Compete in the BICSI 2017 South Pacific Cabling Skills Challenge

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The BICSI 2017 South Pacific Cabling Skills Challenge has recently been launched, with qualifying heats scheduled across Australia and New Zealand through the month of August, with winners of the heats competing in the Grand Final at the Australian conference at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September.

We are looking to recognise and reward the most skilful cablers in the South Pacific, and the competition is open to all professional cablers (must be ACMA Registered Cablers in Australia). Our judges will be looking for professionalism, quality of workmanship and speed; so you need to be a skilled cabler. Naturally, cabling ‘cowboys’ are not welcome!

The Qualifying Heat Competition Schedule is listed amongst all the BICSI South Pacific events at

To compete, simply register at nominating where you’d like to compete and get your boss’s approval. More than one person from a company can compete, so invite your workmates as well.

The winner of each Qualifying Heat receives a specialist tool kit, kindly provided by our sponsors and a trophy, and is invited to compete in the BICSI South Pacific Skills Challenge Grand Final in Melbourne on 25 & 26 September. They will also receive a complimentary delegate ticket to the entire conference, which includes the conference, workshops and Awards Dinner, where the winner of the Skills Challenge Grand Final is announced.

The winner of the Grand Final will then receive another trophy as the South Pacific’s best cabler and go the BICSI Conference in Florida, USA (flights and accommodation paid for) to represent the South Pacific at the BICSI International Cabling Skills Challenge in February 2018.

The local Qualifying Heats will consist of two copper-based challenges:

  • Task One – 50-pair tie-cable from IDC style termination to a 24-port patch panel.
  • Task Two – Written Exam.

Expect the tasks to take about 90 minutes in total, so give yourself a couple of hours in case of slight delays. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled time for orientation and to assist us in keeping to the timetable.