The changes outlined in this article affect ECS cardholders in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The ECS in Scotland is administered by the Scottish JIB.
We’ve had some feedback that Installation and Maintenance Electricians are concerned that if they do not gain the 18th Edition they will ‘lose’ their gold card or become downgraded in some way, following the card changes announced last year. This is not the case.
Here we provide some clarification on what exactly the requirements are:
By introducing the Registered Electrician status, the JIB’s aim is to raise the professionalism of individual electricians, electrical contractors and the industry as a whole.
Becoming a Registered Electrician involves a separate opt-in process that is additional to the standard gold card; it includes a commitment to CPD, keeping up to date with the Wiring Regulations and agreeing to a professional code of conduct.
So when we state that all Registered Electricians must have the 18th Edition by the deadlins given, or lose their Registered Electrician status, this only applies to those who have previously opted-in to Registered Electrician status and do not have the 18th Edition.
From 01 July 2019, providing you don’t let your card expire by more than 1 year, you can renew your gold card under the existing requirements. There is no need to gain the 18th Edition or to become a Registered Electrician, unless you choose to. If you do gain the 18th Edition you can have this added onto the back of your card.
So, if you wish to continue with the gold card you already hold, it’s in your interest to make sure you renew your card on time.
If none of the above apply to you, you can renew your card in the usual way.
We hope this provides a useful reference to share with friends and colleagues to show how the changes will work and address some of the myths currently circulating.