Apply for an ECS gold card through NICEIC

In partnership with the Joint Industry Board (JIB), NICEIC can offer eligible electricians the opportunity to apply for an ECS gold card.


Option 1: Experienced QS Route  

A Qualified Supervisor (QS) with an Approved Contractor business who has represented the same business in 3 consecutive NICEIC assessments and has had a successful outcome on each. QS’s who are not eligible to apply through option 1, may still be eligible to apply for the card through option 2.

NOTE:  Following a new requirement set by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), the JIB (Joint Industry Board) are making changes to the criteria for ECS Gold Cards.
This move is in line with a more consistent approach to the issuing of cards across the entire construction sector.
From December 24 2019 NICEIC registrants will no longer be able to apply for or renew their Gold Card via the experienced qualified supervisor route (3 successful NICEIC assessments).
For those about to renew or apply for the NICEIC QS card via the experienced qualified supervisor route, applications will be accepted up to December 24 2019. This will allow enough time for the card to be processed before the December 24 deadline.
For any in progress applications or renewals, if the required items are not received by December 24 then the application may be withdrawn if other routes are not suitable.


NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, we are unable to renew any ECS Gold Cards at this time. Our technical team are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

You can express your interest in renewing your ECS Gold Card by emailing This will be taken into account when we review your application.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note: The ECS QS Goldcard deadline has now been extended to 24th December for initial and renewal applications.


Option 2: Recognised Qualification Route

A QS with a UK electrotechnical Level 3 NVQ (or a formal UK electrotechnical apprenticeship).  See full details on technical competence criteria.

Any Qualified Supervisor applications made from 1st January 2019 must hold the current hold BS7671 18th Edition Qualification to be accepted.
For those without the recognised qualification a Mature Candidate route to Gold Card is available based on existing skills and experience.  More information on this process is available here


  • Increased opportunity for new work
  • Validation of qualifications and demonstration of knowledge and expertise
  • Promotion of your partnership with NICEIC
  • Proving your identity and providing client reassurance
  • Confirmation that you meet current Health and Safety standards
  • Instant recognition in the industry
  • Access to a range of added benefits to assist your business
  • Reduced price of only £35 + VAT to purchase
  • Card is valid for 3 years* 

All applicants must hold an up to date ECS Health and Safety Assessment please call 0845 313 1532 to book yours now. Or if you hold an ECS Exemption please do make sure that this is uploaded as a supporting qualification and this meets the ECS Exemption requirements. More information is available here.


  • The application process will provide a link for your photo** to be uploaded
  • Cards will be issued with the business name on them
  • JIB will issue the card to you via the business address
  • The form is not accesible via apple devices. Please download and complete on a desktop
  • A QS who is employed by a business that undertakes a change of trading title will need to request a renewal card
  • A QS who currently has this card with the JIB will need to apply as a new applicant when their current card comes up for renewal
  • Covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • For Scotland you will need to contact the SJIB on 0131 445 9216
  • Applicants with non-UK qualifications click here for more information.
  • The application fee is non-refundable and if you don't successfully complete the application for an ECS gold card within 90 days a fresh application and application fee will be required. 


  • Your National Insurance number to hand
  • Successfully passed within the last two years or booked on the ECS Health & Safety test. To book please call 0845 313 1532
  • A passport style photo** and a copy of supporting photographic identification (e.g. Driving licence or passport)
  • Read, understand and agree to meet the terms outlined within the related NICEIC ECS Gold card Terms and Conditions
  • A valid debit or credit card to make payment.  Please note that the application fee is non-refundable

* Valid subject to QS remaining at the same business and the business Trading Title remaining unchanged.  QS’s who leave or are employed by a business who undertake a change in Trading Title will need to make a new application under the new business name
**Photo software
 is available as part of the application process, the photo must be a passport style against a plain white background.

If you have any questions regarding the NICEIC ECS Gold Card please contact us at or call us on 0333 015 6625

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