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FESS Systems Operative Training 


Card information


The ECS Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Systems Operative card is for people working in the FESS industry as a specialist installer or maintainer of FESS systems.


The requirements to obtain a Systems Operative ECS Card have changed and you are now required to complete an ECS Fire Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) multiple-choice assessment and ECS H&S assessment to achieve the card. To support this, SfS is offering a one-day online training course that aims to upskill engineers so they are ready to take the online multiple-choice FESS assessment.

Eligibility and requirements


To be eligible for this card, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Successfully complete the ECS Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) assessment in the industry sector discipline you are applying for:

  • Fire

  • Fire & Emergency Lighting

  • Fire & Security

  • Security

A guide to the assessment and the preparation needed is available the FESS Assessment page.


2. Hold a current ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Assessment.

For users based in England and Wales, full details of FESS ECS card requirements can be found :

Each assessment consists of 30 questions across a range of topics relevant to the chosen FESS occupation to be completed in 30 minutes. Each question will require the correct answer to be selected from a choice of four possible answers given. The pass mark is 24 (80%) correctly answered questions. 


A separate revision guide for each pathway is available on the ECS website for free download. The guides contain sample questions and candidates are strongly encouraged to study these before undertaking the assessment. Purchasing the online training will also aid in preparation for those undertaking a pathway, with additional resources for preparations, such as sample questions, held in the "Learning Room" area of our LMS.

Cost Breakdown:

£140 - Online Training

£50 - Health and Safety Assessment (If not already held or exempt)

£50 - FESS Assessment 

*All above costs are Inc. VAT

20% discount available for all stakeholders, BSIA Members, SJIB Members and SELECT Member companies - Validations may apply.


Please provide our bookings team 2 - 3 working days to process following the submission of your details.

For block booking, please contact our booking team directly at:

At the assessment:

Before sitting the chosen FESS assessment the delegate must provide the following information in the booking form:

  • Photographic identification such as a current passport, photo driving license, or a valid ECS card.

  • Valid Headshot

  • Date of Birth

  • National Insurance Number.

  • A valid personal email address (for the assessment result confirmation to be sent to the delegate).

If any of the above information is not provided, this will hold up the booking process. Please monitor emails at the time of booking as our bookings team may require to get in contact to ensure the validity of the information and evidence provided. 

For queries, please contact


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