Communications Cabling (3668)

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2021

Opening for registrations 14 January 2022

The level 2 Award in Communication Cabling helps learners to 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 Level 3 Certificate in Communications Cabling builds on the competence of installation and facilitates moving into supervisory roles.

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with the Training and Qualifications Committee for the Fibreoptics Industry Association which is led by CTTS (chair), Lucid Optical Service and Total Comms Training.  Further collaboration involved BT Openreach, Cityfibre, Hyperoptic, PQMS, TBN  Virginmedia and White Associates.

The 3668 Communications cabling qualifications provide eligibility for the relevant electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Network Infrastructure cards (which have replaced the previous ECS Datacomms cards).

This qualification is aimed at learners aged 16 and above who would like to gain the knowledge and skills required during their initial training within the network infrastructure (communications cabling) industry for specific job roles. It is also for those who work within the telecoms industry and wish to further develop their knowledge and skills. 

Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Northern Ireland
  • International

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

To gain these qualifications you will learn with your training provider through practical sessions, group discussions and assignments and online tests.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

City & Guilds does not set entry requirements for these qualifications. However, centres must ensure that learners have the potential and opportunity to gain the qualifications successfully and that they have the full engagement of the employers for the full programme.

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

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.

Learners will be introduced to the scope and opportunities offered within the network infrastructure (communications cabling) and telecoms industry.

This qualification will cover communications cabling processes and principles. Learners will develop skills such as how to install fibre optic, copper and/or air blown fibre cables and micro-ducts.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for progression towards the Level 3 Certificate in Communications Cabling, with the goal of becoming a qualified technician. 

Completing the Level 2 Award in Communication Cabling gives you a good grounding for supportive roles to assist other qualified staff with the installation of cables and other work under supervision .

Level 2 Award in Communications Cabling (3668-02)
Last Registration Date: 01 Jan 2027 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 2 Award in Communications Cabling

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2028 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

The Level 3 Certificate in Communications Cabling is ideal if you've experience in working with communication networks. Your work might involve supervising others or managing resources. 

Skills and knowledge covered include installation of structured cabling and/or work on single-mode and multi-mode fibre cables, containment and associated connection units, installation of earthing and bonding cables, and the fitting out of enclosures with structured cable termination equipment. 

What Careers Can This Lead To?
This qualification could help prepare you for more senior roles where you're responsible for supervising others and designing and modifying networks.

Job roles include:
  • Network Cable Installer
  • Network Infrastructure Supervisor/Manager
  • Building services engineer
  • Building technician
  • Highways maintenance / Road worker
  • Telecommunications technician
  • Underground engineer.  
Level 3 Certificate in Communications Cabling (3668-03)
Last Registration Date: 02 Jan 2027 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 Certificate in Communications Cabling

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 01/01/2030 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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