Electrical Contracting News (ECN) May 2017 - Page 20

KEY ISSUE CERTIFYING SKILLS Many see the Gold ECS card as the standard to achieve in the industry but there are many misconceptions about what the card stands for and why the standard is set as such. David Thomas, ECS strategic development manager, addresses some of these issues and gives some advice to contractors and their employees who are looking to apply for a card.Β  I f you work on commercial sites or subcontract to larger contractors, the chances are you’ll be asked for an ECS card. But what does the card represent? And what is the process that sits behind each application? ECS stands for the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme – it’s a partner of the Construction Skills Certific …Ρ₯½ΈM‘•΅”€‘ M L€°ΝΌ)…Ήε½Ή”₯Έ…Έ•±•ΡΙ½Ρ•‘Ή₯…°Ι•±…Ρ•)½ΥΑ…Ρ₯½Έέ‘ΏŠéѽ±ƒŠaε½ΤΉ••„ M L…Ι“Šd+ŠLΡ‘” LΝ‘•΅”₯́ё”½Ή”ΡΌ…ΑΑ±δ™½ΘΈ)!½έ•Ω•Θ°Ρ‘”½Ω•ΙΙ₯‘₯ΉœΡ‘₯ΉœΡΌ‰•…Θ)₯Έ΅₯Ή₯́ё…Ёё” L₯́„•ΙΡ₯™₯…Ρ₯½Έ)͍‘•΅”°Ή½Π„…ɐ…ΑΑ±₯…Ρ₯½ΈΝ‘•΅”Έ)… …ΑΑ±₯…ΉΠ‘…́ё•₯ȁͭ₯±±Μ…ΝΝ•ΝΝ•)…Ή•ΙΡ₯™₯•‰…Ν•½ΈΡ‘”ΕΥ…±₯™₯…Ρ₯½ΉΜ)•Ω₯‘•Ή”Ρ‘•δΝΥ‰΅₯ΠΈ)Q‘”…ɐΡ‘•δΙ••₯Ω”Ι•ΑΙ•Ν•ΉΡΜ)Ρ‘”Ι…‘”Ρ‘•δ‘…Ω”‰••Έ…έ…Ι‘•)™½±±½έ₯ΉœΡ‘₯́ͭ₯±±Μ•ΙΡ₯™₯…Ρ₯½ΈΑΙ½•ΝΜ+ŠLΝΌ™½Θ₯ΉΝΡ…Ή”%ΉΝΡ…±±…Ρ₯½Έ±•ΡΙ₯₯…Έ°)5…₯ΉΡ•Ή…Ή”±•ΡΙ₯₯…Έ°M₯Ρ”5…Ή…•Θ°)…Ρ…½΅΅Μ%ΉΝΡ…±±•Θ…ΉΝΌ½ΈΈ)½΅΅½Έ΅₯͍½Ή•ΑΡ₯½ΈΡ‘…Ё‘…Μ)Ι½έΈ½Ω•ΘΡ‘”ε•…Ί₯́ё…ЁΑ•½Α±”Ρ‘₯Ή¬)Ν₯΅Α±δθƒŠa$έ½Υ±±₯­”„½±…ɐ°‘•Ι—Šé΅δ)…ΑΑ±₯…Ρ₯½Έ…Ή΅½Ή•δ»Šd)UΉ™½ΙΡΥΉ…Ρ•±δ°₯ӊéΉ½Π…́Ν₯΅Α±”…Μ)Ρ‘…ΠΈ%Έ½Ι‘•Θ™½ΘΡ‘”Ν‘•΅”ΡΌ‰”Ι½‰ΥΝΠ)…ΉΥΉ‰₯…Ν•°Ρ‘”‘•₯Ν₯½Έ½Έέ‘…Π)Ι…‘”…Ή°Υ±Ρ₯΅…Ρ•±δ°έ‘₯ …ɐ…Έ)…ΑΑ±₯…ΉΠΙ••₯ٕ́₯́‰…Ν•ΑΥΙ•±δ½ΈΡ‘”)•Ω₯‘•Ή”Ρ‘•δ…ΈΑΙ½Ω₯‘”ΡΌΝ‘½άέ‘₯ )ΕΥ…±₯™₯…Ρ₯½ΉΜΡ‘•δ‘½±Έ)Q‘₯́΅•…ΉΜΡ‘”₯Ή‘ΥΝΡΙ䰁±₯•ΉΡ́…Ή)•΅Α±½ε•Ί…Έ‘…Ω”½Ή™₯‘•Ή”Ρ‘…Ё₯˜)„Α•ΙΝ½Έ₯́‘½±‘₯Ήœ„Α…ΙΡ₯Υ±…ȁ…ɐ°₯Π)΅•…ΉΜΡ‘•δ‘…Ω”Ρ‘”Ν­₯±±Μ₯Έ±₯Ή”έ₯Ρ Ρ‘”)½ΥΑ…Ρ₯½Έ±₯ΝΡ•½ΈΡ‘…Ё…ɐΈ)Q‘”ΝΡ…Ή‘…ɐε½ΤΉ••ΡΌ‰”•ΙΡ₯™₯•)…́…Έ%ΉΝΡ…±±…Ρ₯½Έ±•ΡΙ₯₯…Έ…ΉΙ••₯Ω”)…Έ L½±…ɐ₯́9YD1•Ω•°€ΜΈMΌ•Ω•Έ)₯˜ε½ΤΡΙ…₯Ή•‘•…‘•Μ…Ό°ΑΙ½Ω₯‘₯Ήœε½Τ)…₯Ή•έ‘…Ё͕݅́•Έ…Ёё”₯Ή‘ΥΝΡΙδ)Ι•½Ή₯Ν•ΝΡ…Ή‘…ɐ…Ёё”Ρ₯΅”°ε½Τ)έ½Υ±‰”•±₯₯‰±”ΑΙ½Ω₯‘•ε½Τ…ΈΝΥΑΑ±δ)ΑΙ½½˜½˜ε½ΥȁΕΥ…±₯™₯…Ρ₯½ΉΜΈ)]”½™Ρ•Έ•Π…Ν­•θ]‘ΌΝ•Ρ́ё•Ν”)ΝΡ…Ή‘…Ι‘Μό]‘₯±ΝЁё”)½₯ΉΠ%Ή‘ΥΝΡΙδ ½…ɐ(‘)%€…ΉM½ΡΡ₯Ν )%©½₯ΉΡ±δ½έΈΡ‘” L°)έ”‘ΌΉ½ΠΝ₯Ё₯Έ…Έ₯Ω½ΙδΡ½έ•Θ…Ή‘•Ρ•Ι΅₯Ή”)έ‘…Ё½ΉΝΡ₯ΡΥѕ́„ΕΥ…±₯™₯••±•ΡΙ₯₯…ΈΈ)Q‘…Ё©Υ‘΅•ΉΠ₯́΅…‘”‰δ„½±±…‰½Ι…Ρ₯½Έ)½˜₯Ή‘ΥΝΡΙ䁕΅Α±½ε••Μ…Ή•΅Α±½ε•ΊΩ₯„)UΉ₯Ρ”Ρ‘”UΉ₯½Έ°±•ΡΙ₯…° ½ΉΡΙ…Ρ½Ιϊd)ΝΝ½₯…Ρ₯½Έ€‘ €…ΉM1 PƒŠLΡ‘₯́Ι½Υΐ)½ΉΩ•Ή•Μ…Ή…Ι••ΜΡ‘”ΙΥ±•Μ½˜ L…Ή)έ‘…ЁΕΥ…±₯™₯…Ρ₯½ΉΜ…Ι”Ι•ΕΥ₯Ι•…Ё•… ±•Ω•°Έ(Θΐπ5…δ€ΘΐΔά)Q‘”9YD1•Ω•°€ΜƒŠL…Ή₯Ρ́ΑΙ•‘••ΝΝ½ΙΜ)₯ΈΡ‘•₯ȁΡ₯΅”ƒŠL₯́©Υ‘•…́ё”ΥΙΙ•ΉΠ)₯Ή‘ΥΝΡΙδΝΡ…Ή‘…ɐ…́₯Ё½΅‰₯Ή•ΜΑΙ…Ρ₯…°)Ν­₯±±Μ°­Ή½έ±•‘”…Ή•αΑ•Ι₯•Ή”ΈQ‘•Ν”)Ρ‘Ι•”•±•΅•ΉΡ́ѽ•Ρ‘•ΘΑΙ½Ω₯‘”„ΝΡΙՍΡΥΙ”)½˜Ρ‘”­•δΙ•ΝΑ½ΉΝ₯‰₯±₯Ρ₯•ΜΉ••ΝΝ…Ιδ₯Έ…Ήδ)…Ρ₯Ω₯Ρ₯•Μ…ΉΡ…ͭ́…ΙΙ₯•½ΥЁݑ•Έέ½Ι­₯Ήœ)ΥΉΝΥΑ•ΙΩ₯Ν•½Έ•±•ΡΙ½Ρ•‘Ή₯…°ΝεΝΡ•΅ΜΈ)]‘₯±ΝЁё”₯Ή‘ΥΝΡΙδ₯‘•…°₯́™½Θ•Ω•Ιε½Ή”)ΡΌ‘½±Ρ‘₯́ΕΥ…±₯™₯…Ρ₯½Έ°έ”…ΑΑΙ•₯…Ρ”)Ρ‘…Ёё₯́₯́Ή½ΠΥΙΙ•ΉΡ±δΡ‘”…Ν”ΈQ‘•Ι”)…Ι”Ρ‘½ΥΝ…Ή‘́½˜•±•ΡΙ₯₯…ΉΜ…Ι½ΥΉΡ‘”)U,έ‘Ό‘…Ω”±•…ɹЁ½ΈΡ‘”©½ˆ°Α•Ι‘…ΑΜ)ΥΉ‘•ΙΡ…­₯Ήœ„Ρ‘•½Ι䁉…Ν•ΕΥ…±₯™₯…Ρ₯½Έ…Π)½±±•”°…Ή‘…Ω”‰••Έ½Α•Ι…Ρ₯Ήœ±₯­”Ρ‘₯Μ)™½Θ΅…Ήδε•…ΙΜΈ)%Ё…Έ‰”™ΙΥΝΡΙ…Ρ₯Ήœ™½ΘΝ½΅•½Ή”)₯ΈΡ‘₯́Ν₯ΡΥ…Ρ₯½Έέ‘Ό΅…δ₯Ή‘••‰”)ΙΥΉΉ₯Ήœ„ΝՍ•ΝΝ™Υ°‰ΥΝ₯Ή•ΝΜ°)‰ΥЁ©ΥΝЁ‘½•ΜΉ½Π‘…Ω”Ρ‘”9YD)1•Ω•°€ΜΝΡ…Ή‘…ɐΡΌ‰…¬)Υΐ…Έ L…ΑΑ±₯…Ρ₯½Έ™½Θ)₯ΉΝΡ…±±…Ρ₯½Έ•±•ΡΙ₯₯…Έ…Ή°)Υ±Ρ₯΅…Ρ•±δ°Ρ‘”½±…ɐΈ)QΌ‘•±ΐΡ‘•Ν”Α•½Α±”)Ρ‘•Ι”…Ι”„ΉΥ΅‰•Θ½˜½ΑΡ₯½ΉΜ)…Ω…₯±…‰±”ΡΌ•ΠΡ‘•΄•ΙΡ₯™₯•)‰δ LΈ=Ή”Ι½ΥΡ”₯́Ѽ…ΑΑ±δ)₯ΉΡΌΡ‘”Ν‘•΅”ΡΌ‘…Ω”Ρ‘•₯Θ)Ν­₯±±Μ•ΙΡ₯™₯•έ₯Ρ Ρ‘•₯ȁΥΙΙ•ΉΠ)ΕΥ…±₯™₯…Ρ₯½ΉΜƒŠLΡ‘•δ΅…䁹½Π)Ι••₯Ω”Ρ‘”½±…ɐ°‰ΥЁέ₯±°)ΝΡ₯±°Ι••₯Ω”…Έ…݅ɐ°Α•Ι‘…ΑΜ)αΑ•Ι₯•Ή•]½Ι­•Θ°1…‰½Υɕȁ½Θ)QΙ…₯Ή•”‘•Α•Ή‘₯Ήœ½Έέ‘…Π)•Ω₯‘•Ή”₯́ΑΙ½Ω₯‘•ΈQ‘₯Μ+ŠaQ‘” L₯́„)•ΙΡ₯™₯…Ρ₯½Έ)͍‘•΅”°)Ή½Π„…ɐ)…ΑΑ±₯…Ρ₯½Έ)͍‘•΅”»Šd)ΑΙ½Ω₯‘•Μ„…ɐΡΌ…±±½άΡ‘”₯Ή‘₯Ω₯‘Υ…°ΡΌ•Π)½ΈΝ₯Ρ”°έ‘₯ ₯́½™Ρ•ΈΡ‘”΅½ΝЁΑΙ•ΝΝ₯Ήœ…₯΄Έ)=Ή”Ρ‘”₯Ή‘₯Ω₯‘Υ…°…₯ΉΜ΅½Ι”)ΕΥ…±₯™₯…Ρ₯½ΉΜΡ‘•δ…ΈΥΑ‘…Ρ”Ρ‘•₯Θ)•ΙΡ₯™₯…Ρ₯½Έέ₯Ρ  L…Ή°₯˜Ρ‘•δΕΥ…±₯™δΡΌ)9YD1•Ω•°€Μ°ΥΑΙ…‘”ΡΌ„½±…ɐΈ)%˜₯ӊéё”%ΉΝΡ…±±…Ρ₯½Έ±•ΡΙ₯₯…Έ)ΝΡ…Ή‘…ɐ…Ή½±…ɐΡ‘…Ё₯́Ή••‘•°)έ”‘…Ω”‘•Ω•±½Α•„Ι½ΥΡ”Ρ‘…Ё‘•±Άё”)₯Ή‘₯Ω₯‘Υ…°Ι•… Ρ‘”Ι•ΕΥ₯Ι•ΝΡ…Ή‘…ɐΈ)Q‘”5…ΡΥΙ” …Ή‘₯‘…Ρ”ΝΝ•ΝΝ΅•ΉΠ)₯́…Ω…₯±…‰±”™Ι½΄„ΉΥ΅‰•Θ½˜ΡΙ…₯Ή₯Ήœ)ΑΙ½Ω₯‘•Ί…Ι½Ν́ё”½ΥΉΡΙ丁%Ё₯ΉΩ½±Ω•Μ)΅••Ρ₯Ήœέ₯Ρ „ΝΑ•₯…±₯ΝЁ…ΝΝ•ΝΝ½Θ)ΡΌ•α…΅₯Ή”ε½Υȁ•α₯ΝΡ₯Ήœ•αΑ•Ι₯•Ή”)…ΉΕΥ…±₯™₯…Ρ₯½ΉΜ°…Ή½΅Α±•Ρ₯Ήœ…Έ)…ΝΝ•ΝΝ΅•ΉΠΑΙ½Ι…΅΅”Ρ‘…Ё…±±½έ́ε½ΤΡΌ)‘•΅½ΉΝΡΙ…Ρ”ε½Υȁ­Ή½έ±•‘”…ΉΝ­₯±±ΜΈ)́Α…ΙЁ½˜Ρ‘”…ΝΝ•ΝΝ΅•ΉΠ°Ρ‘”…Ή‘₯‘…Ρ”)Ή••‘́ѼΝ₯Ёё”₯Ή‘ΥΝΡΙ䁉•Ή‘΅…Ι¬4Θ)Ρ•ΝΠ°έ‘₯ ₯́ё”₯Ή‘•Α•Ή‘•ΉΠ…ΝΝ•ΝΝ΅•ΉΠ)½˜½ΥΑ…Ρ₯½Ή…°½΅Α•Ρ•Ή”ΈQ‘”…ΝΝ•ΝΝ½Θ)έ₯±°…±ΝΌΉ••ΡΌΩ₯Ν₯Ё„Ν₯Ρ”ΡΌΩ•Ι₯™δε½ΥΘ)έ½Ι¬…Ήε½Τ΅ΥΝЁ…±ΝΌΝΥΑΑ±δέ₯ΡΉ•ΝΜ)Ρ•ΝΡ₯΅½Ή₯…±Μ½˜ΑΙ•Ω₯½ΎݽɬΈ)=Ή”Ρ‘”…ΝΝ•ΝΝ΅•ΉΠ‘…́‰••ΈΑ…ΝΝ•°)₯Ё₯ٕ́ε½Τ„ΕΥ…±₯™₯…Ρ₯½Έ•ΕΥ…°ΡΌ9YD)1•Ω•°€ΜΝΡ…Ή‘…ɐ°…±±½έ₯Ήœε½ΤΡΌ‰”)•ΙΡ₯™₯•…́%ΉΝΡ…±±…Ρ₯½Έ±•ΡΙ₯₯…Έ…Ή)Ι••₯Ω”…Έ L½±…ɐΈ)]”‘½Α”Ρ‘…Ё‰δΙ…₯Ν₯Ήœ…έ…Ι•Ή•Ν́½˜)Ρ‘”Ν‘•΅”…Ή‘½ά₯Ёݽɭ̰έ”…Έ‘•±ΐ)•±•ΡΙ₯₯…ΉΜ…Ή•±•ΡΙ₯…°½ΉΡΙ…Ρ½Ί™Υ±±δ)ΥΉ‘•ΙΝΡ…Ήέ‘…ΣŠé₯ΉΩ½±Ω•…́Α…ΙЁ½˜Ρ‘”)…ΑΑ±₯…Ρ₯½ΈΑΙ½•Ν́…Ήέ‘…Ёё•δΉ••₯Έ)½Ι‘•ΘΡΌΝՍ•ΝΝ™Υ±±δ•ΙΡ₯™δΡ‘•₯ȁͭ₯±±ΜΈ