There are now cards to cover the following occupations:
Electrical Site Manager | Electrical Contract Manager | Site Manager | Project Manager | Contract Manager
With the introduction of more rigorous requirements we are asking people to consider: do you actually need a Manager ECS card? An ECS card is only needed for those carrying out work on the site itself. For those simply paying site visits, you can be escorted on and off site and CSCS does not specify a need for a card. If you’re primarily an office-based manager, you may find you are not asked for an ECS card, or that an ECS Site Support card is more relevant to your occupation such as Design Engineer, Commissioning Engineer, IT Manager, H&S Manager or CAD Engineer.
If you are making an initial application for an ECS Managers card you will need to meet both technical and Health & Safety qualification requirements plus hold an ECS HS&E assessment.1. Technical Requirement
Whether you meet either technical requirement route 1 or route 2 you will also need to hold a Health and Safety qualification at Level 4 or above such as:
• Construction Skills (CITB) Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)
• IOSH Safety, Health & Environment for Construction Site Managers
• CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
• CCNSG Safety Passport - Supervising / Leading a Team Safety Course
• IOSH Safety for Directors
• NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Safety
• UK Degree level Health and Safety qualification
AND ECS HS&E Assessment (only if you’re not exempt by taking one of these courses)
To complete your application you will need the ECS HS&E assessment. However, if the health and safety qualification you hold is accepted as a 3-year exemption from the ECS HS&E Assessment you will not need to sit the ECS Assessment separately when you apply.
Your existing card is still valid until its expiry date.
If your renewal date is before December 2020 then you will have a choice whether to renew your card or move over to the new card requirements above. We recommend that you move to the new card requirements as soon as possible. All existing cardholders will need to meet new requirements when their card is renewed after December 2020.
Once you have met the new requirements the normal renewal cycle will be in place when your card reaches its expiry date.
The Construction Leadership Council, the body which drives industry improvement, has announced that nationally-recognised qualifications should be in place for all construction-related occupations by 2020. In recognition of this, CSCS has changed its partnership criteria and so the ECS needs to make these changes, in order to meet the new requirements. The JIB supports the introduction of appropriate qualifications for Managers, as part of the overall drive to raise standards across the electrotechnical industry.