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BICSI Technician

Best Computer Hardware Certifications 2018
By , Mary Kyle

BICSI is a professional association that supports the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, mainly in the areas of voice, data, audio and video, electronic safety and security, and project management. BICSI offers training, certification and education to its 23,000-plus members, many of which are designers, installers and technicians.

BICSI offers several certifications, aimed at ICT professionals, who mainly deal with cabling and related technologies. In this program, the BICSI Technician seems most pertinent.

The BICSI Technician certification recognizes individuals who lead an installation group or team, perform advanced testing and troubleshooting of cable installations, evaluate cabling requirements, recommend solutions based on standards and best practices, and roll out new and retrofit projects. Technicians must be well versed in both copper and fiber cabling.

Cablers need a good deal of knowledge about the hardware, networking devices and communications equipment to which they connect cables.

To earn the credential, candidates must pass a single two-part exam consisting of a hands-on practical and a written exam. In addition, candidates must possess at least three years of verifiable ICT industry installation experience within the past five years. Credentials are valid for three years. Certification holders must earn 18 hours of continuing education credits (CECs) in each three-year credentialing cycle and pay the then current renewal fees to maintain the credential.

Interested candidates should also check out other BICSI certifications, such as the Installer 1 (INST1), Installer 2, Copper (INSTC), and Installer 2, Optical Fiber (INSTF). More advanced certifications include the Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD), Outside Plant (OSP) Designer (also featured in this article), Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) and Registered Telecommunication Project Manager (RTPM).

BICSI Technician Facts & Figures

Certification NameBICSI Technician
Prerequisites & Required CoursesThree or more years of verifiable ICT industry installation experience (must be within past five years to qualify)

Adhere to the BICSI Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct

Physical requirements: Distinguish between colors, stand for extended periods, lift and carry up to 50 pounds, climb ladders and possess manual dexterity necessary to perform fine mortar tasks.

Recommended prerequisites:
50 hours review of BICSI Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM)
TE350: BICSI Technician Training course ($2,275.25 member early, $2,395 member/$2,417.75 non-member early, $2,545 non-member)
IN101: Installer 1 Training course ($1,515.25 member early, $1,595 member/$1,657.75 non-member early, $1,745 non-member)
IN225: Installer 2, Copper Training course ($1,990.25 member early, $2,095 member/$2,132.75 non-member early, $2,245 non-member)
IN250: Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training course ($2,185.25 member early, $2,295 member/$2,322.75 non-member early, $2,445 non-member)
Number of ExamsOne, two-part exam including written exam (140 multiple-choice questions*) and hands-on performance-based exam (hands-on performance exam delivered last day of TE350 course; written exam administered the day after the completion of the TE350 course)

* If the candidate doesn't have both the Copper and Optical Fiber Installer 2 credentials or an Installer 2 credential, the written exam will have 170 questions.
Cost per Exam$275 (credentialing fee must be received by BICSI 10 days prior to exam; retake fee of $120 applies). Visit BICSI Exam Calendar for exam dates.
Self-Study MaterialsInformation Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual, 7th Edition electronic download, $210 member/$210 non-member; print and download combo, $250 member/$280 non-member; printed manual, $210 member/$230 non-member

Web-based training through BICSI CONNECT