Building Controls Engineer


Card information

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.

Eligibility and requirements

To be eligible for an ECS Building Controls Engineer card, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Have successfully completed ONE of the following: 

  • an Approved Apprenticeship in Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS), or
  • BEMS Level 3 NVQ Diploma, or
  • Level 3 NVQ in electrical installation and has successfully completed the BEMS Industry End Point Assessment, or
  • a full Electrical Installation Level 3 Technical Certificate and:
    • Have successfully passed an Assessment of Occupational Competence - either the AM2 or BEMS Industry End Point Assessment - plus -
    • Have completed the following 3 modules of the Building Controls Training Scheme: Fundamentals of HVAC & Building Technology (BC1); Measuring & Control Technology (BC2); Hydraulics in Building Services (BC3) that make up the BCIA Technical Certificate  - plus -
    • An employer reference confirming two years experience working on Building Energy Management Systems, subsequent to the satisfactory completion of training and immediately prior to the application for this occupational discipline

2. Hold a current ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Assessment. For details visit the ECS H&S Assessment page.

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