4 BEMS standard during the life of this card if you wish to upgrade to a gold card.



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Building Controls Engineer

This card is for operatives who work unsupervised to install and maintain integrated building controls that manage the environmental services within a building, for the comfort of its users.

Typical work covered by this card includes the installation, commissioning, repair and maintenance of electromechanical, electronic or pneumatic measurement, control and regulation devices used in the building controls industry.

Qualifications that are needed for this card range from the industry NVQ level 3, to specialist courses managed and run by the BCIA.

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Network Infrastructure

Network Infrastructure Apprentice

The network infrastructure apprentice card recognises the level 3 Network Infrastructure Apprenticeship Standard (the Network Cable Installer Apprenticeship) is being completed.
The apprentice must be completing the network infrastructure apprenticeship standard that leads to the network infrastructure endpoint assessment.

Apprentices are supervised through their training programme and complete under pinning knowledge and performance assessments prior to their final network infrastructure endpoint assessment.

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Network Infrastructure Trainee

The Network Infrastructure Trainee is for new entrants to the network infrastructure industry who are on an industry recognised training programme leading to a Network Infrastructure Installer (Gold Card).

A trainee is supervised through their training programme and complete under pinning knowledge and performance assessments prior to their final network infrastructure endpoint assessment.

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Network Infrastructure Installation Assistant

The Network Infrastructure Installation Assistant ECS card is for people working in the Network Infrastructure industry in a supportive role to assist other qualified staff with the installation of cables and other work under supervision. 



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Network Infrastructure Installer (Level 3)

The ECS Network Infrastructure Installer Level 3 card is for people who are qualified to the industry recognised level 3 qualification, and are installing and maintaining structured cabling systems for datacomms systems.

There are two Network Infrastructure Installer cards to recognise copper and fibre network infrastructure qualifications. 

Work undertaken by people holding the Network Infrastructure Installer – Copper card typically includes the installation of structured cabling such as UTP, STP, FTP, Coaxial and general common copper data cables.
Holders of the Network Infrastructure Installer – Fibre card will typically undertake work on single-mode and multi-mode fibre cables.

A Network Infrastructure Installer will also carry out work on all necessary containment and associated connection units; installation of earthing and bonding cables, the fitting out of enclosures with structured cable termination equipment (connection units, hubs, switches, routers, patch panels etc).
 

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Network Infrastructure Installer Gold Card

The ECS Network Infrastructure Installer card is for data network installers that are qualified to the recognised industry Level 3 Network Infrastructure qualification and are installing, commissioning and maintaining all aspects of copper and fibre structured cabling for network infrastructure systems.



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Network Infrastructure Advanced Installer

The ECS Network Infrastructure Advanced Installer card is for data network installers that are qualified to the recognised industry Level 3 Network Infrastructure qualification and are installing, commissioning and maintaining all aspects of copper and fibre structured cabling for datacomms systems.


In addition the Network Infrastructure Advanced Installer will have a working knowledge of services including IPCCTV, Access Control, Wireless, A/V and building management systems are commonly run over network cabling.

The Network Infrastructure Advanced Installer card is a career progression from the Network Infrastructure Installer (Level 3) card.

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Network Infrastructure Supervisor

The ECS Network Infrastructure Supervisor card is for those who have experience in Network Infrastructure and are capable of designing, commissioning and modifying networks. A Network Infrastructure Supervisor will demonstrate supervisory experience and knowledge of emerging technologies, and be able to demonstrate knowledge of all necessary network installation and wiring regulations.



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Network Infrastructure Manager

A Network Infrastructure Manager is typically responsible for complex infrastructure projects with a focus on pure project management activities. The role will include the management of customer relationships, through routine briefings and project meetings and the workforce, to complete the project, and includes monitoring and maintaining project progress with effective risk management and issue resolution.



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Network Infrastructure Designer

A Network Infrastructure Designer is responsible for the design of networking solutions in all types of structured cabling solutions, including complex network infrastructure projects. Structured cabling designs may consist of inside and outside plant and equipment, copper and fibre-optic cables with active and passive network components.

 
The Network Infrastructure Designer will interpret customer requirements using the appropriate tools to produce compliant design solutions, in accordance with national and international standards. The role can also include the development of Bid Response documents, including clarification documents, qualification statements, costings and project delivery timelines.

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Cabling and Jointing

Cabling

The Cabling card (white with green stripe) is for individuals who assist in the installation and laying all types of cables as part of a cable. 

This card is for workers that have completed a formal industry regulated qualification, which includes safety, theory and practical training for the installations of cables. 

ECS LV Cabling cards (white with green stripe) available:

  • Cable Hand
  • Leading Cable Hand
  • Cable Forman
  • Cable Installation Supervisor


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Cabling - Level 3

The Cabling card (white with gold stripe) is for VQ Level 3 skilled individuals who work unsupervised and have experience as part of a cable gang laying all types of cables, embrace the proper handling and cleating of the cable together with acceptable spacings and clipping placing requirements. 

This card is for skilled workers that have completed a formal industry regulated competency-based qualification, which includes technical theory with practical and competency assessments. 

