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lee

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ello

well i'm on the back end of my training course and i'm looking for work still. . .no joy on that front so my next thing is to get in the an agency (got to start somewhere)

i'm phone round and sked if i have one of these 2 cards "ECS/CSCS" my reply is short but not so sweet "no"

as you can guess i'm getting nowhere with out one and i cannot affored to be out of work for much longer!!

So my question to the group as google keeps sending me all over the web is

wheres the place i should be looking and who should i be asking to gat one of these cards i know i have to sit a test that should not be too bad.

all i need is pointing the right way

many thanks lee
 
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fletch

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ECS cards are affiliated to CSCS

The website is http://www.cscs.uk.com , take a look in the FAQ area.
The CSCS card costs £25

I would phone the call centre on 0870 417 8777 as they will know the best route for you to follow.
 
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Cirrus

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The CSCS card is actually £35. I am changing jobs and have been told I need one so just applied to sit the exam. Takes up to 3 weeks to get results through too so bear that in mind.
 
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Bane

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Sorry to ressurect this thread from the dead but better than starting a new one.

Is this test plain and simple? Just about to book myself on it and wondering whether I should the booklet to revise but if it's a general test I imagine it's going to be logic and common sense really?

Sorry, was meant to say, "whether I should buy the booklet to revise"
 
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ian.settle1

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JIB do a ECS/CSCS card which will also be a grading card if you take this route.
If you contact them they will tell you where the local centre is to take the exam.
 
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Bane

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Cheers Ian.

Is it basic straight forward though or do you need to revise?

It's primarily for site H&S yes?
 
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Cirrus

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It is actually incredibly easy. I got the book to revise from and used it to cram for 20 mins before the exam. It is common sense really. I passed and decided not to go with the company asking for the card and have not been asked for it since. Typical!
 
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alex

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It is actually incredibly easy. I got the book to revise from and used it to cram for 20 mins before the exam. It is common sense really. I passed and decided not to go with the company asking for the card and have not been asked for it since. Typical!

i know i did it as well and got a 100% in it.

also the examiner said the quickest anybody had done it was 8mins................ it took me 7 mins it really is that easy.
 
I currently have a CSCS card but would like to change if an ECS card, does anyone know how I can do this, or do I have to re-sit another exam?

Many Thanks
 
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Mac

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You have to take the ECS exam mate.They do it in Swindon,booked in to do mine on the 2nd July at SEC offices in Dorcan:D
 
hi

i`m just about to start my 3rd year at college, just need a little advised on which card to take and does it matter.

i dont know which one to go for will the CSCS card still allow me to work as an electrician as i'm looking to work on domestic rather than commercia.

or do i have to do the ECS


thank you

Phil
 
they give you a date about 2 weeks ahead, but if you pay £60 on top you can do it asap, and you get the card the same day.
 

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for the ecs card, go to ECA website. details of how to obtain ecs card are all there. costs about £35 and it's a 1 day , at several locations. nearest to me is Lymm, nr. manchester.
 
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NrVolts

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so..what do you think of this : £2.5 k for a 2330 course ,2 years of driving to college 3 times a week in the evenings.get cert feel relieved? of course.try to get a ecs card ..ecs.org says "since you have no nvq you'l only get a LABOURERS grade oh and i'tl cost you more than a standard card £18 more" ..WTF? you kidding me? i think its discraceful.
 
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Stamatis85

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Hi all..
Because im losing my mind now with this ecs card thingy...

I'm from Greece and I've moved to Glasgow this summer. I've tried to find a job through job centers and agencies and I haven't received a single response since.
I started looking around google on how to work as an electrician or as an electrician's mate here and I found that i have to get an ECS card. Even if i wanted
to work at a manual labour work needed that ecs card since most of the jobs require that .I booked an ECS asseessment for the 14th of December. I just received the Certification that I have passed through mail.

So now...I searched high and I searched low...and I've found that i have to do another qualification - BS 7671.(oh god). After reading through the net I've realised that the whole material in that course/qualification are things that I've mostly done in the 4 year vocational school back in Greece.

So... do I have to do a BS 7671 now? I mean, even if i want to work for anything else that asks just an ECS/CSCS Card (most jobs were saying: requirements: ECS/CSCS card
even for manual labour work).Can anyone help me? And whats the difference between ECS and CSCS cards?
 
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rugbynick

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ECS is the electrical version of cscs. Operated by the Jib. These cards aren't new and have been around for at least 10 years. They are only required for work on construction sites not in domestic premises that aren't a building site or end user works.
 
one of the easiest exams you could sit, multiple choice and common sense ! although you will not get an electricians grade card without 2330 or equivalent, 17th edition, am2/NVQ3 so 2330 alone is not adequate for electricians grade card! if you only want electrical labourer or trainee anyone can get one! if you have any queries get on the JIB website and email them, they will give you concise information on where you need to go and what you need to do.
 
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