The Maintenance Electrician ECS gold card is for operatives working on electrotechnical installations, plant and equipment to ensure their safe and continued operation. It shows that the operative 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) and hold a formal BS7671 qualification in the current edition of the wiring regulations.
If you are not qualified to the UK Level 3 NVQ, or cannot provide certificates to prove your qualifications, you have two 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. These cards can be upgraded to a gold card when you qualify to the industry standard.
Eligibility and requirements
To be eligible for an ECS Maintenance Electrician card, applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. You must have successfully completed one of the following:
- an Approved Apprenticeship in Electrical Maintenance
- Level 3 NVQ in Electrical Maintenance
- Level 3 NVQ in Engineering Maintenance (Electrical or Electronic pathway)
- ECITB Level 3 NVQ in Maintaining Plant and Systems - Electrical
2. You must have completed a formal BS7671 qualification in the current edition of the wiring regulations (currently BS7671: 2008, 17th edition)
3. Hold a current ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Assessment. For details visit the ECS H&S Assessment page.