At a time of increasing change within our industry, training and education is essential if you want to keep abreast of the latest technology, design and installation techniques. The CAI's intense programmes are designed to develop skills and competencies necessary to meet the demands of the aerial and systems installation industry.
Please note that successfully passing any CAI Training Course does not give you membership of the Confederation and use of the CAI logo is not permitted. Nine of our programmes have achieved City & Guilds Accreditation which recognises the process and delivery of a bespoke training programme. These are not City & Guilds Qualifications, and you will not be authorised to use the City & Guilds logo. Please note our training processes and systems have been Accredited, not the content of our programmes or the CAI as an organisation. You will receive a CAI training certificate which contains the City & Guilds Accredited Programme logo.
CAI Accessibility Policy
The CAI welcomes applications from potential participants of all social and ethnic backgrounds. Its enrolment policy aims to promote equal opportunities, while at the same time selecting participants who have the ability and motivation to benefit from the courses that they intend to follow and who will make a contribution to the Industry. To this end, in the spirit of the Equality Act 2005, the CAI will undertake reasonable adjustments for qualified applicants with disabilities to enter the CAI Education and Skills Programme, in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Any applicant who needs to report any disabilities to the CAI, please do so at the time of booking, or shortly after in order for the learning programme to be adapted and cater for your needs.
This programme is designed for owners, managers and employees who require a degree of understanding of project management beyond a superficial level without the expense of undertaking a longer course.
This programme is suitable for participants with no experience who wish to enter the industry and for those who have experience but want to know more about the theoretical and practical aspects of terrestrial and satellite signal reception and installation.
Our programme is designed for participants who have prior experience in the design, installation and maintenance of TV and satellite reception and relay systems and who would like to update their knowledge of Integrated Reception Systems (IRS).
Our programme is suitable for anyone who is installing aerials and is not fully conversant with the current standard (IEC 60728-11:2010) and CAI Code of Practice 3 - Electrical Safety Requirements for Signal Reception Systems (Excluding CATV).
Our programme is suitable for participants involved in the TV/RF distribution industry with a desire to learn the developments of Fibre Optic Technology focusing on Fibre Integrated Reception Systems (FIRS). A reasonable understanding of conventional IRS would be beneficial but not absolutely necessary.
Our advanced level course is suitable for participants who have completed the CAI Fibre Optics in Signal Distribution Level 1 (or the previous CAI 1 day programme) or have a good understanding of general Fibre optic principles in relation to Fibre Integrated Reception Systems and who wish to progress to a higher level of competence and practical ability in this area.
Our programme is suitable for participants with a basic level understanding of electronics, frequency bandwidths and signal distribution techniques in single dwelling properties. It is assumed that participants have practical experience in the installation of terrestrial and satellite antennas as well as signal measurements parameters associated with both these areas.
Our programme is suitable for participants with extensive practical experience of installing ASTRA and Eutelsat fixed dish installations.
This course will provide, at an advanced level, a theoretical base for systems installers including all the latest information of digital terrestrial & satellite broadcasting and reception. Once the course has been passed CAI members will be able to register as a 'CAI Approved Systems Installer' and a 'Specialist Safety Electrical Installer' (SSEI).
This programme is for the experienced participant with a good basic knowledge of all aspects of terrestrial and satellite reception. This programme has been designed to support the practical assessment required for the SMATV & IRS Networks Distance Learning Course. (To help decide if this course is suitable for your skill level check with the 'Should I attend' section at the bottom of this page).’
Your gateway to obtaining a CSCS card.
Why is a CSCS card needed?
To work on and gain entry to construction sites and be compliant with CSCS. A skills card shows the holder has the neccessary skills, experience and health & safety knowlegdge to be allowed to work on construction sites. Through the Foundation Diploma, the CAI offer a straight forward route to faciliate the trade.
If i've the Foundation Diploma, which CSCS card will i get?
A blue CSCS Skills card.
How much does the Foundation Level Diploma cost?
Depending on the engineer's experience and the qualifications already obtained, the cost will vary. Download the CAI Foundation Level Diploma in Signal Reception 'Qualification Requirements' which provides information on the evidence needed. A cost list for some of the elements that go towards the Foundation Level Diploma are:
|Course / Evidence Description||Member||Non-Member|
|Making the Bond||£180.00||£265.00|
|Work Based Assessment (on-site)||£250.00||£400.00|
|Work Based Assessment (evidence submission)||£150.00||£300.00|
|Safe Working at Height Refresher (if needed)||£70.00||£140.00|
|Basic Aerial & Satellite Installation||£525.00||£780.00|
|Introduction to IRS||£270.00||£395.00|
|Basic Home Networking & Connectivity||£180.00||£265.00|
|Fibre Optics in Signal Distribution||£225.00||£330.00|
How do I enrol onto the CAI Foundation Level Diploma in Signal Reception?
Each engineer must have already completed a full day's Safe Working at Heights course already as this is considered a refresher only. This is available for Members only.
This programme is suitable for participants with extensive practical experience of installing fixed dish installations and wishes to provide a broadband service where DSL fails to provide adequate operational speed. This programme will impart a working knowledge of broadband via an SES-ASTRA fixed satellite installation.
This programme is suitable for participants with extensive practical experience of installing fixed dish installations and wishes to provide a broadband service where DSL fails to provide adequate operational speed. This programme will impart a working knowledge of broadband via a Eutelsat ToowayTM fixed satellite installation.