Communications Cabling and Networks (3667)

Last Updated: 02 Aug 2012

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.

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.
Available in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

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.

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.

Level 2

The Level 2 Award in Communications Cabling will suit you if you're new to communication cabling, 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.

You complete one core unit at this level:

  • Basic principles of communications systems.

You then choose one optional unit from:

  • Fibre optic cabling in an internal environment
  • Fibre optic cabling in an external environment
  • Copper cabling in an internal environment.

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 Award could give you some of the knowledge you need to complete a Level 3 NVQ for IT Professionals.

Level 2 Award in Communications Cabling(3667-02)

Last Registration Date: 30 Nov 2014 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 2 Award in Communications Cabling - Copper Cabling in an Internal Environment

  • Accreditation No: 500/8616/9 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 9 Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 65 - 65 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 30/11/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Communications Cabling - Fibre Optic Cabling in an External Environment

  • Accreditation No: 500/8616/9 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 9 Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 65 - 65 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 30/11/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Communications Cabling - Fibre Optic Cabling in an Internal Environment

  • Accreditation No: 500/8616/9 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 9 Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 65 - 65 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 30/11/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

The Level 3 Certificate in Designing and Planning Communications Networks is ideal if you've experience working with communication networks. Your work might involve supervising others or managing resources. You want to develop your knowledge of network design so that you can progress into a role as an IT solutions developer.

You complete one core unit at this level:

  • Concepts of designing and planning a network cabling infrastructure.

You then choose one optional unit from:

  • Design and plan for an internal network cabling infrastructure (NCI)
  • Design and plan for an external overhead network cabling infrastructure
  • Design and plan for an external underground network cabling infrastructure.

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 Award could give you some of the knowledge you need to complete a Level 3 NVQ for IT Professionals.

Level 3 Certificate in Designing and Planning Communications Networks(3667-03)

Last Registration Date: 30 Nov 2014

Level 3 Certificate in Designing and Planning an External Overhead Communications Network

  • Accreditation No: 500/9795/7 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 20 Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 155 - 155 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 30/11/2017 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Certificate in Designing and Planning an External Underground Communications Network

  • Accreditation No: 500/9795/7 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 20 Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 155 - 155 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 30/11/2017 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Certificate in Designing and Planning an Internal Communications Network

  • Accreditation No: 500/9795/7 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 20 Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 155 - 155 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 30/11/2017 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Additional information for centres

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