The roll-out of the NBN (National Broadband Network) in Australia is just one of many projects that have seen increased demand in recent years for technicians skilled in the installation of data and communication equipment. Companies involved in this industry have sought these skills through immigration, by providing upskilling opportunities to existing staff and by active participation in apprenticeship and other national training programs.
Recognised Licensing Processes Build Consumer Trust
Like many other industries where the integrity of technical qualifications is essential to build consumer trust, having a recognised licensing scheme in place was a high priority. Prior to 1 July 2005, the administration of the registration process came under the control of the ACA (Australian Communications Authority), but on that date, the ACA became the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority).
Memorandum of Understanding Ensures Continuity
Under a Memorandum of Understanding between the ACA and the ACIF (Australian Communications Industry Forum), any reference to the ACA was then continued to be in effect under the name of the ACMA. This included the revision of relevant Australian Standards and the process and validation of those technicians wishing to be recognised as accredited cable installers.
At NLE Commercial, we supply and install Cat 5 and Cat 6 outlets, data networking and communications systems, fibre optics and all electrical cabling. All our work is performed by licensed ACA (ACMA) installers and we assure the quality of our work by offering our clients a twelve-month guarantee on all electrical work.
Three Different Types of Registration
There are three types of registration defined under the Cabling Provider Rules. The open registration is essential for people wanting to work in both commercial and domestic premises. The restricted registration is sufficient for working in domestic or small business premises and the lift registration is an add-on to an already existing electrical qualification.
Formal Training and Completion of Supervised, Practical Work Required
Each of these registration categories carries its own requirements for formal qualifications and on-the-job experience. Eligibility for an open cabling registration requires the completion of a suitable training course with an RTO (registered training organisation), and 360 hours of supervised, practical cabling work. The restricted registration also requires completion of a suitable training course but the number of hours of supervised, practical cabling work is reduced to 80.
Choose from Five ACMA-accredited Registrars
On completion of the required training and practical skills application, you can apply to any one of the five ACMA-accredited registrars for your cabling registration. You will need to provide proof of successful completion of training and pay a registration fee. Additional information is available on the ACMA website.
By employing only qualified and registered installers, we are protecting our clients from shoddy workmanship that could damage their equipment and reputation.