FESS Assessment

New FESS Assessment is now available to take from AET Harlow. After long deliberation the Fire and security industry has now implemented the FESS Assessment. This is specific for those who are working in these sectors and who can now obtain an industry accredited FESS ECS Gold card.”

The Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) assessment has been industry lead and provides a recognized Occupational Qualification within your chosen sector being Fire or Security and leads to Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Card whereby promoting high standards and skills within the industry .This has been in association of prominent trade associations including:

  • BSIA (British Security Industry Association)
  • FSA (Fire & Security Association)
  • SSIAB (Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board)
  • JIB (Joint Industry Board)


There are now four sector disciplines recognised by the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) in the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) industry, which include:

  • Fire
  • Fire and Emergency Lighting
  • Security (Including Access Control, Intruder and CCTV systems)
  • Fire and Security’


These FESS ECS occupations replace the existing Fire Detection & Alarm Systems and the Emergency & Security Systems cards. As From 1 January 2021, the FESS assessment will become mandatory for all new applications from learners wanting a ECS card in their specific chosen pathway in fire or security.
From 1 July 2021, all card renewals from applicants wanting to renew their ECS cards will also have to meet the FESS assessments requirements in their specific chosen field in fire or security.


  • Assessment duration: 2 days
  • Start time: 8.00AM
  • Availability: Mid-week / weekends

Charge rate per person for Fire, Security or combined fire & security would be charged at £1985 + £40.00 EQA charge Total charge £2025.00.
Valid till 31 March 2022.

A: Working Safely £165.00 + VAT
B: Takeover Existing Systems £300.00 + VAT
C: Additions to Systems £725.00 + VAT
D: Commissioning Systems £350.00 + VAT
E: Assessment of Underpinning Knowledge £165.00 + VAT
F: Professional Discussion £450.00 + VAT

Please complete the contact form or call the office on 01279 433321.

Please note: VAT is only payable for private learners only. NO VAT will be payable for apprenticeship learners.
Please call the office to book your FESS assessment as dates do vary.