Product Manager for UC Connect, Lee Stokes, is hugely supportive of the new certification: ‘For a long time the industry has needed a set level of competence that everyone recognises and trusts. The determination of the team at CNet Training has resulted in the CNCI programme to deliver that.’
For those who have yet to undertake a CNCI programme, or who choose not to do so, Draka will still provide its current training programme to ensure all contractors have the opportunity to join the UC Connect scheme.
However, CNet Training – providers of the CNIC programme – point out that the days of manufacturer-led training programmes may be numbered. CNet Training managing director Andrew Stevens asserts that ‘not only have installers and manufacturers been very quick to come on board but we are now starting to see the first specifications requiring the use of CNCI certified contractors.’
Lee Stokes sees benefits to both the manufacturer and installer: ‘Having an industry-led training programme delivered by a professional training company allows us to focus our resources where they should be – on providing the best products and most comprehensive technical support to our UC Connect installers.’