New Zealand Certificate in Telecommunications (Level 3)

With strands in Copper Network Maintenance, Optical Fibre Network, and Transmission

As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to rebuild New Zealand's economy, this programme is now free^. For terms and conditions, more information, and other programmes covered by this scheme, click here.

Due to high demand, we recommend applying early.

Programme highlights

If you're looking to enter or already working in the telecommunications industry, then this programme may be right for you.

The industry needs more skilled workers to keep up with the rise in demand for ultra-broadband and more efficient cellular telecommunications.

This qualification will give you practical skills in installing, maintaining and repairing electronic communications equipment.

Although not essential, it is recommended that you are employed in the telecommunications industry or find an employer who is willing to support you in this programme.

When you graduate, you will be able to work as a telecommunications technician at an intermediate level.

Please note: This programme is delivered under a sub-contracting arrangement with E-tec.

Key facts

Start Month(s) Monthly (February to November)
Study Location(s) E-tec, 364 East Tamaki Road, East Tamaki, Auckland
Level 3
Domestic fees Free^
Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme Code NZ3767
Duration

30 weeks (full-time) or 60 weeks (part-time)

Study Method Online and work-based learning
Credits 90
International Fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme:

NCEA Level 1

  • 10 credits in Mathematics;
  • 10 credits in English;
  • 14 credits in General Science;

Or

  • Equivalent qualifications.
General requirements

Applicants must be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the programme, by being able to work effectively, efficiently and safely in a trade workshop/work site, at height or in confined spaces.

  • Drug and alcohol testing may be required in some sectors of this industry

An interview is not required.

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

Career opportunities

To work at an intermediate level in the telecommunications industry with guidance and mentoring as:

  • Core network technician
  • Radio technician
  • Maintenance technician
  • Provisioning technician

Programme structure

You will need to complete five compulsory courses and three courses from your chosen strand (90 credits):
Compulsory courses:

541.302 Tool usage; Identifying and locating faults in electrotechnology products or systems (5 credits)

Covers fundamental logical and systematic fault-finding techniques for electrotechnology products or systems; and safe use of hand and power tools.

541.303 Stakeholder engagement (5 credits)

Knowledge of communication skills and stakeholder engagement techniques for technicians working in a telecommunications environment.

541.304 Installation practices and procedures for telecommunications network equipment (10 credits)

Covers the installation practices of basic telecommunication cabling, equipment, systems, and services

541.305 Excavation and reinstatement of underground services (10 credits)

Covers excavating an underground site; locating existing underground utility services; preparing and monitoring excavation and reinstatement to protect underground utility services.

541.306 Install and maintain basic telecommunications systems and services (10 credits)

Covers the installation and maintenance of basic telecommunication cabling, equipment, systems, and services

Courses related to your chosen strand:

Copper Network Maintenance

541.307 Underpinning Telecommunications customer copper network infrastructure knowledge (15 credits)

Gain knowledge of workplace practices associated with customer copper networks

541.308 Investigate, test, locate and repair faults in the telecommunications customer copper network (10 credits)

Covers fundamental logical and systematic fault-finding techniques for telecommunications systems.

541.309 Install and maintain telecommunications customer copper network infrastructure (25 credits)

Covers installation, maintenance and repair of telecommunications customer copper network plant and equipment

Optical Fibre Network

541.310 Underpinning telecommunications optical fibre network infrastructure knowledge (15 credits)

Gain knowledge of workplace practices associated with optical fibre network infrastructure

541.311 Investigate, test, locate and repair faults in the telecommunications optical fibre network (10 credits)

Covers fundamental logical and systematic fault-finding techniques for telecommunications optical fibre networks.

541.312 Install, maintain and repair of telecommunications optical fibre network infrastructure (25 credits)

Covers installation, maintenance and repair of telecommunications optical fibre plant and equipment.

Transmission

541.313 Demonstrate knowledge of regulations and standards impacting on telecommunications transmission installations (10 credits)

Covers basic underpinning knowledge for people engaged in the installation and maintenance of telecommunications transmission networks

541.314 Underpinning telecommunications transmission systems and services knowledge (15 credits)

Covers basic underpinning knowledge for people engaged in the provisioning and restoration of telecommunications transmission networks

341.315 Install, maintain and repair telecommunications transmission systems and services (25 credits)

Covers basic skills for people engaged in installation and maintenance of telecommunications transmission access systems and services.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please email carinev@shift.org.nz.

Information is correct as at October 2019. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.

^Free study for this qualification may be available to you under the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Visit https://www.tec.govt.nz/funding/funding-and-performance/funding/fund-finder/targeted-training-and-apprenticeship-fund/faqs-for-learners/ for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student and meet any other entry criteria as required. Some costs may also apply. Free study is subject to funding confirmation.