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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.

Renewal Information

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.

Application Processing
BICSI verifies all reference letters and processes applications in the order they were received. Please be sure that all of your references have a phone number and email address.

Only completed applications will be accepted (refer to checklist on page 10 of the RTPM Exam application). Please do not send in partial applications. Please allow up to 30-60 days for approval.

Application Validity Period
Your application is valid for one year from the date it was approved. This is referred to as your eligibility dates in your Exam Authorization Letter. You will have a maximum of three attempts to successfully pass the exam. If you do not pass the exam after your third attempt during your one-year eligibility period, you must wait until your eligibility period ends before you can reapply for the exam by submitting a new application and letters of reference. Each exam retake requires the appropriate retake fee.

Exam Registration
The exam is administered in a computer-based testing (CBT) format at Pearson VUE Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Once your application is approved, you will receive a BICSI Exam Authorization Letter by email confirming your approval. The authorization letter includes your required Candidate ID number and scheduling information. Your testing date, time and location will be scheduled by you through Pearson VUE at pearsonvue.com/BICSI.

BICSI offers paper-pencil exams at select BICSI Conferences. Please visit www.bicsi.org for upcoming paper-pencil examinations. To register for a paper-pencil exam at a scheduled location on www.bicsi.org, please contact 800.242.7405, +1 813.979.1991 or credentialing@bicsi.org.

You are required to bring two forms of identification to the testing center, one of which must be a government-issued photo ID with your signature (e.g., driver’s license, government ID or passport).

NOTE: The name on the photo ID must match exactly as the name submitted in your application and eligibility letter. You will not be accepted into the exam center if the names do not appear exactly the same. Contact BICSI to update your name or contact information. Pearson VUE cannot accept any changes to your records. 

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

The RTPM examination is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions. You are allotted 2-hours to complete the exam. The exam is designed to test your knowledge in the Duty Statement areas of the BICSI RTPM Exam Content Outline/Blueprint and Job Task Analysis.

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 10 of the 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 120 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 designed to test your knowledge in the Duty Statement areas of the BICSI RTPM Exam Content Outline/Blueprint and Job Task Analysis.
 

  Title: Registered Telecommunications Project Manager (RTPM)  
Duty 
Letter
Duty Statement
Importance 
Rating %
A  Gather specific project information 22%
B Create initial project budget estimate (rough order of magnitude, consideration of location) 10%
C  Orchestrate project proposal 18%
D  Project deliverables 9%
E  Administrative 8%
F  Project launch 15%
G Communication  8%
H Project closing  10%
    100%

 

The content areas can be found in the following reference materials: 

  • Telecommunications Project Management (TPM) reference, 1st edition
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 4th edition
  • Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, 10th edition
    ©2008 Project Management Institute, Inc. All rights reserved. PMI and PMBOK are registered trademarks of Project Management Institute, Inc.

RTPM Exam Study Guide

Suggested RTPM Exam Preparation
  • 125+ hours of study from the above reference materials
  • BICSI's PM110: Telecommunications Project Management Instructor-led Training course

Fees
Application Fee: $245 Member/$370 Nonmember
Exam/Retake Fee: $150 Member/$275 Nonmember
Renewal Fee: $130 Member/$315 Nonmember
Renewal Late Fee (60-90 days)* $50
Renewal Late Fee (91+ days)* $75
Duplicate Certificate $20 Member/$25 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.
 

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.

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