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Experienced Worker red card



This card confirms that the holder is an experienced PMES sector worker who is also registered on a recognised PMES NVQ or equivalent qualification. The cardholder will also have passed either a Health, Safety and Environment test or completed appropriate NVQ/SVQ or NVQ Diploma Health and Safety units.

 The Experienced Worker card is issued subject to the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be registered on a recognised Industry Level 2 or 3 NVQ or equivalent qualification
  • Applicants must have passed a suitable Health, Safety & Environment test or have completed appropriate qualification Health and Safety units
  • Applicants must have at least 3 years’ verifiable experience of working in the PMES sector
  • The Experienced Worker card is valid for a maximum of 3 years and cannot be renewed.


The standard card fee is £20. Cards are FREE to members of Unite the Union and employees of participant companies whose company is purchasing Holiday Credits or Welfare Benefits on their behalf.

If you are applying for a free card, please download a copy of the application form and submit your application either by email or hard copy.  We cannot accept online applications for free cards.  

Standard turnaround:
Applicants should receive their cards within 28 days of receipt of a correctly completed application form and payment of fee.

Fast track turnaround:     
Designed to return cards within 4 working days of receipt of a correctly completed application form and payment of fee.

Fast track rapid processing is an additional £60 (total fee of £80 for Experienced Worker red card applications)

Note on postage: If you have ordered a card from the JIB-PMES and have not received it in the post, please allow 1 calendar month before ordering a replacement. This allows any cards which may still be in the Royal Mail system to be returned to us as undelivered. This does not apply to fast track applications.


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