Registration Requirements for Registered Cablers
NECA worked closely with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) during the review of the Cabling Provider Rules (CPRs) which govern all customer cabling undertaken by registered cablers.
With an increase in customer cabling work resulting from the roll out of the NBN, the need for appropriately qualified and competent cablers is clear, and it is hoped that these CPR amendments, including higher level training requirements and more promotion regarding the need to be appropriately qualified to undertake the NBN work, will result in less non-compliant “cowboys” negatively impacting the industry.
Arising out of the review there have been a number of changes, the most important for NECA members who undertake cabling work, is the change in the training and requirements for cablers wishing to work on Broadband networks.
If you currently hold an Open Registration, the existing voluntary endorsements of Structured Cabling, Co-axial and Fibre, will become mandatory for those wishing to work on those specific types of cabling. If you wish to undertake broadband cabling you will need all three endorsements. If you already have these endorsements, you are covered and do not need to undertake any further training.
If you currently hold a Restricted Registration you will need to undertake further training before you are able to renew your registration and work on broadband cabling. The module is currently being developed, but we have been assured the training will not be onerous.
The requirements for cablers undertaking Lift cabling remain unchanged.
The ACMA provided a two year phase in for the new required competencies, commencing from 1 July 2012, so this is now a mandatory requirement.
If you are still unsure of your requirements, contact the NECA SA office on (08) 8272 2966 or contact ACMA.