What is an ECS card?
Anyone who wants to pursue a career as an electrician needs to have an ECS card (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme).
An ECS card is the sole ID and competence card scheme for operatives working within the electrical industry in the UK.
What an ECS card does is act as an identification card for anyone who works and trades within the electrical industry and proves the qualification status and main electrical occupation of the holder, as well their health and safety awareness, as well as any additional disciplines in which they are skilled to work.
What is the difference between a CSCS card and an ECS card?
With so many employee cards available, it can often be confusing as to what card you actually require to operate within your field of work.
A CSCS card is associated with the construction industry and is proof that individuals can work safely on a construction site.
An ECS card on the other hand is specifically for those who work within the electrical industry, whether that be an Electrical Fitter or Household Appliances Electrician.
So, what does this mean for those looking to pursue a career as an Electrician? For those looking for Electrician jobs, if you see an electrical site job advertised that asks for a CSCS card, it is the usually the ECS card that you will need.
REMEMBER – For many Electrician jobs, holding an ECS card is a mandatory requirement.
How to get an ECS card
Anyone looking to apply for an ECS card can apply via the Official ECS Website.
Step 1: Register for a MyECS account
You'll need to register for a MyECS account. Once you have an account you can keep track of the process of your application.
Step 2: Check the qualification requirements for the ECS card you wish to apply for
Depending on the type of ECS card that you want to apply for, you will need to provide proof that you have the right training and qualifications.
Once you have created a MyECS account you will be able to upload scans of any training and qualifications that you have completed online as proof of ability.
Step 3: Meet the Health and Safety Requirements for an ECS card
Another part of the requirement of holding an ECS card is that a card holder needs to meet the Health and Safety requirements.
You can do this by taking the ECS Health, Safety And Environmental Assessment.
Which card should you apply for?
What ECS card you apply for will depend on your job position and trade, as well as your training and experience.
There are a wide range of card types available ranging from Auto Electricians to Installation Electricians, with the card you apply for matching your specific job title and expertise.
Information and requirements for each ECS card are explained on the Card Types page on the Official ECS Website.
How to take the Health, Safety And Environmental Assessment
Part of the requirement needed to obtain an ECS card is to complete and pass the Health, Safety And Environmental Assessment.
You can choose where you'd like to take the Health, Safety And Environmental Assessment by looking at the locations and companies offering the assessment on the Official ECS Website.
Once you have passed and completed Health, Safety And Environmental Assessment you will be able to complete your MyECS application.
REMEMBER – The ECS test must be used for ECS card applications and it specifically covers health and safety knowledge relating to electrotechnical work and sites.