Advanced Diploma of Optical Networks

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

forecast network growth for enterprise network planning

design and manage IP based optical network telecommunications equipment

implement convergence technologies in enterprise telecommunications networks

design and manage optical and wireless network telecommunications architectures for high speed broadband capability.

Job Roles

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

telecommunications network manager

optical network designer

IP based convergence integrator

IP based optical network designer

network security manager.

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 Advanced Diploma or Vocational Graduate Certificate level.

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


add topic ICTOPN6124A Manage optical ethernet transmission

add topic ICTOPN6125A Manage dense wavelength division multiplexing transmission system

add topic ICTOPN6128A Design a dense wavelength division multiplexing system

add topic ICTOPN6129A Analyse optical transmission systems

add topic ICTPMG6033A Develop a project management plan

add topic ICTSUS6233A Integrate sustainability in ICT planning and design projects


ICT use

IP networks

add topic ICANWK502A Implement secure encryption technologies

add topic ICANWK503A Install and maintain valid authentication processes

add topic ICANWK517A Determine best-fit topology for a wide area network

add topic ICANWK518A Design an enterprise wireless local area network

add topic ICANWK509A Design and implement a security perimeter for ICT networks

add topic ICASAS409A Manage risks involving ICT systems and technology

add topic ICASAS505A Review and update disaster recovery and contingency plans

Network planning

add topic ICTNPL6029A Plan the development and growth of the telecommunications network

add topic ICTNPL6030A Forecast service demand

add topic ICTNPL6046A Undertake network performance analysis

Occupational health and safety

add topic BSBWHS501A Ensure a safe workplace

add topic BSBWHS504A Manage WHS hazards and risks

Project management

add topic ICTPMG6034A Prepare a detailed design brief

Radio frequency networks

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

add topic ICTRFN6171A Produce and evaluate architecture designs for WiMAX networks


add topic ICTSUS6234A Establish a business case for sustainability and competitive advantage in ICT projects

Telecommunications engineering networks

add topic ICTTEN6036A Undertake qualification testing of new or enhanced equipment and systems

add topic ICTTEN6042A Undertake system administration

add topic ICTTEN6043A Undertake network traffic management

add topic ICTTEN6044A Coordinate fault rectification and restoration of service following network outages

add topic ICTTEN6045A Implement planned network changes with minimal impact to the customer

add topic ICTTEN6047A Manage a common channel signalling network

add topic ICTTEN6091A Analyse and organise repair of highly complex telecommunications network faults

add topic ICTTEN6094A Verify new software and hardware releases

add topic ICTTEN6169A Produce and evaluate architecture designs for convergent cellular mobile networks

add topic ICTTEN6206A Produce an ICT network architecture design

Emerging technologies

add topic ICTTEN6216A Design and manage internet protocol TV in a service provider network

IP networks

add topic ICTTEN6172A Install and configure an IP-MPLS network with virtual private network tunnelling


    Pathways into the qualification

    Candidates may enter this qualification through a number of entry points demonstrating potential to undertake vocational education and training at advanced diploma level, including:

    after achieving the ICT50110 Diploma of Optical Networks or another relevant accredited Training Package qualification or relevant accredited course


    providing evidence of competency in the core units required for the ICT50110 Diploma of 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 ICT60110 Advanced Diploma of Optical Networks should include ICTPMG6034A and ICTTEN6206A with a view to undertaking the ICT70110 Vocational Graduate Certificate in Telecommunications Network. Or, after achieving the ICT60110 Advanced Diploma of Optical Networks, candidates may seek articulation into a University program.

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