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ECS Card Scheme changing in 2019!

ecs cardThe ECS Card is required for every working within the Electrical Industry and in 2019 changes are being made to this scheme. Whether you are a manager or a trainee Electrician, you’ll need a ECS Card that will prove your competency in the industry.

Like a CSCS Card, Electricians need an ECS Card to work on-site and without one they will not gain any work. Here at Able Skills we run the exam that is needed to get an ECS Card. For those Electricians that are fully qualified and now need an ECS Card, they can come to us and carry out the test.

In 2019, ECS are making changes to the scheme and these changes will apply to existing card holders and those looking to apply for their first card. From 2019, those looking to apply for an ECS Card will need to sign up to a Registered Electrician Status. Here is all the information regarding the changes to the ECS Card Scheme in 2019:

From 01 January 2019, anyone applying for an Installation or Maintenance Electrician gold card for the first time will be required to sign up to Registered Electrician status. This means the applicant must be qualified to the current edition of BS7671 (the Wiring Regulations) when the application is made and sign up to a Code of Professional Practice, in addition to holding the minimum qualifications required for the card.

From 01 July 2019, any existing Installation or Maintenance Electrician gold card holders who have let their card lapse for more than a year will be required to renew as a Registered Electrician.

01 July 2019 is also the deadline for Registered Electricians who have qualified to the 17th Edition of BS7671 to achieve a qualification in the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS7671:2018), which will be published on 02 July 2018.

The changes are being introduced to promote and underpin the status of Registered Electrician, recognising those electricians who are not only working to the NVQ Level 3 standard, but also meet the latest British Standard (BS7671) for electrical installation.”

You can find all the information you need here:

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We run a whole range of Electrician Courses here at Able Skills, with students completing the whole Gold Card Package to become fully qualified Electricians. From the City & Guilds Level 2 & 3 courses to all the Domestic Installer packages.

Also, this summer sees the introduction of the 18th Edition of the wiring regulations. Part of the ECS changes in 2019 includes the cut off point for those with the 17th Edition to update to the 18th Edition. Our first 18th Edition course is running in July!l

Further City & Guilds Electrical Courses are the Inspection & Testing 2391, Inspection & Testing 2392, 2396 course and the PAT Testing. Here at Able Skills we only run City & Guilds Electrical Qualifications.

If you are interested in any of our electrical courses or some more information any the ECS Card, please contact us today on 0808 100 3245.

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