IT Network Systems Administration Competition
Network and Computer Systems Administrators, administer and manage Information and Communication Technology (ICT) support using a wide range of general ICT technologies. They are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organise, install, and support an organisation’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.
The WorldSkills Australia IT Network Systems Administration Competition will see Competitors demonstrate their skills towards administering and installing network switches and routes, troubleshooting security issues, responding to hardware and software faults. In addition Competitors will demonstrate their skills in database enabling, operating systems, configurations, network systems, networking monitoring and e-business.
YOU SHOULD PURSUE A CAREER IN NETWORK ADMINISTRATION IF YOU:
- Have strong computer skills
- Work well with people
- Have good communication skills
- Have good problem-solving skills
- Enjoy the challenges posed by computer technology
IT ALL BEGINS AT A REGIONAL COMPETITION
The WorldSkills Australia IT Network Systems Administration Competitions begin at a grass roots level in one of 42 Australian regions. The IT Network Systems Administration Regional Competitions test the skills and knowledge of 4000+ apprentices, trainees and students, who have the opportunity to win gold, silver and bronze medals and gain the chance to go on to compete at a national level.
WorldSkills Australia competitions operate on a two-year cycle. The next IT Network Systems Administration Regional Competition rounds are now running across the country. 2023 and 2025 are the next National Championship years.
Training Package Requirements
The WorldSkills Australia IT Network Systems Administration Competitions are aligned to the National Information and Communications Technology Training Package.
Training Package Requirements – Regional Level
The 2022 WorldSkills Australia Regional Competition for IT Network Systems Administration Technology aligns to the Units of Competency contained in the ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology, ICT41119 Certificate IV in Telecommunications Network Design and ICT41219 Certificate IV in Telecommunications Engineering Technology Qualifications.
The Regional Competition has been designed to test the skills of the IT Network Systems Administration Competitors in a variety of different areas. The competition requires the Competitors to create a network representing a small-to-medium enterprise using virtual machines using a hypervisor or physical devices (if available). The competition project is designed to test the Competitors skills in the following areas related to IT Network Systems Administration Technology:
- Client and Server Installation
- Network Operating Systems/Server
- Network Administration
- Enterprise Server
- Group Policies
- Managing Users Accounts
Regionals Competition Duration
The competition is completed in 6 hours over 1 day not including briefing or breaks.
Training Package Requirements – National Level
The 2023 WorldSkills Australia National Championships for IT Network Systems Administration Technology aligns to the Units of Competency contained in the ICT50220 – Diploma of Information Technology and the ICT60220 – Advanced Diploma of Information Technology Qualifications.
The National Competition project requires Competitors to create a network representing a small-to-medium enterprise using virtual machines contained within a hypervisor. Network could be virtualised or physical depending on the regional implementation. The competition project is designed to test the Competitors skills in the following areas related to IT Network Systems Administration Technology:
- Design, build and test a network server
- Install, operate and troubleshoot medium enterprise routers
- Install, operate and troubleshoot medium enterprise switches
- Design and implement a security perimeter for ICT networks
- Configure an enterprise virtual computing environment
- Install and manage complex ICT networks
- Identify and resolve network problems
- Install an enterprise virtual computing environment
- Plan, configure and test advanced server-based security
- Install and upgrade operating systems
Nationals Competition Duration
The competition is completed in 18 hours over 3 days not including briefing or breaks.
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