ECS LV Cabling cards (white with gold stripe) available:

  • Leading Cable Hand
  • Cable Forman
  • Cable Installation Supervisor
Bespoke Electrical Training are providing the NVQ Level 3 Power Supply and Distribution Cabling qualification for both Cable Installation and Cable Jointing pathways. 

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LV Jointer

The LV Jointing green stripe cards are available to those operatives who are working in the industry in a jointing occupation but have not yet completed the NVQ Level 3 qualification.

The Assessment of Occupational Competence in LV Cable Jointing (administered by NET) is a requirement for initial applications of the LV Jointer card. More information on the occupational competence assessment for cable jointing can be found on the NET website here and to book an Assessment, please use the NET Find a Centre page for contact details. 

ECS LV Jointing cards (white with green stripe) available:

  • LV Assistant Jointer
  • LV Jointer


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LV Jointer - Level 3

The Jointing gold card is for NVQ Level 3 skilled individuals who work unsupervised and have experience jointing all types of cable up to 11kv including those which are set up to an including the maximum voltages specified within the IET Regulations and should be familiar with these Regulations. 

The gold card shows the cardholder has completed a formal industry regulated competency-based qualification, which includes technical theory with practical and competency assessments. Those obtaining a LV Jointer gold card will have also undertaken an occupational competence assessment for cable jointing administered by NET. 

To find out more about and how to book the NET Assessment of Occupational Competence in LV Cable Jointing, please email NET directly at info@netservices.org.uk

Bespoke Electrical Training are providing the NVQ Level 3 Power Supply and Distribution Cabling qualification for both Cable Installation and Cable Jointing pathways. 

A green stripe Jointing card may also be provided to those operatives who are working in the industry in a jointing occupation but have not yet completed the NVQ Level 3 qualification. The occupational competence assessment for cable jointing administered by NET is required for all initial applications for LV Jointer. 

ECS LV Jointing cards (white with gold stripe) are available with teh following JIB grades:

  • LV Jointer (L3)
  • Approved LV Jointer


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Telecommunications

Telecommunications Fitter

The ECS Telecommunications Fitter card is designed for skilled operatives who carry out the installation, commissioning, repair and maintenance of telecommunications equipment.

 

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Cellular Network Field Engineer

This occupation is found in the telecommunications cellular network infrastructure sector including managed services and maintenance. The emergence of long-term evolution (LTE) and 5G technology has brought a new skill set requirement to the cellular industry. With wireless telecommunication providing a cost-efficient solution for the transportation of voice, video and data, cellular network field engineers provide an essential role in supporting the UK’s 5G rollout, thereby facilitating a reduction in the UK’s carbon footprint and its drive to carbon zero. 

The role of a Cellular Network Field Engineer is to develop, maintain and optimise cellular network and its infrastructure within a highly regulated and controlled environment. Cellular Network Field Engineers lead installation of complete wireless mobile solutions, including complex DC and AC electrical systems, fibre cabling, active radio modules and multi-mode fibre systems. This person will usually act as a technical lead within communications and rigging teams and will be capable on independent working (unless in a safety critical role such as working at heights which requires a minimum of two qualified persons). 

Cellular network field engineers are highly skilled leaders of the field-based team who install and maintain 4G and 5G electrical and electronic technology on masts in a range of locations and environments. These include: green field rural site locations, urban rooftop site locations, urban street work site locations, and small cell site locations (shops & offices). 

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Telecommunications Field Operative & Rigger

The Telecommunications Field Operative or Rigger card is available for those who have qualified at a Level 2 as a Telecoms Field Operative or Wireless Communications Rigger through the relevant apprenticeship routes or equivalent vocational qualifications.

The broad purpose of the Field Operative role is to provide or repair telecoms services, electrical and electronic signal or aerial reception services, and supporting connection services for mobile and network solutions across commercial, industrial and residential locations.   

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Telecommunications Operative

The Telecommunications Field Operative card is available for those who are working in a supervised role, or as part of a team, in the telecoms industry to support the build, installation, maintenance and repair of telecoms systems for businesses and households. The person will have qualified at a technical Level 2 or above in telecommunications, but have not yet achieved vocational assessments, apprenticeship or equivalent. 

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Digital - Support, Networks, & Security

Digital Support & Development

Digital Support Operative

The ECS Digital Support Operative card is designed for those with a working knowledge and understanding of digital technologies to a Level 2 standard who are working under direction or assisting others to apply digital technologies across organisations often as part of a team. 

This occupation is focused on the effective delivery and control of the IT infrastructure and support services, the provision of necessary intelligence and information gathering or supporting digital organisational operation and development. 

There are a number of disciplines and qualification routes relevant to these cards which include: 

  • DevOps Engineering
  • Linux Administration
  • Operations Analyst
  • Technical Systems Support
  • Systems Support Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Business Analysis
  • Data and Analytics 
  • Software Development
  • UX Development


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Digital Support Technician

The ECS Digital Support card is designed for those with a working knowledge and understanding of digital technologies across organisations in a number of areas such as digital communications, network systems, software and digital applications at a Level 3 and above industry technical standard.This occupation is focused on the effective delivery, likely as part of a team, on the IT infrastructure to provide internal and external support.

