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City & Guilds 3668-02

Foundation: Basic Principles of Communications Cabling Document

Unit 201: Level 2 Principles of Communication Cabling

This training course provides delegates with a fundamental understanding of cabling media and the basic principles that lie behind communications cabling and the basic workings a network cabling system are explored. The applications that harness communications cabling in a modern cabling system are also examined, providing valuable insight into communications cabling and other media.

The course looks at the different types of copper cabling media including Cat5e, Cat 6, Cat6a and other high bandwidth copper cabling systems. In addition, the course also takes a look at optical fibre media, otherwise known as fibre optic cabling, to include a summary of singlemode (sm) and multimode (mm). As well as common communications cabling definitions and current communications cabling standards, this course gives delegates a comprehensive guide to communications cabling.

Course Content

Introduction to communications cabling

Communications cabling bandwidths and performance

Health and Safety

Communications cabling transmission

The application of communications cabling in the networking environment

Common communications cabling components

Current communications cabling terminology and standards

Communications cabling installation procedures and working practices

Who will benefit?

The Basic Principles of Communications Cabling City and Guilds 3668-201 course is aimed at anyone who is thinking of entering into the communications cabling installation industry.

It forms part of the newly designated training government-led initiatives to increase the skills and underpinning knowledge of candidates who feel they have gaps in their basic knowledge of applying communications technology.

This City & Guilds 3668-201 course is the recognised qualification for professional data comms cabling and structured cabling installers and is on the established UK’s regulated qualifications framework (RQF).

What are the course requirements?

City & Guilds 3668-02, 201: Foundation – Basic Principles of Communication Cabling) is a level 2 qualification. Basic knowledge of installation practices for telecommunication systems would be beneficial, but not essential.

How do you complete the course?

All candidates are assessed through one 25-question multiple-choice exam. This is completed online through the City & Guilds Gola system. All candidates are given their results at the end of the examination.

How does the course work?


To be eligible for an EUSR Datacomms Specialist CSCS card, applicants must hold an Award in Communications Cabling. This award is gained by sitting the City & Guilds 3667-02 101 Basic Principles Course AND EITHER City & Guilds 3667-02 102/103 Fibre Optic Cabling Combined Internal & External course OR City & Guilds 3667-02 104 Copper Cabling in an Internal Environment Course. For more information on how to get your EUSR card, visit our EUSR page on the Training Hub.

Course Duration:

This course runs for 1 day.

Required Materials:

Notepad and pen.


You will earn 7 CECs on successful completion of this course. To find out which of our other courses offer CECs on completion, visit our CEC page.

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8th - 12th July

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