BICSI Installer 2®, Optical Fiber (INSTF®) Certification

Installer 2, Optical Fiber Installers are skilled at working with structured cabling systems (SCS) and network components. Optical fiber installers perform duties in compliance with industry best practices, BICSI methodologies, standards, and codes.

Please note:The Installer 2, Fiber 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, please contact BICSI Credentialing for scheduling options/fees.

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I can honestly say that after taking the Installer 2, Optical Fiber course and being promoted to an Information Systems Specialist 2, I saw a $10,000 annual increase in pay. Today, I’m the only Fiber Technician employed by the state of West Virginia.

James R. Bowles, INST1, INSTC, INSTF, TECH
Information Systems Specialist 2, State of West Virginia Office of Technology
Charleston, West Virginia, USA






    Determine your eligibility and find more information to decide if the INSTF 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 Installer 1® certificate program.

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

    Option 3: Two years of verifiable full-time equivalent optical fiber SCS field experience that may be obtained on the job, in a trade school, or in an apprenticeship program and completion of minimum 35 of documented continuing education in optical fiber 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, Optical Fiber experience in installation is defined as: hands-on experience with code-compliant optical fiber cabling installation that includes preparation of pathways and spaces, integration, cable installation, termination and testing of optical fiber, 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
    • $175 - Nonmember

    If you are not taking the course and are planning on only taking the exam, please contact BICSI Credentialing for walk-in exam scheduling options/fees.

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    Exam Information

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

    Hands-On Examination

    The Installer 2, Optical Fiber hands-on exam is given the last day of the IN250 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 and apply today!

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

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





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