Diploma of Radio Frequency Networks

This qualification reflects the role of an individual involving a high level of specialist technical skills and knowledge in telecommunications radio frequency (RF) and IT networks using internet protocol (IP) systems who can:

install, test and commission voice and data RF communications networks in medium to large enterprises using next generation networks technologies

provide specialist technical support in monitoring and administering the installation and upgrade of large telecommunications RF networks

install and maintain IP based RF network telecommunications equipment.

Job Roles

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

telecommunications technical specialist

planner of specialised RF network infrastructure

installer of IP based RF networks

installer of emerging technologies.

There are no prerequisite requirements for individual units of competency.


Total number of units = 10

6 core units, plus

4 elective units

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

A maximum of two elective units may be substituted with two units of competency from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.

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 BSBPMG522A Undertake project work

add topic BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

add topic ICTPMG5031A Prepare a project brief

add topic ICTTEN5037A Design a telecommunications project

add topic ICTTEN5217A Plan a wireless mesh network

add topic ICTRFN6171A Produce and evaluate architecture designs for WiMAX networks



add topic ICTCMP5176A Undertake radio communications site audit


add topic ICTEDU5025A Develop and deliver training associated with new and modified products

ICT use

IP networks

add topic ICAICT508A Evaluate vendor products and equipment

add topic ICANWK516A Determine best-fit topology for a local network

IT use

add topic ICTITU5144A Test telecommunications network using virtual instruments

Product skills and advice

add topic ICTPRO5026A Develop training, marketing and sales resources for telecommunications products

Project management

add topic ICTPMG5027A Develop customer premises equipment installation project plans

add topic ICTPMG5039A Prepare project specifications

Radio frequency networks

add topic ICTRFN5097A Test cellular handset enhancements and international roaming agreements

add topic ICTRFN5148A Test and measure cellular phone and network equipment performance

add topic ICTRFN5179A Evaluate and analyse radio frequency signal coverage plots

add topic ICTRFN6098B Monitor the capacity of and recommend changes to the cellular mobile network


add topic ICTSUS5187A Implement server virtualisation for a sustainable ICT system


add topic ICTTEN5038A Design an electronic system for a telecommunications network

add topic ICTTEN5058A Acceptance test new systems and equipment

add topic ICTTEN5059A Commission telecommunications network equipment

add topic ICTTEN5060A Integrate new systems and equipment into the telecommunications network

add topic ICTTEN5061A Cut over new and replacement network equipment

add topic ICTTEN5083A Locate, diagnose and rectify complex faults

add topic ICTTEN5084A Provide expert advice and support on complex faults

add topic ICTTEN5092A Undertake planned outage management

add topic ICTTEN5204A Produce technical solutions from business specifications

Emerging technologies

add topic ICTTEN5203A Dimension and design a radio frequency identification system

IP networks

add topic ICTTEN5147A Administer a data communications network

add topic ICTTEN5168A Design and implement an enterprise voice over internet protocol and a unified communications network

add topic ICTTEN5201A Install, configure and test a server


    Pathways into the qualification

    Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    after achieving the ICT40410 Certificate IV in Radio Frequency Networks or another relevant accredited Training Package qualification or relevant accredited course


    providing evidence of competency in the core units required for the ICT40410 Certificate IV in Radio Frequency Networks or equivalent units with vocational experience


    with substantial vocational experience but without a formal qualification.

    Pathways from the qualification

    For candidates seeking to develop more specialised technical skills and knowledge, the electives selected in the ICT50410 Diploma of Radio Frequency Networks, should be considered with a view to meeting pathways into the ICT60110 Advanced Diploma of Optical Networks qualification or the ICT60210 Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering or a range of other Advanced Diploma qualifications or University programs.

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).

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 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