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Information and communications technology (ICT) industry professionals pursuing excellence within the industry should consider becoming a BICSI RCDD®.

Those awarded with the RCDD designation have demonstrated their knowledge in the design, implementation, integration and project management of telecommunications and data communications technology and related infrastructure.

BICSI telecommunications distribution design courses serve as a career path for those seeking advanced knowledge in this area. Several design courses are recommended for candidates preparing to take the RCDD examination.

The RCDD status conveys instant advantages over the competition:

  • A professional designation of excellence
  • A highly regarded status recognized and mandated by many private and state organizations
  • A noted mark of design knowledge valued internationally
  • An indication of experience and knowledge known throughout the ICT industry

An RCDD is critical in the building design process. Find out why here!

Did you know that the RCDD is a U.S. Department of Defense requirement?
Page 4 of the Department of Defense UFC lists the RCDD as a requirement for all telecom design projects. View the UFC here.

Requirements and Qualifications

To apply for the RCDD credential, you must have at least one of the following:

  • Five years ICT design experience
  • Two years verifiable ICT design experience and three years additional ICT equivalents chosen from combinations of experience, approved education and approved ICT license/certification

Design includes the development of design plans for ICT integration. This includes site surveys, user needs analysis, work print creation, project specifications, RFP creation and pre-project coordination with PEs, architects, AHJs, etc.

Design does NOT include installation, testing, project/site supervision, project QA, ICT sales or sales support, teaching of ICT subject matter, etc. Although these items are important to the success of a project, they do not qualify under the definition of design.

The RCDD exam, a comprehensive application- and knowledge-based exam, is based on content found in the 13th edition of BICSI's Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM).

About the Exam

Apply for the RCDD exam today!

The examination is drawn from BICSI's Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM).

Computer-based testing is the primary examination administration method through Pearson VUE. Paper-pencil format is available only a couple of times a year at select BICSI Conferences. See Exam Registration section for more information.

The RCDD examination is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions. You are allotted 2 1/2 hours to complete the exam. The exam is designed to test your knowledge and ability to solve problems in situations by applying the acquired knowledge (knowledge- and application-based questions).

You must achieve a minimum of 70 percent on the exam to pass.

Pass/fail results will be provided at the testing center after completing the exam. A score report is also provided to all unsuccessful candidates. The score report will reflect a percentage of correct answers in each section of the exam, not an actual score. Results are not provided over the phone for CBT exams.

Candidates must be able to use a computer and mouse. Special needs may be requested on page 13 of the RCDD Exam application.

Candidates are not allowed to bring anything (phones, watches, hats, etc.) into the testing room. All necessary items will be available during the exam, including calculators and a whiteboard for scratch paper.

There are no scheduled breaks during the CBT exam. If a break is needed, the break will count towards the 150 minutes you have to complete the exam.

The exam is structured to allow you to challenge a question that you think may be unclear, confusing or incomplete. You may also flag a question and return to it at the end of the exam. Challenged questions that are meaningful and relevant to the exam question will be reviewed by the Registrations and Credentials Supervision (RCS) Committee. If you answer the question incorrectly and the committee determines a rescore changing your final score from fail to pass, the credentialing department will notify you by email within 30-days of the exam. The time spent on challenging questions is allotted in the 150 exam time total.

Exam Preparation
The exam is drawn from BICSI's TDMM. Approximately 80 percent of the questions are based on content from the TDMM core chapters.

Chapter Chapter Title     Chapter Chapter Title
1 Principles of Transmissionc   12 Outside Plant
2 Electromagnetic Compatibilityc   13 Audiovisual Systems
3 Telecommunications Spacesc   14 Building Automation Systems
4 Backbone Distribution Systemsc   15 Data Networksc
5 Horizontal Distribution Systemsc   16 Wireless Networks
6 ITS Cables and Connecting Hardwarec   17 Electronic Safety and Security
7 Firestop Systemsc   18 Data Centers
8 Bonding and Grounding (Earthing)c   19 Health Care
9 Power Distributionc   20 Residential Cabling
10 Telecommunications Administrationc   21 Business Development and
Project Management
11 Field Testing of Structured Cablingc     c = core chapter

The Appendices at the end of the manual and Glossary are not on the RCDD exam.

Suggested Study:

Application Fee: $245 Member/$370 Nonmember
Exam/Retake Fee: $160 Member/$285 Nonmember
Renewal Fee: $140 Member/$325 Nonmember
Renewal Late Fee (60-90 days)* $50
Renewal Late Fee (91+ days)* $75
Duplicate Certificate $25 Member/$30 Nonmember
Application fees must accompany application. Application prices are listed in U.S. dollars. Other currencies are available for testing fees through Pearson VUE’s website. Only credit cards are accepted for exam fees through Pearson VUE. Vouchers for examination fees may be provided to you by BICSI if necessary, if payment has been received.

*Only those with pre-approved extensions to meet the renewal requirements are eligible. 

Renewal Information

The RCDD credential is valid for three years, after which time it can be renewed. Within each three-year period, all RCDDs must obtain a minimum of 45 BICSI continuing education credit (CEC) hours. As part of this 45-hour requirement, attendance in at least one BICSI conference during the three-year period is mandatory. Additional renewal information can be found here.