BICSI Installer 2, Copper® (INSTC®)





About the BICSI Installer 2, Copper (INSTC) Certification


As ICT systems become more complex, your need to be recognized for your knowledge of current and emerging installation practices becomes more critical.

The Installer 2, Copper certification is ideal for individuals wishing to show their expanded knowledge of the industry, with a specialization in copper installation skills.  This certification is the next step to continue to advance professionally in the ICT cabling industry.

BICSI Installer 2, Copper (INSTC) candidates are tested on their ability to understand and apply a comprehensive collection of installation-specific information. Achieving your INSTC designation will demonstrate your ability to:

  • Successfully interpret drawings, plans, and specifications.
  • Properly test and troubleshoot copper installations.
  • Discuss media selection and implications for implementation on the network.
  • Make recommendations based on applicable codes, standards and best practices.

Interpret the job plan and scope of work, as well as perform retrofits and upgrades for existing infrastructure.

All new BICSI Installer 1, Installer 2; Copper; Installer 2, Optical Fiber; and Technician exams will be based on material from the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM), 8th edition, beginning Friday, April 29, 2022.

No courses based off the 7th edition will be available after Monday, March 7, 2022. The last day to take the version 7 hands-on exam will be March 11, 2022.

Please note: The Installer 2, Copper (INSTC) exam is not included in the course fee.  You must apply for the exam separately.  The application deadline is 5 days prior to your exam date.  Exam applications will not be processed after the deadline. There is an additional $50 scheduling fee for all walk-in exams.


BICSI Installer 2, Copper Credentialing Process

  • Why

    Why Get Certified?

    Having an Installer 2, Copper Certification demonstrates your commitment to professional growth and dedication to quality in the ICT Cabling profession.

    The Installer 2, Copper Certification allows you to:

    • Provide evidence of your skills and competencies
    • Build a upon your path and grow your ICT career
    • Deliver unique expertise to other ICT Installers and Technicians
    • Use the latest modern high bandwidth applications, methods, and best practices
    • Increase job opportunities
  • Decide

    Experience and Knowledge Requirements

    Individuals preparing to sit for the Installer 2, Copper exam must possess at least one year of verifiable ICT industry installation experience within the last five years.

    Participants sitting for the Installer 2, copper exam must be able to distinguish between different colors, possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks, stand for extended periods of time. 

  • Prepare


    The Installer 2, Copper Exam Content Outline shows the competency areas that are covered on the exam and is a great tool to use in studying for the exam.

    Exam Content Outline 

    It is strongly recommended that examinees: 
  • Apply

    Examination Application Process

    A completed online exam application and a non-refundable application fee must be received by BICSI’s Credentialing Department for review and processing no later than 5 business days prior to the exam date.

    Exam applications will not be processed after the deadline.

    After the exam application is approved, it is valid for one year. 

    Click here to login and apply.

    View the Information Handbook Here

    Application Fee (Non-refundable)   $335

    Exam Retake Fee   $135

  • Test


    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.

    You must successfully pass the hands-on exam to be authorized for the written exam.  You will be given a one-time use voucher code and instructions for scheduling the written exam with Pearson VUE after you successfully pass the hands-on exam.

    Note: The exam application fee includes your first exam attempt.

    Hands-On Examination

    The hands-on performance exam consists of completing six tasks to industry standards, within a 20-minute per-task time limit. 

    If you fail to successfully complete one of the hands-on exam tasks, you will be given the opportunity to retest on that 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 Computer-based exam is closed book, 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.

    The Exam Content Outline shows the competency areas that are covered on the exam and is a great tool to use in studding for the exam.

    Exam Content Outline

  • Recertify

    After Passing the Installer 2, Copper Examination

    Once you successfully pass both the hands-on and written exam, your credential will be valid for three full years from the date that you passed the last portion of the exam. Within 30-45 business days of passing the exam, you will be mailed a congratulations letter and a certificate suitable for framing.

    Suggested Program Advancement

    It is recommended that you further your career by advancing to the Installer 2, Optical Fiber and/or Technician credential(s) (dependent upon experience) during the time you are a BICSI Installer 2, Copper.

    Installer 2, Fiber (INSTF)

    Technician (Tech)

    Recertification Requirements

    In order to maintain your credential, there are required benchmarks to accomplish during each three-year recertification period. The following must be completed and received by the Credentialing Department on or before your credential expiration date:

    1. Proof of completion of 15 continuing education credits (CECs)

    2. Completed INSTC Recertification Form (PDF) or ONLINE

    3. Recertification Fee
  • Get Started!

    Check out this step-by-step guide on how to successfully apply online for a BICSI Credentialing Exam. 


    You can also download and review our How to Apply for an Exam student guide, then log into your Credential Dashboard to get started.

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What Credential Holders are Saying About their Installation Credential


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

"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.”

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

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BICSI Installer 2, Copper (INSTC) Certification Handbook

Download today and learn everything you need to know about the INSTC Credential.


Exam Application Fee

$335 - Non Refundable

There is an additional $50 scheduling fee for all walk-in exams.

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