Certificate IV in Radio Frequency Networks

This qualification reflects the role of a technician with a range of telecommunications skills who can:

install and maintain switching and transmission radio frequency (RF) equipment in the enterprise network

install and maintain RF and wireless equipment for high speed broadband network infrastructure

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 internet protocol (IP) based network telecommunications equipment

install and maintain telecommunications access network cabling and infrastructure, systems and basic customer premises equipment using optical networking technology

assess installation requirements of converging voice, video and data IP networks

plan and perform installations

test installed equipment and fault find.

This role also involves a degree of autonomy and may include limited supervision of others.

Job Roles

Job roles and titles vary across different sectors of the industry. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

customer equipment installer

IP based network installer

RF network infrastructure installer

RF network technician secure IT network installer

telecommunications radio technician

Prerequisite requirements

There are no prerequisite requirements for individual units of competency.


Total number of units = 11

5 core units, plus

1 elective unit from Group A workplace units, plus

5 elective units from Group B general units

Elective units must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and the qualification level.

A maximum of two units from Group B general elective units may be substituted with two units of competency from any endorsed Training Package or any accredited course at Certificate IV or Diploma level. One of those two units from Group B general elective units may be substituted from Group A workplace elective units where required by a specific job role.

Units selected from other Training Packages or accredited courses must not duplicate units selected from or available within the ICT10 Integrated Telecommunications Training Package.


add topic ICTPMG4152A Manage the delivery of network infrastructure

add topic ICTRFN4095A Conduct radio frequency measurements

add topic ICTRFN4158A Select an antenna system for radio communications

add topic ICTSUS4185A Install and test power management software

add topic ICTTEN4081A Locate, diagnose and rectify faults


Group A- Workplace elective units

add topic BSBSMB401A Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

add topic BSBSMB405B Monitor and manage small business operations

add topic BSBSMB407A Manage a small team

add topic ICAICT401A Determine and confirm client business requirements

add topic ICTTEN4003B Estimate and quote for customer telecommunications equipment installation

Group B - General elective units


add topic ICTCBL4002B Prepare design drawings and specification for a cable installation

add topic ICTCBL4004B Schedule and supply cabling installation

add topic ICTCBL4023B Supervise cabling project

add topic ICTCBL4057B Test cable bearers

add topic ICTCBL4099A Remotely locate and identify cable network faults

Digital reception technology

add topic ICTDRE4166A Integrate customer digital reception equipment

add topic ICTDRE4167A Integrate data delivery modes

ICT use

IP networks

add topic ICAICT405A Develop detailed technical design

add topic ICANWK406A Install, configure and test network security

add topic ICANWK416A Build security into virtual private networks

add topic ICANWK417A Build an enterprise wireless network

add topic ICANWK410A Install network hardware to a network

add topic ICANWK411A Install software to networked computers

Occupational health and safety

add topic ICTOHS2153B Work safely near power infrastructure

add topic CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry

Optical networks

add topic ICTOPN4115B Install and test a dense wavelength division multiplexing system

add topic ICTOPN4116A Use advanced optical test equipment

add topic ICTOPN4117A Prepare activity plans and specifications for a fibre to the x installation

Project management

add topic ICTPMG4048B Schedule installation of customer premises equipment

Radio frequency networks

add topic ICTRFN4159A Test and repair cellular network equipment

add topic ICTRFN4174A Undertake radio communications signals monitoring

add topic ICTRFN4177A Install radio communications base station equipment

add topic ICTRFN4178A Maintain hybrid fibre coaxial broadband cable network


add topic ICTSUS4183A Install and test renewable energy system for ICT networks

add topic ICTSUS4184A Install and test power saving hardware

add topic ICTSUS4186A Install thin client applications for power over ethernet

Telecommunications engineering networks

add topic ICTTEN4001B Identify requirements for customer telecommunications equipment

add topic ICTTEN4040A Assign a transmission path

add topic ICTTEN4051A Install configuration programs on PC based customer equipment

add topic ICTTEN4072A Effect changes to existing customer premises equipment systems and equipment

add topic ICTTEN4073A Cut over customer premises equipment major upgrades

add topic ICTTEN4076A Complete equipment and software upgrades

add topic ICTTEN4078A Commission an electronic system

add topic ICTTEN4085A Monitor, analyse and action telecommunications network alarms

add topic ICTTEN4086A Undertake routine maintenance of the telecommunications network

add topic ICTTEN4087A Undertake remote diagnosis and repair of network faults

add topic ICTTEN4102A Repair telecommunication system faults

Emerging technologies

add topic ICTTEN4050A Install and configure a wireless mesh network

add topic ICTTEN4126A Install and configure internet protocol TV in a home network

add topic ICTTEN4202A Install and test a radio frequency identification system

add topic ICTTEN4215A Install and configure internet protocol TV in a service provider network

add topic ICTTEN4229B Design, install and configure a customer smart technology network

