17th Edition – exam only

*BS 7671*”Requirements for Electrical Installations. IET Wiring Regulations”, usually called in the electrical community*The “Regs”*, is the national standard in the United Kingdom for electrical installation and the safety of electrical wiring in domestic, commercial, industrial, and other buildings, also in special installations and locations, such as marinas or caravan parks. If you need this qualification …the City&Guilds 17th Edition , we hold the exam only option here at Lucid on demand , five days each week . The price is £125+VAT . Please ring for details or to book an exam .

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/

Happy Easter …A definite opportunity

We have a couple of short weeks upon us soon with the bank holidays for Easter . It does mean we are a bit restricted to offer some of the longer courses we run . We have a little time to spare so it is a good time for anyone to do the 17th Edition exam only here , which we hold on demand at a price of £125+VAT. After that we are straight back with another Advanced OTDR course on April 24-26 . Meanwhile we wish everyone a Very Happy Easter.

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

AOTDR Training Course- March 27-29

We have just two places left on our next Advanced OTDR course here at Lucid . This course is certified by OpenAwards and is designed for managers and engineers who are required to accept, interpret or understand OTDR traces, also maintenance staff who use the OTDR for fault finding .
A basic understanding of optical fibres is required for this course .
Please contact us for full details .

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.


First Responder Assessments

Congratulations to all the Community First Responders (CFRs) from Garsdale, and two from Dent and Sedbergh, on passing their annual assessments today. The assessments, taking 30 min for each volunteer CFR, were hosted by Lucid in support of our local CFR team.

With our idyllic rural location, speed of access to emergency services is not what it could be, so it is potentially life saving to have these local CFR teams who can reach patients to administer CPR, defibrillation and oxygen before the ambulance arrives.

Merry Christmas

And a happy New Year to you from all of us at Lucid

snowmanAs usual, we are not sending Christmas cards but are donating to charities instead. This year our chosen charities are the Air Ambulance, Garsdale First Responders, the “Garsdale Red Squirrel Group” which helps preserve one of the last pockets of red squirrels left in England, and finally a new charity, “Rebuilding Nepal” – following the earthquakes, the region is still struggling with instabilities and landslides which could carry on for years.
Just post a comment with your preferred choice below or on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/LucidOptical.


News from the FIA

At the FIA (Fibre-optics Industry Association) AGM on 5th December 2015, Mike Gilmore stepped back after many years service as Technical Director of FIA – the end of an era!

Lucid’s John Colton was then elected as the new Technical Director, after 13 years as a FIA director with responsibility for training and qualifications. John is looking forward to carrying on Mike’s work representing the fibre optics industry in UK and looking after the interests of all the FIA members.

Thanks to Mike Gilmore for all his work for the FIA, and congratulations to John Colton.


Job opportunity with Lucid

We are looking for an additional trainer for Lucid, starting early 2016.  As for all our trainers, the main requirement would be plenty of real-world experience of both fibre optics and copper comms cable installation in various environments.

You would not necessarily need previous training experience; if you have the right industry experience and aptitude then we can teach you this.

If you are interested then send us an email with your details through the link on the right, or our contact page.


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