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Apprenticeship training course

Network cable installer (level 3)

Installing, terminating, testing and certifying network cable infrastructure components

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
12 months
Apprenticeship category
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Network Cable Installer
  • Structured Cabling Installer
  • Telecoms Cable Installer
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Install copper cabling components for Local Area Networking (LAN). Carry out maintenance tasks on copper cable networks. Can identify, locate and repair common faults
  • Install fibre optic cabling components for Local Area Networking (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) infrastructure. Can identify, locate and repair common faults
  • Carry out testing on copper cabling in accordance with equipment manufacturer's procedures, and compliant to industry standards, interpret results and rectify failures
  • Carry out testing of fibre optic cabling using an optical loss test set (Tier 1), an optical time domain reflectometer (Tier 2) and fibre inspection tool in accordance with equipment manufacturer's procedures, and compliant to industry standards
  • Analyse copper and fibre test results and provides certification to the customer
  • Prepare, constructs and installs telecommunications equipment cabinets, either pre-built or from flat-pack. Arrange and install fixtures and fittings appropriate for the intended use. Correctly selects network equipment components for installation into cabinets, differentiating between switches and routers
  • Work at height in a safe manner and is competent in the use of Mobile Equipment Work Platforms (MEWPs) and can assemble, dismantle, use and inspect prefabricated low-level access towers
  • Reduce the danger of working in confined spaces by implementing appropriate health and safety procedures, using and maintaining personal protective equipment
  • Carry out network cable installation within the public highway to the standards required by the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991
  • Analyse plans, make decisions about equipment types and quantity, and accurately predict time frames
  • Assess the requirements for cable containment by type and size to build a pathway suitable for routing data cables. Install containment systems in a safe manner, using the correct tools and methods for cutting, shaping and mounting tray, basket trunking and conduit
  • Install end-point equipment i.e. CCTV camera, Wireless Access Point, Access Control etc using appropriate fixings and media
  • Interpret the customer statement of requirements to determine the correct quality of components to be used in the cable network
  • Use literacy and numeracy skills to quantify equipment requirements and timelines for tasks to be carried out
  • Communicate effectively with key stakeholders in the customer's organisation including the customer, the Construction Design and Management (CDM) co-ordinator, the project manager and the Information Technology (IT) security officer
  • Work diligently to maintain cyber security by applying processes and procedures aimed at protecting data confidentiality

Full information on Network cable installer (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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