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BICSI Installer 1® (INST1®)






About the BICSI Installer 1 (INST1) Certification


The Installer 1 certificate is just the first step in a rewarding career path that is ideal for someone who is wanting to get into the ICT field but does not know where to start.

The Installer 1 certificate is perfect for individuals with little or no cabling experience who are ready to start pursuing a career in ICT Cabling distribution and are committed to learning the job tasks up to industry standards and codes.

BICSI Installer 1 (INST1) candidates are tested on their ability to understand and apply a comprehensive collection of installation-specific information.

After achieving your Installer 1 designation, you will demonstrate your ability to:

  • Successfully terminate various types of copper connectors.
  • Properly explain the importance of safety and professionalism toward optimal job performance.
  • Discuss pathways, spaces, bonding and grounding and firestopping.
  • Make decisions based on applicable codes, standards and best practices.
  • Choose the correct tool or methodology for specific tasks.

Please note: The Installer 1 (INST1®) exam is not included in the course fee. You must complete and exam application separately. The applications 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.

Installer 1 Credentialing Process

  • Why

    Why Get Certified?

    Getting started in the ICT Cabling field along with having an Installer 1 Certificate says a lot to current and potential employers, coworkers and peers in the industry.

    The Installer 1 Certificate allows you to:

    • Be recognized by the ICT Community and Employers globally
    • Provide a unique skillset to ICT Installers and Technicians
    • Use the latest technologies, methods, and best practices
    • Be critical in modern high bandwidth applications
    • Keep your career path in mind
  • Decide

    Experience and Knowledge Requirements

    There is no prior ICT industry installation experience requirement for individuals
    preparing to sit for the Installer 1 exam.

    Participants sitting for the Installer 1 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

    The Installer 1 Exam Content Outline  shows the competency areas that are covered on the exam and should be reviewed prior to taking the exam.

    Exam Content Outline

     It is strongly recommended that examinees:

  • Apply

    Examination Application Process

    View the Information Handbook here.

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

    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. 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.

    Click here to login and apply.



  • Test


    The Installer 1 exam is currently based on the content covered in IN101: Installer 1 Training Course, as well as ITSIMM and is a two-part exam—hands-on and written.

    To become a BICSI Installer 1, 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 to take after your 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 examination will need to be retaken at another date.

    Written Examination

    The exam is two hours in length and consists of 75 questions drawn from BICSI ITSIMM. The format of the exam is closed-book and multiple choice, with questions based on both knowledge and application. 

  • After Passing The Exam

    Suggested Program Advancement

    The Installer 1 Certificate is valid for 3 years after you pass your written exam and is not renewable. 

    During your time as an Installer 1, we recommend that you continue your career path by advancing to the Installer 2, Copper and/or Installer 2, Optical Fiber credentials (experience required).

  • 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

“I thought I knew a lot going into the BICSI Installer 1 class, but after completing the course, I could see a real difference in my skillset, such as how to properly perform terminations and how to follow industry standards. My employer noticed too!”

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

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BICSI Installer 1 Certification Handbook

Download today and learn everything you need to know about the INST1 Credential.


Exam Application Fee

$335 - Non Refundable

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