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The role of an effective project manager is crucial to the outcome of any successful project. They must plan, execute and finalize projects all within strict deadlines and within budget.

In 2012, BICSI released the Registered Telecommunications Project Manager (RTPM). An RTPM oversees and coordinates the interaction between designers, engineers, installers and technicians when new information and communications technology (ICT) industry projects are being developed or undergoing construction. As technology continues to grow faster each decade, the demand also increases for proficient telecommunications project managers. To become a successful telecommunications project manager, individuals need a thorough understanding of ICT, personnel management and project management.

RTPM exam candidates are tested on their ability to understand and apply a vast collection of telecommunications project management principles, concepts, tools and technology.

BICSI telecommunications project management courses serve as a career path for those seeking advanced knowledge in this area. Telecommunication project managers, project coordinators, lead technicians, project team leaders and individuals seeking new career paths in this rapidly growing field are encouraged to earn this credential. The PM110 course is recommended for candidates preparing to take the RTPM examination.

Requirements and Qualifications

To sit for the RTPM credential examination, you must have:

  • A minimum of two years of approved and verifiable experience in Project Management, such as planning, execution and closing of any project. The Project Management experience does not have to be directly related to telecommunications, but telecommunications experience is a plus. Experience must be within the last six years.

The RTPM credential is valid for three years. Within each three-year period, all RTPMs must obtain a minimum of 36 BICSI continuing education credit (CEC) hours. The RTPM credential must be renewed every three years.

Examination Information

Click here to download the RTPM exam application.

Once your application is approved, you will receive an email confirming your approval. Notification includes the required candidate ID number and scheduling information. You will schedule your exam at

You will have up to one year to pass the examination after your application has been approved.

The RTPM exam covers the bodies of knowledge for project management in the telecommunications industry. Material drawn for the examination comes from many sources including, but not limited to, the following material: Telecommunications Project Management, BICSI Resource Material for RTPM Study guide (available as an electronic download only); A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 4th Edition; and Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, 10th Edition.

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The examination is administered in a computer-based testing (CBT) format at Pearson VUE Authorized Training Centers worldwide. Locations of testing centers can be found at

Format: 2 hours, 100 questions, closed-book and multiple choice
Application Fee: Members—$245 ; Nonmembers—$370
Exam Fee: Members—$150 ; Nonmembers—$275
Exam Retake Fee (if applicable): Members—$150 ; Nonmembers—$275

Click here to download the RTPM exam application.
Click here for the RTPM Exam Content Outline.
Click here to view PM110 courses and RTPM exams in your area.