EAL Level 3 Award in Telecoms, Fibre and Copper


This qualification consists of two units which will develop the knowledge and practical skills the learner requires to progress in copper or fibre cable engineering, particularly the methods used in splicing, termination and testing of copper and/or fibre cables in the relevant industries.

The learner can undertake either of the units independently or they can select both units together. Certification will be awarded for either one of the units or both.  

As part of the learning outcomes, learners will also cover topics including health and safety, planning, and undertaking tasks which are relevant to the copper and/or fibre optic cable termination and testing environments for the relevant industries.

This qualification is graded Pass or Refer only.  This qualification has a minimum of 30 Guided Learning Hours (GLH). It has a Total Qualification Time (TQT) of 70 hours (the notional time required by the learner to complete the qualification).


Centres should ensure that the learners have the potential to achieve these qualifications. Learners must have the minimum levels of literacy and numeracy to complete the learning outcomes and the external assessment.

Learners must be at least 16 years old.

This qualification is aimed at new entrants to the relevant cable splicing, termination and testing industry who wish to develop their knowledge and practical skills to enable progression within their workplace. They could be learners who may already have prior knowledge and understanding of associated engineering, or furthermore, they could have the ability to achieve a level 3 qualification.

Alternatively, for example, upskilling or career changes for learners who may have existing technical engineering competence and knowledge at level 3 and now wish to progress into the copper and fibre cable engineering industry.


Internal assessment includes practical and/or theory assessments, which have been designed to assess the knowledge, understanding and skills of learners for individual units. The internal assessment for each unit is set by and marked by members of the delivery team at the Centre based on the specification issued by EAL. All assessment decisions are then subject to internal standardisation and external quality assurance.

The staff involved in the delivery of these qualifications at the Centre must meet ALL of the requirements in this section.