Commissioners Information Bulletin 531

Information Technology - Traineeships

Information Technology

Date of effect: 2 March 2012
Updated: 10 October 2012

 

The Information Technology (Information, Digital Media and Technology) Vocational Training Order has been updated to include a school based traineeship pathway for ICA30111 Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology.

Vocational Training Orders

Click below for all the Information Technology VTOs.

The following traineeship vocations have been repealed:

  • Information Technology (Business Analysis)
  • Information Technology (Database Design and Development)
  • Information Technology (Digital Media)
  • Information Technology (Games Development)
  • Information Technology (General)
  • Information Technology (Multimedia)
  • Information Technology (Programming)
  • Information Technology (Project Management)
  • Information Technology (Software Development)
  • Information Technology (Systems Analysis and Design)
  • Information Technology (Testing)
  • Information Technology (Website Development)
  • Information Technology (Websites)

Qualifications, structure and packaging

ICA11 Information and Communications Technology Training Package includes 29 qualifications ranging from Certificate I to Vocational Graduate Certificate. Thirteen qualifications support the traineeship pathways. Their details are below:

Job descriptions

Go to Job Descriptions for details of the jobs supported by the traineeship qualifications.

Competency based completion

On successful completion of the relevant qualification, parties may apply to the Commissioner for Vocational Training for completion of the traineeship prior to the nominal completion date of the training contract. For more information and an application form, click here.

Industrial arrangements

Applications under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001 to establish traineeships whether full-time, part-time or school based will not be approved unless the Commissioner for Vocational Training is satisfied that appropriate industrial arrangements are in place.

Arts, Communications, Finance Industries and Property Services Ltd advise that trainees may be employed under the following awards:

A new national industrial relations system

All New South Wales private sector employers and employees are now covered by the Fair Work national workplace relations system.

Further information on the Fair Work system is available from the Fair Work Ombudsman by telephoning 13 13 94 or via their website.

School based traineeships

For qualifications available for delivery in schools, click here.

For information about the delivery of training for school based traineeships, refer to Training Arrangements.

Licensing

There are no licensing or regulatory arrangements that apply overall to the traineeships.

However, some elective units must be undertaken with reference to the regulatory regime of the prevailing statutory authority, currently Australian Communications and Media Authority. In addition, for some units, there is the requirement for some alignment with industry standard certification competencies.

Registered training organisations

For registered training providers which can deliver the traineeship qualifications go to Training.gov.au.

A list of training organisations which are in contract with the NSW Department of Education and Communities to be paid for the delivery of the training is here.

When developing Training Plans, registered training providers should ensure that the training program satisfies the qualification packaging requirements and, at the same time, reflects the nature of the business. Training Plans should be customised so that workplace activities support and align with the qualifications units of competency.

Changes to funding arrangements

On 1 January 2011 the NSW Department of Education and Communities introduced changes to funding arrangements for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Training Program.

The new arrangements restrict the funding of Certificate II level training to people aged 15-24 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with disabilities. They also give registered training organisations greater responsibility for and involvement in the carriage of the Training Plan.

Funding of higher level qualifications

Funding under the NSW Apprenticeship and Traineeship Training Program for the delivery of traineeship qualifications at the diploma level will be considered on a case by case basis.

Submissions for funding must be made to the NSW Department of Education and Communities by Arts, Communications, Finance Industries and Property Services Ltd on behalf of the information technology industry.

Transition arrangements

Transition arrangements allow the delivery of the old and new qualifications, for six months after the date of effect of the new Vocational Training Orders. See here.

Registered training organisations should refer to the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s general direction on transition from superseded Training Packages

Commissioners Information Bulletin

This Commissioners Information Bulletin supersedes Bulletin 378.

Inspecting Vocational Training Orders

A copy of each Vocational Training Order is available for inspection on this internet site below or at any State Training Services Regional Office of the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Enquiries

For any enquiries regarding this Commissioners Information Bulletin, please contact the Vocational Training Tribunal Unit on telephone (02) 9266 8579.

Approved by Phillip Moore
Commissioner for Vocational Training

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Job descriptions

Computer Systems Technology trainees will acquire the skills and knowledge to become competent in the installation and administration of simple networks, servers, and client desktop deployments. They may work as independent information and communications technology (ICT) specialists or in a team.

Job roles may include network support administrator, network operations support or network operations technician.

Digital and Interactive Games trainees gain skills and knowledge to support the design, development and programming of digital games.

Certificate IV level trainees work as part of a larger development team. The course has a small suite of core units including producing interactive games, contributing to copyright, ethics and privacy in an IT environment and learning industry practices. Trainees then select units from specialist groups of electives across the different fields of the industry, such as art, design or programming.

Job roles may include assistant animator, support web designer, support interactive of digital media developer, support games developer or assistant PC games programmer.

Diploma level trainees gain higher level skills and knowledge in the design, and programming for digital games, as independent specialist of in a larger development team.

With elective units in groupings of art, digital media and programming, trainees are provided with opportunities to work in new and emerging games genres, such as online game development, mobile device gaming, interactive internet and TV game development.

Job roles may include 2-D/3-D artist, animator, designer, games developer, graphic/media designer, interactive digital media developer, PC games programmer, mobile games programmer and web designer.

Digital Media Technologies trainees will gain the skills and knowledge for the design, development and use of digital media technologies. They may work independently as an assistant ICT specialist or as part of a larger development team.

At the core level, trainees will learn to articulate, present and debate ideas, author interactive media, use online learning tools and work effectively in the digital media industry. With elective units, trainees may specialise in interactive media, programming or web development.

Job roles may include assistant animator, assistant designer, assistant digital media author, designer or developer or support digital media development technician.

