Advanced Fibre Characterisation Engineer course 30 April-4 May

Lucid’s 5-day advanced fibre testing/characterisation course, run by John Colton, our technical director who is an acknowledged expert on the testing of fibre networks, and wrote the first Advanced OTDR and PMD courses in the industry over 20 years ago.

The course carries two formal level 3 certificates/awards, starting with the “Advanced OTDR Testing” module followed by the “Advanced PMD and CD Testing” module.

Please call or email ASAP to reserve a place – just 2 left at time of writing.

More Great Course Comments for Lucid

Here is another batch of Lucid course feedback; this is every single comment we’ve had on the feedback sheets since July 2017. We are really proud that so many of our trainees go beyond just ticking all the right boxes and actually write how much they liked the course.

Date Course Trainer Comments from course report forms
Jan-18 C&G Fibre Alistair OTDR-more time to practice
Jan-18 C&G Fibre Alistair Very happy with the course and all the staff involved. Very satisfied.
Jan-18 C&G Fibre Alistair Thank you for a great week and for the knowledge and skills I have gained.
Jan-18 C&G Fibre Alistair Excellent Venue.Really helpful staff.
Dec-17 Laser Safety John More in depth than expected. Very informative and appreciated.
Dec-17 Laser Safety John Very good course , well presented.
Dec-17 AOTDR John John was knowledgeable friendly and patient and I feel that I can put into practice what I have learned with confidence. I would recommend Lucid to anyone interested in learning about fibre optics.
Dec-17 AOTDR John Amazing course , full of useful content which I will use in the future.
Nov-17 C&G Fibre Alistair Course was very good and explained well for myself to understand. Would recommend course to anyone.
Nov-17 Adv Fibre Charac. John Very comprehensive. Very well pitched. A wealth of real world examples. Great instruction.
Nov-17 Adv Fibre Charac. John Fantastic course which covered everything. Delivered by the most knowledeable instructor I have come across.
Nov-17 Adv Fibre Charac. John Excellent course !
Nov-17 Adv Fibre Charac. John Excellent course. Very well delivered.
Nov-17 Adv Fibre Charac. John Excellent course material and presentation. Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course and my understanding of the content has been greatly improved.
Nov-17 Adv Fibre Charac. John Excellent course. Tutor was very knowledgeable. Would recommend the course to other colleagues.
Nov-17 Adv Fibre Charac. John Really enjoyable course. Instructor is very knowledgeable and has a very relaxed approach to teaching.
Sep-17 C&G Copper Alistair Everything was perfect. Thank you very much for everything.
Sep-17 C&G Copper Alistair The material was very clearly presented. Very understandable.
Sep-17 C&G Copper Alistair All was clearly represented.
Sep-17 C&G Copper Alistair Thank you very much Alistair. Everything was perfect.
Sep-17 C&G Copper Alistair Course tutor was so friendly and explaining everything very detailed. Such a nice guy !
Sep-17 C&G Copper Alistair With more than 10 years experience I am still learning things. Our tutor was brilliant. Thank you !
Sep-17 C&G Copper Alistair Tutor is a great professional .
Sep-17 C&G Fibre Steve Very informative, very useful
Sep-17 C&G Fibre Steve Everything was very well explained throughout the course
Sep-17 C&G Fibre Steve Was a very enjoyable week. Course was run in an excellent way. All staff are helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend.
Sep-17 Umbilical Alistair Suggest a test at end of each module. Too much information.
Sep-17 Umbilical Alistair Good Course but would prefer test at end of each module.
Jul-17 C&G Copper Steve Really enjoyed this course.Made to feel very welcome. Standard of tuition was excellent.
Jun-17 AOTDR John Very helpful course. Gained a lot of info I can take back to my working day . Many thanks .