(IP networks)

add topic ICTTEN4198A Install, configure and test an internet protocol network

add topic ICTTEN4199A Install, configure and test a router

add topic ICTTEN4210A Implement and troubleshoot enterprise routers and switches

add topic ICTTEN4211A Design, install and configure an internetwork

add topic ICTTEN4212A Apply advanced routing protocols to network design

add topic ICTTEN4213A Configure and troubleshoot advanced network switching

add topic ICTTEN4214A Install and maintain a wide area network


    Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    after achieving ICT30113 Certificate III in Broadband and Wireless Networks Technology or ICT30213 Certificate III in Telecommunications or ICT30313 Certificate III in Telecommunications Cabling or ICT30613 Certificate III in Broadband and Wireless Networks or another relevant accredited Training Package qualification or relevant accredited course


    providing evidence of competency in the core units required for ICT30113 Certificate III in Broadband and Wireless Networks Technology or ICT30213 Certificate III in Telecommunications or ICT30313 Certificate III in Telecommunications Cabling or ICT30613 Certificate III in Broadband and Wireless Networks or equivalent units with vocational experience


    with substantial vocational experience but without a formal qualification.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving ICT40410 Certificate IV in Radio Frequency Networks, candidates may undertake ICT50410 Diploma of Radio Frequency Networks, a qualification for those seeking to develop more specialised technical skills and knowledge, or a range of other Diploma qualifications.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

All training programs must be conducted with the reference to the regulatory regime of the prevailing statutory authority (currently ACMA).

National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work

Some cabling and installation work may fall within the definition of construction work. If so, people entering the construction site are required to complete the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (Australian Safety Compensation Council, May 2007).

Achievement of the unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry from the CPC08 Construction and Plumbing Services Integrated Framework Training Package fulfils this requirement.

Employability Skills

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


determining options to rectify faults and discussing them with customer so that necessary action is determined

documenting test methods and results

making a complete check of installation against installation plans

reading, interpreting and using equipment/system manuals and specifications and relevant enterprise policy and documentation

conveying information to clients, colleagues and other site personnel

providing feedback to customers on operating the equipment


identifying members and roles of team

identifying and contributing to team tasks and goals

recognising and responding positively to conflict within team

working with team members to work with clients and install equipment

relating personal role to the industry

participating in a team structure by identifying team members, tasks and goals and recognising and responding positively to conflict

applying interpersonal skills with clients, employer, supervisors, work associates, team members and other contractors

giving and receiving feedback to assist in meeting team and organisation goals

Problem solving

ranking causes of problems, working from system-wide impacts to specific impacts

diagnosing network security problems to secure the network

identifying barriers to installation and developing strategies to overcome them within time and budget restrictions

identifying faults or optimisation options

rectifying faults and adjusting system to optimal operation

determining coaxial and optical fibre cable routes taking into account building services, safety, industry codes and practices, and customer requirements

following up promptly on difficulties and known problem areas

Initiative and enterprise

prioritising urgent requests and acting according to organisational guidelines

identifying barriers to installation and developing strategies to overcome them within time and budget restrictions

adapting plan to suit specific features of site

identifying issues and possible solutions within established guidelines

interacting with enterprise personnel, customers and other contractors keeping a customer focus and considering customer needs

Planning and organising

identifying realistic short and long-term career objectives

planning and provision to meet key dates and milestones

gathering data for the installation of systems and equipment

planning the installation of fibre cable, taking into account technical, scheduling and financial considerations

interpreting design and relating to site characteristics

prioritising work according to organisation guidelines

running a test of network security arrangements


identifying realistic short and long-term career objectives

identifying work to be completed

complying with all related OHS requirements and work practices

developing installation plans to ensure minimal disruption to the workplace

checking that tools and equipment are in safe working order and adjusted to manufacturer specification

relating own role to the industry and establishing own work schedule

using strategies to present a professional image to customers

interpreting and applying relevant regulations and standards


relating current or intended role to career objectives in a positive manner

giving and receiving feedback to assist in meeting team and organisation goals

making clients aware of opportunities that exist for system upgrades, additional services and training

seeking assistance from team members when necessary

providing suitable training and assessment opportunities for work team members

providing training to customers on system, product, product features and facilities


checking that tools and equipment are in safe working order and adjusted to manufacturer specifications

converging many integrated and emerging technologies

testing and measuring of broadband network infrastructure

installing and operating telecommunications equipment and products

installing and operating equipment and products

identifying, replacing or repairing faulty parts and equipment

undertaking relevant acceptance tests and analysing results against specified performance criteria