This apprenticeship has been retired

Overview of the role

Install equipment and software, handle incidents and requests for help across unified communications technologies.

Unified communications trouble shooter

Reference Number: ST0131

Details of standard

Job Profile


The primary responsibility of a Unified Communications Trouble Shooter is to provide customers (internal or external) with a specialist technical service to set them up on unified communications systems and to resolve problems when they arise. This service can be delivered face-to-face, on the ‘phone or online. They are required to install equipment and software and handle incidents and requests for help, including providing fault diagnostic across a broad range of unified communications technologies in accordance with business service level agreements.

Typical job roles:

Unified Communications Desk Engineer, Unified Communications Field Engineer, Data Field Engineer, Voice Field Engineer, Microsoft Support Field Engineer, Microsoft Consultant

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include GCSEs, A levels, a level 2 apprenticeship or other relevant qualifications, relevant experience and/or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.

Technical competencies

  • Can configure and troubleshoot voice solutions including hardware and software failures
  • Can install, configure and troubleshoot Data solutions including switches and access points
  • Can install, configure and troubleshoot Network Services solutions including line faults and internet speed problems
  • Configures and maintains a domain service including assigning services, deploying software and applying updates
  • Configures and maintains a network including selecting appropriate network components and applying networking fundamentals
  • Configures and maintains security principles covering software, access, encryption and auditing
  • Configures and maintains servers including storage, print services, group policy and updates
  • Configures and maintains client software, including managing user profiles and troubleshooting user issues

Technical knowledge and understanding

  • Understands server administration principles including storage, print services, group policy, availability, load balancing, failover clustering, back-up and disaster recovery
  • Understands the server and client architecture, features, deployment process and troubleshooting tools for client software and applications
  • Understands security principles including software, access such as VPN, encryption and auditing
  • Understands network fundamentals including network components and internet protocols
  • Understands network services solutions including cloud services, SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), internet connectivity, mobility, fixed lines and hosted solutions
  • Understands domain services including administration, user and service accounts and group policy
  • Understands voice solutions and can identify the components of such a solution, the features, the deployment process and troubleshooting tools and techniques
  • Understands data solutions (LAN/WAN/WLAN), the differences between the different technologies and how the components form part of a solution


Apprentices must achieve one internationally recognised vendor or professional qualification, from the right hand column in the table below. This then exempts one of the Ofqual-regulated knowledge modules, as shown in the left hand column.

The knowledge modules are summarised below and further details are available in the occupational brief available from

Knowledge Modules

Vendor or Professional Qualifications

Knowledge Module 1: Server (for a level 4 Unified

MCP Server 2012

Communications Trouble Shooter)

Install and configure Windows Server

Configure advanced Windows Server 2012 services

Server Virtualization -Windows Server Hyper V


Knowledge Module 2: Security Principles (for a level 4 Unified Communications Trouble Shooter)


MTA Mobility and Devices Fundamentals



Knowledge Module 3: Network Services (for a level 4 Unified Communications Trouble Shooter)

CCNA 1+2

MTA Network fundamentals



Knowledge Module 4: Voice and Data Solutions (for a level 4 Unified Communications Trouble Shooter)


Enterprise Voice and Online services Lync Server 2013

Core Solutions of Lync Server 2013


Individual employers will select which vendor or professional qualification the apprentice should take.

Some of the Vendor or Professional qualifications within this standard have been or soon will be, superseded. In discussion with the appropriate End Point Assessment Organisation, direct replacements can be undertaken by apprentices, providing that they continue to align with the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviour statements within the standard.

English and Maths

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

Underpinning Skills, Attitudes and Behaviours

  • Logical and creative thinking skills
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and to take responsibility
  • Can use own initiative
  • A thorough and organised approach
  • Ability to work with a range of internal and external people
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • Maintain productive, professional and secure working environment

Professional Recognition

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry on to the Register of IT Technicians and those completing their apprenticeships are eligible to apply for registration.


The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 24 months.


This is a level 4 apprenticeship.

Review Date

This standard will be reviewed in December 2017.

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Status: Retired
Level: 4
Reference: ST0131
Version: 1.0
Date updated: 08/04/2022
Approved for delivery: 23 March 2016
Route: Digital
Typical duration to gateway : 24 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £18000
LARS Code: 81
EQA Provider: Ofqual

Contact us about this apprenticeship

Employers involved in creating the standard: The Royal Signals, Microsoft, Cisco, John Lewis, the RAF, Optimity, Hewlett Packard, HMRC, the Home Office, Oracle, the NHS, IBM, Cap Gemini, Freedom Communications, BT, Arqiva

Version log

Version Change detail Earliest start date Latest start date Latest end date
1.0 Retired 23/03/2016 26/10/2021 Not set

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