Card information

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

Eligibility and requirements

If you are making an initial application for an ECS Managers card you will need to meet both Technical and Health & Safety qualification requirements plus hold an ECS HS&E assessment.

1. Technical Requirement

You must meet one of the following technical requirements:

Route 1: If you have or meet gold card requirements

If you already meet the current requirements of an ECS gold card in your discipline / occupation, you are eligible to apply for a Manager’s card. You will also need a Health & Safety qualification as described below.

Route 2: Level 4 management qualification

You can also apply for a Manager’s card with a UK management qualification at Level 4 or above such as BTEC, Management diploma or degree. You will also need a Health & Safety qualification as described below.

2. Health & Safety qualification requirements  

Whether you meet either technical requirement route 1 or route 2 you will also need to hold a UK Health and Safety qualification at Level 4 or above such as:
  • Construction Skills (CITB) Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)
  • CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
  • CCNSG Safety Passport - Supervising / Leading a Team Safety Course
  • NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Safety
  • UK Degree level Health and Safety qualification

AND ECS HS&E Assessment (only if you’re not exempt by taking one of these courses)

To complete your application you will need the ECS HS&E assessment. However, if the health and safety qualification you hold is accepted as a 3-year exemption from the ECS HS&E Assessment you will not need to sit the ECS Assessment separately when you apply.

Please Note: Following a recent decision of CSCS to withdraw recognition of certain IOSH courses while they collaborate to develop updated verification processes, ECS will also suspend acceptance of any IOSH course certificates after 31st August 2023. This will apply to all cards and all exemption routes. Read more

Existing Cardholders:

Your existing card is still valid until its expiry date.

If your renewal date is before July 2021 then you will have a choice whether to renew your card or move over to the new card requirements above. We recommend that you move to the new card requirements as soon as possible. All existing cardholders will need to meet new requirements when their card is renewed after July 2021.

Once you have met the new requirements the normal renewal cycle will be in place when your card reaches its expiry date.

Why are these changes being made? 

The Construction Leadership Council, the body which drives industry improvement, has announced that nationally-recognised qualifications should be in place for all construction-related occupations by 2020. In recognition of this, CSCS has changed its partnership criteria and so the ECS needs to make these changes, in order to meet the new requirements. The JIB supports the introduction of appropriate qualifications for Managers, as part of the overall drive to raise standards across the electrotechnical industry.

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