Course Title: Install functional and protective telecommunications earthing system

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: EEET6906C

Course Title: Install functional and protective telecommunications earthing system

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C2195 - Certificate II in Telecommunications Cabling

Course Contact: Kenneth falzon

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4716

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

No prerequisites

Course Description

This unit applies to all contexts for indoor and outdoor installation within a customer premises and applies to both customer premises cabling and customer premises equipment. This unit applies to all communications applications whether digital or analogue including telephony, data, video including digital broadcasting, computer networks including LANs and WANs, and multi media. This unit may be applied to domestic, commercial or industrial installations. Assessment by a TITAB registered assessor is recommended. The six unit competency set ICTTC005D, ICTTC006D, ICTTC008D, ICTTC012D, ICTTC017D and ICTTC022D that meets the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) requirements for Cabling Provider Registration (CPR), is generally used as part of a more specialised customer cabling qualification. This set is usually regarded as more suitable for new entrants where limited industry experience has been obtained and forms the major part of specialised qualifications such as ICT20308 Certificate II in Telecommunications Cabling. When these six units are delivered as a set within state/territory funding approved programs, the two benchmark CPR units (ICTTC136C and ICTTC137C) are not required.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTTC012D Install functional and protective telecommunications earthing system


1. Evaluate earthing needs for cable systems on customer premises

Performance Criteria:

1.1-Identify the role of functional, protective and CES earthing systems in customer premises
1.2-Recognise existing earthing systems in customer premises
1.3-Analyse the earthing needs of cable systems in a range of building types
1.4-Identify cable characteristics relevant to the calculation of earthing requirements
1.5-Calculate the upper and lower limits of resistance for a variety of cable system earths


2. Determine type and location of earthing requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1-Identify required earthing applications and their location accurately
2.2-Identify industry standards relevant to the applications to ensure compliance


3. Determine earth route and support system

Performance Criteria:

3.1-Confirm availability of riser access where required
3.2-Select route to minimise interference to system performance
3.3-Use existing cable support systems where suitable and available
3.4-Select route and system to ensure safe operation and minimise risk factors


4. Set up tools and materials

Performance Criteria:

4.1-Select earthing materials to enable system compliance with relevant industry standards
4.2-Check tools and equipment are in a safe working order and adjusted to manufacturers specifications
4.3-Conduct an inventory of tools and materials necessary to install earthing the cable from specifications where available
4.4-Locate tools and materials for ready access during installation


5. Install and secure earth cable

Performance Criteria:

5.1-Maintain cable separations to meet performance requirements of application environment
5.2-Check earth cable insulation is undamaged to ensure integrity of earth provided
5.3-Isolate protective and functional earths at all times to ensure operation in accordance with industry standards
5.4-Install and secure cable to manufacturers specifications in a safe manner


6. Terminate earth cable

Performance Criteria:

6.1-Terminate earth with connectors recommended by manufacturers and in accordance with industry standards
6.2-Maintain earth continuity at all times to ensure safe and reliable system operation
6.3-Observe interface requirements with electrical systems in accordance with industry standards


7. Test earth installation

Performance Criteria:

7.1-Calibrate test equipment and set current reference prior to use
7.2-Select and conduct a repeatable type and method of testing to produce valid and reliable results
7.3-Compare test results accurately with specifications and standards to ensure compliance
7.4-Identify earth system faults and rectify, where required, prior to re-testing


8. Label earthing systems

Performance Criteria:

8.1-Identify label requirements for all types of earthing systems
8.2-Label earthing systems in accordance with industry regulations


9. Manage Remote Power Feed

Performance Criteria:

9.1-Identify the risks posed by contact with Remote Power Feeding services
9.2-Identify Remote Power Feeding services in a range of commonly encountered circumstances inside customer premises

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Practical and theory classes.

Teaching Schedule

Week Topic Delivered Assessment Task
1 Explain the operation of the MEN system and identify its component parts Identify the colour codes used in the MEN system
2 Explain the hazards associated with the power systems Explain why exposed metal requires earthing and who is responsible for this earthing
3 Describe the relationship between MEN system and Earth Potential Rise hazard zones Theory test
4 Identify the different components of a TRC Explain the principles of operation of the Telecommunication Reference Conductor system of earthing
5 Install TRC system. Measure a TRC’s resistance Outline the requirements for a TRC
6 Identify and install telex earths Explain the principles of operation of the Telex earth
7 Explain why cable shields are earthed Earth cable shields
8 Explain what RFI and EMI are
9 Identify typical sources of RFI and EMI
10 Explain simple techniques for reducing the effects of RFI/EMI Theory test
11 Explain techniques for earthing CAE
12 Explain techniques for earthing CAE
13 Explain the operation of overvoltage protection devices
14 Demonstrate the earthing requirement of these devices
15 Explain the differences between overvoltage protection devices located at various distributors including:
16 Earthing system identification and construction.
17 Earthing system installation assessment.
18 Earthing system installation
Theory test.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Written Examination
Practical Examination

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1: 25%

Assessment task 2: 25%

Assessment task 3 : 25%

Assessment task 4 : 25%

Assessment Matrix

Competency National Code Competency Title Assessment Types
Tutorial/Practical Exercises Examination

Other Information

As this is a course of competency based delivery and assessments, the nominal hours of the enrolment include scheduled hours and student directed hours. Student directed hours may involve any combination of activities such as reading online resources, completing assessments, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consulting, organised industrial visiting, or other activities.

In this course a student’s directed hours are expected to be more than 50% of the nominal hours.

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