It is now virtually impossible to gain access to a designated construction site without proof of your identification, your level of competency and crucially, the qualifications and the level of those qualifications that you hold.

The ECS card scheme was introduced as an affiliate to the CSCS card scheme a number of years ago. Its principle aim is to provide proof of professional qualifications held by the individual.

ECS stands for Electrotechnical Certification Scheme – it is an affiliate CSCS card scheme and for period of time, it remained as the only identification and competence card scheme for Datacomms specialists in the UK.

By having an ECS Datacomms Card will mean that you can prove your identity, your “qualification status” and your occupational competency, when working on-site and just to reiterate, this ECS DATACOMS Card is fully affiliated to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).

So when people say that you need a CSCS card: this has been withdraw: please be aware that the ECS DATACOMMS card is the card that is applicable to the structured cabling and the fibre optic cabling Industry.

Total Comms Training has long been recognised as the leading provider of qualifications for the communincations cabling installation industry. – the ECS card that you should apply for is known as the ECS Datacomms Specialist. Previously, applicants could also apply for a CSCS Blue card: this has been withdrawn.

We at Total Comms Training are able to confidently provide delegates with the required full suite of modules the lead up to those awards, that meet the criteria of the ECS Datacomms Specialist card.

In order to work on a site that is deemed a construction site, it is a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT for ALL personnel to hold an ECS card.

Please note that CSCS Blue card holders that will require renewal, will be directed to ECS cards as this scheme has now been withdrawn.

Total Comms Training is accredited to deliver the full QCF portfolio of awards designed to meet the performance criteria as demanded by ECS.. Applicants will also be required to undertake a health and safety assessment examination, provide evidence of their industry experience and such evidence may require letters from employers in support of the application.

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In summary, delegates wishing to obtain a ECS Datacomms Specialist card MUST successfully undertake the FULL 3667-02 award – this includes the core module (101) , one of the fibre optic modules (102 or 103) or the module covering copper cabling (104).

For more information or clarification of what qualifications you need, please contact us on our main enquiry telephone number (UK only) 0800 170 7007

Structured Cabling Systems, Structured Wiring or Network Cabling all refer to the cabling and components installed in a logical, compatible and of course, an organised way!

Designed to be independent of the type of active equipment that essentially “plugs” into the network, structured cabling offers a truly universal way of connecting computers, printers and other active devices together.

A structured cabling system can use the same cabling system for everything. That means that Ethernet devices, telephony including VoiP, printers, access control, video can all successfully utilise structured cabling.

A well designed and installed structured cabling system will give many years of service and as such, can be seen as an investment that will last for the long term.

As structured cabling references international standards, users are assured that Ethernet applications and hardware will essentially work, assuming the cabling has been installed correctly and tested to prove its functionally. That means that even if the cabling and components are from different manufacturers, they are all compatible with each other.

There is a great deal of confusion among cabling installers, cabling technicians and customers, who are faced with the choice of purchasing Cat5e or Cat6. Some of this confusion comes from a misunderstandings of how cabling performance is defined by the active equipment that will be utilising the structured cabling system. In the belief that CAT6 cabling will give them an “all gigabit” network, many companies have had upgrades on their cabling systems, based purely on the assumption that the “network will be faster” – sadly, this is not the case.

Unless every single network interface card, every component and every switch in the network is gigabit rated, then you will never have a gigabit network, because your network will always run at the speed of your slowest device.

Cat5e cabling system is capable of supporting gigabit – it just cannot be “certified” for this use. By comparison, Cat6 is designed specifically for gigabit, and as such, is certified to operate at the requisite capacity, but do remember that all patch cords, outlets, patch panels must all be rated at Cat6.

Essentially, fibre optic cable is made out of a solid “rod” of extremely pure glass; this central “rod” or core is itself encapsulated within a second layer of glass called the ‘cladding’. The cladding protects the fibre and helps prevent light loss. It looks to the naked eye, like one solid piece of glass.

By sending millions of pulses of light every second, fibre optic cable is capable of transmitting far more information, for longer distances, in less time than conventional copper cabling, such as Cat5e or Cat6 or even the higher capacity Cat6a media. Furthermore fibre optic cable is totally secure, they are not affected by adjacent electrical cables, or for that matter affected by radio interference.

Yes it is! – Total Comms Training Limited is a fully approved City and Guilds Centre. In addition, we are active members of the Fibre Optics Industries Association, achieving several certifications including FIA Approved Training Provider at all levels. All of our trainers hold the A1 Assessors award.