Unit of competency details

ICTCBL3021A - Install aerial cable (Release 1)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
1 1 (this release)Current 15/Jun/2010

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to ICTCBL310 - Install aerial cableUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages Added extra Performance Criteria for clarification 13/Jan/2016
Supersedes and is equivalent to ICTTC021D - Install aerial cableOutcomes deemed equivalent. Minor changes to elements, performance criteria and critical evidence. 14/Jun/2010

Training packages that include this unit

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
ICT30813 - Certificate III in Telecommunications Fixed Wireless InstallationCertificate III in Telecommunications Fixed Wireless Installation 1-2 
ICT30613 - Certificate III in Broadband and Wireless NetworksCertificate III in Broadband and Wireless Networks 
ICT30610 - Certificate III in Broadband and Wireless NetworksCertificate III in Broadband and Wireless Networks 
ICT30513 - Certificate III in Telecommunications Rigging InstallationCertificate III in Telecommunications Rigging Installation 1-2 
ICT30510 - Certificate III in Telecommunications Rigging InstallationCertificate III in Telecommunications Rigging Installation 
ICT30313 - Certificate III in Telecommunications CablingCertificate III in Telecommunications Cabling 
ICT30310 - Certificate III in Telecommunications CablingCertificate III in Telecommunications Cabling 
ICT30213 - Certificate III in TelecommunicationsCertificate III in Telecommunications 
ICT30113 - Certificate III in Broadband and Wireless Networks TechnologyCertificate III in Broadband and Wireless Networks Technology 
ICT30110 - Certificate III in Broadband and Wireless Networks TechnologyCertificate III in Broadband and Wireless Networks Technology 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 031309 Communications Equipment Installation And Maintenance  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 031309 Communications Equipment Installation And Maintenance  15/Jun/2010 
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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to install aerial cable in all communications applications.

Assessment by a TITAB registered assessor is recommended.

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.

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.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

Technical staff who install aerial cable for customer and hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) networks apply the skills and knowledge in this unit. They use basic rigging procedures, methods and equipment for working safely at height.

It may make use of formal documentation such as accurate completion of a telecommunications cabling advice (TCA) form (TCA1 form) and cable records.

This unit applies to outdoor installation within a customer premises.

It may be applied to domestic, commercial or industrial installations. Communications applications include digital and analog, telephony, data, video, digital broadcasting, computer networks, local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN) and multimedia.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for aerial cable installation

1.1. Prepare for given work according to relevant legislation , codes , regulations and standards 

1.2. Arrange access to the site according to required procedure

1.3. Verify location of proposed aerial cable installation requirements  according to the appropriate plans  and recognise constraints 

1.4. Obtain information on location of other services from relevant authorities 

1.5. Inform appropriate personnel of existing and potential hazards  on worksite

1.6. Select tools and equipment  required for safe work practice

1.7. Erect barriers  according to safety requirements

1.8. Assess support structure as safe  for normal working conditions

1.9. Set up cable  installation equipment according to manufacturer's requirements and enterprise guidelines

2. Attach aerial cable to catenary

2.1. Select type of cable bearer for catenary wire installation

2.2. Use basic rigging procedures, methods and equipment for working safely at heights

2.3. Secure catenary wire or bearer wire permanently to support structure using safe installation practices according to specifications 

2.4. Haul and secure cable to catenary wire following occupational health and safety (OHS ) and environmental requirements 

3. Seal and secure aerial cable

3.1. Seal cable ends to prevent ingress of foreign material

3.2. Secure cable loop on support structure to reduce damage to conductors and to enable ease of access for maintenance

3.3. Weather seal building entry points where appropriate

3.4. Fit over -voltage protection  devices to all cables with metallic component where required

3.5. Complete reports on installation and design amendments accurately and file promptly according to enterprise requirements

4. Restore site and complete documentation

4.1. Restore worksite to the customer's satisfaction

4.2. Complete reports  on installation

4.3. Notify customer and obtain sign off

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication skills to:
  • liaise with internal and external personnel on technical and operational matters
  • relate to work associates, supervisors, team members and clients
  • literacy skills to interpret technical documentation, such as equipment manuals, specifications and requirements for aerial cable installation
  • numeracy skills to take and analyse measurements
  • planning and organisational skills to organise and maintain equipment
  • problem solving skills to solve equipment and logistics problems
  • safety awareness skills to:
  • apply precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate hazards that may exist during work activities
  • select and use required personal protective equipment conforming to industry and OHS standards
  • work systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment
  • technical skills to use:
  • hand and power tools, diagnostic equipment and perform fault clearance
  • basic rigging procedures, methods and equipment for working safely at heights

Required knowledge 

  • ACMA Competency Requirements for Telecommunications Cabling Provider Rules 2000
  • features and operating requirements of test equipment
  • information required to operate equipment according to a test specification
  • legislation, codes of practice and other formal agreements that impact on the work activity
  • manufacturer's requirements for safe operation of equipment
  • specific OHS requirements relating to the activity and site conditions
  • test methods and performance requirements
  • typical issues and challenges that occur on site

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the ability to:

  • prepare site for installation ensuring all relevant authorities have been notified and approvals obtained prior to commencement
  • install aerial cable using effective practices
  • use basic rigging procedures, methods and equipment for working safely at heights
  • comply with all related OHS requirements and work practices.

Context of , and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • sites where aerial cable installation may be conducted
  • use of aerial installation equipment currently used in industry
  • relevant regulatory and equipment documentation that impact on aerial cable installation activities.

Methods of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • review of a hands-on project completed by the candidate
  • review of an oral and written report with completed documentation, including updated cable plans and records
  • direct observation of the candidate installing aerial cable.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • ICTCBL3020A Construct aerial cable supports.

Aboriginal people and other people from a non-English speaking background may have second language issues.

Access must be provided to appropriate learning and assessment support when required.

Assessment processes and techniques must be culturally appropriate, and appropriate to the oral communication skill level, and language and literacy capacity of the candidate and the work being performed.

In all cases where practical assessment is used it will be combined with targeted questioning to assess required knowledge. Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this unit of competency.

Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with special needs.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Relevant legislation , codes , regulations and standards  may include:

  • appropriate licences:
  • crane
  • EWP
  • forklift
  • winch
  • Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF) standards and codes
  • AS Communications Cabling Manual (CCM)
    Volume 1
  • AS/NZS 3000:2007
  • AS/NZS 3080:2003
  • AS/NZS 3084:2003
  • AS/NZS 3085.1:2004
  • AS/NZS IEC 61935.1:2006
  • AS/NZS IEC 61935.2:2006
  • AS/NZS ISO/IEC 14763.3:2007
  • AS/NZS ISO/IEC 15018:2005
  • AS/NZS ISO/IEC 24702:2007
  • cabling security codes and regulations
  • Environmental Protection Acts
  • OHS
  • road and traffic control legislation and codes
  • technical standards AS/ACIF S008:2006 and AS/ACIF S009:2006.

Aerial cable installation requirements  may include:

  • approvals from relevant authorities
  • details of:
  • location of other services
  • location of plant and equipment
  • proposed route
  • reinstatement requirements
  • site access requirements
  • joint use with electrical services
  • regulated or industry codes of practice and include appropriate ACMA technical standards
  • structures that may be public or private
  • use of:
  • pole
  • tower
  • wall.

Plans  may include:

  • building
  • construction
  • design
  • site layout drawings
  • street.

Constraints  may include:

  • availability of cable size and type
  • condition of poles
  • earth potential rise (EPR):
  • event at a site, such as an electrical distribution substation, may expose telecommunications personnel, users or plant to hazardous voltages
  • optical cable may contain a hazardous light
  • radio frequency (RF) equipment may emit hazardous radiation
  • remote power feeding which operate at above telecommunications network voltage (TNV)
  • site conditions.

Relevant authorities  may include:

  • cable location services (Dial Before you Dig)
  • environment protection
  • local government
  • private owners
  • utility providers such as:
  • electricity
  • fire services
  • gas
  • telecommunications providers
  • water.

Hazards  may include:

  • EPR
  • optical cable:
  • bare fibres
  • hazardous laser light
  • remote power feeding
  • RF emission.

Tools and equipment  may include:

  • hand tools such as:
  • crowbar
  • glue
  • hammers
  • pick
  • saws
  • shovels
  • mechanical equipment such as:
  • auger
  • borer
  • concrete gutter
  • EWP
  • ladders
  • mole plough
  • trenching machine.

Barriers  may include:

  • flashing lights
  • trench guards
  • warning signs and tapes
  • witches hats.

Support structure as safe  may refer to:

  • condemned pole status markings
  • suitable testing methods
  • visible signs of decay or stress.

Cable  may include:

  • Category 5
  • Category 6 or 6A
  • Category 7 or 7A
  • coaxial
  • copper
  • optical fibre.

Specifications  include:

  • cable compliant with appropriate ACMA technical standard requirements
  • cabling products other than cable must be ACMA-approved
  • regulated or industry codes of practice and include appropriate ACMA technical standards
  • relevant legislation, codes, regulations and standards.

OHS and environmental requirements  may relate to:

  • identifying other services, including power and gas
  • need for decommissioning and isolating worksite and lines prior to commencement
  • personal protective clothing:
  • earmuffs
  • gloves
  • leather
  • plastic
  • rubber
  • head protection
  • kneepads
  • masks
  • protective suits
  • safety boots
  • safety glasses
  • safety harness
  • safety line
  • safe working practices, such as the safe use and handling of:
  • asbestos
  • chemicals
  • materials
  • tools and equipment
  • work platforms
  • safety equipment:
  • flashing lights
  • gas and other hazard detection equipment
  • safety barriers
  • trench guards
  • warning signs and tapes
  • witches hats
  • special access requirements
  • suitable light and ventilation
  • environmental considerations:
  • clean-up protection
  • noise, dust and clean-up management
  • stormwater protection
  • waste management.

Over voltage protection  includes:

  • ACMA standards
  • hazard requirements including:
  • enterprise
  • local environmental
  • manufacturer.

Reports  may include:

  • job cards
  • plans
  • worksheets.

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