Cerritos College

Structured Cabling Installation Standards


1.         Installation contractor shall be a Belden CSV.  Certification shall be valid through the completion of work and have been in place for a minimum of two consecutive years.

2.         Installation contractor shall have a minimum of one BICSI-certified RCDD’s on staff at its local office.

3.         Personnel working on-site shall be BICSI-certified Technicians and Installers.

4.         Be here on time or call if you are going to be late.

5.         Installers must wear company identifiable shirts at all times.

6.         Use only approved cable type, connectors, faceplates, etc.  Refer to Cabling Materials webpage for list.

7.         Install cables above ceilings in a straight line with right-angle direction changes, not diagonally across.

8.         All cable must be supported by approved methods: cable tray and 1” EMT conduit (or J-hooks, cable hangers, etc. for MAC work) – NOT resting on ceiling tiles.   Do not attach cables to ceiling grid or lighting fixture wires.  No hanging cables!

9.         Provide approximately 7ft. cable service loops in wiring closet or on cable tray.

10.      Allow slack in cable where conduit meets the cable tray.

11.      Maintain minimum bend radius.

12.      Preferred installation location for MAC is down the inside of walls.  Surface-mount boxes and raceway (Wiremold) may be allowed for extremely difficult or solid walls. Use elbows, tees, and all necessary fittings.

13.      If raceway or surface-mount boxes are allowed, install plumb and level.  Attach with screws, not just adhesive tape.

14.      Installation at the station must be within the wall or within cable raceway, with no exposed cable.   Do not allow any visible or unprotected cable under any circumstances – maintain aesthetics.

15.      Maintain firewall integrity!  Seal all penetrations with UL approved materials.

16.      Carefully follow Belden installation methods and best industry practice.

17.      Be cognizant of distances to farthest locations – don’t exceed 295 ft!

18.      Use cable rip cord to split cable jacket for termination, not cutting tools.

19.      Absolutely no tie-wraps on cable – Velcro only.

20.      Label each new station at the faceplate.  Place behind clear labeling window.  Follow station ID format & font size on faceplates and patch panels.  (A XX-YY, where A= wiring closet name, XX= panel #, YY= port #).

21.      Each wiring closet rack / cabinet is identified on the front.  Use the right ID on the faceplate (A, B, C, etc).

22.      Identify both ends of cable – behind faceplates & behind patch panel.

23.      Test all new installations with a Fluke DSX-5000 or newer model tester.  Set test limit to Permanent Link (for Cat 5e, 6 or 6A) and correct cable type.  Provide test results to the District Representative.

24.      District-owned tools are not for loan.

25.      Damaged ceiling tiles must be replaced.

26.      Damage to walls and flooring must be repaired.

27.      Don’t attempt to hide damage.  Repair or replace it, no problems.

28.      Clean up work areas of cut wire and other debris.

29.      Clean up wiring closet and patch panels of debris.  Don’t leave a mess!

30.      Dispose of empty boxes and other trash.  Leave areas as you found them.

31.      Call for inspection prior to removing ladders and replacing ceiling tiles.

32.      Incorrectly installed or damaged cable must be removed and reinstalled.

33.      Problems?  Difficulties?  Questions?  Call to discuss solutions or alternatives.