If you specifically need an ECS Gold Card for work – what are the routes to getting one?
You’ll need to be qualified to NVQ Level 3 standard or equivalent – that means even if you qualified years ago, providing it was the industry-recognised training scheme at the time, we’ll accept that so long as you can provide proof of your qualifications.
If you don’t meet Level 3 NVQ standard, there are two other routes:
If you’re a qualified supervisor with Certsure or the ECA, you can apply for a gold card through them. They will tell you what you need to do.
From 31st December 2019 the criteria for this card is changing – read more about the changes here.
Finally if you’ve been in the industry for years but just don’t have a formal qualification, the Mature Candidate Assessment route can help you to become assessed and gain the NVQ Level 3 standard to become eligible for a gold card.
Can't follow any of those routes?
Your best option is to apply to the scheme and receive a card best suited to your current qualifications. When you’ve had further training and can send your additional certificates to us, you can upgrade your card. Take a look at our Card Types page to see the options available to you.