Network Infrastructure

Network Infrastructure Industry ECS Cards.

An Occupational Qualification Structure has been developed by The Network Infrastructure Industry working group formed of trade associations and employer representatives with an industry consultation. The structure aligns with the future of the Network Infrastructure Industry and addresses the fragmented skills within the current workforce.

The network infrastructure industry covers the installation of data caballing, hardware and software systems and other devices that enable computing and communication between users, services and other networked applications. The area was previously known as Datacomms but due to the changed nature of the sector is now referred to as network infrastructure

Following the launch of the network cable installer apprenticeship standard an occupational qualification structure leading to a relevant ECS card has been developed.

Whilst the benchmark for new entrants into the network infrastructure industry has been set at Level 3, a route which can recognise differences in training, experience or qualifications for those already in the industry has been developed, therefore recognising a minimum standard for those who install and maintain data network infrastructure systems.

These changes have been brought in to further the network infrastructure industries' desire to professionalise the sector and to meet the Construction Leadership Council's move to ensure that all CSCS partnered cards are issued against a formal industry recognised qualification standard in place by the end of 2020.

The Network Infrastructure Industry occupations that are recognised within the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) are:
  • Network Infrastructure Installer Apprentice
  • Network Infrastructure Installer Trainee
  • Network Infrastructure Assistant
  • Network Infrastructure Installer (Level 3) 
  • Network Infrastructure Installer Gold Card
  • Advanced Network Infrastructure Installer
  • Network Infrastructure Supervisor
  • Network Infrastructure Manager
  • Network Infrastructure Designer

Details about the Network Infrastructure Industry ECS Cards are available from our Network Infrastructure Card Types page.