ECS launches Invigilation Service in response to COVID-19 restrictions

The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) has announced the launch of a pilot for an online invigilation service for the ECS Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Assessment as well as other new assessments through the ECS digital platforms.

Responding to concerns regarding increased travel to assessment centres, especially as some have been closed due to COVID, the ECS has been working hard to see how it can better support its customers to ensure they can easily undertake their HSE Assessment needed when renewing or applying for an ECS card.

The new online service is aimed at offering ECS cardholders and employers with the choice of undertaking the assessment without having to travel to an assessment centre. World class technology for automated invigilation using AI-powered, behavioural monitoring and verification tools provides a new facility for the industry to avoid unnecessary delays. With no requirements for downloading programs or browser extensions, users have the freedom to securely and safely complete their HSE Assessment at any time and anywhere. The powerful AI technology solution monitors the assessment to enhance the already stringent measures to prevent fraudulent activity.

The system was initially launched as a pilot for employers in January and has seen a great interest with hundreds of assessments already through this remote system. Remote Invigilation is now an extended function within the Employer Portal; the Portal is already being used by almost 3,000 organisations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Work will be continually ongoing to improve the process, before expanding the service out to individuals and the wider industry in 2021.

Jay Parmar, JIB Chief Executive, explains: “This is a fully integrated solution which can be undertaken online and gives immediate results, updating the individual’s card record as soon as the test has been successfully completed. Physical centres will still remain operational for those individuals and companies that wish to use this facility or don’t have access to a PC. Although the online system has predominantly covered HSE assessments in the past, this Remote Invigilation software can also be used for the new suite of assessments which have been introduced over the last year to support FESS Systems Operatives and Network Infrastructure.”

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