All course comments back to 2001 are available on our course comments page

Stop press: places now available on City & Guilds 3667 Fibre next week

Due to a last-minute cancellation we now have places available on our next City & Guilds 3667 Combined Unit 2 & 3 Fibre course, on 12-16 March 2018 at Lucid Training Centre; This is the industry standard qualification in the UK, covering all areas of fibre installation. We only take max 6 trainees per course so call or email now for the latest price and discounts.

City & Guilds 3667 Unit 4 Copper Datacoms 19 March

Due to the snow last week, we will be running the City & Guilds 3667 Unit 4 Internal Copper Datacoms course from 19-22 March 2018 at Lucid Training Centre, with two separate courses at Lucid Training Centre and at Crawley on the same dates. This course covers all aspects of Ethernet, Cat 5,6, 7 and upcoming 8, voice, and standards for structured cabling.

The C&G 3667 Unit 4 gives a formal certificate from a UK licensed awarding body, and it is

generic so covers all brands of equipment, unlike the various manufacturer’s own courses available.

We are also offering a free 3667 Unit 1 Exam with each unit 4 booking, which helps qualify you for the ECS/CSCS Datacoms card. If you have already done the 3667 fibre course with Lucid – or is thinking of doing it – you would also qualify for our multi-course discount

If interested then please get in touch as soon as possible, places are limited as we only take max 6 trainees on each course.

Get Certified: Upcoming City & Guilds 3667 Courses

We still have a few places available on our next City & Guilds 3667 Unit 4 Internal Copper Datacoms course, running for 4 days from 5-8 March 2018 at Lucid Training Centre in the North. This course covers all aspects of Ethernet, Cat 5,6, 7 and upcoming 8, voice, and standards for structured cabling.

if booking this course you will also get a free 3667 Unit 1 Exam, which qualifies you for the ECS/CSCS Datacoms card. If you have already done the 3667 fibre course with Lucid – or is thinking of doing it – you would also qualify for our multi-course discount

The C&G 3667 Unit 4 gives a formal certificate from a UK licensed awarding body, and it is generic so covers all brands of equipment, unlike the various manufacturer’s own courses available.

If you are unable to make the 5-9 March or prefer to take the course near London, we also have a 3667 Unit 4 Copper Data running in Crawley from 19-22 March.

If interested then please get in touch as soon as possible, places are limited as we only take max 6 trainees on each course.

Job for Lucid trainee

We have another job for a Lucid trained splicer.
If you trained in fibre optics with us and are considering your next contract, then the client who recently asked us to find a couple of our trainees to work for them on 6 and 12 month contracts has said they now have a third contract position available.
I’m afraid we can’t help you if you are not one of our trainees. The client has asked for people trained by us because as our contact put it “I know how good your training is”, and we can’t vouch for others.
More information available on request, or send me a CV to forward on to the client.

Certified Fibre Optics Engineer (OA Level 3) course at Lucid on 5-9 February

This is Lucid’s original full 5-day advanced testing course, run by John Colton, our technical director who is an acknowledged world expert on advanced testing of fibre networks, and wrote the first OTDR and PMD courses in the industry 20 years ago.

The course carries two formal level 3 certificates from a UK licensed awarding body. The location is Lucid Training Centre in Garsdale, Cumbria LA10 5PE

The course is modular, starting with the “Advanced OTDR Testing” module over the first 3 days, followed by the “Advanced PMD and CD Testing” module over the last two days – either module can be taken separately as well if preferred.

Due to corporate commitments we don’t often get the opportunity to run this as an open course, so please call or email as soon as possible if you’d like to reserve a place.

Results of Government Consultation on Laser Pointers

The government consultation on laser pointers carried out in August-October 2017 has now finished, and the results are published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/672013/laser-pointers-call-for-evidence-government-response.pdf

The report concludes that it is not practically possible to control import of laser pointers, and introducing a licensing system as in New Zealand and Australia has had little effect

The main recommendations are to introduce new labelling for the degree of danger that is immediately obvious to the public, and to increase public awareness of the hazards through information campaigns, and in schools.

