National code: ICT30519

Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology (Telecommunications Cabling)

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Overview About this course

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.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

Course outcomes

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)

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

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.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)

Electronic Instrument Trades Workers (General) install, modify, maintain and repair electronic instruments and control systems.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    500 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    33 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    45 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


  • Gender share

    5% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.


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.

Study pathways

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Previous study 2 Courses

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Further study 2 Courses

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The Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology (Telecommunications Cabling) does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

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.

Units Units taught in this course

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.

  • Locate, identify and rectify telecommunications network faults ICTTEN317

  • Provide customer service to telecommunications customers ICTWOR308

  • Determine and apply technologies within a telecommunications system ICTTEN315

  • Use electrical skills when working with telecommunications networks ICTTEN208

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

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

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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