Electrical Labourer

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Card information

From 01 August 2018 you will not be able to apply for this card in its current form. After this date, a new H&S qualification requirement is needed for initial Electrical Labourer ECS card applications.

If you already hold this card, after 01 January 2019 you will not be able to renew it against the old criteria and will need to meet the new requirements as shown below.

Please download our Labourer Card information sheet for more details.

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.

From 1st October 2017 proof of employment by an electrical contractor or other electrotechnical employer has been required for initial applications for the Electrical Labourer card.

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

You must provide proof of employment by an Electrical Contractor or other Electrotechnical employer and hold a current ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Assessment. For details visit the ECS H&S Assessment page.

From 01 August 2018 (for initial card applications) or from 01 January 2019 (for existing card renewals) you must provide proof of employment by an electrical contractor or other electrotechnical employer and hold one of the following qualifications:

  • CCNSG Safety Passport -  National Course or Renewal Course
  • IOSH Working Safely - (IOSH Approved Centre Classroom Invigilated Exam ONLY)
  • Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course
    NOTE: The qualifications above are accepted as a 3-year exemption from the ECS HS&E Assessment. If you have gained one of these qualifications within the last three years, you will not need to sit the ECS assessment separately when you apply for the new style of card, until the next point of renewal.
  • A JIB recognised electrical theory qualification and a current ECS H, S & E assessment.