About the ECS

Around 175,000 electrotechnical workers are proud to hold an ECS card - find out more about the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme and why it's important to the industry...

About the ECS

The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) is the sole ID and competence card scheme for electrotechnical operatives in the UK and is recognised and endorsed by the industry.

Holding an ECS card proves:

  • your qualification status,
  • electrotechnical occupations,
  • your experience and relevant employer endorsements,
  • your identity,
  • your health, safety and environmental awareness,
  • adherence to industry CPD requirements and Codes of Professional Practice, and
  • any additional disciplines in which you are skilled to work.

ECS is a partner of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), with more than 175,000 valid card holders across the UK, covering electrotechnical occupations as well as specialised industries such as:

  • Audio-Visual
  • Building controls
  • Digital support, cyber and network engineering 
  • Fire, emergency and security systems
  • Highway electrical
  • Network infrastructure, telecoms and data communications,
and other allied trades.

ECS is often a requirement for construction sites but is also recognised as the personnel certification scheme of choice across the built environment with a number of public and private sector clients such as councils, NHS trusts, universities, government departments, internet service providers, house builders and social housing organisations, and many more. 

How are the card requirements set by industry?

ECS as a smart system - MyECS App and more 

What's the link between the ECS and the JIB?

The JIB administers the ECS scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, the Scottish JIB administers the scheme. 

Before 2002, the common name for the card was ‘the JIB card’ - and it’s still a name that gets used today. So, when people refer to a JIB card, it’s actually now the ECS card scheme.

Take a look at the sections below to find out more about the ECS scheme and card...