Academic qualifications transferred to Electrotechnical Certification Scheme
Published: March 15, 2021
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is notifying the industry that all electrotechnical qualifications currently accepted for the Academically Qualified Person (AQP) card are to be transferred to the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS).
This means that workers who hold an AQP card on the basis of an electrotechnical qualification will soon need to apply to ECS when their card expires.
ECS accredits the qualifications and experience of workers in the electrotechnical industry and offers its own AQP card displaying the CSCS logo.
ECS’s AQP card provides registration for operatives and managers who have further education or Degree electrotechnical engineering qualifications that do not fit the standard industry recognised electrotechnical occupations.
Following discussions between CSCS and ECS, it is agreed that CSCS will stop issuing AQP cards for over 40 electrotechnical related qualifications including Degrees, HNDs and HNCs.
Click here to view the complete list of qualifications to be transferred to ECS.
From 1st September 2021, CSCS AQP card applications (both for first time and renewals) for the qualifications referenced above should be made directly through ECS.
Important note: all applicants for the ECS AQP card must hold a current ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Assessment. The CITB Health, safety and environment test is not accepted when applying for an ECS card.
For further details visit the Health Safety and Environmental Assessment page on the ECS website.
CSCS Scheme Manager Angeleen Hill said “The electrotechnical sector is best placed to determine what qualifications are appropriate for the sector. CSCS fully supports ECS taking responsibility for the carding of these qualifications. This is positive news for the sector and the people who work in it.”
As part of the card renewal process CSCS will be reminding card holders of the steps to be taken to move across to the ECS scheme.
More information on ECS’s AQP card can be found here or by calling 01322 661622 .