Read our article 'Addressing the Myths' to clarify any questions around gold card, 18th Edition and Registered Electrician changes.
New Gold Card Applications
From 01 January 2019, Anyone applying for an Installation or Maintenance Electrician gold card for the first time will be required to sign up to Registered Electrician status. This means the applicant must be qualified to the current edition of BS7671 (the Wiring Regulations) when the application is made and sign up to a Code of Professional Practice, in addition to holding the minimum qualifications required for the card.
Gold Card holders with lapsed cards
From 01 July 2019, if your gold card is more than one year out of date, if you wish to renew your card you will have to meet ECS Registered Electrician requirements. This will involve holding the 18th Edition BS7671 qualification and signing up the ECS Registered Electrician code of professional practice.
Existing Registered Electricians
By 01 July 2019 all Registered Electricians with the 17th Edition BS7671 have to have gained the 18th Edition qualification in order to retain Registered Electrician status. You can upload your 18th Edition certificate to your MyECS account.