A Digital Support Technician (Gold Hatched) has the knowledge and understanding to provide the organisation with the necessary intelligence and information to apply principles of digital organisational development.

There are a number of disciplines and qualification routes relevant to these cards which include: 

  • DevOps Engineering
  • Linux Administration
  • Operations Analyst
  • Technical Systems Support
  • Systems Support Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Business Analysis
  • Data and Analytics 
  • Software Development
  • UX Development


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Digital Support Technician (Gold)

The ECS Digital Support card is designed for those applying digital technologies across organisations in a number of areas such as digital communications, network systems, software and digital applications at a Level 3 and above industry standard. This occupation is focused on the effective delivery and control of the IT and/or telecommunications infrastructure to provide internal and external support as necessary.

Digital Support Technicians work with autonomy, influence, and contribute fully to the work of teams, potentially with supervisory responsibilities, to provide  the provision of the necessary intelligence and information gathering or supporting digital organisational development.
 

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Network Support

Network Support Operative

The ECS Network Support Operative card is designed for those with a working knowledge and understanding of physical and virtual networks to a Level 2 standard who are working under direction or assisting others to help manage, build, or maintain networks, often as part of a team. 

This occupation is focused on the effective delivery of systems, dealing both with hardware and software issues, supporting customers with technical issues and development in connected areas. 

There are a number of disciplines and qualification routes relevant to these cards which include: 

  • Network Engineering 
  • Systems Administration 
  • Data Centre Operations (Audit, Design, Energy, Sustainability) and Management 
  • Server Environments
  • Server Administration 
  • Systems Engineering 
  • Network Systems Support
  • Network Administration 


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Network Support Technician

The ECS Network Support Technician card is designed for those with a working knowledge of and understanding of physical and virtual networks at a Level 3 technical or above standard to help manage, build, or maintain networks. 

A Network Support Technician (Gold Hatched) has the knowledge and understanding to provide an organisation with the necessary insight and understanding, likely as part of a managed team, to help resolve both hardware and software issues, ensure downtime on service is minimised and communicate effectively with the customer.


There are a number of disciplines and qualification routes relevant to these cards which include: 

  • Data Centre Operations
  • Digital Communications
  • ICT Systems and Principles 
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Mobile and Operating Systems
  • Networking, Network Systems and Architecture 
  • Network or Cyber Security 
  • Network Principles
  • Programming 
  • Software Development
  • User Skills 
  • Wireless Infrastructure 


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Network Support Technician (Gold)

The ECS Network Support Technician card is designed for those providing necessary networks and support to delivery effective organisational objectives. Working at a full Level 3 standard or above, the occupation is focused on the effective delivery of systems for peak performance and minimised system downtime. 

Network Support Technicians work with autonomy, influence, and contribute fully to the work of teams, potentially with supervisory responsibilities, to provide an organisation with the necessary insight and understanding or opportunities and risks associated with both hardware and software solutions. 

There are a number of disciplines and qualification routes relevant to these cards which include: 

  • Network Engineering 
  • Systems Administration 
  • Data Centre Operations (Audit, Design, Energy, Sustainability) and Management 
  • Server Environments
  • Server Administration 
  • Systems Engineering 
  • Network Systems Support
  • Network Administration 


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Digital Network Engineer

The ECS Digital Network Engineer card is for those who manage, build, maintain virtual and physical networks and offer technical support as necessary across nework, data and telecoms environments. A Digital Network Engineer will be expected to interpret technical information, understand organisational requirements and expectations, deliver a legislatively compliant solution for both hardware and software issues. 

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Digital & Cyber Security

Digital Security Operative

The ECS Digital Security Operative card is designed for those with a working knowledge and understanding of digital security measures to a Level 2 standard who are working under direction or assisting others to apply digital security measures or risk mitigation steps across organisations, often as part of a team. 

This occupation is focused on the effective delivery and control of the digital security measures within an organisation, information gathering or supporting digital organisational operation and development in connected areas. 

There are a number of disciplines and qualification routes relevant to these cards which include: 

  • Digital Forensics
  • Cryptography & Communications Security 
  • Cyber Security Management
  • Incident Response
  • Network Monitoring & Intrusion Detection
  • Vulnerability Management
  • Penetration Testing
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • Identity & Access Management
  • Secure Architecture
  • Cyber Security Auditing
  • Data Protection & Privacy
  • Secure System Development
  • Cyber Governance, Risk, and Compliance
  • Secure Operations
  • Cloud Security
  • ICS / SCADA Security


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Digital Security Technician

The ECS Digital Security Technician card is designed for those with a working knowledge of front-line digital security measures in a number of areas including cyber security, vulnerability testing, threat analysis, audit and analytics, access management, or disaster recovery at a Level 3 technical or above standard. 

A Digital Security Technician (Gold Hatched) has the knowledge and understanding to provide an organisation with the necessary insight and understanding, likely as part of a managed team, to apply principles of digital security management, risk mitigation or disaster recovery.

