What’s in the Experienced Worker Qualification?

There are six Level 3 Performance Units to be assessed before you can gain the Installation Electrician Experienced Worker qualification:

  • Apply Health, Safety and Environmental Considerations
  • Organise and Oversee the Electrical Work Environment
  • Apply Design and Installation Practices and Procedures
  • Terminate and Connect Conductors
  • Inspect, Test and Commission Electrical Systems
  • Apply Fault Diagnosis and Rectification

To pass these units, you must provide evidence from one or more sites where you are working to demonstrate you can fully meet the performance requirements of each unit.

Only performance evidence after you have registered on EWA can be counted towards the performance requirement. Previous work evidence can help demonstrate your eligibility for EWA but cannot be used as evidence towards the performance unit assessments.

You’ll be assessed via a range of methods and an assessor will need to observe you at work on at least one occasion during the evidence gathering process. At least one assessment must be carried out live and in person, with both the candidate and assessor physically present in the same location.

You will also need to complete awards in  BS 7671:2018 and Initial Verification  if you don’t already have these qualifications.

What ECS card am I eligible for throughout this process?

Once you are registered on the Installation Electrician EWA programme you can apply for an ECS Experienced Worker card which is valid for 18 months.

The best way to apply for the ECS EWA card is to ask your training provider to apply for the card on your behalf. Alternatively, you can apply directly to the JIB yourself by making an application with your training documentation and existing underpinning knowledge certificates.

Once you successfully complete the AM2E assessment, you can apply for an ECS Installation Electrician Gold Card. You will still also need to hold a valid ECS Health, Safety & Environmental test as part of the application process. For more information please visit the ECS website.

Can I use a previous Inspection & Testing qualification such as a 2391 when undertaking the EWA?

The Initial Verification qualification and up to date knowledge is a requirement of the Installation Electrician EWA.

If learners have an existing Initial Verification qualification this may be used to meet the EWA requirements with no need to repeat.

The training provider should verify that skills and knowledge are up to date as part of their initial discussion and skills scan interview in order to credit the Electrical Inspection and Testing qualification against the EWA requirements.

Why is the Initial Verification unit within the EWA?

The Initial Verification unit is there because the EWA has been designed in parity with the Installation / Maintenance Electrician apprenticeship, so those on either route are both qualifying to the same industry standard. If the apprenticeship content changes, the EWA will be updated in line with this.