Cabling

 

Cabling Registration Scheme

 

The Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) requires technicians installing cables for a range of systems connected to the telecommunications network be registered. Registration is mandatory under a set of Regulations known as the Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2000 (CPRs).

 

FPA Australia has been accredited by the ACMA to run a registration scheme for cabling technicians on their behalf, to support the CPRs. FPA Australia is one of only five organisations given this responsibility by the ACMA. More than 3,000 technicians are currently registered through FPA Australia.

 

 

New CPR requirements for Specialised Cabling announced 1 July 2012 - Mandatory changes apply from 1 July 2014

 

Current Open registered cabling providers will require additional specialist competencies effective 1 July 2014 if they perform structured, optical fibre and/or co-axial cabling.  Current Restricted registered cabling providers will require an additional specialist competency to perform Broadband (data) cabling work.  Click here to see the ACMA brochure.

 

Under the new arrangement, cabling providers undertaking broadband structured, optical-fibre or co-axial cabling work must have the training competencies relevant to the specialised cabling work. The new competencies only apply to cabling providers who are undertaking the relevant specialised cabling work within customer premises.  Alternatively, they can perform that type of cabling work under direct supervision of a registered cabling provider that has the appropriate specialist competencies.

 

Failure to attain the additional relevant competencies does not  mean that the cabler's registration will lapse. However, a cabler who does not have the structured, optical fibre, or co-axial competencies will not be permitted to install or work on that type of cabling unless they perform that type of cabling work under direct supervision of a registered cabling provider with the appropriate specialist competencies.

 

Click here to view a list of the endorsements and their relevant Units of Competency.

 

Note: If you have previously attained endorsements for Cat 5, Fibre or Co-ax, no additional training is required as they are equivalent to the specialist structured, optical fibre and coaxial cabling competencies respectively.

 

Disclaimer: This is a summary guide only of the CPRs and does not list all the obligations and responsibilities of cablers performing telecommunications cabling work. Cablers should refer to the Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2000.

 

For more information about Cabler registration and to see the ACMA Pathways document, visit the ACMA here.

 

For any technical enquires or further information, please contact the ACMA.

 

    Phone: 1800 226 667

     Email:  info@acma.gov.au

 Internet:  http://www.acma.gov.au/

 

 

Read about Australian Standard AS/CA S009:20013 - Installation requirements for customer cabling (Wiring rules)

 

Click here to learn more.

 

 

The National Broadband Network

 

The Australian Federal Government has established a new company that will invest up to $43 billion over eight years to build and operate a National Broadband Network, delivering superfast broadband to Australian homes and workplaces. The new company is called the NBN Co.

 

When the new network is complete all Australians will be able to access fast broadband. Connecting fibre optic cables directly to homes will allow speeds of 100Mbps and higher, which is 100 times faster than speeds currently used by many Australians.

 

The National Broadband Network will be the single largest infrastructure project in Australian history, creating tens of thousands of jobs over its eight year period in areas such as digging ditches, running the fibres, planning and engineering, connecting homes and businesses, and supplying network hardware.

 

The delivery of the new service to the end user will require installation of new Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and possibly new and upgraded cabling (external and internal) in residential, business and multi-dwelling environments. These new CPE and cabling requirements will require the definition of new technical standards, training arrangements and installation practices.

 

For further information regarding the National Broadband Network please visit http://www.nbnco.com.au/

 

 

Find a Registered Cabler

 

Click here to search the FPA Australia Cabler Database.

 

 

Apply for Registration

 

Click here to find out about applying for registration.

Click here for details on the types of registration.

 

 

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All those who register with FPA Australia receive CableTalk - the cabling newsletter. Click here  to download current and previous issues.