Changes to NICEIC QS application process

Changes to the criteria for NICEIC QS gold cards are being made by the JIB following a new requirement set by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC).

This move is in line with a more consistent approach to the issuing of cards across the entire construction sector.

From December 31st 2019, NICEIC registrants will no longer be able to apply for or renew their Gold Card via the experienced route: three successful NICEIC assessments.

All existing NICEIC QS cardholders wishing to hold an ECS gold card in the future will need to be qualified to NVQ Level 3 or equivalent.

A table listing the specific requirements based on when you completed your training is available here.

For those without the recognised qualification a Experienced Worker Assessment route to Gold Card is available based on existing skills and experience.

More information on this process is available here.

So what does this mean for me?

From December 31st, NICEIC will no longer be able to process ECS Gold Card requests via the three successful assessment route.

For existing ECS Gold Card holders who applied via this route – your card will remain valid until its expiry date.

For those about to renew or apply for the NICEIC QS card, applications will be accepted up to 1st December 2019.

This will allow sufficient time for the card to be processed before the December 31st deadline.

For cardholders who applied for their card with NICEIC via the qualifications route there will be no change.

For more information or to discuss further please email