Telecommunications connect people, cities and businesses and are an essential part of everyday life. Join the digital community and learn to install, manage and fix optical and coaxial cable networks in a range of exciting environments.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Use hand and power tools
Install and manage telecommunications networks
Find and fix network faults
Design and install SmartWired homes
Design, set-up, test and terminate optical and coaxial cabling
Liaise and communicate with clients and develop cost estimates for telecommunications projects
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
Practical experience and specialist skills to give you an advantage in the job market
Become eligible to register as a qualified cabler with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (AMCA)
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
An interest in technical details
A good level of physical fitness to be able to work in confined spaces
Good eyesight and the ability to distinguish between colours for wiring and resistor banding, which you will need if you wish to have a career as a cabler
An ability to work independently and make decisions
Closed shoes for safety reasons
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (General) install, modify, maintain and repair electronic instruments and control systems.
Other jobs include: telecommunications technician/tradesperson, assistant broadband network installer, assistant telecommunications equipment operator, assistant security alarm installer, assistant data and voice communications cabler/installer, NBN optical fibre splicer/installer, cable tv service technicians and underground cable installation technician/tradesperson.
Working as a cabler in Australia is a licensed occupation. When you successfully complete the Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology, you can apply to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the approved registrars for Open Cabler Certification. Visit ACMA for more information.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology (Telecommunications Cabling) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 units of competency, including 6 core and 10 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
TAFE NSW Libraries
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