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Registered Communications Distribution Designer® (RCDD®)

Critical to building infrastructure development, this BICSI flagship program involves design and implementation of telecommunications distribution systems.

Those who achieve the RCDD designation have demonstrated their knowledge in the creation, planning, integration, execution and/or detailed-oriented project management of telecommunications and data communications technology.

The RCDD status conveys instant advantages over the competition:
  • Professional designation of excellence
  • A highly regarded status recognized and mandated by many private and state organizations
  • Noted mark of design knowledge valued internationally
  • An indication of experience and knowledge known throughout the ICT industry

RCDD Credentialing Process

  • Why

    Why Get Certified?

    • Pinnacle designation in the ICT field
    • Recognized by the ICT Community and employers
    • Required in bids and job requirements
    • Uses the Latest Technologies, Methods and Best Practices
    • Opens doors and new opportunities for career growth
    • Enhances Credibility
    • Recognized Globally
    • Built with Your Career in Mind
    • Meets the Highest Standards


    RCDDs are CRITICAL (PDF) to the building design process. 

    Did you know that the RCDD is a U.S. Department of Defense requirement?
    Page 3 of the Department of Defense UFC lists the RCDD as a requirement for all telecom design projects.

  • Decide

    Exam Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants must meet specific educational and/or work experience criteria at the time they submit their application in order to be eligible to take the RCDD exam. The requirements are outlined below:

    Required Experience:

    Five years of information and communications technology (ICT) industry design experience within the last ten years.


    Two years of verifiable ICT design experience within the last ten years and three years of additional ICT equivalents chosen from combinations of experience, approved education and approved ICT license/certification (i.e. NTS, WD, CCNA). BICSI reserves the right to determine what is approved curriculum and approved ICT license/certification.

  • Prepare

    The exam is drawn from BICSI’s Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM).


    No two candidates come to the exam with the same knowledge base, as ICT experience and educational backgrounds vary. Most candidates spend time studying and preparing for the exams, which measure how well candidates can apply their ICT knowledge and experience. Therefore, it is not possible to train for or teach to the exam by reading certain books or memorizing specific information. The best way to prepare is to review and study the content in each functional area of the Exam Content Outline for the RCDD Exam.

    MID-CAREER (Two to five years of experience):


    ADVANCED CAREER (Five plus years of experience):


    Exam Specifics

    • Number of Questions: 100
    • Allotted Examination Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Apply

    Application Process

    RCDD Certification Handbook (PDF)

    The following items must be completed and submitted to BICSI World Headquarters:

    • A fully completed and descriptive RCDD Exam Application.
    • Current resume. Last ten years of work history must be included.
    • If applicable, a copy of degrees, diplomas and/or certifications.
    • Acknowledgement of BICSI Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct.
    • RCDD application fee (Note: Payment of the exam fee is done at time of scheduling with Pearson VUE testing center.)
    • Four letters of reference. The letters should be on company letterhead, dated, and include a contact telephone number and email address. (Note: Reference letters are not required when reapplying within two years of original application.)

    The letters should be from the following:

    • One personal reference. (Letterhead not required.)
    • Two from different clients or customer for whom you have recently completed design work. The letters must include the following information:
      • Explanation of your design qualifications by providing specific details of the design work performed.
      • A summary of the scope of the project, the project’s location and how you were involved in the project.
      • Date of the job(s) from beginning to end and the level of the client’s satisfaction.
    • One from your current employer stating your level of participation in the design of projects you are working on and the length of time that you have been actively employed as an ICT designer.

    Exam Application Fee (Exam Application Fee includes processing of exam application and first exam attempt)

    ICT design experience will be verified. Based on the verification process of your RCDD 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.

  • Test

    BICSI partners with Pearson VUE to deliver the RCDD exam in a computer-based testing format.

    Pearson VUE will notify you of any changes to test site availability due to bad weather, technical issues or other unscheduled events.

    Once your application is approved, you will receive a BICSI Exam Authorization Letter by email confirming your approval. The authorization letter includes your candidate ID, as well as scheduling information.

    We encourage you to schedule your exam appointment date as soon as you are approved. Scheduling early increases the chance you will receive your preferred testing date, time and location.

    When scheduling an appointment, have the following information available:

    • Your name exactly as it appears on your valid, unexpired government-issued ID
    • Your candidate ID number
    • The name of your exam sponsor (BICSI)
    • The exam for which you are approved (RCDD-002)
    • Your preferred appointment date, time and location


    To schedule online, visit pearsonvue.com/bicsi and click on “create an account” or “sign in,” if you already have a Pearson VUE account.

    You can also schedule on the phone. To do so, call 888.602.6941. International phone numbers may vary. Please refer to the Pearson VUE website for alternate numbers, if needed.

  • Recertify

    Need to Recertify Your RCDD Credential?

    Download our 7 Steps to RCDD Recertification Flyer (PDF). This comprehensive guide will help you on your path to recertification!

    RCDD Certification Registration Period

    Your RCDD certification is valid for three complete calendar years, with an expiration date of December 31.

    Your certification will be valid for the remainder of that calendar year in which you first passed the exam plus an additional three years, regardless of the month in which you passed the exam. For example, if you earned your RCDD certification on September 20, 2017, your certification expiration date would be December 31, 2020.


    1. Log onto BICSI Profile OR

    2. Submit Recertification Form (PDF)

    Recertification Requirements

    Recertification is an important part of any respected certification program and it is required to maintain a certification after passing the exam. Recertification helps to ensure the validity and credibility of the RCDD credential. BICSI views learning as a life-long endeavor and places an emphasis upon continuing education as part of maintaining your RCDD status.

    It is the RCDD‘s professional responsibility to ensure that all requirements and conditions for recertification are satisfied and submitted to BICSI prior the credential period ending. BICSI issues recertification reminders as a courtesy, but it is the credential holder who is ultimately responsible for keeping track and documenting continuing education credits (CECs) and any other requirements of the recertification process.

    Within each three-year designation period, beginning when the exam is passed, all RCDDs must obtain a minimum of 45 approved CECs and one BICSI qualifying conference credit to recertify. If you do not recertify by your designation period end date, you may no longer use your RCDD credential or represent yourself as certified.

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“It is widely accepted that the RCDD is one of the most prestigious credentials in the industry. Possessing it enhances my credibility in leadership roles, and allows me to pass on valuable information related to the ever-changing and expanding ICT industry.”
– Richard Tovo, RCDD, INSTF, Field Director, Iron Arch Technology, La Crescenta, California, USA

“By passing the RCDD exam, many doors have opened and I have been given new opportunities to grow my future. My RCDD  credential and the BICSI organization have given me not only a job, but a career. I have growth and plans that I never thought possible. Passing the exam and growing into my job has put me into a position where I can live a comfortable life.”
– Fernando Chavez, RCDD
Project Consultant, JBA Consulting Engineers
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

“My RCDD credential gave me the opportunity to secure a job with the University of California Los Angeles. The DD102 course provided the best practices and standards knowledge to [my] department, as well as other departments we work closely with [and helps] us to be consistent in our work.”
– Jorge Olmos, RCDD
Project Engineer, UCLA
Montebello, California, USA

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