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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.

The danger of working in confined spaces

A reminder that the threat from working in confined spaces should not be forgotten or underestimated with these two tragic incidents from the USA and Australia . Here is a tragic accident: www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-38988928 This follows one in the US earlier this year: www.bradenton.com/news/nation-world/national/article126948324.html

Advanced OTDR

Due to increased demand we have scheduled another AOTDR course here at Lucid , March 27-29 . This is a three day course leading to a Level 3 award , certified by OpenAwards. In the same week we have a two day CD/PMD course , March 30-31 . Please ring for more details.

Spaces now available

Due to a last minute cancellation we now have available spaces on the next City&Guilds 3667 Units 2+3 Internal and external Fibre course . It is running here at Lucid Training Centre in Cumbria , February 27-March 3 . Please ring for details .