There are a number of disciplines and qualification routes relevant to these cards which include: 

  • Digital Forensics
  • Cryptography & Communications Security 
  • Cyber Security Management
  • Incident Response
  • Network Monitoring & Intrusion Detection
  • Vulnerability Management
  • Penetration Testing
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • Identity & Access Management
  • Secure Architecture
  • Cyber Security Auditing
  • Data Protection & Privacy
  • Secure System Development
  • Cyber Governance, Risk, and Compliance
  • Secure Operations
  • Cloud Security
  • ICS / SCADA Security


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Digital Security Technician (Gold)

The ECS Digital Security Technician card is designed for those applying front line digital security measures to protect for an organisation, including cyber security, vulnerability testing, threat analysis, audit and analytics, access management, or disaster recovery at a Level 3 and above industry standard. 

Digital Security Technicians work with autonomy, influence, and contribute fully to the work of teams, potentially with supervisory responsibilities, to provide mitigation against risks arising from network and intrusion security threats, for information gathering and analysis, and for management of appropriate software solutions for these purposes. 
 

There are a number of disciplines and qualification routes relevant to these cards which include: 

  • Digital Forensics
  • Cryptography & Communications Security 
  • Cyber Security Management
  • Incident Response
  • Network Monitoring & Intrusion Detection
  • Vulnerability Management
  • Penetration Testing
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • Identity & Access Management
  • Secure Architecture
  • Cyber Security Auditing
  • Data Protection & Privacy
  • Secure System Development
  • Cyber Governance, Risk, and Compliance
  • Secure Operations
  • Cloud Security
  • ICS / SCADA Security


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Digital Support Manager

The ECS Digital Support Manager card is for those digital and technology solutions professionals providing technology enabled solutions across a range of areas including software, business and systems analysis, cyber security, data analysis and network infrastructure. Individuals will be expected to undertake necessary project management following a systematic methodology for technology solutions projects and may manage a team of support and development staff for this purpose. 

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Related Disciplines

Qualifying Supervisor Occupation (ECS QS)

The ECS Related Discipline Qualifying Supervisor occupation is designed for people who are the Qualifying Supervisor for their company registration with a certification body.

The company qualifying supervisor has specific responsibility for the safety, technical standard and quality of electrical installation work completed under their supervision and have demonstrated that they have met the minimum technical competences for registration of their company with a certification scheme under the IET Electrotechnical Assessment Scheme Minimum Technical Competence requirements.

During the application the applicant must provide their registered company information which is automatically validated with their company certification scheme.

For cardholders that meet the scheme requirements for the occupations of an Installation Electrician, Maintenance Electrician or Manager the Qualifying Supervisor related discipline occupation can be added to their ECS card as an additional occupation.

The company information registered with the certification body and the date the qualifying supervisor status is confirmed is printed on the back of an ECS card.

This Company Qualifying Supervisor related discipline occupation is currently available for NICEIC registered companies.

Company certification bodies wishing to have this status recognised should contact feedback@ecscard.org.uk to discuss how to implement this process. 
 

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ECS Related Discipline

Related Discipline ECS cards are for those working in specialised electrotechnical disciplines, but do not carry out any electrical installation work. Their work is typically aligned to or in support of the electrical industry but is not already covered by a core ECS card. 

The ECS Related Discipline cards available are: 

  • Field Engineer
  • Equipment Installer
  • Aerial and Satellite Engineer
  • Control Systems Engineer
  • Trace Heating Systems Installer 

If you already hold a Related Discipline card: From 1st January 2021 you will need to meet the new requirements set out below. You will also need to transfer to one of the new occupations listed above. Download our guidance on which card you should transfer to based on your existing card. 



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Academically Qualified Person (AQP)

Academically Qualified Person (AQP) ECS occupation provides registration for operatives and managers who have further education or Degree electrotechnical engineering qualifications that do not fit the standard industry recognised electrotechnical occupations.

The card indicates the particular specialism and qualification of the cardholder. 

The categories available for the Academically Qualified Person (AQP) ECS card are: 

  • Electrical Engineer (Power)
  • Electrical Engineer (Control)
  • Electrical Engineer (Instrumentation)
  • Electrical Engineer (Communications)
  • Electrical Engineer (Systems)
  • Electrical Engineer (Electronics)
  • Electrical Engineer (Building Services)
  • Electrical Engineer (Environmental)
  • Electrical Engineer (Electrotechnical)*


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Professionally Qualified Person (PQP)

Related Discipline ECS cards are for those working in specialised electrotechnical disciplines, but do not carry out any electrical installation work. Their work is typically aligned to or in support of the electrical industry but is not already covered by a core ECS card. 

The ECS Professionally Qualified Person (PQP) card recognises the cardholder’s professional status through their registration with an electrotechnical professional institute.

The PQP card is only available to members of a professional institute. There are more than 20 organisations recognised which can be viewed on the link below. 

Members of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) will have the IET logo added to their card.



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Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) ECS Card

The Portable Appliance Testing ECS card is to show that the holder has successfully met the sector qualification requirements of understanding the testing of electrical equipment that is plugged in to the electrical installation. Typically this will be portable equipment but may also include hand held, stationary and built-in equipment.    
 

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ECS Lecturer and Work-based Assessor

The ECS Lecturer and ECS Work-based Assessor cards are for qualified college lecturers and work-based assessors to recognise teaching and assessment qualifications. 

This ECS occupation provides a method of identifying the industry and teaching qualification of the staff directly involved in training and assessing of apprentices and other trainees within the Electrotechnical industry.
These ECS occupations can be added, individually or together, to a new ECS card or to an existing ECS Gold card as additional occupation/s.

This card is for lecturers and work-based assessor working for a training provider that hold formal teaching and/ or assessor qualifications and have their training provider’s endorsement. 
 

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Partner cards

CEDIA

You must apply directly to CEDIA for this card…
 
The Home Technology Integrator ECS card allows custom installers of home technology, such as whole house AV systems, to access construction sites where a CSCS card is required.
 
The card recognises the specific training that Home Technology Integrators have taken with CEDIA approved qualifications.
 
CEDIA members have their membership recognised on the cards.



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KNX

You must apply directly to KNX for this card…
 
The KNX Systems Integrator card allows certified installers of KNX open protocol systems for smart buildings, to access construction sites where a CSCS card is required and to be recognised for their training and assessment in this discipline.
 
The card recognises the specific training that KNX Systems Integrators have successfully achieved for KNX Partner, KNX Advanced or KNX Tutor status as well as necessary electrical safety awareness. 



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Gate Safe

You must apply directly to Gate Safe for this card…
 
This card is for Gate Safe installers that have met the safety training requirements of the Gate Installers Safety training programme. It shows that the holder has met the basic training requirements to understand the hazards involved in powered gate installations, and how to carry out an appropriate risk assessment to help reduce their danger.

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HEA (ECS HERS Card)

You must apply directly to the HEA for this card…

The ECS HERS (Highway Electrical Registration Scheme) card is managed Highway Electrical Association (HEA)

The scheme embraces the need to address the specialist H&S requirements needed for those working on Highway electrical systems



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ISCVE (Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers)

You must apply directly to the ISCVE for this card…

This card recognises the membership requirements for the ISCVE (Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers). 

Sound and Audio Visual engineers must be able to demonstrate that they have specialist knowledge and experience through their ISCVE membership to be eligible for this card.

ISCVE members have their membership recognised on the reverse of their card.



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MPBA

You must apply directly to MPBA for this card…
 
This card is for staff of Modular and Portable Buildings Association (MPBA) members who have successfully completed the MPBA PDI training programme - the bespoke industry training and assessment programme for temporary buildings.
 
The card demonstrates that the cardholder has a basic knowledge of electrical safety for the pre-delivery inspection of modular and portable buildings and can identify potential electrical safety issues that need to be investigated further.

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SLEAT

You must apply directly via SLEAT for this card…
 
The Society of Laundry Engineers & Allied Trades (SLEAT) has developed a bespoke industry electrical safety training and assessment programme for staff involved in the commissioning and maintenance of industrial laundry systems.
 
The ECS issues this Related Discipline card for all operatives that have successfully completed this training programme.

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Society of Light and Lighting

You must apply directly via Society of Light and Lighting for this card…
 
SLL Lighting Professional card recognises the membership requirements for the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL).

Lighting engineers must be able to demonstrate that they have specialist knowledge and experience through their SLL membership to be eligible for this card and have successfully met the qualification criteria for the card below.

Alternatively, SLL members may apply for the ECS Professionally Qualified Person (PQP) standard card.

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AVIXA

You must apply directly to AVIXA for this card…
 
The Commercial AV Integrator ECS card allows professional installers of commercial AV systems to access construction sites where a CSCS card is required.
 
The card recognises the specific training that Commercial AV Integrator have taken with AVIXA approved qualifications.



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Legacy Cards

Emergency & Security Systems

Emergency & Security Systems Installer

Please Note: This ECS card has been replaced by the new Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) card.
ECS Emergency & Security Systems cards were withdrawn for new applications and renewal applications (at existing card expiry date) from 30th June 2021.

For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The Emergency & Security Systems Installer ECS card was for operatives that held specialist manufacturer training and/or industry-recognised level 2 qualifications in the installation of emergency and security systems.

Please Note:
If you are applying for your first ECS card please check to make sure that you have the correct qualification for the card before you make an application. 
Existing ECS card holders may have new or additional qualification requirements that will need to be met before their card can be renewed.
Please check you have the correct qualifications for the ECS card that you are applying for.



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Emergency & Security Systems Installer - Level 3

Please Note: ECS Emergency & Security Systems cards are being replaced by the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) cards.

However, this ECS card is being retained, and will continue to be available, for current cardholders and new applicants that have completed the industry sector apprenticeship and hold the qualifications listed in the Eligibility and Requirements section below. 

If you do not have the exact qualifications for this card you will need to meet the requirements of a Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) card.

If you hold the level 3 Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Apprenticeship Standard you should apply for the FESS Systems Technician gold ECS card. For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The Emergency & Security Systems Installer (Level 3) ECS card is for operatives who have gained the industry NVQ level 3 qualification and are installing, commissioning and maintaining security and emergency systems. 

