The ECS Test |

The ECS Test

If you are an electrician wishing to work on a construction site, you must obtain an ECS Card in order to be allowed in to one. In order to obtain an ECS Card you must successfully pass the ECS Card exam.

The Electrotechnical industry is constantly striving to improve the Health and Safety awareness of everyone working in this industry. The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) requires anyone obtaining or renewing an ECS Card to demonstrate an acceptable standard of Health and Safety knowledge.

The ECS Health and Safety Test

The ECS Health and Safety test has been specifically designed to meet the H&S requirements of Electrotechnical personnel.

It is not the same as the CSCS Health and Safety test!

Special care has been made to include questions relevant to the electrical industry. These questions range from safe isolation to live working and protection principles. In order to pass the ECS Health and Safety test, a basic knowledge of electrical principles and procedures is required.

The ECS test consists of 45 multiple choice questions, from which 38 must be answered correctly in order to successfully pass it. The allowed time is 30 minutes.

The ECS test costs £48.00.

It is a closed book exam, so make sure to prepare for the test sufficiently to pass it first time.


After passing the ECS test, a Health and Safety Assessment Certificate is issued. This certificate is valid for two years during which you can apply for the ECS card.

Once obtained the ECS card is valid for three years.

Renewing the ECS card after the 3 year period requires a new Health and Safety test to be undertaken.

Note that applicants, who already meet or exceed the required Health and Safety knowledge for the ECS card, do not need to take the exam. In this case a proof of exemption must be presented during the application process. The list of qualifications that are accepted as proof of exemption can be found in the application form. One of these is a recently completed (within two years) NVQ Level 3.

How to book an ECS test

The easiest way of booking an ECS Health and Safety test is by calling the ECS Assessment Administration team on 0845 313 1532.

List of venues:

Region Location
North East: Darlington in Co Durham, Wakefield in West Yorkshire
North West: Lymm in Cheshire
East Midlands: Loughborough in Leicestershire
West Midlands: Penkridge in Staffordshire
East: Penkridge in Staffordshire
Greater London: Romford in Essex, Bayswater in London, Uxbridge in Middlesex
Central South: Newbury in Berkshire, Wimborne in Dorset, Eastleigh in Southampton, Swindon in Wiltshire
South East: Heathfield in East Sussex, Nr Westerham or Lenham in Maidstone, Reigate, Swanley in Kent
West and South West: Bristol or Saltash in Plymouth or Taunton or Yeovil in Somerset
South Wales: Cardiff
Northern Ireland: Newtownabbey, County Antrim

Computer based assessments from UNITE the Union are also available. For more information on this option please visit

Before booking an ECS test be sure to take advantage of all the revising possibilities available, such as our new ECS test Simulator.


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