Trade Courses & Assessments


SkillSearcher is a private training centre specialising in electrical, plumbing and construction courses, qualifications and assessments.
Our courses are designed to cater to absolute beginners who are taking their first steps into learning a new trade all the way through to experienced trade professional assessments.
To view a full list of what we offer please visit our courses page.

Routes to Success - ECS Gold Card

The ECS Gold Card proves that you are a qualified electrician able to work unsupervised on institutions, commissions and maintenance of low-voltage electrical equipment and appliances in a consumer's electrical installation.

To claim your gold card, you must first meet the gateway criteria:

A JIB recognised UK Level 3 Apprenticeship standard, JIB approved UK competency-based qualification (NVQ), or equivalent.

Hold a current ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Assessment.

A recognised BS7671:2018 qualification, (18th Edition).

SkillSearcher offers a direct route for EXPERIENCED electricians to achieve their ECS Gold Card.


Experienced Worker Assessment

£ 1800 / 6-18 months
  • This qualification is designed solely for those have been working in the electrotechnical industry as a practising electrician for a minimum of 5 years and wish to work toward an ECS Installation Electrician Gold Card using the experienced worker route; which this qualification forms part of.

BS 7671: 2018 18th Edition Regulations

£ 450 / 3 days
  • This award gives the learner an understanding of the application of the IET Wiring Regulations 18th Edition (and amendment). It provides a facility for individuals working in the electrotechnical sector to develop and/or enhance their knowledge of the Requirements for Electrical Installation.
  • Can be completed on its own or while you are undertaking the Experienced Worker Assessment.

Verification, Inspection and Testing

£ 950 / 6 days
  • This qualification covers the specialist knowledge and skills you need, including appropriate legislation, inspection and testing techniques, completing and issuing certificates or reports and understanding and verification of results and measurements. This includes learning outcomes that cover safe isolation, inspection, safe testing of both pre-energised and energised circuits and the practical use of test equipment.
  • Can be completed on its own or while undertaking the Experienced Worker Assessment
  • Typically, this qualification would be completed after the 18th Edition

AM2E Assessment

£ 865 / 2.5 days
  • The AM2E is for experienced workers who are completing the Experienced Worker Assessment (EWA)
  • It can only be taken once you have gained the Experienced Worker Qualification, 18th Edition and Verification, Inspection and Testing
  • 2 ½ - day practical and theory-based electrical assessment

Gold Package

£ 2850 / save £350
  • Includes: Experienced Worker Assessment
  • Includes: 18th Edition
  • Includes: Verification, Inspection and Testing
  • Not Included: AM2E

If you do not have 5 years experience working as an electrician we may be able to offer you an alternative route.

Please contact one of our advisors on 01932 311 944

What makes SkillSearcher an excellent choice?


SkillSearcher has over 18 years of experience in education and within the construction industry, we continually strive to support our learners and employers with our expertise. All our courses are delivered by experienced trade professionals and all our training programmes have been designed to current industry standards.


SkillSearcher runs its operations from two well-equipped training centres located in West Byfleet and Brentford. Our facilities encompass classrooms, meeting rooms, workshops and IT suites.


SkillSearcher works closely with various prestigious awarding bodies like EALand National Electrotechnical Training (NET). Additionally, we have established partnerships with a vast network of employers within the electrical, plumbing and construction trades, enriching our professional connections and allowing us to cater our delivery to the needs of the industry.

Contact us today to find out more...

What our customers say...

Brett Freeland

"I attended SkillSearcher to complete my 18th edition and Verification, Inspection qualifications. I found the assessors to be friendly and supportive throughout. I would recommend SkillSearcher to anyone looking for a trade course.”

Brett Freeland

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"I found my AM2 assessment and refresher course to be well put together and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable"

Phil Vickery


Get in touch with us today to reserve your spot on one of our courses.