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Emergency & Security Systems Maintenance

Please Note: This ECS card has been replaced by the new Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) card.
ECS Emergency & Security Systems cards were withdrawn for new applications and renewal applications (at existing card expiry date) from 30th June 2021.

For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The ECS Emergency & Security Systems Maintenance card was for operatives that hold specialist manufacturer training and/or industry recognised level 2 qualifications in the maintaining of emergency and security systems.

Please Note:
The qualifications for some ECS cards are changing. If you are applying for your first ECS card please check to make sure that you have the correct qualification for the card before you make an application.
Existing ECS card holders may have new or additional qualification requirements that will need to be met before their card can be renewed.
Please check you have the correct qualifications for the ECS card that you are applying for.



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Emergency & Security Systems Maintenance - Level 3

Please Note: ECS Emergency & Security Systems cards are being replaced by the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) cards.

However, this ECS card is being retained, and will continue to be available, for current cardholders and new applicants that have completed the industry sector apprenticeship and hold the qualifications listed in the Eligibility and Requirements section below. 

If you do not have the exact qualifications for this card you will need to meet the requirements of a Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) card.

If you hold the level 3 Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Apprenticeship Standard you should apply for the FESS Systems Technician gold ECS card. For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The Security & Emergency Systems Maintenance (Level 3) ECS card is for operatives who have gained the industry level 3 qualification and are diagnosing, maintaining and repairing security & emergency systems.

Working at this level typically involves carrying out the following duties unsupervised:

  • apply security system specification to physical installation and customer requirements
  • establish operational feasibility of security and emergency systems
  • install a complete system; install and test security system equipment which uses data transmission protocols
  • commission and handover operational security systems
  • audit installed security and emergency systems
  • diagnose causes of faults
  • rectify and restore
  • apply on-site security and emergency systems installation safety statutes and relevant regulations


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Emergency & Security Systems Commissioning - Level 3

Please Note: ECS Emergency & Security Systems cards are being replaced by the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) cards.

However, this ECS card is being retained, and will continue to be available, for current cardholders and new applicants that have completed the industry sector apprenticeship and hold the qualifications listed in the Eligibility and Requirements section below. 

If you do not have the exact qualifications for this card you will need to meet the requirements of a Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) card.

For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The Emergency & Security Systems Commissioning ECS card is for operatives who have gained the industry level 3 qualification and are diagnosing, maintaining and commissioning security and emergency systems.

Working at this level typically involves carrying out the following duties unsupervised:

  • apply security system specification to physical installation and customer requirements
  • establish operational feasibility of security and emergency systems
  • install a complete system; install and test security system equipment which uses data transmission protocols
  • commission and handover operational security systems
  • audit installed security and emergency systems
  • diagnose causes of faults
  • rectify and restore
  • apply on-site security and emergency systems installation safety statutes and relevant regulations


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Emergency & Security Systems Surveyor

If you hold the level 3 Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Apprenticeship Standard you should apply for the FESS Systems Technician gold ECS card. For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The Emergency & Security Systems Surveyor ECS card is for operatives who have gained the industry level 3 qualification and are carrying out site surveys for the installation of emergency and security systems.

Working at this level typically involves carrying out the following duties unsupervised:

  • survey and design a security/emergency system
  • maintain effective working relationships
  • make plans and arrangements for work on site
  • prepare a tender/quotation for the provision and maintenance of a basic security/emergency system
  • negotiate sales
  • solve problems on behalf of customers
  • make sales presentations to existing and potential customers


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Fire Detection & Alarm Systems

Fire Systems Technician - Level 3

Please Note: ECS Fire Detection and Alarm System cards are being replaced by the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) cards.

This card is no longer available. For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The Fire Systems Technician ECS card wass for operatives that had gained the industry level 3 Apprenticeship Standard in the Fire Systems Technician pathway.

Working at this level typically involves carrying out the following duties unsupervised:

  • assessment of fire risks
  • choice of detectors and/or suppression media
  • understanding of safety issues
  • effective working relationships
  • installation of fire protection systems.


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Fire Detection & Alarm Systems Commissioning

Please Note: This ECS card is being replaced by the new Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) card.
All ECS Fire Detection & Alarm Systems cards will be withdrawn for new applications and renewal applications (at existing card expiry date) from 30th June 2021.

For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The Fire Detection & Alarm Systems Commissioning ECS card was for operatives that hold specialist manufacturer training and/or industry recognised level 2 qualifications in commissioning fire detection and alarm systems.

Please Note:
The qualifications for some ECS cards are changing. If you are applying for your first ECS card please check to make sure that you have the correct qualification for the card before you make an application.
ECS card holders may have new or additional qualification requirements that will need to be met before their card can be renewed.
Please check you have the correct qualifications for the ECS card that you are applying for.



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Fire Detection & Alarm Systems Commissioning - Level 3

Please Note: ECS Fire Detection and Alarm System cards are being replaced by the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) cards.

This card is no longer available. For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The Fire Detection & Alarm Systems Commissioning ECS card was for operatives that have gained the industry level 3 qualification in commissioning.

Working at this level typically involves carrying out the following duties unsupervised:

  • assessment of fire risks
  • choice of detectors and/or suppression media
  • understanding of safety issues
  • effective working relationships
  • installation of fire protection systems.


