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ECS card scheme FAQs

Q. How do I know if I am eligible for an ECS card?

Q. Where can I book an ECS H&S test?

Q. Why do I have to take the ECS Health & Safety test?

Q. How much does an ECS card cost?

Q. How long is a card valid for?

Q. What are the benefits of holding an ECS card?

Q. How long will it take to process my application?

Q. How can I check on or track the status of my application?

Q. Who can I speak to for help with queries?


Q. How do I know if I am eligible for an ECS card?

A. Eligibility information and requirements for the suite of ECS cards are printed on the ECS card application form and on the 'card types' area of this site. Further information about the ECS scheme in general can be obtained on the ECS website or by phone: 0844 847 5098.

Q. Where can I book an ECS H&S test?

A. Please enquire directly with your preferred provider. A list of providers can be found on the ECS H&S test page.

Q. Why do I have to take the ECS Health & Safety test?

A. The ECS card scheme matches the requirements of the CSCS scheme that all participants hold an up-to-date health & safety qualification. This is designed to prevent accidents and promote safety and quality of work. However, those who already hold an approved up-to-date Health & Safety qualification will not be required to take the ECS H&S assessment – (see next bullet)

Q. How much does an ECS card cost?

  • The standard card fee is £36.00, which includes VAT. Full fees and payment information can be found on the application form.
  • If you need to obtain an ECS Health & Safety certificate, there is a separate charge to sit the assessment (usually £42.00). Please contact an ECS H&S Assessment provider directly to enquire.Visit the ECS H&S test page

Q. How long is a card valid for?

A. An ECS card is valid for 3 years. At this point it must be renewed, and the holder will have to sit a subsequent Health & Safety assessment in order to renew their ECS card.

Q. What are the benefits of holding an ECS card?

  • Identifies that the holder is formally licensed to carry out UK electrotechnical work in the area or occupation identified by the card, or to a particular level, and displays any additional qualifications or affiliations relevant to that individual.
  • A valid identity card to show employers and gain access to a construction site or a property
  • Certification schemes including ECS, are government and industry backed
  • Displays an individuals’ qualification and training credentials
  • Proves competency in both electrical work and in Health and Safety
  • Recognises the high skill levels required by those working with electricity
  • Participation in a certification card scheme is a compulsory requirement by many construction employers and may become a legal requirement in the future

Q. How long will it take to process my application?

A. ECS cards are normally issued approximately 4 weeks from the date of receipt of a satisfactory application, where the candidate has supplied a fully completed application form together with all the necessary supporting paperwork and evidence documentation.

Q. How can I check on or track the status of my application?

A. You can track the progress of your application online here.

Q. Who can I speak to for help with queries?

A. Call our ECS team on 0844 847 5098.

 
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