Certificate IV in Telecommunications Networks Technology


  • Program code: C4298
  • Campus: City campus
  • National curriculum code: ICT40610

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Please note: this program is no longer offered to commencing students; it has been replaced with C4353 Certificate IV in Telecommunications Networks Technology.

This program will prepare you to work as a technical officer or technician specialising in telecommunication systems and communication networks.

You'll gain the knowledge and skills of telecommunication signalling principles, telecommunication networks operations concepts, design and optical communication. You'll also develop the diagnostic skills associated with network cabling.

The program covers:

  • internet cloud
  • circuit and packet switching
  • copper and fibre cabling
  • customer premises equipment
  • broadband networks
  • network functional groups.

This program is based on the nationally accredited Telecommunications Training Package (ICT10) and can be followed by the Diploma and then the Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering.


1 year full time or 2-3 years part time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.

You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Program structure

The program emphasises all aspects of local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN), and focuses on solving complex copper and fibre network faults.

Specialised study areas include:

  • advanced network switching
  • advanced optical test equipment
  • customer premises equipment
  • digital circuits
  • electrical skills
  • environmental policy and procedures
  • hand and power tools
  • internet protocol devices
  • network faults and infrastructure
  • team management.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

You'll gain telecommunications industry experience with visits to industry sites.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


As a telecommunications technician, you'll likely work in the operations departments of telecommunications carriers.

The growing use of telecommunications infrastructure in large business enterprises means there's increasing work available in providing system administration and support interconnecting with public telecommunications infrastructure.

Technicians are sometimes required to maintain complex telecommunications equipment, systems and facilities at a station, doing maintenance, testing, alignment, modification and operation of electronic equipment.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements

Applicants who do not have a Year 12 qualification or relevant work experience and/or employment in the telecommunications industry must undertake the VETASSESS test for literacy and numeracy.



Selection tasks

VTAC application: If you're a non-Year 12 applicant and you want other information considered with your application, you must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online (formerly Pi form).

Direct application: If you're applying directly, and want other information to be considered you must complete and submit a personal statement.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to each program.

There are 2 tuition fee types:

  • Victorian Government subsidised places where your fee is shared between you and the Victorian Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria
  • full fees where you will be responsible for the full cost.

Fee assistance

As a vocational education (TAFE) student you may be eligible for the following:

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF).

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Graduates can progress to the Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering and then the Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering.

Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering may be eligible for exemptions if they gain a place in the Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering) program.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Engineering (TAFE)

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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Program Manager
School of Vocational Engineering
Building 57, Level 5
115 Queensberry Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Tel. +61 3 9925 4468
Email: vocengineering@rmit.edu.au

View PDF brochure for this program.


Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.

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