We fully agree with the statement in the report that:

“the one thing more hazardous than a correctly labelled high power laser pointer is a high power laser pointer labelled as safe”

City & Guilds 3667 Copper Structured Cabling 20-23 Nov

We still have a few places available on our next City & Guilds 3667 Unit 4 Internal Copper Datacoms course at Lucid, running for 4 days from 20-23 November. This course covers all aspects of Ethernet, Cat 5,6, 7 and upcoming 8, voice, and standards for structured cabling.

if booking this course you will even get a free 3667 Unit 1 Exam as well, which helps get the ECS / CSCS card. If you have already done a 3667 fibre course with Lucid, you would also qualify for our multi-course discount

The C&G 3667 Unit 4 gives a formal certificate from a UK licensed awarding body, and it is generic so covers all brands of equipment, unlike the various manufacturer’s own courses available.

If interested then please get in touch as soon as possible, places are limited as we only take max 6 trainees on each course.

Latest course comments

Here is another batch of course feedback; this is every single comment we’ve had on the feedback sheets, and they are all excellent!

Date Course Trainer Comments from course report forms
Jun-17 C&G Fibre Steve Really worthwhile course. Well presented and comfortable.
May-17 C&G Fibre Alistair Alistair has been excellent at giving information in understandable and relevant chunks.
May-17 C&G Fibre Alistair Aistair is extremely knowledeable, polite and helpful. He took the time to explain things in a very clear and concise manner. Thank you very much indeed.
May-17 C&G Fibre Alistair Excellent course well run and explained. Will return to attend the copper course . Many thanks.
May-17 C&G Fibre Alistair Another well run and excellent course. Covered everything I needed and more. Staff are always helpful and welcoming.
May-17 Laser safety John Very intense day full of information but well worth doing. Refreshments and facilities very good. Thank you .
Apr-17 AOTDR John Great course, met all my theory requirements. Not too worried as to how much practical took place
Apr-17 AOTDR John Great course
Apr-17 Fibre Intro John Very enjoyable and informative.

Unfortunately, not all trainees take the time to write a comment – by the end of a course most are rushing to beat the traffic!

For more comments see our feedback page at http://www.lucidos.co.uk/about-lucid/course-feedback-reviews/

Latest Lucid course feedback

Here are ALL the comments from delegates who took the time to write on our feedback forms, totally unedited – good and bad!

Date Course Trainer Comments from course report forms
Mar-17 AOTDR John Very good all round
Mar-17 AOTDR John Great course with reliable examples. Large focus on installation which was a little less desireable for cable manufacturing but still useful.
Mar-17 AOTDR John Course was very relaxed and informative and I enjoyed it .John was a very good trainer.
Mar-17 AOTDR John Excellent course, very well presented. Went way above what I expected.
Mar-17 C&G Fibre Alistair Very good course. All staff very friendly and extremely helpful.
Mar-17 C&G Fibre Alistair Excellent course, excellent tutor, excellent delivery, can’t ask for more. I am delighted and very appreciative of the quality of the tutor and the delivery of the subject matter
Mar-17 C&G Fibre Steve Thanks for a fantastic course
Mar-17 C&G Fibre Steve Location of venue is excellent.Excellent delivery of course by Steve. Thanks
Mar-17 C&G Fibre Steve Really enjoyed the course. Trainer was very helpful and always happy to help . Great course and will tell people about it .
Feb-17 C&G Fibre Alistair Very enjoyable course
Feb-17 C&G Fibre Alistair Enjoyed the course , very informal. I believe I am in a better position with fibre principles/cabling than I could ever managed on my own in the field. . Alistair has been great .
Feb-17 C&G Fibre Alistair Kept it fun and that hepled as a lot of information to take in. Cannot fault it.
Feb-17 C&G Fibre Alistair Excellent course . All demonstrations and course work fantastic. Alistair was very knowledgeable and a fantastic tutor .
Feb-17 C&G Fibre Alistair Really enjoyed the week. Excellent tutor in Alistair, very knowledgeable.

