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Holding an ECS card means you can prove your identity, your qualified status and your occupation when working on-site. It is affiliated to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). So when people say that you need a CSCS card – this ECS card is the one that’s relevant to the Electrotechnical Industry.

The site for the ECS card can be found at www.ecscard.org.uk

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sample questions for the ECS can download from the JIB's website: http://www.jib.org.uk/ecs031.htm and also form the ECS website: http://www.ecscard.org.uk

For further information including application forms for grading, visit their website at http://www.jib.org.uk/

The NICEIC provides a range of technical approvals to suit the needs of contractors undertaking the installation, commissioning, maintenance and testing of electrical and related equipment.

Approved Contractor Scheme
Domestic Installer Scheme (Part P)
Hazardous Areas
Building Regulations
Scottish Building Regulations
Periodic Inspection Reporting Scheme (DPIR)
Microgeneration Certification Scheme

For further information, click the link to access their website http://niceic.org.uk/ 

Taken from the ECA website:

"The ECA seeks to promote and protect the interests of professional, competent and accountable businesses, and to support this provides a wide range of services covering the whole spectrum of it's members commercial operations. Existing members have identified the following as some of the benefits of being an ECA member."

·         Benefit from expert technical advice
·         Gain 3rd party recognition in your specialised areas of competence
·         Offer your customers guarantees
·         Differentiate yourself from your competitors
·         Network with other professionals
·         Stay ahead on health and safety
·         Avoid legal pitfalls
·         Consult experts on debt recovery
·         Take advantage of excellent-value training courses
·         Influence the future of the industry

For more information, click the link below.


The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world

The IEE are responsible for the regulations that define the electrical installation industry. They publish BS7671: Requirements for Electrical Installations, a huge source of information for the design, inspection and verification of an electrical installation. Conformance with these regulations is considered to conform with the Electricity at Work Act and as such, almost every electrical installation is widely expected to conform.

There are currently several books published, so I have chosen the most relevant ones to list that would benefit a student or average electrician:

·         IEE Wiring Regulations: BS7671 17th Edition Requirements for electrical installations

·         IEE On Site Guide

·         Guidance Notes 3: Inspection and Testing

·         Electrician's Guide to the Building Regulations (Approved Document P)

The other guidance notes focus more on the design of installations and can be useful documents. More information can be found at the following address: