Qualification details

ICT50110 - Diploma of Optical Networks (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes ICT50402 - Diploma of Telecommunications Photonics 14/Jun/2010
Is superseded by and equivalent to ICT51015 - Diploma of Telecommunications EngineeringUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages Packaging rules updated. Core units reduced to one 13/Jan/2016

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 07/Feb/2014
(View details for release 1) 15/Jun/2010


SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 313214 Telecommunications Technical Officer Or Technologist 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3124-13 Electronic Engineering Technician 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0313 Electrical And Electronic Engineering And Technology 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Telecommunications Equipment 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Telecommunications Photonics Technical Officer,Telecommunications Technical Specialist (Optical Networking) 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 313214 Telecommunications Technical Officer Or Technologist 15/Jun/2010 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3124-13 Electronic Engineering Technician 15/Jun/2010 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0313 Electrical And Electronic Engineering And Technology 15/Jun/2010 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 15/Jun/2010 
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Modification History



Release 2

This version first released with ICT10 Integrated Telecommunications Training Package Version 3.0.

Units updated to current versions.

Release 1

This version first released with ICT10 Integrated Telecommunications Training Package Version 1.0.


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

  • install, test and commission voice and data optical 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 optical networks
  • install and maintain IP based optical network telecommunications equipment.

Job Roles 

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

  • installer of emerging technologies
  • IP based optical network installer
  • specialised optical network infrastructure planner
  • telecommunications technical specialist

Prerequisite requirements 

There are no prerequisite requirements for individual units of competency.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • after achieving the ICT40110 Certificate IV in Optical Networks or another relevant accredited Training Package qualification or relevant accredited course


  • providing evidence of competency in the core units required for the ICT40110 Certificate IV in Optical 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 ICT50110 Diploma of Optical 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.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

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

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Employability Skills Summary

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

Packaging Rules

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.


BSBSUS501A Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

ICTOPN5118A Plan and configure dense wavelength division multiplexing systems

ICTOPN5119A Perform acceptance and commissioning tests on optical network

ICTOPN5120A Plan for an optical system upgrade and cut over

ICTOPN5121A Test and commission a dense wavelength division multiplexing transmission system

ICTOPN5123A Analyse and integrate specialised optical devices in the network



ICTCMP5176A Undertake radio communications site audit


ICTEDU5025A Develop and deliver training associated with new and modified products

ICT use 

IP networks 

ICAICT508A Evaluate vendor products and equipment

ICANWK516A Determine best-fit topology for a local network

Optical networks 

ICTOPN5122A Test the performance of specialised optical devices

Product skills and advice 

ICTPRO5026A Develop training, marketing and sales resources for telecommunications products

Project management 

BSBPMG522A Undertake project work

ICTPMG5027A Develop customer premises equipment installation project plans

ICTPMG5031A Prepare a project brief

ICTTEN5037A Design a telecommunications project

ICTPMG5039A Prepare project specifications


ICTSUS5187A Implement server virtualisation for a sustainable ICT system

Telecommunications engineering networks 

ICTITU5144A Test telecommunications network using virtual instruments

ICTTEN5038A Design an electronic system for a telecommunications network

ICTTEN5058A Acceptance test new systems and equipment

ICTTEN5059A Commission telecommunications network equipment

ICTTEN5060A Integrate new systems and equipment into the telecommunications network

ICTTEN5061A Cut over new and replacement network equipment

ICTTEN5083A Locate, diagnose and rectify complex faults

ICTTEN5084A Provide expert advice and support on complex faults

ICTTEN5092A Undertake planned outage management

ICTTEN5204A Produce technical solutions from business specifications

Emerging technologies 

ICTTEN5203A Dimension and design a radio frequency identification system

ICTTEN5217A Plan a wireless mesh network

IP networks 

ICTTEN5147A Administer a data communications network

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

ICTTEN5201A Install, configure and test a server