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Fire Detection & Alarm Systems Designer - Level 3

Please Note: ECS Fire Detection and Alarm System cards are being replaced by the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) cards.

This card is no longer available. For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The Fire Detection & Alarm Systems Designer ECS card was for operatives that have gained the industry level 3 qualification in design.

Working at this level typically involves carrying out the following duties unsupervised:

  • assessment of fire risks
  • choice of detectors and/or suppression media
  • understanding of safety issues
  • effective working relationships
  • installation of fire protection systems.


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Fire Detection & Alarm Systems Installer

Please Note: This ECS card is being replaced by the new Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) card.
All ECS Fire Detection & Alarm Systems cards will be withdrawn for new applications and renewal applications (at existing card expiry date) from 30th June 2021.
For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The ECS Fire Detection & Alarm Systems Installer card was for operatives that hold specialist manufacturer training and/or industry recognised level 2 qualifications in the installation of fire detection and alarm systems.

Please Note:
The qualifications for some ECS cards are changing. If you are applying for your first ECS card please check to make sure that you have the correct qualification for the card before you make an application.
ECS card holders may have new or additional qualification requirements that will need to be met before their card can be renewed.
Please check you have the correct qualifications for the ECS card that you are applying for.



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Fire Detection & Alarm Systems Maintenance

Please Note: This ECS card is being replaced by the new Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) card.
All ECS Fire Detection & Alarm Systems cards will be withdrawn for new applications and renewal applications (at existing card expiry date) from 30th June 2021.
For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The Fire Detection & Alarm Systems Maintenance ECS card was for operatives that hold specialist manufacturer training and/or industry recognised level 2 qualifications in the maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems.

Please Note:
The qualifications for some ECS cards are changing. If you are applying for your first ECS card please check to make sure that you have the correct qualification for the card before you make an application.
ECS card holders may have new or additional qualification requirements that will need to be met before their card can be renewed.
Please check you have the correct qualifications for the ECS card that you are applying for.



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Fire Detection & Alarms System Installer - Level 3

Please Note: ECS Fire Detection and Alarm System cards are being replaced by the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) cards.

This card is no longer available. If you hold the level 3 Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Apprenticeship Standard you should apply for the FESS Systems Technician gold ECS card. For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The Fire Detection & Alarm Systems Installer ECS card was for operatives that have gained the industry level 3 qualification in installation.

Working at this level typically requires the following knowledge and skills:

  • requirements of BS7671 for electrical safety
  • understanding of safety issues
  • effective working relationships
  • understanding of relevant electrical safety issues,
  • commissioning of fire protection systems


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Fire Detection & Alarms Systems Designer

Please Note: This ECS card is being replaced by the new Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) card.
All ECS Fire Detection & Alarm Systems cards will be withdrawn for new applications and renewal applications (at existing card expiry date) from 30th June 2021.
For more details please see the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) information page.

The Fire Detection & Alarm Systems Designer ECS card was for operatives that hold specialist manufacturer training and/or industry recognised level 2 qualifications in the design of fire detection and alarm systems.

Please Note:
The qualifications for some ECS cards are changing. If you are applying for your first ECS card please check to make sure that you have the correct qualification for the card before you make an application.
ECS card holders may have new or additional qualification requirements that will need to be met before their card can be renewed.
Please check you have the correct qualifications for the ECS card that you are applying for.



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Datacomms

Datacomms Manager (CTPM)

Please Note: This ECS card is being replaced by the new Network Infrastructure card.

ECS datacomms cards have been withdrawn for new applications from 1st January 2021 and will be withdrawn for renewal applications from 30th June 2021. For more details please see the Network Infrastructure information page.
The Datacomms Manager card was for those managing complex infrastructure projects, particularly in the datacentre environment. 

This card has been replaced by the Network Infrastructure Manager card.

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Trainee Datacomms Specialist

Please Note: This ECS card is being replaced by the new Network Infrastructure card.
ECS datacomms cards have been withdrawn for new applications from 1st January 2021 and will be withdrawn for renewal applications from 30th June 2021. For more details please see the Network Infrastructure information page.
The Trainee Datacomms Specialist card allows trainees to work on site to gain valuable industry experience during their training. The card is issued under the strict understanding that a formal industry training programme is being undertaken and that all work the trainee carries out is under supervision.

This card is for those who are undertaking training that leads to qualification as a Datacomms Specialist. The training should be no less than 2 years’ duration if the candidate has no previous industrial experience, but maybe shorter if the candidate a number of years industry or other relevant experience.

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Datacomms Specialist

Please Note: All ECS datacomms cards are being transferred the new Network Infrastructure cards.

However, this ECS card is being retained for cardholders who hold the relevant qualification requirements. If you do not have the exact qualifications for this card you will need to meet the requirements of a Network Infrastructure card.
Work typically includes the installation of structured cabling, including UTP, STP, FTP, Co-AX, general common cables, single-mode fibre and multi-mode fibre cables with all necessary containment and associated connection units; installation of earthing and bonding cables. Also the fitting out enclosures with structured cable termination equipment (connection units, hubs, switches, routers, patch panels etc).

