The Installation Electrician ECS gold card is for NVQ Level 3 skilled individuals who work unsupervised on the installation, commissioning and maintenance of low voltage electrical and electronic devices 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.
To apply for this card you must have a UK electrotechnical Level 3 NVQ (or a formal UK electrotechnical apprenticeship). Please see the table below for full qualification requirements depending on when you trained.
If you are not qualified to the Level 3 NVQ, or cannot provide certificates to prove your qualifications, you have three options:
- The JIB Mature Candidate 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, such as Labourer or Experienced Worker. These cards can be upgraded to a gold card when you qualify to the industry standard.
- If you are a Qualified Supervisor with the NICEIC or ELECSA, you may be able to apply for a gold card via them.
Eligibility and requirements
The mandatory requirement for the Installation Electrician ECS gold card is currently the Level 3 NVQ in Electrical Installation. If you trained prior to 1999 and you trained to what was classed as the 'industry-recognised standard' at that time (see below for the criteria), you will be eligible for a gold card application, but you must supply proof of your qualifications and certificates.
To be eligible for an ECS Installation Electrician gold card, applicants must meet the following criteria and provide proof of:
- A recognised competency based UK qualification - see table below for more details
- Hold a current ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Assessment. For details visit the H&S Assessment page
- A formal BS7671 qualification in the current edition of the wiring regulations (currently BS7671: 2008, 17th edition)
|Full Apprenticeship Deeds or Apprentice Completion Certificate
||If a formal apprenticeship as an Installation Electrician has been carried out the final signed apprenticeship deeds or the completion certificate which was issued at the end of the apprenticeship programme is needed as evidence.
|Qualifications for new trainees - starting 1st September 2017
||Anyone new to the electrical industry will have to complete the technical theory, practical, competency and end point assessments of the Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification (Installation) Apprenticeship Standard.
|Qualifications completed and certificated from 1st September 1999
Since 1999 the mandatory requirement has been the industry level 3 NVQ in Electrotechnical Services (Electrical Installation - Buildings & Structures) or the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (Buildings, Structures and the Environment) and includes the NET AM2 assessment.
If formal training was carried out from 1st September 1996 it is likely that the theory elements of the NVQ training programme have been studied as a separate technical certificate (City & Guilds 2351 OR 2330 Levels two and three OR 2360 Levels two and three).
A technical certificate on its own does not meet the full requirements of the industry Level 3 NVQ.
The JIB Mature Candidate Assessment (The Level 3 in Electrotechnical Services Experienced Worker) plus the AM2 is required for anyone who is unable to provide full documented evidence of the industry NVQ level 3 requirement for an ECS gold card of Installation Electrician.
|Qualifications completed and certificated between 1st January 1994 and 1st September 1999
||The technical theory qualification, the City & Guilds 2360 (parts one and two) completed and certificated between 1st January 1994 and 1st September 1999.
PLUS the AM2 assessment.
Bona fide references from previous and present employers covering the last three years will also be needed.
|Qualifications completed before 1st January 1994
Formal training programmes prior to 1994 will probably have followed an apprenticeship training programme. If this is the case then the final Apprenticeship Deeds or Apprentice Completion Certificate will need to be provided. A technical certificate on its own does not meet the full requirements for an Installation Electrician ECS gold card.
The JIB Mature Candidate Assessment will be needed if the full apprenticeship documentation cannot be provided with an application.