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
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
New CPR requirements for Specialised Cabling
announced 1 July 2012 - Mandatory changes apply from 1 July
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
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
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
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
Apply for Registration
here to find out about applying for registration.
here for details on the types of registration.
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