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Core Criteria

Core Joining Criteria for ECA Membership

Membership of the ECA is open to any business that is involved in any aspect of electrical or electro-technical installation or design that meets the following core criteria:

1. Business

  • Has been trading continuously for a period of not less than 12 months
  • Hold public liability insurance for a minimum of £2 million
  • If undertaking EICRs, a minimum of £250,000 professional indemnity insurance
  • Be in possession of a Health and Safety Policy Statement and appropriate Risk Assessment Procedure
  • Have an absolute minimum annual turnover in excess of £30,000, which can be confirmed on business trading accounts.

2. Technical Competence

Prior to joining the ECA, Members must demonstrate technical competence through evidence of having successfully passed an assessment(s) delivered via a certification scheme recognised by the ECA. Reassessments must then be passed at regular intervals, as required by the relevant scheme(s).

3. Compliance

Carry out safe electrical work that complies with the latest Wiring Regulations from the British Standards Institute (BSI) and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) or other relevant building regulations and UK standards.

If your business carries out domestic work, be registered with a Government-approved ‘Full Scope Competent Person Scheme’ for Part P of the building regulations.

Comply with the ECA’s Rules, Standing Orders and Bye-Laws and with the Code of Fair Trading.

Don't meet the above criteria currently?

You could still be eligible to join the ECA and take advantage of many of the services and benefits by joining as an ECA Registered Associate.

A Registered Associate is essentially a part-approved membership that can be implemented under certain circumstances if you don't currently meet the required criteria of ECA Membership but are likely to within the next 18 months. Find out more about the Registered Associate by contacting your regional ECA Office for more details.