Telecommunications Technical Specialist
Apprenticeship and traineeship details
Please refer to the Declaration Policy for the requirements relating to apprenticeships and traineeships.
This qualification reflects the role of a technician with a range of telecommunications skills who can:
- install and maintain enterprise network in emerging and converging technologies
- install and maintain optical and wireless equipment for high speed broadband network infrastructure
- install and maintain internet protocol (IP) based network telecommunications equipment
- install IP based networks in home networks and small and medium enterprises
- install and maintain telecommunications, data cabling and cabling products on customer premises
- cabling at the customer premises in accordance to requirements of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and relevant industry registration bodies, and in line with the specifications of the access network owner
- install and maintain telecommunications access network cabling and infrastructure, systems and basic customer premises equipment
- assess installation requirements of converging voice, video and data IP networks
- plan and perform installations
- test installed equipment and fault find.
Australian Standard Classification of Occupations:
ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENT TRADESPERSONS
GENERAL ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENT TRADESPERS
- Casual NOT PERMITTED in Queensland
The lodgment of a second training contract where one of the training contracts is full-time will be reviewed by the Department to determine if each of the parties to each training contract can meet their obligations. There must be a clear separation between the training and employment requirements for each training contract and must not be replicated through the one occupation only.
Minimum of 15 hours per week over each 4 week period throughout duration of apprenticeship/traineeship.
School-based arrangements are not suitable for this qualification.
Traineeship Probation/Duration Details:
All apprenticeships have a nominal term - this is the timeframe that is on the Traineeship training contract.
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Minimum education standard:
Completion of Year 12 (Qld)
Minimum entry age:
It is recommended that trainees have completed a minimum of Year 12 English, Maths and Science.
Entry into this qualification requires:
- a qualification at AQF level 2 or 3 in telecommunications from the ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package or the ICT10 Integrated Telecommunications Training Package and certified evidence of at least 700 hours of work experience within the related scope of the qualification, which may have occurred concurrent with or after the qualification was achieved
- a qualification at AQF level 2 or 3 in electrotechnology from the UEE Electrotechnology Training Package and certified evidence of at least 700 hours of work experience within the related scope of the qualification, which may have occurred concurrent with or after the qualification was achieved
- a current unrestricted electrical licence from any Australian State or Territory electrical regulator
- a qualification at AQF level 2 or 3 in telecommunications from the ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package and enrolment in the ICT41219 Certificate IV in Telecommunications Engineering Technology as part of a traineeship or apprenticeship program or concurrently employed within the ICT industry
- open registration as an ACMA registered cabler with certified evidence of at least 2100 hours of work experience within the customer premises doing cabling or telecommunications carrier work.
As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport have unrestricted rights to employment in Australia.
Visa holders may engage in apprenticeships or traineeships provided their work rights allows this, based on information and advice provided by the Australian Government.
Please refer to the Declaration policy, table 16 for the requirements on supervision.
Modified supervision arrangements available: NO
Employers are required to provide, or arrange to provide the facilities, range of work, supervision and training as detailed in the training plan.
Qualified person for traineeships
1. A person who has satisfactorily completed a traineeship in the trainee's calling, and is the holder of a completion certificate issued under an Act, or
2. A person who holds a certificate of recognition issued under an Act, certifying the person has the necessary skills and knowledge in the calling, or
3. A tradesperson in the trainee's calling, as defined under a specific industrial instrument, or
4. A person who holds a tradesperson's certificate or certificate of recognition as a recognised tradesperson issued under the Tradespersons' Rights Regulation Act 1946 in the traineeship calling, or
5. A person who holds a relevant qualification in the traineeship calling, or
6. A person individually, or persons collectively, who has/have documented competence (achieved through an RPL or training pathway) or demonstrated competence in all the competencies the employer is required to provide training for under the trainee's training plan (note - cannot be a person or persons currently undertaking the same traineeship), and
7. A person undertaking a traineeship, at a higher level than the trainee's, whose traineeship incorporates supervisory or coordinating skills and who has documented competence (achieved through an RPL or training pathway) in at least one of the competencies the employer is required to provide to the trainee under the training plan and who is supervised by a person who qualifies under (1), and/or (5) and/or (6).
And, where a licence to practice the calling is required, the qualified person holds a current licence.
Adequate supervision of apprentices and trainees cannot solely be provided from an offsite location by electronic means. Electronic means include, but are not limited to, telephones, radios and webcams.
The level of supervision will normally range between direct, general and broad as per the below guidelines:
- Direct - Close monitoring of work ensuring understanding and identifying potential risks and/or hazards
- General - Occasional monitoring to ensure progress is occurring
- Broad - Quality checking of completed tasks.
Licensing requirements - Work functions in the occupational areas where this qualification may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package Companion Volume Implementation Guide or the relevant regulator for details of licensing, legislative or certification requirements.
Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:
- after achieving the ICT30110 Certificate III in Broadband and Wireless Networks Technology or ICT30210 Certificate III in Telecommunications or ICT30310 Certificate III in Telecommunications Cabling or ICT30610 Certificate III in Broadband and Wireless Networks or another relevant accredited Training Package qualification or relevant accredited course
- with substantial vocational experience but without a formal qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning.
Qld declaration date:
Certificate IV in Telecommunications Engineering Technology
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Queensland User Choice program funding details
The Queensland User Choice program funds Skills Assure suppliers (RTOs) for the provision
of services to eligible apprentices and trainees.
For more information, please visit User Choice in Queensland.
Funded under the User Choice Program:
Industrial relations details
Since 1 January 2010, all private sector employers and employees in Queensland, including apprentices and trainees,
have their wages and conditions of employment covered by the Fair Work Act 2009 and modern awards. This legislation
is administered by the Commonwealth Government Fair Work Ombudsman's office.
Apprentices and trainees are considered employees and may receive entitlements the same as other employees such as: annual leave, sick leave, public holidays, superannuation, workers compensation and allowances. Apprentices and trainees must also receive a pay slip to cover full details of the pay for each pay period. Pay slips have to be given to an employee (including apprentices and trainees) within 1 working day of pay day and be either in electronic form or paper hard copy.
Parties should make enquiries with the Fair Work Ombudsman on Ph: 13 13 94 or at http://www.fairwork.gov.au to determine the correct industrial instrument and entitlements.
When employment is ceasing the employer or the employee (apprentice/trainee) must provide the appropriate notice periods as per the relevant award or registered workplace agreement. A notice period is the length of time that an employer or employee (apprentice/trainee) has to give to end employment. Additional information about notice periods can be found at: http://www.fairwork.gov.au/ending-employment/notice-and-final-pay.
Unfair dismissal is when an employee (apprentice/trainee) is dismissed from their job in a harsh, unjust or unreasonable manner. Additional information about unfair dismissal can be found at: http://www.fairwork.gov.au/ending-employment/unfair-dismissal.
Public sector and local government workers in Queensland remain under the state industrial relations system. Additional information about wages and conditions of employment for employees (apprentices/trainees employed by state or local government) can be found at: https://www.forgov.qld.gov.au/pay-awards-and-agreements.