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
How do I become a registered cabler?
All cabling work, including telephone, data, fire and security
alarm systems cabling, that connects with the telecommunications
network must be performed by a registered cabler, or under the
direct supervision of a registered cabler. Under the Cabling
Provider Rules (CPRs), all cablers are required to register with an
ACMA-accredited registrar, accredited by the Australian
Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA).
You will need to complete the appropriate training modules to
ensure that you are competent to perform the cabling work according
to the Wiring Rules (Australian Standard AS/CA S009), which ensure
safety to consumers, cablers and the network.
You will need to sign a declaration that you are competent
before being able to register. You must provide evidence that you
meet the competency requirements. This evidence can be in the form
- certificate(s) from a Registered Training Organisation showing
that you have attained the relevant competency, or
- a certificate of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) issued by
an accredited assessor.
This option is suitable for experienced cablers
who have either worked in a related cabling industry (eg.
electrical) or have previously performed telecommunications
cabling, but do not hold a current Australian cabling
If you have not completed the relevant units of competency,
please contact a Registered Training Organisation to
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
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Apply for Registration
here to find out about applying for registration.
here for details on the types of registration.
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