There have been a lot of recent changes to CSCS cards and this is having an impact in data cable engineers. We just wanted to explain what we think is the best way forward for data cable engineers.
I am an experienced data cable engineer
Chances are you are a highly experienced data cable engineer. You have been working in the industry for many years. You know everything there is to know about structured networks. You might even be a manager and have teams of engineers working for you. You have been on manufacture courses, may even have a few fibre or copper cabling qualifications, been on health and safety courses, you may even be a BICSI member, but you don’t have a level 3 NVQ in data cabling and your old CSCS card is running or has run out. There are greater demands to show a CSCS card to get on site and when tendering for work you are finding it harder to compete with the companies that have staff that are in possession of the right CSCS card. Does this sound familiar?
What does CSCS want?
The aim of CSCS is to ensure that all operatives entering construction sites are in possession of the right CSCS and that they have an NVQ to demonstrate their knowledge and competence in their specialist field. Let’s face it, structured network engineering is a specialist field. Have you ever lost work to an electrician who undercuts you, thinks they can do cabling, makes a bodge of it and you then get called in to fix the problem? Structured cabling is specialist and CSCS want to ensure that engineers have an data cable NVQ to demonstrate this.
CSCS cards confirm you have the correct training and qualifications for the type of work you carry out. The job you do will determine which card you need. Increasingly contractors and construction clients are insisting that everyone on their sites should have the correct CSCS card for the work they are undertaking.
Which card is right for me?
This is an easy one to answer….just go to the CSCS Card Finder page and look for Communications Installer and this will list the data cable NVQs that you will need to get a card – not just any card
though, it will get you a CSCS Gold Card.
What is a Data Cable NVQ?
We offer the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals. This is a portfolio based qualification. You don’t need to attend college or a training centre you just need access to a PC / Laptop and the internet. You have to build a portfolio of evidence demonstrating knowledge and competence. Evidence is gathered by answering online questions, gathering evidence from the workplace such as method statements where you are a named engineer and videos of you performing certain tasks, copies of certificates of previous qualifications, witness testimonies from managers and other relevant material that demonstrates knowledge and competence.
What do I need to do next?
Well it is fairly simple. You can call us for more information – 01423 740006 or you can simply sign up to the course. We offer two versions of the course. The Copper and Fibre Pathway is for engineers that can demonstrate knowledge and competence of working with Copper and Fibre. The second option is the Copper Only Pathway which is for engineers who only work with copper cabling and do not work with fibre.
Once you have signed up you will receive log in details to our online portfolio and can start building your portfolio. When you submit work we are notified and our assessors will then map the evidence to the unit standards and criteria. Once you have met all of the requirements you will receive a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals. You will then need to complete the CSCS Health and Safety Test. You will then be eligible for the CSCS Gold Card.