Market-leading cable manufacturer Draka is the latest to have signed up to support theÂ new Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI) certification for cable installers. Draka willÂ now accept this accreditation as a demonstration of competence for contractors looking toÂ join its coveted UC Connect Approved Installers scheme.Â Product Manager for UC Connect, Lee Stokes, is hugely supportive of the newÂ certification: â€œThere is no doubt that this is a sign that the industry is at last growing upâ€ heÂ summarises. â€œFor a long time the industry has needed a set level of competence thatÂ everyone recognises and trusts. The determination of the team at CNet Training hasÂ resulted in the CNCI programme to deliver that.â€
For those who have yet to undertake CNCI programme, or who choose not to do so, DrakaÂ will still provide its current training programme to ensure all contractors have theÂ opportunity to join the UC Connect scheme. However, CNet Training â€“ providers of theÂ CNIC programme â€“ point out that the days of manufacturer-led training programmes mayÂ be numbered.
â€œThe industry has been crying out for this type of universal certification for years yetÂ nobody has been able to tackle the problem successfullyâ€ says CNet Training ManagingÂ Director Andrew Stevens. â€œNot only have installers and manufacturers been very quick toÂ come on board but we are now starting to see the first specifications requiring the use ofÂ CNCI certified contractors. â€œ
Lee Stokes sees benefits to both the manufacturer and installer: â€œDraka is a manufacturerÂ not a training provider. Having an industry-led training programme delivered by aÂ professional training company allows us to focus our resources where they should be â€“ onÂ providing the best products and most comprehensive technical support to our UC ConnectÂ installers.â€
Source: Technical MMS UK