Unit of competency details

ICTOPN6124A - Manage optical ethernet transmission (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to ICTOPN601 - Manage optical ethernet transmissionUpdated to meet standards for Training Packages 13/Jan/2016

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 15/Jun/2010


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 031307 Communications Technologies  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 031307 Communications Technologies  15/Jun/2010 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage an ethernet optical transmission system. It includes analysis of fault conditions that may occur.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement but users should confirm requirements with the relevant federal, state or territory authority.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

Field officers working with carrier telecommunications networks using optical technologies apply the skills and knowledge in this unit.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan to test optical ethernet link

1.1. Make worksite safe by identifying existing and potential site hazards 

1.2. Determine the technical environment  and network components

1.3. Report on infrastructure to ensure that link is designed to meet performance requirements

2. Specify architecture requirements

2.1. Follow site specific safety requirements and enterprise occupational health and safety (OHS) procedures

2.2. Determine architecture components 

2.3. Determine functions  and framework  for the system to operate across network boundaries, taking into account performance criteria

3. Manage optical ethernet link

3.1. Conduct work in the context of appropriate tests 

3.2. Analyse test results

3.3. Provide a report on test results and compare with expected outcomes

3.4. Document test results and refer to the appropriate person 

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • analytical skills to identify and rectify faults in Ethernet transmission
  • communication skills to:
  • liaise with internal and external personnel on technical and operational matters
  • relate to work associates, supervisors, team members and clients
  • literacy skills to:
  • interpret technical documentation, such as equipment manuals, specifications and service orders
  • write reports using standard formats
  • research skills to gather data, observation and analysis of transmission issues
  • technical skills to conduct tests and operate test equipment

Required knowledge 

  • ethernet:
  • applications of ethernet in optical systems
  • architecture of ethernet systems
  • operation of ethernet within a telecommunications environment
  • organisational policy and procedures
  • testing techniques
  • familiarity with workplace and industry environment
  • specific OHS requirements relating to:
  • handling of optical fibre
  • personal safety issues
  • use of laser light sources

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the ability to:

  • plan to test an optical ethernet link
  • select and perform a testing regime on ethernet optical transmissions
  • analyse and document test results
  • comply with all related OHS requirements and work practices.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • a telecommunications operations site with ethernet optical transmission system
  • test equipment currently used in industry.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • oral or written questioning of the candidate
  • direct observation of the candidate carrying out relevant measurements within an ethernet optical communication system
  • evaluation of written report prepared by the candidate outlining architecture components, testing regime and analysis of test results.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplaces and job role is recommended, for example:

  • ICTOPN4116A Use advanced optical test equipment
  • ICTOPN6129A Analyse optical transmission systems.

Aboriginal people and other people from a non-English speaking background may have second language issues.

Access must be provided to appropriate learning and assessment support when required.

Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate, and appropriate to the oral communication skill level, and language and literacy capacity of the candidate and the work being performed.

In all cases where practical assessment is used it will be combined with targeted questioning to assess required knowledge. Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this unit of competency.

Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with special needs.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Hazards  may include:

  • optical cable:
  • hazardous laser light.

Technical environment  may include:

  • Ethernet frame structure
  • medium access control
  • physical media.

Architecture components  may include:

  • entire fibres
  • Lambda
  • time division multiplexing
  • waveband.

Functions  may include:

  • bandwidth profile parameters
  • class-of-service labels
  • network service parameters
  • service attributes
  • service performance parameters.

Framework  may include:

  • auto-negotiation
  • physical coding sub-layer
  • physical medium attachment
  • physical medium dependent.

Appropriate tests  may include:

  • approval and acceptance tests:
  • 1000BASE-T PMA
  • 1000BASE-X PCS
  • auto-negotiation
  • electrical interfaces
  • ethernet testing suite
  • flow control test
  • jitter measurements
  • media access control (MAC) layer
  • operating wavelength
  • optical interfaces
  • phase fluctuation and jitter
  • physical interface
  • physical-layer interoperability
  • media tests:
  • advanced cable testing
  • characteristic impedance
  • crosstalk
  • delay
  • insertion loss or attenuation
  • media categories
  • return loss
  • wiremap
  • performance tests:
  • back-to-back frames
  • frame loss ratio
  • latency
  • reset
  • RFC 2544 Test
  • system recovery
  • throughput
  • traffic generation.

Appropriate person  may include:

  • authorised business representative
  • client
  • supervisor.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 


Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units 

Competency field

Competency field 

Optical networks