Communications Cabling and Networks (3667)

About these qualifications

The Award in Communication Cabling helps develop the knowledge and skills required to become effective in the installation of communication cables and connecting to relevant systems. For those who wish to progress further, the Certificate in Designing and Planning Communications Networks builds on the competence of installation and develops knowledge for those who wish to design communication networks.

These qualifications include working with fibre optic or copper cabling for interior and exterior scenarios, as well as the planning of overhead communications network.

Who are they for

The Level 2 Awards in Communications Cabling are suitable for those interested in becoming communcation cabling installers   or those currently doing the job and seeking certification. For those wishing to prorgess their careers and are looking to gain the ability to design communication networks, the Level 3 Design Communication Networks is ideal.

These products can also form a foundation to progress to Level 2 and Level 3 ICT Professional ICT Systems & Principles qualifications or the Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeships for IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals.

General Information

Available in following countries

  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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What's involved in delivering this course?

To deliver these qualifications you will need to provide a suitable learning environment with qualified trainers and assessors, as well as the relevant resources to enable learners to complete both the practical and theoretical aspects required.

To find all the resource requirements for assessment and delivery, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Anyone can take this qualification, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it. For the Level 3 qualification, learners will usually have some previous experience or have taken the Level 2.

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What's involved in studying this course?

For the Award in Communications Cabling you can cover things like:

  • How communications networks work
  • Installing fibre optic cabling
  • Installing copper cabling.

For the more advanced Certificate in Designing and Planning Communications Networks, you might cover:

  • Designing and planning communication networks
  • How to plan internal communication networks
  • How to plan underground communication networks.

To get a Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) you learn with your training provider - maybe through practical sessions, group discussions or assignments.

VRQs are usually assessed by your training provider using assignments, practical task, exams or online tests.

For the Award in Communication Cabling you are assessed with an online multiple choice test. You also complete some assignments to show your practical skills and knowledge.

For the Certificate in Designing and Planning Communications Networks you do a written exam and some practical assignments.

Which level is right for me?

Level 2
You're new to communication cabling - perhaps a school leaver or someone looking for a career change - or have some basic experience. You want to gain the knowledge to succeed in a job or move on to further study. You might also be preparing for a Level 2 NVQ in Communication Technologies.

Level 3
You've worked with communication networks before, and have some experience. Your work might involve supervising others or managing resources. You want to develop your knowledge of network design so you can progress into a role as an IT solutions developer.

What careers can this lead to?

Completing the Award in Communication Cabling gives you a good grounding for a job that involves installing and maintaining communication networks, such as:

  • Building services engineer
  • Building technician
  • Highways maintenance / Road worker
  • Telecommunications technician
  • Underground engineer.

This Award could give you some of the knowledge you need to complete a Level 2 NVQ in Communication Technologies (3661).

The Certificate in Designing and Planning Communications Networks could also help prepare you for more senior roles where you're responsible for designing networks yourself. These might include:

  • Network manager
  • Telecommunications technician
  • Town planner.

This qualification could give you some of the knowledge you need to complete a Level 3 Certificate or Diplomal in ICT Systems and Principles or Level 3 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence.