To hold an ECS Card, you must pass the ECS Health, Safety & Environmental assessment (or have valid exemption). The ECS Health, Safety & Environmental assessment is specifically designed to meet the basic Health & Safety requirements of electrotechnical personnel.
Those who successfully pass the ECS assessment will be awarded with an ECS H&S Certificate, issued by the JIB or SJIB, which can be used to obtain an ECS card within two years of passing the assessment.
The ECA is authorised to provide ECS Health, Safety & Environmental assessments throughout England, Wales & Northern Ireland. Reciprocal arrangements apply in Scotland.
The ECA provides this service on behalf of the JIB and all health and safety assessments booked though ECA can be paid for by credit or debit card and will appear on your statement as 'ECA online banking'.
Who needs to pass the ECA H&S Assessment
The majority of UK construction sites will require onsite workers and site visitors to have achieved an appropriate level of health and safety knowledge before they are permitted to enter construction areas. Due to this requirement, the ECS card scheme requires all those applying for cards to hold or obtain a minimum level of health and safety knowledge.
The ECS H&S assessment is required by all candidates applying for an ECS card who do not have an exemption to the test. A list of the exemptions is available on this page.
If you are unsure about your eligibility for an ECS card and which H&S assessment you should undertake, please visit the ECS card website, www.ecscard.org.uk. No responsibility can be accepted for candidates who book and undertake the wrong test and no refund will be given in such circumstances.
Bookings to take the ECS Health and Safety (H&S) Assessment can be made by an individual or by a business on behalf of multiple employees.
Individual (Personal) Bookings
For Individual (personal) bookings please telephone ECA on 01582 531047.
There is no need to complete the booking form.
Before calling please make sure you have the following with you:
- Payment card details
- Date of birth
- National Insurance number
If you do not have these details, ECA cannot proceed with your booking.
Multiple Employee Bookings
To book multiple employee bookings please telephone ECA on 01582 531047.
ECS Premium Service (currently suspended due to Covid-19)
Fast Track Card Application and H&S Assessments held at Swanley in Kent.
Please note that this service is currently suspended due to Covid-19.
This service is delivered directly by the JIB at their Swanley offices for those urgently requiring an ECS card and assessment.
For further information visit the Premium Service webpage of the ECS website
To book this service please telephone 01322 661633.
The cost of the ECS Health and Safety Assessment is £40 + VAT (£48) for each assessment taken in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
There is no need to use a third party or agent to book a Health and Safety Assessment. Agents make charges for booking on top of the assessment fee. Booking assessments is FREE with the providers listed on this site.
Do not pay more than the standard fee above for an assessment.
||Leeds in Yorkshire
||Durham or York in North Yorkshire
||Liverpool in Merseyside and Accrington in Lancashire
||Chesterfield in Derbyshire*
||Leicester in Leicestershire
||Birmingham in West Midlands
||Chelmsford in Essex, Ipswich in Suffolk, Dunstable in Bedforshire or Norwich in Norfolk
||Blackfriars, Colindale, East Ham and Thornton Heath in London or Slough in Berkshire
||Bournemouth and Portchester in Hampshire and Oxford in Oxfordshire
||Burgess Hill in West Sussex and Maidstone
|West & South West
||Bristol*, Plymouth*, Exeter* or Redruth* in Cornwall, Yeovil or Weston Super Mare in Somerset or Gloucester
||Bridgend in South Wales
||*Lisburn in County Antrim
*Assessment at these locations are less frequent than our other locations.
Terms & Conditions
ECA Terms and Conditions for booking the ECS Health and Safety Assessment
- Each attempt at either the full ECS or Site Visitor H&S assessments costs £48 (inclusive of VAT) per candidate.
- By credit/debit card: For your security, we do not ask for your card details on this form.
Please tick the box for credit/debit card payment on the booking form and we will call you to obtain these details on receipt of your application. Please note: This service is provided by the ECA (Electrical Contractors Association) on behalf of the ECS (JIB) and all card payments will appear on your card statement as ‘Electrical Contractors Internet’.
- By cheque/postal order: A single cheque/postal order for £48 (inclusive of VAT) per delegate should accompany each booking. Corporate or block bookings for multiple candidates and multiple venues should be accompanied by individual cheques for each venue. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Electrical Contractors Association’.
Important: Bookings will not be processed until cleared payment has been received. The ECA reserves the right to pursue its legal options in the case of default on payment and to cover reasonable administration costs.
Cancellations or Amendments
- All bookings can be rearranged by giving us a minimum of six working days’ notice before your assessment is due to take place (this does not include the day of the assessment).
- After this time, candidates will be required to re-book at a cost of £48 (inclusive of VAT) per candidate. Fees already paid will not be refunded in these circumstances.
- Candidate substitutions can only be arranged by giving us a minimum of six working days’ notice (this does not include the day of the assessment).
- Any candidate who fails to arrive at the correct venue; or on the correct date and time; or without the correct proof of identity, will be deemed to be a cancellation and will normally be required to rebook at an additional cost of £48 (inclusive of VAT) per candidate. Fees already paid will not be refunded in these circumstances.
Liability of the Provider
The liability of the provider for any expense, loss, cost or damage of any kind whatsoever whether direct, indirect or consequential (apart from personal injury or death) arising out of any action of proceedings relating to any service, or equipment provided in accordance with the course shall be limited to the total amount of fees charged in respect of the course. The provider is unable to offer refunds for cancellations arising from events outside its control including adverse weather conditions, flooding or industrial action.
The Assessment Process and Format
ECS H&S assessments are delivered using computers or tablet style devices.
Preparation and Revision Material
An ECS Question and Answer book is available to help candidates prepare for their ECS Health and Safety assessment and candidates should take care to only to obtain only the ECS publication.
Important: We require candidates to obtain the ECS question and answer book at least ten working days prior to sitting the assessment, to allow adequate time for preparation. In the case of multiple bookings, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that this condition is satisfied.
Due to the specific electrical content in the ECS assessment, books supplied by other agencies (CITB etc.) are not appropriate. The book contains all the questions and answers from the database that is currently used for the assessment.
How to obtain the ECS Question and Answer Book
Download a free, electronic copy from the H&S assessment section on the ECS card website; www.ecscard.org.uk/content/Preparation-and-Revision - or indicate the quantity of printed copies of the book you require by post (at a cost of £4.50 each) on the booking form. Books ordered (and assessments) must be paid for at the point of booking.
We will endeavour to arrange an assessment at the earliest opportunity and at the chosen location. Once a place has been allocated, a confirmation email will be sent, which will include a location map, a receipt of payment and terms and conditions of the assessment.