Course Title: Test cable bearers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: EEET6975C

Course Title: Test cable bearers

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4298 - Certificate IV in Telecommunications Networks Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Eddie Vanda
Telephone: +613 9925 4456

Kenneth Falzon
Telephone: +613 9925 4716

Nominal Hours: 40

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


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to test cable bearers. It involves setting up, testing, interpreting test results and determining appropriate action. This unit applies to the testing of all cable types (metallic, optical fibre and coaxial). All customer cabling work in the telecommunications, fire, security and data industries must be performed by a registered cabler. All cablers are required to register with an Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)-accredited registrar.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements apply to working at heights. If an elevated work platform (EWP) is required, verify state or territory law requirements for a licence to operate an EWP. Users should confirm requirements with the relevant federal, state or territory authority.

If working at heights, achievement of the unit ’CPCPCM2015A Work safely on roofs’ from the CPC08 Construction and Plumbing Services Integrated framework training package fulfils this requirement.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTCBL4057A Test cable bearers


1.Prepare and set up for cable test

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Obtain relevant legislation, codes, regulations and standards
1.2.Scope the work by obtaining project plan from appropriate personnel and arrange for site access to comply with security arrangements
1.3.Notify appropriate personnel of identified safety hazards at the worksite
1.4.Determine type of cable bearer and cable route from project plan and identify test requirements using work instructions
1.5.Obtain tools and safety equipment and material to perform tasks safely and efficiently
1.6.Select and use required protective equipment and make site safe and secure for testing work
1.7.Determine need for outage, extent, location and timing, if required. and negotiate with appropriate personnel
1.8.Select and set up suitable test equipment according to manufacturer's specifications for the cable tests to be performed to ensure relevance of test data
1.9.Ensure equipment calibration certification is current to reduce possibility of unreliable test data and ensure traceability where appropriate


2.Perform cable tests

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Follow occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental requirements for the given work and identify and avoid other services
2.2.Determine and record cable parameters for consideration in assessment of performance
2.3.Conduct performance tests as required by both equipment and enterprise specification for the specific cable type and purpose


3.Interpret test results and determine action

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Record test results for evaluation and compare against manufacturer's and site specifications
3.2.Analyse test results and evaluate cable performance with consideration of recorded cable parameters
3.3.Diagnose problems to determine cable faults and make arrangements for repairs or modifications
3.4.Retest faulty cable after the faults have been rectified


4.Document test results and clean up site

Performance Criteria:

4.1.Produce evaluated test results according to enterprise guidelines and without delay to ensure test results remain current
4.2.Update site and installation files to ensure traceability of information on system performance is maintained
4.3.Archive test records details for the life of the cable according to enterprise guidelines
4.4.Remove waste and debris from worksite and dispose of according to environmental requirements
4.5.Notify appropriate personnel of job completion and obtain sign off

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials, practicals, audio-visual presentations, and interaction with individuals and groups within the Telecommunications area.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1
Prepare and set up for cable testing method

Week 2 
Regulations and standards

Week 3
OHS hazards at the worksite 
Type of cables and test equipment

week 4
Tools and safety equipment and material to perform the tasks.
Assignment explained. 

Week 5
Select the required PPE for the work
Outage, extent, location and timing

Week 6
Suitable test equipment according to manufacturer’s recommendation for the cable tests

Week 7
Calibration certification of test equipment

Week 8
Assignment due.

Week 9
Cabling testing procedure
Follow occupational health and safety (OHS) and EPA

Week 10
Cable parameters for consideration in assessment of performance
Conduct performance testing

Week 11
Test results and determine action against manufacturer’s and site specifications

Week 12
Analyse test results and evaluate cable performance

Week 14
Diagnose problems to determine cable faults
Retest faulty cable after the faults have been rectified
Document test results and clean up site

Week 15
Produce test results Update site and installation files to ensure traceability
Archive test records

Week 16
Clean up site to EPA requirements
Sign off the job on completion
Practical Test

Week 17-18
Closed book test


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Work book - soft copy available in class

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards.  Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks section of Course Guide Part B.

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:

1. Assignment - Given out Week 4. Due Week 8
2. Practical Test - Week 16
3. Closed book test - Week 17-18

All assessment tasks need to be successfully completed to demonstrate competence.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not yet Competent
DNS Did not Submit

Assessment Matrix

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