The Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2000 (CPRs) regulate the cabling industry and ensure that minimum cabling requirements are in place to promote safety and maintain network integrity.
The major requirements of CPRs are that:
- all customer cabling work in the telecommunications, fire security and data industries must be performed by a registered cabler
- depending on the cabling work performed, cablers must obtain either an Open, Restricted or Lift registration that meets the ACMA's training competency requirements
- cabling work must comply with the Wiring Rules, which detail the minimum requirements for cabling installations to ensure that network integrity and the health and safety of end-users, other cablers and carrier personnel is protected
- telecommunications cabling is adequately separated or segregated from electrical cabling to avoid creating a dangerous situation
- cablers are required to install only cabling product (including cable) and customer equipment that complies with the requirements of the Labelling Notice
- cablers must, at the completion of each cabling task, provide the client with a job sign-off form such as a Telecommunications cabling advice form - TCA1 form (PDF 42 kb or Word 329 kb)
- under the Supervision Rule, registered cablers must directly supervise an unqualified cabler's cabling work
- a qualified cabler must accept full responsibility for the work done by an unqualified cabler and ensure that it fully complies with the Wiring Rules, including signing the TCA form
- cablers must provide all reasonable cooperation and assistance to ACMA inspectors and cabling auditors, and can be subject to fines if they do not abide by their registration conditions
- cablers are required to notify their registrar of any change of contact details within 21 days.
New CPR requirements - start 1 July 2012
- a current Open registered cabling provider will be required to attain additional competencies by 30 June 2014 for structured, optical fibre and coaxial cabling if they perform that type of cabling work
- a current Restricted registered cabling provider will be required to attain an additional competency by 30 June 2014 for Broadband cabling work if they perform that type of cabling work
- cabling providers must attain additional competencies as part of their registration requirements if they wish to perform that type of cabling work, or they can perform that type of cabling work under direct supervision of a registered cabling provider with the appropriate competencies
Note: If you have previously attained endorsements for Cat 5, Fibre or Co-ax, no additional training is required as they are equivalent to structured, optical fibre and coaxial cabling competencies respectively.