BICSI Technician®(TECH™) Certification

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BICSI Technician (TECH) Certification Information

Technicians are specialists skilled at working with complex systems who perform highly technical installations and diagnostic testing on structured cabling systems (SCS) and network components.  Technicians must perform duties in a professional manner in accordance with industry best practices. Technicians may work independently, as part of a team, as a team leader, or under the direction of a professional.

Please note: The Technician exam is not included in the course fee. An exam application must be completed separately. The application deadline is 7 days prior to your hands-on exam date. There is an additional $50 scheduling fee for all walk-in examinees.

TECH Exam Information

  • Exam Eligibility

    • Option 1:
      One year of verifiable full time equivalent structured cabling systems (SCS) field experience which may be obtained on-the job, in a trade school, or in an apprenticeship program AND hold a certificate of course completion of BICSI’s instructor led hands-on training in Copper and Fiber structured cabling systems (SCS).
    • Option 2:
      Two years of verifiable full time equivalent structured cabling systems (SCS) field experience which may be obtained on-the job, in a trade school, or in an apprenticeship program AND attend and successfully complete the BICSI’s instructor led hands-on Technician training in structured cabling systems (SCS) training.*
    • Option 3:
      Three years of verifiable full time equivalent structured cabling systems (SCS) field experience which may be obtained on-the job, in a trade school, or in an apprenticeship program AND have completed a minimum of 35 hours of documented continuing education in Copper and Fiber structured cabling systems which may include training provided by BICSI, manufacturer training, college courses, industry training and/or vendor training. 
    • Option 4: 
      Hold the BICSI Installer 2 credential or hold both the BICSI Installer 2 Copper and Installer 2 Optical Fiber credentials.

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

    Technician experience in installation is defined as: specialized skills, responsibility, experience, leadership, and professionalism in structured cabling systems (SCS).  This includes copper systems, optical fiber systems, and integration of communication systems.

  • Exam Blueprint

    The Technician Exam Blueprint shows the competency areas that are covered on the exam and should be reviewed prior to taking the exam.

    TECH Exam Blueprint
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  • Exam Specifics

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

    Hands-On Examination
    The hands-on performance exam consists of completing 14 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 on that task on the same day at no additional cost, time permitting. 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 at 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.

    Exam Specifics

    • Number of Questions: 100
    • Allotted Examination Time: 2 hours
  • Application Process

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

    • Exam application Fee: $335
    • Exam Retest Fee: $135
    • Hands-on Walk-In Exam Scheduling Fee: $50

     
    How to Apply


What Credential Holders are Saying About their Installation Credential


I’m happy to find out about what I’ve been doing wrong. Completing cabling installations correctly would make life much better for everyone I work with, consumers, fellow technicians and others. It’s refreshing when a fellow tech can walk in at your place of work and immediately make sense of what you do without much struggle. Our TE350 instructor is quite knowledgeable and involves us in the class. Plus the students get to talk to him about their experiences during breaks and ask him questions.”

– Isaac Oyolo, Lead Technician
U.S. Embassy in Nairobi
Gigiri, Nairobi

"I’ve been in the telecom industry for almost 15 years, and I feel like I’ve been doing it all wrong. TE350 has opened my mind to a whole other level of cabling installation. TE350 is a great class to get updated on all kinds of structured cabling systems. Sometimes you just don’t have time to do your own research."

– Jeremy Garrett
Lead Data Tech, CCI of Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

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Exam Application Fee

$335 - Non Refundable

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

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