Datacomms Specialist (CNCI)

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Card information

Please Note: This ECS card is being replaced by the new Network Infrastructure card.
ECS datacomms cards have been withdrawn for new applications from 1st January 2021 and will be withdrawn for renewal applications from 30th June 2021. For more details please see the Network Infrastructure information page.
The Datacomms Specialist (CNCI) card is for datacomms installers that are responsible for the installation, termination and commissioning of data network structured cabling and can demonstrate they have undertaken the Specialist Datacomms training programme required for the card.

The Datacomms Specialist is responsible for the installation, termination and commissioning of data network structured cabling, as part of a team or independently. The structured cabling must installed in accordance with national and international standards for both fibre-optic and copper cable data networks. The role requires a working knowledge of network pathways, use of containment, spaces and segregation for installation of cables, along with the safe termination and testing of structured cable termination equipment, connection units, hubs, switches, routers, patch panels and similar equipment.

Eligibility and requirements

To be eligible for an ECS Datacomms Specialist (CNCI) card, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. You must have completed the following:

  • BTEC Level 3 Advanced qualification in Datacomms Networks (Copper & Fibre) - Certified Network Cable Installation - (CNCI) with either
    • the BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Data Communications Cable Installation Copper and Fibre Optics or
    • the BTEC Level 3 in Certified Network Cable Installer Copper and Optical Fibre
  • and three years’ experience

     Note: For both Initial and renewal applications the CNCI qualification must be in date.

2. Hold a current ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Assessment. For details visit the ECS H&S Assessment page.

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