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Advanced Datacomms Specialist

Please Note: ECS Datacoms cards are being replaced by the Network Infrastructure cards.
However, this ECS card is being retained, and will continue to be available, for current cardholders and new applicants that have completed the industry sector apprenticeship and hold the qualifications listed in the Eligibility and Requirements section below. 
If you do not have the exact qualifications for this card you will need to meet the requirements of a Network Infrastructure card.

Apprentices completing the level 3 Network Infrastructure Apprenticeship Standard should apply for the ECS Network Infrastructure Installer card. For more details please see the Network Infrastructure information page.

The ECS Advanced Datacomms Specialist card is for operatives that are qualified to Level 3 in a recognised datacomms qualification and are installing, commissioning and maintaining structured cabling systems for datacomms systems.

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Datacomms Technician

Please Note: ECS Datacomms cards are being replaced by the Network Infrastructure cards.
However, this ECS card is being retained, and will continue to be available, for current cardholders and new applicants that have completed the industry sector apprenticeship and hold the qualifications listed in the Eligibility and Requirements section below. 
If you do not have the exact qualifications for this card you will need to meet the requirements of a Network Infrastructure card.
For more details please see the Network Infrastructure information page.

The ECS Datacomms Technician card is for those who hold Advanced Datacomms Specialist in addition to 3 years' experience. They must be capable of designing, commissioning and modifying networks; can demonstrate supervisory experience and knowledge of emerging technologies, and be able to demonstrate knowledge of all necessary construction and wiring regulations.
 

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Datacomms Engineer

Please Note: This ECS card is being replaced by the new Network Infrastructure card.

ECS datacomms cards have been withdrawn for new applications from 1st January 2021 and will be withdrawn for renewal applications from 30th June 2021. 
The Datacomms Engineer card was for senior operatives who undertook the design, specification, estimation and documentation of large scale data or telecoms projects.

This card has been replaced by the Network Engineer card. 

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Datacomms Designer (CNIDP)

Please Note: This ECS card is being replaced by the new Network Infrastructure card.

ECS datacomms cards have been withdrawn for new applications from 1st January 2021 and will be withdrawn for renewal applications from 30th June 2021. For more details please see the Network Infrastructure information page.
The Datacomms Designer card was for those who were responsible for the design of networking solutions in all types of structured cabling solutions, including complex network infrastructure projects. 
 
This card has been replaced by the Network Infrastructure Designer card. 

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Datacomms Technician (CNIT)

Please Note: This ECS card is being replaced by the new Network Infrastructure card.

ECS datacomms cards have been withdrawn for new applications from 1st January 2021 and will be withdrawn for renewal applications from 30th June 2021. For more details please see the Network Infrastructure information page.
This card was for Datacomms Specialists and other datacomms coordinators who manage structured cabling installation teams.

This card has been replaced by the Network Infrastructure Supervisor card. 

 

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Advanced Datacomms Specialist (CNCI)

Please Note: This ECS card is being replaced by the new Network Infrastructure card.

ECS datacomms cards have been withdrawn for new applications from 1st January 2021 and will be withdrawn for renewal applications from 30th June 2021. For more details please see the Network Infrastructure information page.
The Advanced Datacomms Specialist card was for a senior members of a team with at least 3 years' post-qualification experience with direct responsibility for the installation, termination and commissioning of data network structured cabling.

This card has been replaced by the Network Infrastructure Advanced Installer card. 
 

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Datacomms Specialist (CNCI)

Please Note: This ECS card is being replaced by the new Network Infrastructure card.

ECS datacomms cards have been withdrawn for new applications from 1st January 2021 and will be withdrawn for renewal applications from 30th June 2021. For more details please see the Network Infrastructure information page.
The Datacomms Specialist (CNCI) card was issued for datacomms installers that were responsible for the installation, termination and commissioning of data network structured cabling. This card has been replaced by Network Infrastructure Installer (Level 3)
 

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Site Visitor

The ECS Site visitor card has now been withdrawn for new applications and cannot be renewed when it expires after 01/01/2019.

What's happening? The ECS Site Visitor card is being withdrawn, in alignment with the CSCS decision to withdraw the CSCS Site Visitor Card. 

When? New applications for this card have been closed since August 2018. From 01 January 2019, any existing cardholders will not be able to renew their card. 

Existing cards will be valid until their expiry date when a more suitable ECS card will need to be applied for if the cardholder will be working in an area of a construction site under development.

Please see “ECS Card Changes” for information about the changes to the scheme.



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NICEIC & ELECSA QS Card

Until 31st December 2019 Qualified Supervisors registered with the NICEIC and ELECSA could apply for an ECS gold card and be recognised as an Approved Electrician (Installation Electrician). This card has now been withdrawn for all applications due to qualification changes that have been introduced to comply with the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) requirements. Details about the changes can be found here.

In date ECS cards remain valid for cardholders while their company remains registered with the NICEIC or ELECSA and the cardholder remains the company QS. 



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Fire Industry Association (FIA) Card

This card has been replaced by the new Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) cards.

Existing FIA cardholders can continue to hold their ECS cards until it is due for renewal when they will need to transfer to a new FESS card.



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