In a move that promises to elevate the standards and recognition of competent, certified KNX integrators across the UK, the Electrical Certification Scheme (ECS) has collaborated with KNX UK to introduce an ECS card specifically for KNX integrators. 

Eligibility for this card requires a KNX certification and membership of KNX UK to demonstrate competency and professionalism. KNX is the only worldwide standardised protocol for smart building controls, enabling the integration of multiple controls into a single platform. Systems built on this protocol benefit from the support and innovation of over 500 manufacturers, guaranteed interoperability and backwards compatibility.

The importance of the ECS card extends beyond a professional ID. It is a comprehensive testament to an individual’s competence, covering training and skills, qualifications, commitment to health, safety and environmental standards, and adherence to professional codes of conduct. 

Developed and supported by more than 200 organisations, the standards underpinning each ECS occupation are rigorous and widely respected. It has long been a pivotal tool in the construction industry and built environment, encompassing a wide array of 75 occupations, including electricians, fire and safety specialists, telecoms experts, AV integrators, cyber security professionals and now KNX integrators. 

The CSCS Alliance, the partnership between the 38 schemes licensed to use the CSCS logo, currently covers a remarkable 2.1 million workers, reflecting the scheme’s extensive reach and impact within the wider industry. 

The increased specification for smart building integration has brought with it a necessity for non-electrically qualified, software professionals to attend construction sites. Professionals like Matthew Tate, who has worked extensively with smart building controls integration but has found access to sites increasingly difficult. He is delighted with the new card available via KNX UK and described it as a ‘breath of fresh air’ and couldn’t believe how easy the process was. He is now in possession of his ECS card that acknowledges his specific professional competency. 

The development of the KNX UK ECS card is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Joint Industry Board & Electrotechnical Certification Scheme and KNX UK – a non-profit members’ association for KNX Professionals in the UK.

Obtaining an ECS Card has never been simpler for Certified KNX Partners. All qualified KNX certified integrators are eligible to join KNX UK for a small annual fee and get fast-tracked online access to ECS cards along with many other benefits, including discounted professional liability insurance, quality mark via the KNX UK Code of Conduct and practical tools for running successful projects from day one. 

To read more on KNX UK, click here.

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