A new assessment process to recognise existing skills and experience has been launched by the electrotechnical industry.
The ‘Experienced Worker Assessment’ (EWA) accredits occupational competence for people who have been working as an electrician for typically over five years but haven’t been able to complete an apprenticeship or achieve an equivalent Level 3 vocational qualification.
The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) has announced that from 5th April 2021 the ECS Health, Safety and Environmental (HS&E) assessment is being extended to 50 questions, with a pass mark of 43, which will greater focus on fire safety in buildings and specific questions on fire stopping and compartmentalisation.
Some important changes are being introduced to the ECS scheme that will take effect from 2019 across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. These new rules will apply to existing cardholders and those wishing to apply to the scheme for the first time.
How does the ECS Registered Electrician relate to the JIB Approved Electrician and the Installation Electrician titles? They all appear on the new ECS Registered Electrician card. In this article we explain what all these titles mean...
Read more about what the industry classes as 'qualified' and the different routes to become an electrician whether you're just leaving school, changing career or have experience and need to qualify as an electrician…
ECS Check system now available in Northern Ireland
The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme’s ECS Check system is now operational and approved as a pilot that meets the Licence to Practise (LtP) requirements on government public sector construction contracts in Northern Ireland.
The Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) industry has introduced a new Occupational Qualification Structure leading to Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Card recognition, aimed at promoting high standards and skills.
The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) has announced that Defence Awarding Organisation electrical military qualifications for the Corps of Royal Engineers will form a route to an Installation Electrician occupation and ECS Registered Electrician status.
The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) is delighted to appoint Phil Wilbraham, formerly of Heathrow Airport Limited, as the new Chair of its Steering Committee. Mr Wilbraham replaces Newell McGuiness, who took on the role of Chair in 2018.
Two new enhancements have been added the Employer Portal and MyECS to support ECS card applications.
The enhancements will allow early card applications before the ECS HS&E assessment is passed and the introduction of a new review screen before a card order is finalised.
FESS Operative Card – How do I book a FESS Assessment?
There are four sector disciplines recognised:
Fire and Emergency Lighting
Fire and Security
For each of the above routes, a different FESS Assessment is available which can be undertaken in a physical centre, by online assessment remotely at home or in site office (through the Employer Portal or MyECS) and also with some training providers.
To book an assessment at the JIB offices in Swanley or to set up an online assessment to be taken remotely, please call 01322 661622.
If you are an Employer and you are already using the Employer Portal, you can activate these FESS Assessments on your account by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know your JIB or Employer Portal number if known, and which assessments are relevant to your workforce.