The OSP credential recognizes individuals with extensive knowledge and experience in designing new and integrating existing OSP systems to meet codes, standards, and performance requirements. Today, many organizations require the BICSI OSP credential on outside plant projects for designers, and on larger projects for project managers and quality inspectors.

The OSP credential will show your clients and employers that you are uniquely qualified and know the correct methods and approach to plan, develop, manage and supervise outside plant projects safely and effectively–which puts you and your company ahead of the competition.


Holding the OSP has allowed me to take part in the project management of outside plant construction and optical fiber networks of great importance.”

Eduardo Belleza Zamora, RCDD, OSP, RTPM, Project Manager, B&Z Telecom, Lima, Peru








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


    Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility options in order to apply for the OSP certification exam.

    Option 1: Hold a current RCDD credential.

    Option 2: Two years of verifiable full-time equivalent field experience in OSP design and/or installation AND a minimum of 32 hours of documented continuing education in OSP design and/or installation which may include training provided by BICSI, manufacturer training, college courses, industry training, and/or vendor training.

    Option 3: Applicants must have 2 years of verifiable full-time equivalent field experience in OSP design and/or installation AND hold a current BICSI Technician certification, DCDC or RTPM.

    Scope of an Outside Plant Designer and/or Installer OSP experience in design and/or installation is hands-on experience or the direct management and/or supervision of the personnel involved in OSP design and/or installation which includes the creation, planning, integration, execution, and/or detail-oriented project management of OSP. OSP Design includes planning, development and documentation of workable and/or buildable OSP cabling systems. OSP Installation includes procurement, deployment and verification of an OSP design. Experience in OSP design and/or installation must be performed in the following areas: 

    • Pre-Design Preparation
    • Perform Site Survey
    • Select Media, Platform, and Cables
    • Design Underground Platform and Spaces
    • Design Buried Platform and Spaces
    • Design Aerial Platform and Spaces
    • Prepare Design
    • Quality Control Process
    • Professional Responsibilities



    Exam application fee:
        $510 - BICSI Member
        $725 - Nonmember
    *Includes first exam attempt through Pearson Vue.

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    Follow BICSI’s certification handbook and exam blueprint to navigate your knowledge needs.


    No two candidates come to the exam with the same knowledge base, as ICT experience and educational backgrounds vary; therefore, it is not possible to train for or teach to the exam in its entirety. The best way to prepare is to review and study each functional area of the exam content outline for the OSP Exam, as well as the suggested materials below:



    The exam is 100 questions with 2 hours allotted examination time. The exam contains 100 scored items which include multiple choice, multiple response and enhanced matching item types.  


    Get started & apply today!

    The following items must be completed and submitted to BICSI on your BICSI Credential Holder Dashboard:

    • A fully completed online OSP Exam Application
    • Current resume’
    • If applicable, a copy of degrees, diplomas and/or certifications.


    OSP design experience will be verified. Based on the verification process of your OSP design experience, BICSI reserves the right to require additional submittal as proof of experience. Failure to provide these additional requirements will result in rejection of the application.

    Application Processing: BICSI processes applications in the order they are received. A nonrefundable application fee must accompany your application. Please allow 30 days for approval.

    Log into your BICSI Credential Dashboard to get started & apply today!

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

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