Certificate IV in Telecommunications Networks Technology
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: C4298
- Campus: City campus
- National curriculum code: ICT40610
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.
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.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
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.
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.
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 History 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
- Check the application dates to see when to apply.
- Ensure you meet all of the entry requirements (see above section).
- Check if you are eligible for a government subsidised place.
- Choose your application method and apply.
- If applicable, complete the selection tasks for your program (see above section).
- For the best chance of success, submit your application by the deadline for timely applications.
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.
As a 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.
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.
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.
Training Organisation Identifier (TOID): 3046