Follow the steps below to see the pathways to particular jobs, what your qualifications will be when you graduate, and the things that you can do now to prepare yourself for your chosen career.

Step 1:
Your current situation

Step 2:
Finding a job

Step 3:

Step 4:
Career opportunties

1. First step...

In Secondary School – you can prepare by:

Choosing relevant subjects

Developing your skills

Getting relevant work experience

Or are you...

Finishing Secondary School

Working in another Industry

You can prepare by:

Practising for the Readiness Assessment (a nominal fee is charged) Click here for the link

Consider which industry sectors you are interested in and who the employers are in your general area

Talking to potential employers

2. Next step...

Finding A Job

The Readiness Assessment (RA)

A test of your literacy and numeracy capability conducted by the industry leading to a nationally recognised statement that “You have what it takes to learn the trade”

The Readiness Assessment resources are designed to help you to determine your preparedness to undertake an electrical apprenticeship in terms of maths and language skills.

It targets the specific requirements of the trade program; explaining how the literacy and numeracy standards relate to specific topics.

This will allow you, with the online tutorial support provided, to address potential barriers to success in your training program before you begin – rather than putting you into a training program for which you are unprepared.

Please note that there is a $20 fee to access the practice Readiness Assessment and tutorial support resources.

Click here to go to the test


Approach potential employers

Use all your resources and energy but don’t forget to take your RA results certificate

3. Next step...

The Apprenticeship

A training contract between you and your employer

Attending an RTO to learn the basics

Full time work in the industry to develop the skills needed to be a competent tradesperson

Successful completion

Achieve the qualification Certificate III in Voice and Data Communications
Complete with a Trade Certificate



Obtain National “Open Cabler” registration.
Depending on elective units selected and work experience you may have several specialisation endorsments (e.g. fibreoptics)



You are now licensed to work as a data and telecommunications cabler without supervision.
Your qualification and registration allow you to work in the telecommunications, computer systems, security & fire alarm, building automation and entertainment systems industries.

4. Next step...

Future career opportunities

Some of the available career options

Specialist technician – security, surveillance and/or fire systems

Skill sets or additional qualifications can lead to work in the installation and maintenance of sophisticated systems for monitoring, surveillance, access control and similar applications.

Client integration specialist


Skills sets and additional qualifications can lead to work integrating multiple systems within a premises for
interoperability and local or remote control.

NYI (Not Yet Invented) specialist


Emerging technologies are allowing new industries to evolve and take advantage of new communications capabilities such as are enabled by the NBN.
By keeping abreast of new products and services and new training opportunities that will support the new technologies and products, many new job opportunities will emerge.