BICSI Installer 1® Certificate

BICSI Installer 1 (INST1) is a non-renewable certificate. It demonstrates entry-level knowledge and skills to install information and communications technology (ICT) systems. The certificate validates basic knowledge in the proper and most current methods of installing ICT-related cabling within the confines of a commercial building structure. Skill sets include but are not limited to pulling cable, terminating, and testing copper and coaxial cable.

Please note: The Installer 1 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, there is an additional virtual walk-in exam fee of $135, which includes scheduling of a hands-on exam with a BICSI Training Delivery Specialist and shipment of an INST1 hands-on exam materials kit.

quotes 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 skill set, 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






    Determine your eligibility and find more information to decide if the INST1 is right for you.


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


    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
    Virtual Walk-in Exam Fee:
    • $135 - Installer 1 Walk-in Exam
    *Includes scheduling of a hands-on exam with a BICSI Training Delivery Specialist and shipment of a hands-on exam materials kit

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    Exam Information

    The Installer 1 exam is currently based on BICSI’s ITSIMM and is a two-part exam – hands on and written. To become a BICSI Installer 1, you must successfully pass both parts.

    Hands-On Examination

    The Installer 1 hands-on exam is given the last day of the IN101 course, which is generally on 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 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. 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 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 75 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: 75

    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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