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Changes to telecommunications customer cabling regulation introduced in 2012 are due to take effect from 1 July this year.

They changes are designed to lift the standard of work practices in the industry by ensuring competency in such areas as structured cabling, optical fibre and coaxial cabling work.

As from 1 July it will be mandatory for cablers doing “specialised cabling work” within a customer premises to have endorsements to perform this work.

Specialised cabling work is any installation, maintenance or repair work involving any of the following types of telecommunications customer cable:

  • Broadband (data or co-axial cable in a lift or the home/small office environment); or
  • Structured (data cable such as Cat 5 or Cat 6); or
  • Optical-fibre cable; or
  • Co-axial cable.

Registered cablers who already have endorsements in such areas do not have to do any new training. They will have those endorsements recognised when they renew their registration.

Cablers without these endorsements will have to meet the new competency-based requirements either through training or through Recognition of Prior Learning.

CWU members with queries about these requirements should contact their cabling registry or union state branch.

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