SAQA All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.

Occupational Certificate: Data and Telecommunications Cabler 
119562  Occupational Certificate: Data and Telecommunications Cabler 
Development Quality Partner - NAMB 
-   OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
Occupational Certificate  Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology  Manufacturing and Assembly 
Undefined  575  Not Applicable  NQF Level 03  Regular-ELOAC 
Registered  EXCO 0522/24  2022-08-04  2025-12-31 
2026-12-31   2029-12-31  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to comply with the profile and skills requirements of a Data and Telecommunications Cabler.

A Data and Telecommunications Cabler installs, tests, terminates, commissions, troubleshoots, maintains and repairs internal telecommunications and data cabling on equipment and peripherals for computer networks, telephony, cable television as well as television monitored security systems and fire alarms.

A qualified learner will be able to:
  • Install and commission telecommunications cables to equipment and devices.
  • Terminate cables, cords and accessories to connect to telecommunication network and devices.
  • Diagnose, locate and troubleshoot telecommunication cabling faults on telecommunications equipment and cables.
  • Complete telecommunication cables installation documentation.

    As per Government Gazette 35625, published on 31 August 2012, the Minister of Higher Education and Training issued a listing of occupations as trades for which artisan qualifications are required, the Data and Telecommunications Cabler was identified as a trade occupation in terms of Section 26B of the Skills Development Act 1998 (Act No. 97 of 1998).
    This qualification has been developed with the view to meet the expressed need by the data and telecommunications industry for skilled labour as most telecommunications providers are now moving towards optic solutions to deliver faster broadband speeds to premises as a preferred method of service to providers seeking pure fibre or copper network solutions.

    Data and telecommunications cablers are predominantly involved in the installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of data and telecommunications cables, which may be located internally within domestic, commercial and industrial areas or sometimes in underground pipes, trenches or overhead systems. They usually work with either copper or fibre optic cables and specialise in a particular procedure to install, troubleshoot and maintain such cables.

    Qualified individuals may be required to do new installations and upgrades or to maintain existing networks in domestic, commercial and industrial installations. Learners will be equipped with knowledge and skills to install and maintain customer cable infrastructure relating to communication applications. This may include digital and analog applications, telephony, data and video applications, digital broadcasting, computer networks, local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN) and multimedia. The installation also involves selecting a cable route, setting up cable dispensers and placing and securing cables.

    The qualification is intended for individuals who wish to enter the industry as well as those already working in the industry and grant them an opportunity to acquire a nationally recognised qualification through recognition of prior learning. Qualified individuals will gain employment opportunities in government, state-owned enterprises and private companies. A skilled workforce will invariably benefit the economy and society at large and ensure job security for the individual. The qualification was developed with the active participation of the major stakeholders and employers in the industry such as Transnet, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), Telkom and Broadband Infraco.

    The qualification will provide learners with opportunities to progress horizontally and vertically to related occupations such as Telecommunications Cable Jointer at NQF Level 3 and Telecommunications Line Mechanic at NQF Level 4 respectively. It will also facilitate the standardisation of non-aligned training courses currently provided by authorities/companies to create skilled and competent Data and Telecommunication Cablers in the country. 


    This qualification is made up of compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skill and Work Experience Modules:

    Knowledge Modules
  • 672201-000-00-00-KM-01, Fundamentals of Health and Safety Requirements in relation to Telecommunications Cable Installation, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-KM-02, Introduction to Activity-Based Risk Assessment, Level 4, 5 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-KM-03, Tools and Equipment related to Telecommunications Cabling, Level 2, 5 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-KM-04, Cabling Techniques, Level 3, 10 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-KM-05, Fundamentals of Planning and Preparation in Cable Jointing, Level 3, 5 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-KM-06, Indoor Data and Telecommunications Cabling, Level 3, 40 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-KM-07, Fault Diagnosis on Telecommunication Cables, Level 3, 40 Credits.

    Total Number Of Credits For Knowledge Modules: 115

    Practical Skill Modules
  • 672201-000-00-00-PM-01, Conduct Activity-Based Risk Assessment, Level 3, 20 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-PM-02, Install Cable Routes and Cables in Telecommunications Network, Level 3, 60 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-PM-03, Perform Cable Test and Commission Installed Cables, Level 3, 30 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-PM-04, Terminate Cables and Accessories for Telecommunication Network, Level 4, 20 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-PM-05, Perform Maintenance and Repairs on the Cables and Cable Routes, Level 4, 60 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-PM-06, Complete Cabling Installation Documentation, Level 4, 20 Credits.

