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Types of cabling registration

The first step in becoming a cabler is to decide the type of registration you need to do your work. Your 3 choices are open registration, restricted registration or lift registration. 

Open registration

This is the broadest type of registration.

With ‘open’ registration, you can do work in homes, businesses and even large commercial buildings if the cabling terminates at one of the following:

  • the network boundary on a socket
  • a distributor (such as a building distributor/main distribution frame or campus distributor)
  • a network termination device

If you have the right competencies, you will be able to install, maintain or repair:

  • broadband (data or co-axial cable in a lift, home or small office)
  • structured (for example, data cable Cat 5/6)
  • optical-fibre cable
  • co-axial cable
  • aerial cable
  • underground cable

This can be on private or public property.

This is only a summary. A full description is in the Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2014.

Restricted registration

‘Restricted’ registration is for cabling in:

  • homes and small businesses
  • multi-storey buildings and campus-style premises where cabling is behind a device such as an alarm panel or modem
  • commercial premises, if the work is defined as 'restricted work' by the Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2014

With restricted registration, you must not do any cabling work if:

  • the cabling connects via a jumperable distributor, a jumperable frame or a patch panel
  • the cabling connects between the device and a distributor or a patch panel
  • the voltage of the reticulated electrical power in the building is more than 230v for single-phase and 415v for three-phase
  • the cabling needs to share cable sheaths with other services

You can do the following types of cabling work if you have the appropriate specialised competency (The exception is if the job requires you to work on a jumperable distributor, a jumperable frame, or install a patch panel with more than 6 outlets):

  • data and voice extensions or new installations in domestic premises (houses, apartments, units)
  • home automation systems
  • cabling that is connected behind an alarm panel or modem
  • cabling that is connected directly behind a Customer Switching System
  • cabling for additional phone points (not the first phone point) for a standard telephone service in a commercial, high-rise or multi-storey building
  • aerial, underground or broadband cabling on private property
  • aerial cabling that does not use electricity distribution poles
  • CCTV systems using data or co-axial cables

This is only a summary. A full description is in the Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2014.

Lift registration

You need 'lift' registration to install and maintain communications cables in lifts or elevators and lift wells.

This applies where the cabling connects any of the following:

  • a cross-connection point (for example, a floor distributor, local distributor, or other suitable termination point) that is next to the lift motor room
  • the lift control cubicle within the lift motor room
  • the lift cars

This is only a summary. A full description is in the Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2014.

Next steps

Once you know the registration you want, you need to complete a training course. The training is different for each type of registration.

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