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BICSI TechnicianTM (TECHTM)

Your company and employees are more marketable with the skills learned through the BICSI Cabling Installation Program.

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

  • Successfully lead an installation group or team using project management skills.
  • Perform advanced testing and troubleshooting for both copper and optical fiber installations.
  • Discuss and evaluate numerous specific applications of information and communications technology (ICT) cabling installation.
  • Make recommendations based on applicable codes, standards, and best practices.
  • Implement the job plan and scope of work as well as perform retrofits and upgrades for existing infrastructure.

Technician Credentialing Process

  • Why

    Why Get Certified?

    • Recognized by the ICT Community and Employers
    • Provides a Unique Skillset to an ICT Installer and Technician
    • Uses the Latest Technologies, Methods and Best Practices
    • Critical in Modern High Bandwidth Applications
    • Engineered by Installation Experts
    • Recognized Globally
    • Built with Your Career in Mind
    • Meets the Highest Standards
  • Decide

    Experience and Knowledge Requirements

    Individuals preparing to sit for the Technician exam must possess at least three years of verifiable ICT industry installation experience within the last five years.

    Participants sitting for the Technician exam 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 50lbs.

  • Prepare

    Technician Preparation

    It is strongly recommended that examinees:

     

    Technician Skip-Level Preparation

    It is strongly recommended that examinees:

    • Complete at least 50 hours of independent study of BICSI’s Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM).

    • Be prepared to perform tasks listed in the E and F sections of the Exam Content
      Outline.

    • Perform fiber splicing (fusion or mechanical).

    • Perform copper splicing.

    • Perform copper cable testing.

    • Perform fiber cable test at Tier 1 certification (power meter).

    • Perform Tier 2 fiber testing using Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR).

    • Attend the TE350: Technician Training course.
  • Apply

    Examination Application Process

    A complete exam application, including the statement of experience (Form F), and a non-refundable application fee must be received by BICSI’s Credentialing Department for review and processing no later than 15 business days prior to the exam date.

    An exam application may be expedited if received 5-14 business days prior to the exam date. The final exam application and fee deadline is five 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.

    There are two Technician Exam applications.

    Please read each application's description carefully and make the appropriate selection.

    Technician (TECH) Exam Application (PDF) - To sit for this exam, one of the following statements must apply:

    1. I currently hold both the Installer 2, Copper AND the Installer 2, Optical Fiber Credentials.
    2. I currently hold the Installer 2 Credential.

     

    Technician (TECH) Exam Application - Skip Level (PDF) - To sit for this exam, BOTH of the following statements must apply:

    1. I DO NOT currently hold both the Installer 2, Copper and Installer 2, Optical Fiber Credentials.
    2. I DO NOT currently hold the Installer 2 Credential.
  • Test

    Examination 

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

    Note: For Exams taking place at BICSI Headquarters in Tampa, the hands-on exam will take place on the last day of class and the written exam will take place the following morning at BICSI headquarters. For exams not taking place in Tampa,  the hands-on exam will take place on the last day of the class.  After successfully passing the hands-on exam, you will be provided a voucher and instructions for scheduling and payment of the written exam at a Pearson Vue testing center of your choosing.

    Hands-On Examination
    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 on site. 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 exam is two and a half hours in length and consists of 140 questions drawn from BICSI’s ITSIMM. The format of the exam is closed-book and multiple choice (with questions based on both knowledge and application).

    Examination--SKIP LEVEL

    The Technician exam is currently based on the BICSI 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 10 tasks to industry standards, within a 20-minute per-task time limit. Four of these tasks will be specific to job tasks E and F of the Exam Content Outline. Proctors will give the pass/fail results on site. 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 exam is three hours in length and consists of 170 questions drawn from BICSI’s ITSIMM. The format of the exam is closed-book and multiple choice (with questions based on both knowledge and application). Thirty of the 170 exam questions will be directly related to job tasks E and F of the Exam Content Outline.

  • Recertify

    After Passing the Technician Exam

    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, a registration card for you to carry in your wallet and a certificate suitable for framing.

    Suggested Career Advancement
    It is recommended that you further your career by advancing your knowledge and applying for one of BICSI’s design credentials. 

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

    • Proof of completion of 18 continuing education credits (CECs)
    • Completed TECH Recertification Form (PDF) or ONLINE
    • Renewal Fee
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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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