    Total Number of Credits for Practical Skill Modules: 210

    Work Experience Modules
  • 672201-000-00-00-WM-01, Activity-Based Risk Assessment Processes, Level 4, 20 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-WM-02, Data and Telecommunication Cable Management Installation and Processes, Level 3, 60 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-WM-03, Data and Telecommunication Cable Testing and Commissioning Processes, Level 3, 30 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-WM-04, Data and Telecommunication Cables Termination and Connectivity Processes, Level 3, 40 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-WM-05, Fault-Finding and Troubleshooting Faults on Telecommunication Cables and Cable Routing Processes, Level 4, 60 Credits.
  • 672201-000-00-00-WM-06, Data and Telecommunications Installation Administration Processes, Level 4, 40 Credits

    Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 250 

    1.Use acquired knowledge to install, join, terminate, and commission internal telecommunications cables.
    2.Diagnose, locate, and repair faults on data and telecommunication cables.
    3.Complete administration on installation and jointing documentation. 

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
  • Describe and select relevant hand and power tools are described and selected in terms of their functions in telecommunication cables installation, jointing, termination, and commissioning.
  • Read and correctly interpret technical drawings and job cards are read and interpreted correctly to determine the specified job or task.
  • Explain and apply different cable routing methods for different surfaces to run the telecommunication cables.
  • Explain different types of terminators and connectors in terms of their connection to end devices and performed on telecommunication cables.
  • Install cable trays, ducting and conduits in accordance to standard operating procedures.
  • Prepare cables and joined or spliced and the correct method of enclosure is used for telecommunication cables according to standard operating procedures.
  • Strip and cut cables to the required length using appropriate tools.
  • Correctly perform laying of internal cables to maintain and protect the integrity of the cables.
  • Dispose waste and debris in accordance with safety, health and environmental legislative and standards requirements.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
  • Identify and explain different types of faults on telecommunications cables in terms of the causes and effects.
  • Explain and apply fault-finding principles, methods and techniques to locate, diagnose and troubleshoot faults in telecommunications cables.
  • Locate and repair identified faults in accordance with organisational standard operating procedures and manufacturer's specifications.
  • Give feedback to the relevant role-players and stakeholders to provide support and solutions to telecommunication cabling related problems or faults.

    Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
  • Update the cable and route plan in line with standard operating procedures.
  • Record possible alteration(s) or deviation(s) on the technical drawing on the as-built plan and reported in line with organisational standard operating procedures.
  • Use an inventory of tools and materials during a cable installation is recorded according to company-specific standard operating procedures.
  • Correctly complete relevant checklists and test sheets according to company-specific standard operating procedures.
  • Record and report new installations, fault repairs and maintenance on telecommunication cables according to organisational standard operating procedures.
  • Correctly complete an activity-based assessment risk sheet according to company-specific standard operating procedures.
  • Record and capture information related to cable routes and cable installation, testing and fault-finding both electronically and manually for future use or reference.

    Integrated Assessment:
    Integrated Formative Assessment
    The skills development provider will use the curriculum to guide them on the stipulated internal assessment criteria and weighting. They will also apply the scope of practical skills and applied knowledge as stipulated by the internal assessment criteria. This formative assessment together with work experience leads to entrance in the integrated external summative assessment.

    Integrated Summative Assessment
    An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant QCTO Assessment Quality Partner is required for the issuing of this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the exit level outcomes and associated assessment criteria.

    The external integrated assessment will be conducted through a trade test as prescribed under section 26 D of the Skills Development Act and defined in the Trade Test Regulations. It will be conducted through an evaluation of written and practical tasks covering critical aspects in a simulated environment at an assessment centre accredited by QCTO and conducted by an assessor registered by the National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB). The assessment will take place over a minimum of 2 days. 

    A comparison was conducted in countries with best practice in data and telecommunications cabling at both international and regional levels.The comparison focused on countries with qualification frameworks, professional development programmes, learning programmes, apprenticeships and short courses targeting data and telecommunications cabling. Countries searched included the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and the United States of America.

    The results of the search in all the countries visited indicate that there are qualifications focused on telecommunications cabling for which a thorough comparison could be conducted against the South African occupational qualification.

    Australian Institute of Vocational Development: Certificate III in Telecommunication Data and Voice.

    This qualification is registered on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and has been identified as an occupation that has a skills shortage.

