Cabling registration

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Please note: As required by the ACMA, the transcript provided by your training organisation must show that you have attained an 80% mark in the mandated 50 question exam for the Open registration or 30 question exam for the Restricted Registration.

You must also show you have completed the OHS requirement in your training or hold a White Card (or equivalent) and a current First Aid certificate. Further information can be found in the ACMA Pathways to Cabling Registration document.

Why register with ASIAL?

ASIAL is one of five registrars accredited by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to offer cabling registration services under the Telecommunications Act 1997.

Online registration with ASIAL costs $86.75 for three years and as part of your registration you’ll receive:

  • Personalised advice over the phone
  • Comprehensive online information
  • Free online subscription to Security Insider magazine
  • Easy online renewal

Types of cabling registration

Under the registration system, there are three types of registrations – Open, Restricted and Lift.

If you wish to work in both commercial and domestic premises you will require an Open registration. If you only want to work in domestic premises, you will require a Restricted registration.

Below is a summary of the type of work you can do under each registration. For full details, refer to the Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2014.

  • Open - This registration allows a cabler to undertake all types of cabling work from simple cabling in homes to complex structured cabling in multi-storey buildings.
  • Restricted - This registration restricts you to doing work where the network boundary is a simple socket or a network termination device – typically found in domestic homes and small businesses, not in large commercial buildings. Cablers may also undertake work in multi-storey and campus-style premises where cabling is performed behind a compliant device (e.g. alarm panel or modem).
  • Lift – This registration type is for installing and maintaining communications cables in lifts and lift wells.

Proof of experience requirements

The Pathways to ACMA Cabling Provider Rules document was updated by the ACMA in 2016. This included changes to the 'Requirements for registration' - in particular the required number of hours on-the-job experience. Proof of this experience needs to be provided for registration to be accepted.

The required number of hours relevant cabling experience is 360 hours (OPEN), 80 hours (RESTRICTED) to be completed within a two year period.

Relevant cabling experience means experience in installing telecommunications, electrical, security system, fire system, or lift cables. Note that design or supervision of cabling work, or cabling using pre-terminated cabling such as extension leads or patching, is not accepted as relevant cabling experience.

Written proof of experience can include one or more of the following:

  • Suitably recognised industry cabling practices (for example, licensed electrician, qualified Foxtel installer, qualified audio/ video installers)
  • A statutory declaration signed by the candidate in the presence of an authorised witness setting out the details of the candidates experience
  • A detailed log book of cabling experience showing dates and types of work
  • A signed statement by an employer or a registered cabler by whom the candidate has been directly supervised detailing the candidates experience

For more information, please refer to A guide for prospective telecommunications cablers.

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