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Launch of Registered Electrician status announced

26 September 2017

Electricians holding ECS cards in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will soon be able to apply for the new Registered Electrician status.

Operated via the ECS scheme, it will be available to all Installation and Maintenance cardholders qualified in the current (17th) edition of the BS7671 Wiring Regulations.

It will be operated on a voluntary basis and those not wishing to take part will remain within the existing ECS gold card structure.

The new status has been introduced by the JIB and is designed to raise standards and recognise electricians qualified to NVQ Level 3 and the current British Standard for electrical installation.

Those eligible will be invited to join the new scheme next month, following its official launch.

Applicants will be required to sign up to a Code of Professional Practice, to include rules on working professionally, competently and responsibly, while accepting they will be subject to an investigation and disciplinary procedure if there is an alleged breach of the code.

A digital card, downloadable to a smart phone, will be available free of charge for all applicants to show their registered status.

JIB chief executive Steve Brawley said: "We will be working to provide access to affordable training in the 18th edition of BS7671 for our card holders when this edition is published next year and we will encourage as many as possible to secure this qualification and become Registered Electricians."

ECA chief negotiator Paul McNaughton said the scheme is fully supported by employers and it "will also provide additional recognition of the professional status of an electrician within the electrotechnical and engineering services industry".

The scheme is also supported by Unite the Union, with national officer Bernard McAulay stating this was "for the reason that it gives fully qualified electricians the status which their craft skills and technical knowledge deserve".

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