Experienced Worker Assessment
If you need to get your skills and experience recognised to the industry Level 3 benchmark, the Electrotechnical Experienced Worker Assessment can help.
What is it?
The EWA is the new assessment process to recognise occupational competence for people who have been working as an electrician for typically over five years but haven’t been able to complete an apprenticeship or achieve an equivalent Level 3 vocational qualification.
It’s available across England, Northern Ireland and Wales from EAL and City & Guilds training centres.
It replaces the JIB Mature Candidate Assessment and provides an improved, standardised and transparent process for experienced workers to accredit their skills.
What standard does it meet?
It’s based on the same content as the electrotechnical apprenticeship, so that both new entrants and existing workers are now being assessed and accredited against the same industry standard.
Achievement of the Experienced Worker Assessment and the AM2E meets the criteria for an ECS gold card application.
The Experienced Worker Assessment is also recognised in the Electrotechnical Assessment Specification as equivalent to an industry apprenticeship.
What do I have to do?
The main benefit of the EWA is that your existing qualifications, skills and experience can count towards the Experienced Worker qualification criteria, so you’ll only need to fill in any gaps.
To complete the whole assessment, you’ll need to gain the Experienced Worker Qualification, and also take the AM2E Assessment, which mirrors the AM2S assessment taken by apprentices at the end of their training.
If you’ve already completed some elements, for instance if you already hold the BS 7671 and Initial Verification qualifications, you won’t need to repeat these, making for a shorter overall assessment process.
The assessment steps in detail
Take a look at our steps below or view our assessment journey
- You’ll need to have worked in the industry full time for typically 5 years or more.
- Before you start, you’ll need to complete a Skills Scan which is essentially a self-assessment process to determine if the assessment is right for you. You’ll need to demonstrate you have knowledge, understanding and experience which is equivalent to the Level 3 electrotechnical apprenticeship.
- If the Skills Scan reveals significant gaps in your technical knowledge, understanding or experience, contact your local City & Guilds or EAL training provider to look at the best options for filling the gaps.
- If you proceed with the EWA, the provider will undertake a process called ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’. This will assess your existing qualifications, skills and experience against the Experienced Worker qualification criteria.
- You’ll only need to complete the assessment elements that remain once the RPL process has checked off what you have proven already. You will fill in the gaps working with your chosen training provider via a combination of on-site assessment and portfolio building (and BS 7671 and Initial Verification qualifications if required). The price and duration of the Experience Worker Assessment will be adjusted to reflect the elements you require.
- Once you’ve gained the Experienced Worker qualification, you’ll need to undertake the AM2E Assessment at an independent NET centre. Once you successfully gain the AM2E, your Experienced Worker Assessment process is complete.
I want to take the assessment – what do I do?
- Complete the Skills Scan – Your first step will be to carry out the Skills Scan to look at your existing levels of knowledge and understanding, to consider if the Experienced Worker Assessment is right for you.
- Find a Training Provider – If you want to proceed, the Experienced Worker Assessment is available from City and Guilds and EAL recognised centres who offer this qualification – you can find training providers here.
Who developed the assessment?
The EWA was developed by an industry group comprising ECA, JIB, NET, Unite, Certsure, ECS, NAPIT, City and Guilds and EAL.