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Are You Up To Date With The Latest ECS Changes?

Are You Up To Date With The Latest ECS Changes?



Earlier this summer we told you guys about the new changes being made to the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS). Such changes are set to affect the ECS Labourer card, Installation Electrician card and the Registered Electrician card. For those may not be fully aware, it is these cards which prove the competency of those who work within the electrical industry.

As of the 1st of August, those who are looking to apply for their first Labourer or Manager card now need to adhere by a new set of rules stating they need to undertake a health and safety qualification that is recognised by the JIB. Such qualifications include the 'CCNSG Safety Passport' or the 'IOSH Working Safely'.

We thought we would outline some different scenarios that could affect you guys whether you're new to the industry or more experienced. Take a look below:

Already have a labourer card?

Providing your current card hasn't yet expired, there's nothing to worry about. However once it does, only then should you need to adhere by the new rules which were introduced August 1st.

Exemptions to The ECS Health, Safety & Environmental Assessment:

If you have gained one of these qualifications in the past 3 years, then you won't have to retake such exams until the next time you wish to renew. Please note, the date must be what's shown on your qualification certificate.

Looking to apply for the Gold Card?

Anyone applying for an Installation or Maintenance Electrician gold card for the first time after January 2019 must sign up to Registered Electrician status.

What if you're an Installation Electrician Gold Card Holder or already a registered Electrician?

If you're a Gold Card holder and renew it on time, you'll have nothing to worry about. However if your card proves more than a year out of date as of July 2019, you’ll have to meet the requirements for Registered Electrician (including holding the 18th Edition qualification) should you be looking to renew your card. If you're already a registered Electrician, then all you need to do is make sure you're up to date with the latest wiring regulations (18th Edition).

Now all of the above changes have come about in an effort to ensure all those working on site are competent enough to carry out their role from a health and safety point of view. It's come to the point where more needs to be done to ensure relevant tradesmen hold the right qualifications and are up to date with the latest regulations in accordance to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) partnership criteria.

We thought we would check if you guys are up to date as we know how many tradesmen this will affect. Make sure you remain in the know and if in doubt, refer to our News Blog!