BICSI Installer 2, Copper® (INSTC®) Certification

Copper installers are skilled at working with structured cabling systems (SCS) and network components. Copper installers perform duties in compliance with industry best practices, BICSI methodologies, standards, and codes.

Please note: The Installer 2, Copper exam is not included in the course fee. An exam application must be completed separately. The application deadline is seven days prior to your hands-on exam date. If you are not taking the course and are planning on only taking the exam, there is an additional virtual walk-in exam fee of $185, which includes scheduling of a hands-on exam with a BICSI Training Delivery Specialist and shipment of an INSTC hands-on exam materials kit.


The BICSI classes I have taken in both the design and installation of ICT systems have made me a more knowledgeable, valuable and respected participant in our industry. Could I have learned some of this by simply reading the standards? Sure, but BICSI design classes taught me why the standards are important, and BICSI installation classes taught me how to perform best practice-based installations to assure I meet those standards. BICSI training is an invaluable resource.

David Levine, RCDD
Director of Sales – Network Cabling Solutions, Hellermann Tyton
           Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA


I strongly believe BICSI has changed my life by giving me knowledge to be able to grow in the telecommunications field. Through my mentors and the BICSI courses I have completed, I have been able to cultivate my knowledge of telecommunications to levels I didn’t think possible.

Fernando Chavez, RCDD
Project Consultant, JBA Consulting Engineers
           Las Vegas, Nevada, USA




    Determine your eligibility and find more information to decide if the INSTC is right for you.


    Option 1: Six months of verifiable full-time equivalent structured cabling systems (SCS) field experience that may be obtained on the job, in a trade school, or in an apprenticeship program and successful completion of the BICSI instructor-led hands-on training Installer 1© certificate program.

    Option 2: One year of verifiable full-time equivalent copper SCS field experience that may be obtained on the job, in a trade school, or in an apprenticeship program and attendance and successful completion of BICSI’s instructor-led hands-on training in copper SCS training.*

    Option 3: Two years of verifiable full-time equivalent SCS field experience that may be obtained on the job, in a trade school, or in an apprenticeship program and completion of minimum 35 hours of documented continuing education in copper SCS which may include training provided by BICSI, manufacturer training, college courses, industry training, and/or vendor training.

    *Exam approval is contingent upon successful completion of the training course.

    Installer 2, Copper experience in installation is defined as: hands-on experience with code compliant copper systems installation, which includes preparation of pathways and spaces, integration, cable installation, termination and testing of copper, and field documentation.


    Participants must be able to distinguish between different colors, possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks, stand for extended periods of time, climb ladders, and lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.


    Exam Application Fee:

    • $335 - BICSI Member
    • $400 - Nonmember
    *Includes first exam attempt through Pearson Vue.

    Exam Retest Fee:

    • $135 - BICSI Member
    • $200 - Nonmember

    Virtual Walk-in Exam Fee:

    • $185- Installer 2, Copper Walk-in Exam
    *Includes scheduling of a hands-on exam with a BICSI Training Delivery Specialist and shipment of a hands-on exam materials kit

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    Exam Information

    The Installer 2, Copper exam is currently based on BICSI’s ITSIMM and is a two-part exam – hands-on and written. To become a BICSI Installer 2, Copper, you must successfully pass both parts.

    Hands-On Examination

    The Installer 2, Copper hands-on exam is given the last day of the IN225 course, which is generally on a Friday afternoon (see course schedule). The hands-on performance exam consists of completing six tasks to industry standards, within a 20-minute per-task time limit. Proctors will give the pass/fail results after each task. If you fail to successfully complete one of the hands-on exam tasks, you will be given the opportunity to retest after each task on the same day at no additional cost. If you fail the same task twice or fail a total of two hands-on tasks, the hands-on exam will need to be retaken on another date.

    Written Examination

    The written exam can only be taken after the hands-on exam has been completed successfully. The computer-based exam is two hours in length and consists of 100 questions drawn from BICSI’s ITSIMM. The exam is multiple choice, with questions based on both knowledge and application. All written exams must be scheduled through Pearson VUE.

    Exam Specifics

    Number of Questions: 100

    Allotted Examination Time: 2 hours 


    Get started & apply today!

    An exam application must be submitted online on the Credential Holder Dashboard at least 7 days prior to the scheduled hands-on exam date. 

    Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to apply.



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