Mature Candidate Assessment

Mature Candidate Assessment

If you’ve got many years’ experience working in the electrical industry but never completed an apprenticeship or the NVQ Level 3, there’s now a way you get formally assessed and meet the requirements for an ECS Gold Card from the JIB.

The JIB Mature Candidate Assessment recognises existing industry experience and takes into account the work you have been carrying out to date. When you are successful you gain the industry Level 3 qualification* which meets the requirements for a Gold Card application.

*either the City and Guilds 2356-99 level 3 in Electrotechnical Services for the Experienced Worker or EAL Level 3 Diploma in Electrotechnical Services Experienced Worker Assessment Route.

You will also need to pass the industry achievement measurement competency assessment from NET (the AM2).

Candidate Eligibility

Typically you will have completed the relevant electrotechnical theory training, be able to demonstrate the application of technical knowledge that meets the scope of the qualification and have worked within the industry for several years.

You must be able to provide sufficient evidence from site and by witness testimony of previous work to fully meet the qualification specification in the required pathway.

This assessment is not suitable for new entrants to the electrotechnical industry, apprentices or other trainees who require any training. They will need to gain the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (buildings, structures and the environment).

Information for Candidates

Prior to enrolling onto this assessment programme all applicants must be able to demonstrate their existing Technical Knowledge to the industry standards at Level 3 and in line with the current IET Wiring Regulations.

You must:

  • provide written and verbal evidence, which can be independently verified, to an assessor at a professional interview, which fully meets the requirements of this assessment
  • complete the industry independent assessment of occupational competence, the AM2, as provided by industry assessment charity National Electrotechnical Training
  • provide current evidence from site to demonstrate full compliance with the performance that is required, as set out in the qualifications specification in a site visit/s, where the assessor has viewed you at work and has been provided with verifiable witness testimonies

Your professional assessor will explain the full eligibility and assessment requirements that you will need demonstrate based on your existing qualifications and experience.

The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) has recently launched the Careers Progression Programme to help bring an additional thousand operatives through this process. 

To Apply:

If you wish to apply onto the assessment route, please contact one of the training centres below:

National Coverage
JTL – 01689 884 100
EAS UK Ltd – 01227 830 919
CTD Quickstep Ltd – 01579 324 126
XS Training Ltd – 07507 718 465

Hopwood Hall College – 01706 345 346 ext 3609
Total People Ltd – 01606 734 000
WA Electrical Training – 01204 847722
Leeds College of Building – 0113 222 6000
Yorkshire Coast College - 01723 356142
Middlesbrough College - 01642 333815
Beau Associates - Lancashire - 0161 339 8229
A2E Training - Cleveland - 07522 797844

Able Skills Ltd – 01322 280 202
Bracknell & Wokingham College – 01344 766 255
All Electrical Training – 01279 433 321
DCET Training – 01392 829 100
P & R Hurt – 01935 475 850
Highbury College (Portsmouth) - 07979 505667
South Gloucestershire & Stroud College - 0117 909 2334
Advance Skills Training - Middlesex - 0845 459 9133
Jeffway Training - Bristol - 0117 909 0517
Brian Scaddan Associates - Hampshire - 02392 255936

Birmingham Electrical Training – 0121 661 6924
Dudley College – 01384 363210
Rebus Training – 01782 575498
West Midlands Developments Electrical Training – 01213 562 737
South & City College Birmingham – 0121 694 6171 ext 4009

Gower College – 01792 284 211 or 07825 431 110
Coleg Cambria Deeside - 01978 267267
South Wales Electrical Training - 01656 744572

Northern Ireland
Electrical Training Trust – 028 2565 0750
Belfast MET College – 028 9026 5445

Centre Registration 

This is a restricted qualification and approval from the JIB must be gained prior to making an application to either City and Guilds or EAL to become a licensed centre. This is to help ensure that the qualification is used as it is intended – a support for mature candidates to demonstrate their technical knowledge, performance and competence to the industry standard level 3 and not as training for new industry entrants.

Prospective centres must already be an established centre offering the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment (Buildings, Structures and the Environment).

The JIB makes an annual administration fee for the centre to be approved to offer this assessment.

To apply – information for Centres

To make an application, centres must agree to:

  • Only provide this assessment to mature candidates who fully meet the eligibility requirements
  • Ensure that the mature candidate has existing and relevant underpinning knowledge
  • Assess mature candidates using appropriate assessment methodology, including professional discussion, site based observation and the AM2, as outlined in the qualification handbook.
  • Pay an annual administration fee to the JIB for initial and ongoing scheme approval

To register as a Centre, please contact Karen Sulsh by email and she will be able to send you the relevant documentation to progress an application.