For more feedback see http://www.lucidos.co.uk/about-lucid/course-feedback-reviews/

Continuing improvement at Lucid – better coffee!

As part of our drive for continued improvement of our courses and facilities, we have a new and rather large bean-to-cup coffee machine, complete with milk foamer, arriving tomorrow.

This will make expresso, americano, latte, cappuchino and whatever else our trainees might want.

If you’d like to be one of the first to try these, then we still have a couple of places available on the courses running next week from 27/3/2017 at Lucid –
“Advanced Fibre Characterisation Engineer (Level 3 Certificate)”, “Advanced OTDR Testing (Level 3 Certificate)”, and
“City and Guilds 3667 Unit 2&3 Combined Fibre”   

More Certified Fibre Characterisation Engineers

We have just received 21 new Certificates from Open Awards – which means that there are now more engineers with a UK level 3 Certificate in Advanced Fibre Characterisation in Denmark, Greece, Finland, Sweden, USA, Netherlands, England and Wales! We still have a couple of places available on our public course 27-31 March at Lucid for anyone who wants the ultimate advanced fibre testing qualification – contact us at www.lucidos.co.uk

Certified Fibre Optics Engineer (OA Level 3) course at Lucid on 27-31 March

This is Lucid’s original full 5-day advanced testing course, run by John Colton, our technical director who is an acknowledged world expert on advanced testing of fibre networks, and wrote the first OTDR and PMD courses in the industry 20 years ago.

The course carries two formal level 3 certificates from a UK licensed awarding body. The location is Lucid Training Centre in Garsdale, Cumbria LA10 5PE

The course is modular, starting with the “Advanced OTDR Testing” module over the first 3 days, followed by the “Advanced PMD and CD Testing” module over the last two days.

Due to corporate commitments we don’t often get the opportunity to run this as an open course, so please call or email as soon as possible if you’d like to reserve a place.

Qualified? Certified? Confused?

Recently we have seen quite a few adverts for training courses, which use various terms such as ‘certificated’, ‘approved’ and ‘recognised’. This can be rather confusing, as anybody can ‘certify’, ‘approve’ and ‘recognise’ anything they like. There is no protection for these terms so people selling dodgy products can use these descriptions as much as they like. You may as well have a piece of paper from your Mum! In the UK this has been partly addressed by the licensing of awarding bodies:
*Licensed awarding bodies*
In the UK, the government has set up the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) as the overseer of national qualifications. The QCA then licences awarding bodies to develop and oversee qualifications and awards in partnership with industry and academia. Licensed Awarding Bodies such as City & Guilds, and Open Awards, spend a lot of time and effort not only on developing and maintaining qualifications, they also oversee that assessments for their qualifications are carried out properly, typically by sending an independent External Verifier out to visit their approved training providers, witness practical assessments and check through paperwork. Checks and inspections of approved centres vary but are at least annual.
*Training Companies*
Any company, organisation, or indeed individual can issue a certificate, but unless they are an official awarding body licensed by the QCA, or a similar national authority in another country, their certificate is not a formal qualification. This does not necessarily mean that these certificates are worthless, since the reputation of some companies can mean that the value of a company certificate is widely recognised even though it’s not an official award.
But – if it’s a qualification or certification you’re interested in, then do check the status of the awarding body, and the relevance of the ‘award’ they offer.

Jobs for off-shore cable engineers/technicians

Lucid have been asked if we can put forward details of any of our ex-trainees who have off-shore certificates and would like some contract work.

Pre-requisites are: off-shore certificate and trained/certified by Lucid Optical Services Ltd.  If you’ve not been trained and certified by us at Lucid the employer is not interested so this is strictly for our trainees.

Either phone the office or email your details to us at Lucid and we’ll send these on to the employers representative.

 

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