This qualification is designed for individuals who have been working in the electrical industry for a number of years, and wish to gain a full qualification. This is not suitable for new entrants to the industry.


The qualification is made up of performance units which in summary cover: the application of health, safety and environmental considerations, organising the work environment, application of design and installation practices, termination and connection of conductors, inspection and testing, fault diagnosis and rectification. It also has two units which between them cover BS 7671 wiring regulations, and initial verification (these are the same units that appear in the industry recognised CPD qualifications).

Who is this suited for?

  • experienced operatives who are/have been working in the electrical industry as practising electricians for a minimum of 5 years
  • those who wish to have their competencies recognised and work toward an ECS Gold Card
  • those who wish to develop their career.


The qualification is not suitable for new entrants to the electrical industry, apprentices, or those who have completed an electrotechnical qualification with less than five years of relevant industry experience. It is a requirement that prior to undertaking this qualification, learners must have their suitability assessed by the completion of the qualification’s pre-entry skills scan. Learners MUST possess the knowledge and understanding comparable to the Level 3 Electrotechnical apprenticeship qualification which can be evidenced by relevant electrotechnical qualifications. Where learners do not hold the relevant qualifications, their eligibility will be probed through the skills scan to verify if they have the correct level of knowledge and understanding. This MUST occur prior to registering the learner on this qualification.

You must be aged 19 or over to apply for this course, however, it is expected due to the five-year industry experience requirements learners will be significantly older.