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The Network Cable Installer Programme is designed for new entrants to the industry or for experienced engineers who want to improve their skills and knowledge.

The role of the network cable installer is to install, terminate, test and certify network cable infrastructure components in accordance with National and International industry standards. This network infrastructure will provide the communications backbone for the digital infrastructure ecosystem, enabling all types of digital devices including computers, servers, smart devices, security equipment, wireless access points, access control, building management systems and lighting systems to communicate between each other, internally, nationally and globally.


This programme offers new and existing engineers the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to successfully install and test network installations. Through City and Guilds accreditation, engineers will become fully proficient with copper and fibre. They will learn to interpret detailed project plans to construct and fix network equipment cabinets, prepare cable pathways, and install cable support and containment systems. They will be able to undertake performance-based testing and provision of certification to the customer. Engineers can work in potentially hazardous areas and this programme will provide the necessary training on health and safety. Engineers will also learn about workforce management systems used for a range of workflow activities as well as personal time and attendance tracking.

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On successful completion of the Network Cable Installer Apprenticeship engineers will receive the following accreditations:

  • City and Guilds 3667-02 Copper
  • City and Guilds 3667-03 Fibre
  • NRSWA Guarding and Lighting/Operative - Unit 2
  • Manual Handling - Level 2
  • Asbestos Awareness - Level 2
  • Working at Heights

On completion of this programme engineers will be eligible to apply for:

  • ECS Advanced Datacoms Engineer Gold Card
  • Full member for the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals

How is the Apprenticeship Delivered?

This is a level 3 programme and takes 12-15 months to complete. The apprenticeship is delivered through block courses, webinars and online learning. On this programme apprentices will cover:

  • Health and Safety
  • Personal Development
  • Copper Cabling
  • Testing Telecoms Cables
  • Fibre Optic Cabling
  • Investigating and Defining Customer Requirements
  • Network Equipment
  • Projects and Network Design
  • Quality Management and Workflow

Completing the Apprenticeship

This is an apprenticeship standard so all apprentices have to go through the endpoint assessment process, also known as EPA. To complete the endpoint, apprentices will be required to:

  • Develop an online portfolio
  • Complete a discussion with an endpoint assessor
  • Practical Demonstration and Questions


Here is the course outline:

1. Course Introduction

In this module, you will learn about this data cable installer apprenticeship and what will be required of you. You will also complete an initial skill scan to identify your starting point position.

2. Network Cable Installer Professional Development

The structured network industry offers a huge range of personal and career development opportunities. In this module, you will learn about the need for professional development as a structured network engineer, the importance of team work and how to follow legislation and policy guidance.

3. Health & Safety

In this module, you will learn about the health and safety needed in a network cable environment. You will be required to work in a number of locations as a data engineer and knowing the health and safety requirements is key to being able to work safely.

4. Asbestos Awareness

This course will give you an overview of what Asbestos is and how to handle Asbestos in the workplace. For any data cabling project, you will need to be aware of the risks of asbestos and be able to source and understand asbestos survey reports.

5. Working at Height

As a data engineer, you will often be called upon to install network cables overhead. In this module will learn about the key safety requirements of working at height and the precautions you will need to take.

6. Confined Spaces

Data cabling engineers will be required to work in a large range of locations. These may sometimes be confined spaces. In this module you will learn about confined spaces and the safety requirements for working in them.

7. Manual Handling

Data cable engineers will need to often move heavy equipment on projects. In this module, you will learn about manual handling techniques and how to prevent injury from having to lift heavy objects.

8. Electrical Safety

There will often be times when data cabling engineers are required to work near or with electrical equipment. This module will give you a good overview of how to stay safe when working with electricity and what precautions need to be taken.

9. Copper Cabling

One of the fundamental skills that you will need to develop as a data cable engineer is to be able to work safely and efficiently with copper networks. In this module, you will learn about working with copper cabling.

10. Testing Telecoms Cables

When any cabling installation is completed, engineers need to be able to show clients that the network is fully functioning - this is done through testing. In this module, you will learn about testing networks, recording results and how you contribute to the overall testing strategy in your organisation.

11. Fibre Optic Cabling

As businesses and now homes demand ever-faster networks, there is a need to be able to install fibre networks. In this module, you will learn about working with fibre optics. This will cover fibre health and safety, installation and testing,

12. Investigating & Defining Customer/Project Requirements

In this module, you will learn about investigating and defining customer requirements. You will learn about site surveys and creating your own method statement and risk assessment.

13. Network Equipment

Data cable engineers need to have a good knowledge of the different types of equipment that they will work with.In this module, you will learn about active and passive network equipment and explore the Internt of Things.

14. Projects and Network Design

Understanding how projects are developed is a key requirement for data cable engineers. In this module, you will learn how to use the information gathered on a site survey to produce cable design project.

15. Quality Management Procedures and Workflow

Giving clients confidence in the work you do is paramount. In this module, you will learn about the quality management procedures required both your company and generally in the data cable installation industry.

16. End Point Assessment - Preparation

Preparation before moving on to the end point assessment

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