For most electrical jobs in construction, commercial and industry you will need to have an ECS gold card. Whether you are returning to the industry, looking to prove your skills or coming from overseas, you will need to get an ECS gold card.
Mature Candidate Assessment
If you are an experienced electrician or you are coming to the UK from overseas and you don’t have a card, you can apply to have a mature candidate assessment – known by the qualification reference: City & Guilds NVQ 2356-99.
The assessment involves:
- An independent assessor talking to you about how your existing skills and experience can be used to contribute towards the qualification requirements.
- Site assessments of your work will be undertaken and any gaps in training will be identified. For many candidates the only training required will be an AM2 Skills Test
Mature candidate assessments are offered by training companies throughout the UK, search on Google using the term ‘NVQ 2356-99’.
There are many combinations of old qualifications which still enable you obtain an ECS gold card and be employed as an electrician. If you have older qualifications such as City & Guilds 2351, 2330, 2360 and others check out the requirements on the ECS website
Also if you gained your electrical qualifications as an apprentice without the type of training now available, dig out your Apprenticeship Deeds of Completion Certificate and seek advice from ECS. It is most likely you will need to take a Mature Candidate Assessment