Ministry of Education ICT Cabling Standards Training Course for all site foremen or lead installers of School Network Upgrade Project (SNUP) installations

One of the main reasons for instances of non compliance with the standards during SNUP installations is that the installers are not trained or conversant with the requirements of the Ministry of Educations current standards. The standards were amended in August 2011 and many of the installers are not familiar with these amendments.

Currently the two SNUP Project Management companies maintain an efficient and effective inspection process which enables them to identify non compliant installations and request specific remediation before the installations are signed off. The reactive nature of this safe guard results in increased project costs and delays, and the cost to the installer of remediation can have major financial implications.

To help reduce instances of non compliance the Ministry has selected Torque IP to produce and present a one day course that covers all the requirements in the Ministry’s ‘Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Cabling Infrastructure: Policy and Standards for Schools’. 

The Ministry will make attendance of this course mandatory for any installation company intending to work within SNUP or in any Ministry funded ICT work on school property.

From 9 September 2013 contracts will only be awarded to companies that have a Ministry standards certified site foreman on each installation. 

A one day training course including material, will cost $495 + GST per person. Locations for training will initially be Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Additional regions will be added if a minimum of 8 attendees are available.
Certification will be awarded to the attendee’s who have attended the course and passed the exam. At present we are looking to re-certify every two years. 

Torque IP will be delivering two sessions per month across the country, with an 12 attendee minimum and 20 maximum. This will allow for more than one person per company to be trained and for consultants and project managers to attend in the first year.


Auckland - Next course will be held before the end of 2014

Hamilton - Next course will be held before the end of 2014 (numbers dependent)

Palmerston North - numbers dependent

Wellington - numbers dependent

Christchurch - numbers dependent

Nelson - numbers dependent

Dunedin - numbers dependent

To register your interest to attend a Torque IP Ministry of Education Standards Training Course please click here to raise a new ticket ( If you have not yet used the Torque IP Portal, please register for a login. Once activated please click on the ‘New Ticket’ button on the lower right hand side of the screen and follow the prompts to register your attendance.


Torque IP know the IT options available to schools and can give advice that ensures the best fit. Not only does this lead to cost effective decision making but gives confidence to Boards that due diligence has been followed.

Owen Alexander
Takapuna Normal Intermediate School

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