The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) has amended the regulatory requirements for cabling providers who install specialised cabling within customer premises.
The ACMA's Cabling Provider Rules (CPRs) regulate the performance of cabling work in customer premises. Under the CPRs, cabling providers must be registered by registrars appointed by the ACMA. Cabling providers must meet certain competencies set by the ACMA in order to be registered. The ACMA's competencies form the basis for training programs developed by industry skills councils (ISCs).
The amendments to the ACMA cabling arrangements have been made to ensure cabling providers have the necessary skills required to perform specialised cabling work for the current and emerging customer cabling environment.
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.
If a cabler has previously attained endorsements for Cat 5, Fibre or Co-ax, no additional training is required as they are equivalent to the specialised structured, optical fibre and coaxial cabling competencies respectively.
As a result of the recent amendments, the ISCs will ensure that training offered by Registered Training Organisations will include the additional competencies. The new competencies are reflected in the revised Pathways to ACMA Cabling Provider Rules, cabler registration document which is available in Word (125 kb) or PDF (481 kb) formats. If a cabler does not have the additional structured, optical fibre, or co-axial competencies by 1 July 2014, the cabler will not be permitted to install the relevant cabling.
The new competency requirements apply from 1 July 2012. Existing cabling providers who install those specialised cables, but who have not already attained the additional competencies, have a transition period until 30 June 2014 to attain those competencies.
Click on the following link to view a list of registered training organisations in each state: http://www.titab.com.au/training-assessors.
For more information on the new arrangements, please contact the ACMA's Customer Service Centre on 1300 850 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.