Information Technology - General

Certificate IV trainees will gain competencies in a wide range of general ICT technologies and in supporting small to medium enterprises (SMEs) that require broader rather than more specialised ICT support.

Trainees will learn to apply a wide range of knowledge and skills in basic networking, IT support, database development, programming and web development support, working safely and ethically in a sustainable work environment.

Job roles may include computer technician, customer support, information systems operator, PC support, systems administrator, user support technician and network operations technician.

Diploma level trainees will acquire undertake further training to acquire the skills and knowledge to administer and manage ICT support in SMEs using a wide range of general ICT technologies.

Persons working at this level provide a broader rather than specialised ICT support function, applying a wide range of higher level technical skills in ICT areas such as networking, IT support, database development, programming and web development.

Job roles may include information systems office manager, office systems administrator, IT office manager, systems administrator and systems manager.

Information, Digital Media and Technology

Certificate II level trainees will gain the foundation skills and knowledge to use ICT applications in any industry. The qualification provides basic digital literacy skills to support a wide range of varying industry occupations.

Job roles may include office assistant, records assistant and junior office support.

Certificate III level trainees will gain further competencies across a wide range of general ICT technical functions and achieve a degree of self-sufficiency as an advanced ICT user. The qualification supports information technology activities in the workplace across a wide range of ICT areas, including technical support, network administration, web technologies, software applications and digital media technologies.

With electives, trainees may then gain specialist industry skills in IT applications, multimedia, Network administration, IT support and web technologies.

Job roles may include help desk officer, ICT operations support, ICT user support, PC support and technical support.

Networking

Certificate IV level trainees will gain the skills and knowledge to install and manage small scale networks, either as an independent network support technician or as part of a team.

Job roles may include network support, network operations support, network operations technician and network support technician.

Diploma level trainees will gain further competencies to manage, as an independent ICT specialist or as part of a team, the installation of a range of networks, including internetworking, security and e-business integration.

Job roles may include network administrator, IT operations administrator, network support or services administrator, network operations analyst, network security coordinator and network e-business coordinator.

Support IT trainees will become competent in supporting clients in a range of technical areas. At the core level are units, such as determine and confirm client business requirements, create technical documentation, contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an IT environment and install, configure and secure a small office home office network.

Elective units offer trainees to then specialise in the specific industry areas of database support, network communications, service desk and sustainability.

Job roles include customer support, database support, helpdesk specialist, network support technician, PC support technician, user support technician.

Systems Administration trainees will gain the skills and knowledge to be competent in administering a variety of networked computer systems.

The course has a strong information technology base of core units with the potential to include a range of broader industry-specific units in the areas of virtualisation, sustainability and project management to suit particular needs.

Job roles may include assistant IT manager, assistant systems manager, internet/intranet administrator or systems administrator.
 
Web-Based Technologies trainees will gain the skills and knowledge to design, develop, build and administer websites using a range of website technologies.

At the core level, trainees will learn to design a website to meet technical requirements, confirm accessibility of websites for people with special needs, transfer content to a website using commercial packages, Evaluate and select a web hosting service and contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an IT environment. With electives, trainees may then specialise in website administration or website design and development.

Job roles may include web developer or technical writer, webmaster assistant, website coordinator, web support administrator or assistant web designer.


Information Technology - Computer Systems Technology - Taineeship
Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

2 March 2012

Qualification

ICA41011Certificate IV in Computer Systems Technology

Terms of traineeship

Full-time:

  • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period

2 months

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Information Technology - Digital and Interactive Games - Traineeship
Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

2 March 2012

Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full-time:

  • ICA40911Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ICA50211 Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ICA50211 Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games where the trainee holds ICA40911Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period

2 months

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Information Technology - Digital Media Technologies - Traineeship
Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

2 March 2012

Qualification

ICA40811 Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies

Terms of traineeship

Full-time:

  • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period

2 months

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Information Technology - General - Traineeship
Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

2 March 2012

Qualifications 

Terms of traineeships

Full-time:

  • ICA40111 Certificate IV in Information Technology by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ICA40111 Certificate IV in Information Technology where the trainee holds ICA30111 Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ICA50111 Diploma of Information Technology by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ICA50111 Diploma of Information Technology where the trainee holds ICA40111 Certificate IV in Information Technology
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period

2 months

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Information Technology - Information, Digital Media and Technology - Traineeship
Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

2 March 2012

Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full-time:

  • ICA20111 Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ICA30111 Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ICA30111 Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology where the trainee holds ICA20111 Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

School based

The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary period

2 months

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Information Technology - Networking - Traineeship
Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

2 March 2012

Qualifications

Terms of traineeships

Full-time:

  • ICA40411 Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ICA50411 Diploma of Information Technology Networking by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • ICA50411 Diploma of Information Technology Networking where the trainee holds ICA40411 Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period

2 months

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Information Technology - Support - Traineeship
Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

2 March 2012

Qualification

ICA40211 Certificate IV in Information Technology Support

Terms of traineeship

Full-time:

  • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period

2 months

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Information Technology - Systems Administration - Traineeship
Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

2 March 2012

Qualification

ICA50311 Diploma of Information Technology Systems Administration
Terms of traineeship

Full-time:

  • ICA50311 Diploma of Information Technology Systems Administration by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved 
  •  ICA50311 Diploma of Information Technology Systems Administration where the trainee holds ICA40211 Certificate IV in Information Technology Support
    • 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period

2 months

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Information Technology - Web-Based Technologies - Traineeship
Vocational Training Order

Date of effect

2 March 2012

Qualification

ICA40311 Certificate IV in Web-Based Technologies

Terms of traineeship

Full-time:

  • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships

Probationary period

2 months

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