Electrical Labourer

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Card information


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

Download an information sheet on these changes

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.

Eligibility and requirements

Route 1: Do you already have a JIB-approved electrical theory qualification?

1. If you already have a qualification such as C&G 2365, 2330 or 2360 (or EAL equivalents), this will be accepted for your card. View a full list of approved qualifications (Only the health and safety element of these qualifications is recognised by the JIB for a Labourer card).

2. You will also need to pass the ECS Health, Safety & Environmental Assessment. 

Route 2: If you don’t hold a JIB-approved theory qualification...

If you don’t hold a JIB-approved electrical theory qualification, you’ll need the following: 

1. Successful completion of ONE of the following Health & Safety courses: 

  • CITB Health and Safety Awareness: Site Safety Plus (both classroom and remotely invigilated versions)
  • CCNSG Safety Passport – National Course or Renewal Course
  • Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H&S Course 
  • IOSH Working Safely (IOSH Approved Centre Classroom invigilated exam only – not online)
  • IOSH Safety, Health & Environment for Construction Site Workers - (IOSH Approved Centre Classroom Invigilated Exam ONLY)

2. You only need to sit a separate ECS Health, Safety & Environmental Assessment if you passed any of the above courses over three years ago.

If you have taken the courses listed in item 1 within the last three years, you do not have to sit the separate ECS HS&E Assessment.

3. Proof of engagement in the electrotechnical industry

If your employer has applied for the card through the Employer Portal, this has already been evidenced. Other proof can include:

  • a written reference from your employer to confirm you are employed by that company. View more details on what should be included in your reference
  • If you normally work for an employment business, a signed letter from the business to confirm your dates of engagement as an Electrical Labourer
  • an electrical qualification or certificate, or enrolment on a relevant course
  • offer letter / contract of employment / payslip from electrotechnical business or similar. 

Where can I find the H&S courses? 

Whilst we can't recommend a particular training provider, here are some good starting points to search for these courses: 

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