We have had a number of calls recently from data and fibre engineers looking for the right qualification to make them eligible for a CSCS card. Our initial response is which CSCS are they after? Blue or Gold? Inevitably the answer is the Gold CSCS card as this allows them on any site, unsupervised and we have also reported that many businesses will now only allow engineers on site only if they hold a CSCS Gold Card. We are then asked about qualifications.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals
There are a number of qualifications available to data and fibre engineers looking to get their CSCS card. We deliver the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals. We deliver this qualification to data and fibre engineers for a number of reasons. The main reason is that this qualification is a competence based portfolio qualification. This means that engineers do not have to take time out of work to attend a course. The qualification is gained by engineers accessing our online portfolio and submitting evidence that demonstrates their competence and skills. Evidence is collected in the workplace and engineers also have a series of questions that they have to answer online. Another reason why we deliver this qualification is because it makes engineers eligible for the CSCS Gold Card (Communications Installer Infrastructure).
There are other qualifications that are offered by other training centres that may suit engineers. We do not offer the following qualifications but do want to make engineers aware of them as they may find that they prefer them.
City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Communications Cabling (3667-02)
This qualification will make engineers eligible for the CSCS Blue Card and requires engineers to attend classroom based sessions.
There are two pathways that can be chosen; copper pathway and the fibre pathway. 65 hours are recommended for learning and the qualification is assessed through multiple choice questions and assignments that take place in the training centre.
City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Designing and Planning Communications Networks (3667-03)
This is a level 3 course that makes data and fibre engineers eligible for the CSCS Gold Card. It is a classroom based qualification.
This course has a recommendation of 285 hours of learning and is assessed through written tests and assignments conducted in a training centre
Engineers will complete this qualification by completing the following:
- Unit 301 Concepts of designing and planning a Communications Infrastructure – written test
- Unit 302 Design and plan for an internal network cabling infrastructure – Assignment (Up to 12 hours allowed)
- Unit 303 Design and plan for an external overhead network cabling infrastructure (NCI) – Assignment (Up to 12 hours allowed)
- Unit 304 Design and plan for an external underground Network Cabling Infrastructure – Assignment (Up to 12 hours allowed)
If you would like any further information about qualifications for data and fibre engineers then please contact us.