This apprenticeship has been retired

Overview of the role

Setting up and maintaining communications systems under supervision, and installing communication hardware and software.

Unified communications technician

Reference Number: ST0130

Details of standard

Job Profile

The primary role of a Unified Communications Technician is to establish and maintain communications systems under supervision. They use a range of remote and physical tools and equipment. They install basic communication hardware and software. They also deal with routine service requests from internal and external sources including fault rectification across a range of technologies, applying security principals in line with legal and organisational requirements. This role will require the individual to work alone or as part of a team, and could be office based, field-based, or in remote sites as required.

Typical Job Roles

Telecommunication Technician, Unified Communications Technician, Telecommunications Operative.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on IT skills.

Technical Competencies

  • Analysis: analyses system problems by selecting the appropriate tools and techniques in line with organisation guidance
  • Rectification: selects the most appropriate solution to the fault, using the relevant logistical support where appropriate, or escalates to a higher-level where necessary.
  • Installing and configuring: installs and configures appropriate component and or systems appropriate to the organisation
  • Diagnostic tools: selects the appropriate diagnostic tools to monitor, test and reacts to network performance
  • Hardware and software: undertakes hardware or software upgrades appropriate to the organisation
  • Interpreting specifications: interprets technical specifications for activities and maintains accurate records
  • Providing technical support: responds effectively with customers and provides technical support to them in line with organisations process
  • Documenting completed tasks: documents completed tasks in accordance with agreed organisational procedures
  • Cabling: competently cables or connects equipment in line with technical requirements
  • Installing: installs and work with a variety of digital communications mediums as appropriate to the organisation

Technical Knowledge and Understanding

  • Has a knowledge of networks: data, protocols and how they relate to each other; the main routing protocols; the main factors affecting network performance including typical faults, and approaches to error control.
  • Has an awareness of cloud services / solutions Has a knowledge of routers and switches
  • Has a working knowledge of IT test or diagnostic equipment
  • Has a working knowledge of the different types of cabling and connectivity
  • Has a working knowledge of security principles including software, access, encryption and regulation
  • Has a knowledge of the purpose of firewalls
  • Has a knowledge of VPN and Remote Access Security
  • Has a knowledge of data, including network architectures
  • Has an awareness of back-up and storage solutions
  • Has an awareness of service level agreements
  • Understands the purpose of digital communication technologies

Underpinning Skills, Attitudes and Behaviours

  • Logical and creative thinking skills
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Can use own initiative
  • A thorough and organised approach to work
  • Ability to work with a range of internal and external people
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in a variety of situations and at all levels with colleagues and customers
  • Maintain productive, professional and secure working environment


Further details are available in the occupational brief available from

English and Maths

Level 2 English and maths will need to be achieved, if not already, prior to taking the end point assessment.

Professional Recognition

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians upon confirming an appropriate SFIA level 3 professional competence and those completing the apprenticeship would then be eligible to apply for registration.


The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 24 – 30 months.


This is a level 3 apprenticeship.

Review Date

This standard will be reviewed in two years.

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Status: Retired
Level: 3
Reference: ST0130
Version: 1.0
Date updated: 09/09/2021
Approved for delivery: 16 December 2016
Route: Digital
Typical duration to gateway : 24 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £15000
LARS Code: 155
EQA Provider: Ofqual

Contact us about this apprenticeship

Employers involved in creating the standard: IBM, Cisco, Cap Gemini, Qinetiq, Accenture, Capp, Virgin Media, Fujitsu, The Royal Signals, The Royal Navy, The RAF, Lloyds Banking Group, John Lewis, BCS, BT, Army Air Corps, Royal Signals, Virgin Media, RAF, Freedom Communications, Kelly Communications, IT Network Services, Vodafone, Cisco

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Version Change detail Earliest start date Latest start date Latest end date
1.0 Retired 31/07/2016 26/10/2021 Not set

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