Cabling - Open Registration (ACMA Cabling)


This course provides knowledge and practical skills as outlined in the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) regulations for the telecommunications cabling industry, and meets the units of competency specified for Open Cabling registration.

This registration allows a cabler to undertake all types of cabling work from simple cabling in homes to complex cabling in multi-storey buildings.

This course does not cover structured or specialised (structured) cabling such as Cat5e or Cat6.

Course content

The course content covers the below learning outcomes:

  • Follow work health and safety and environmental policy and procedures,
  • Install customer cable support systems,
  • Place and secure customer cable,
  • Terminate metallic conductor customer cable,
  • Organise and monitor cabling to ensure compliance with regulatory and industry standards,
  • Install functional and protective telecommunications earthing system,
  • Alter services to existing cable system.

Ideal for

This course is suitable for qualified electricians, carrier-trained technicians, lines persons or other persons with similar qualifications and with some cabling experience. It is also suitable for entry level into the Telecommunications cabling environment for people with some relevant industry experience.

Important Information

Open cabling work
This can be any type of cabling work (including aerial and underground), on private or public property in which the cabling used is terminated at the network boundary being on a socket, or a network termination device or on a distributor.

If you perform any cabling work, you require an Open cabling registration. All Registered cablers are required to poses the appropriate units of competency to ensure that they are competent to perform cabling work in accordance with Australian Standard AS/CA S009:2013, the Wiring Rules, which ensures safety to consumers, cablers and the network.

Refer to the ACMA web site for further details:

More information


This course provides knowledge, awareness and practical experience of the Australian Communications Media Authority, (ACMA), regulations in the cabling industry. In addition to having gained 80 hours of work experience to obtain Restricted Registration, the successful graduate will need to gain a further 280 hours of work experience supervised by a registered cabler in order to gain an Open Cabler registration.


Some cabling experience in installing telecommunications, electrical, data security alarm, fire alarm or lift cables is recommended.

Materials supplied

All relevant course materials are included including tools for the practical tasks.

Materials to bring

Pen/ pencil and notebook.

Course notes and all hardware materials to be used will be provided. Participants must supply their own printed copy of AS/CA S009:2013 (Wiring rules) which is freely available for download on the Communications Alliance web site. 


Successful students will be issued with the nationally recognised Statement of Attainment required for their Open Cabling Licence.

Additional notes

Once you have registered and paid for your course through the RMIT Short Courses website, there will be an additional enrolment step. This is because you will be studying a nationally endorsed unit(s) of competency. You will be contacted shortly by our Administration team regarding the next step for online enrolment into an accredited unit(s).
When the Administration team contacts you, they will ask for your DOB and Citizenship to set you up in our RMIT University recording system. You will then be sent instructions on how to complete the online enrolment for a unit of competency, which is relatively simple, but if you have issues the Administration team will be very happy to assist.

Unique Student Identifier
All learners undertaking nationally recognised training are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) issued by the Australian Government.
If you do not have a USI you will need to go and create one.

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