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Detection of Underground Telecommunications Lines

IVE - Engineering
IVE - Engineering
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Subject Area
Engineering - Electrical & Electronic , Engineering - Mechanical and Building Services, Engineering - Construction
Programme Type
Short Course
Offering Institution
IVE - Engineering
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Programme Fee
Class Code Commencement Date Class Location Medium of Instruction Apply Online Class Remarks Class Status
81501T_16 2024.07.05 Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE)
Cantonese supplemented with English
Programme Aims
The Government passed “The Telecommunications (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 which stated that it is a criminal offence against any person who does not take reasonable steps to protect or fails to prevent damage to an underground telecommunications line when carrying out any work below ground level near the lines. The working party shall appoint a “Competent Person” to carry out the detection work for the telecommunications line. For details, please visit the website of the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA).
The programme aims to equip learners with the required knowledge to be qualified as a "Competent Person" in the relevant area.
Programme content
- An introduction to the relevant ordinances for the protection of underground telecommunications lines and the “Guidelines on Work near Underground Telecommunications Lines"
- Obligations of fixed network operators and working parties
- Precautionary steps to be taken before work
- Precautionary measures for working near underground telecommunication lines
- Class exercise on Underground Telecommunications Line Detection Report
- Approval requirements and procedures for “Competent Person” 
- Workshop (either online or in other modes)
- Exam
Study mode
- Classes may be conducted online.
- The duration of the course is 4.5 hours
The attendance requirement for the course is 100%.
Students who pass the examination and meet the course attendance requirements will be issued a "Certificate of Attainment".
External Recognition 
The programme is recognised by the Office of the Communications Authority as an approved training course for the detection of underground telecommunication lines. To be qualified as a Competent Person as stipulated in the "Guidelines on Work near Underground Telecommunications Lines" issued by the Communications Authority, applicants must have passed this course and they should be a "Competent Person for Locating Underground Electricity Cables" recognized by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department. For details, please refer to the website of the Office of the Communications Authority.


Entry Requirements

- Completion of Locating Underground Electricity Cables (Programme Code: 81501); or
- Completion of a course in the locating of underground electricity cables which has been approved by EMSD; or
- Competent Person approved by EMSD under the Electricity Supply Lines (Protection) Regulation (Cap. 406H) for Locating the Underground Electricity Cables.

Applicants can use the "Apply Online" function, which available from the programme website and login to the Online Enrolment System to submit their applications.

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Tel: 2435 9423 
Fax: 2432 2253
Email: EDiT@vtc.edu.hk
Website: EDiT.vtc.edu.hk

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