    The comparison focused on the title, level, work context, content and duration of the qualification to determine if it compares favourably with the South African qualification.This qualification proved to compare favourably with the South African qualification in respect of the title, context and content but varied from the South African qualification inasmuch as there are no entry requirements for the qualification. It also varies with the South African qualification in terms of duration as it is offered over at least 2 years whereas the South African qualification has a component of trade testing which goes beyond a period of two years. The qualification content is as follows:
  • Work safely in the construction industry.
  • Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes, and practices in the workplace.
  • Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications.
  • Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components.
  • Plan an integrated cabling installation system.
  • Install and maintain cabling for multiple access to telecommunication services.
  • Install and modify performance data communication copper cabling.
  • Install and modify optical fibre performance data communication cabling.
  • Maintain documentation.
  • Source and purchase material/parts for installation or service jobs.
  • Participate in voice and data communications work and competency development activities.
  • Use computer applications relevant to a workplace.
  • Assemble, set-up and test computing devices.
  • Use engineering applications software on personal computers.
  • Set up and configure basic local area network (LAN).
  • Comply with scheduled and preventative maintenance program processes.
  • Provide basic instruction in the use of electro technology apparatus.
  • Set up and configure the wireless capabilities of communications and data storage devices.
  • Select and arrange equipment for wireless communication networks.
  • Install and connect data and voice communication equipment.
  • Select and arrange data and voice equipment for local area networks.
  • Test, report and rectify faults in data and voice installations.
  • Install aerial telecommunication cables.
  • Install underground communication cables.
  • Set up and configure basic data communication systems.
  • Assemble and connect telecommunication frames and cabinets.
  • Troubleshoot resonance circuits in an electronic apparatus.
  • Solve problems in dc. circuits.
  • Fix and secure electro technology equipment.
  • Provide quotations for installation or service jobs.
  • Deliver a service to customers.
  • Perform CPR.
  • Apply first aid.
  • Lay wiring, cabling and terminate accessories for extra-low voltage (ELV) circuits.
  • Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electro technology work.
  • Plan the electrical installation of integrated systems.
  • Develop electrical integrated systems.
  • Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector.

    New Zealand
    Certificate III in Telecommunications Cabling.
    The qualification is aimed at training a learner to become a Cabler (Data and Telecommunications). The qualification has 12 units comprising core and general elective units for different strands to be selected for a specific job role requiring candidates to select a maximum of two electives of which one is cabling. The qualification compares favourably with the South African qualification in terms of the level, content and duration but differs slightly with the South African qualification in terms of entry requirements as there is no minimum entry requirement to this qualification. The units contained in this course compares favourably with the South African qualification although they are not structured like that of the South African qualification curriculum. The duration of the course is 2 years' the-job-training and varies from with the South African qualification which has a component of trade testing extending beyond a period of two years' training.

    The course content is as follows:
    Core Units
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices.
  • Locate and identify cable system faults.
  • Use electrical skills in telecommunications work.
  • Use hand and power tools.
  • Provide infrastructure for telecommunications customer equipment.
  • Follow work health and safety and environmental policies and procedures.

    Elective Units
  • Alter services to existing cable system.
  • Splice and terminate optical fibre cable for carriers and service providers.
  • Install, maintain, and modify customer premises communications cabling: ACMA Restricted Rule.
  • Install, maintain, and modify customer premises communications cabling: ACMA Open Rule.
  • Apply safe technical work practices for cabling registration when configuring ADSL circuits.
  • Install, terminate and certify structured cabling installation.
  • Install and terminate optical fibre cable on customer premises.
  • Install and terminate coaxial cable.
  • Perform cable and system test on customer premises.
  • Hand over systems and equipment.
  • Install underground enclosures and conduit.
  • Install underground cable.
  • Construct aerial cable supports.
  • Install aerial cable.
  • Install systems and equipment on customer premises.
  • Cut over new systems and equipment on customer premises.
  • Modify and cut over cable.
  • Install network cable equipment.
  • Maintain cable network.

    The South African qualification compares favourably with the Australian qualification as it is targeted to a telecommunications cabler in terms of the level, content and duration but differs slightly in the sense that the curriculum is comprised of core and elective units while the South African curriculum is clearly classified into knowledge, practical skills and workplace experience components.The qualifications from Australia and New Zealand have been found to be comparable with the South African qualification in terms of level and content. However, the New Zealand qualification differs slightly with the South African qualification as it is based on core and elective units with different strands including Cabling. 

    This qualification provides opportunities for horizontal and vertical articulation options.

    Horizontal Articulation:
  • Occupational Certificate: Telecommunications Cable Jointer, NQF Level 3.

    Vertical Articulation:
  • Occupational Certificate: Telecommunications Line Mechanic, NQF Level 4. 

  • NOTES 
    Qualifying for External Assessment:
    To qualify for an external assessment,learners must provide proof of completion of all required modules by
    means of statements of results and work experience.

    Additional Legal or Physical Entry Requirements:
  • None

    Criteria for the accreditation of providers
    Accreditation of providers will be done against the criteria as reflected in the relevant curriculum on the QCTO website.

    The curriculum title and code is: Data and Telecommunications Cabler: 672201-000-00-00
    Encompassed Trade:
    This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
  • This is a trade qualification.

    Assessment Quality Partner (AQP)
  • National Artisan Moderation Body (NAMB). 


    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.

    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.