City & Guilds 3666 Award in Communications Cabling becomes 3667
3rd August 2010
In the last few years there has been a process underway of transferring qualifications which came under the scope of the National Qualifications Framework into qualifications accredited under the newer National Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). The qualifications in the new QCF are made up of small units so you can build up useful learning that is relevant to you and achieve qualifications bit by bit. Every qualification in the QCF is made up of units. Every unit has a credit value that tells you how long the unit takes to complete.
The transfer of the City & Guilds 3666 series has now happened. In the case of the 3666 Award in Communications Cabling this transfer is effectively an administrative one and involves no change to the unit structure and only very minor syllabus changes. There is a number change for the qualification from 3666 to 3667-02. The 02 refers to the fact that it is a level 2 qualification. Each unit is a subset of this, so the fibre optic units OTT offer become unit 102 Fibre Optic Cabling in an Internal Environment (3667-02-102) and unit 103 Fibre Optic Cabling in an External Environment (3667-02-103). Unit 102 is primarily designed for IT/data cabling installers and unit 103 is for telecoms outside plant cabling installers. City & Guilds recommends that each of these two units should have 40 guided learning hours to complete and each unit has a credit value of 6 credits.
All City & Guilds approved centres that have been active in providing the City & Guilds 3666 Award during the last year are automatically approved to offer the 3667-02 Award and this is the case for OTT. As we update our materials and course contents in line with current relevant standards and industry practices anyway, there is actually no impact on our course content. Centres can still enroll candidates for the 3666 award until the end of December 2010 and it is theoretically still certifiable until 2012. OTT is now transferring to the new qualification and our first 3667 Level 2 candidates will be going through their training in early August 2010.