FESS Assessment

To apply for an ECS card as a FESS Systems Operative a pathway specific FESS assessment for the ECS occupation being applied for plus a valid ECS Health, Safety and Environmental (HS&E) assessment must be held.

The ECS HS&E assessment must be booked and taken separately from the FESS assessment (although the two separate assessment may be taken consecutively at the same venue). 

There are four multiple-choice assessments available in the following FESS sector disciplines: 
  • Fire 
  • Fire and Emergency Lighting 
  • Security 
  • Fire and Security 
Links for the test criteria and sample questions for each assessment are below in the assessment preparation section.

The correct multiple-choice assessment that corresponds to the ECS card occupation that they are applying for must be taken. 

If multiple pathways are required on the FESS Systems Operative ECS card then the additional discipline test will be needed. Emergency Lighting is not currently available as a standalone assessment. Operatives requiring Emergency Lighting for a security discipline will need to take the combined Fire & Emergency Lighting assessment, along with the Security assessment if the additional accreditation is required.

Assessment preparation

Before taking the FESS assessment you are advised to prepare for your assessment. Information about the test is available to download below.

There are specific sector disciplines in the FESS industry each with their own assessment.  

For general guidance on the FESS assessments download the guide and also the  FESS industry sector discipline can be down downloaded here:

Assessment Availability 

The FESS assessments are available from the JIB, ECA, Unite the Union and JIB Registered and Preferred Training Providers. In addition, some employers may be ability to provide the assessments to their directly employed staff.

To book your assessment you will need to contact your chosen provider directly.
JIB - To book an assessment at the JIB office n Swanley Kent please call 01322 661 633.
JIB Registered and Preferred Training Provider – Talk to your training provider to see if they are registered with the JIB and can provide the assessment. 
Employers if they are a JIB or ECA member company they may be able to offer the FESS assessment directly. Talk to your employer to see is they can offer the assessment. 

Make sure that you specify the correct FESS industry sector discipline when you book your assessment.

Remember, you will also need a separate ECS Health, Safety and Environmental assessment before you will be able to apply for your FESS Systems Operative ECS card.