Registered Telecommunications Project Manager (RTPM)
Focused on telecommunications, the BICSI project management program provides standards and best practices to improve every project. This program serves as a career path for anyone seeking an advanced understanding of ICT project management.
Project managers, project coordinators, lead technicians, project team leaders and individuals seeking a profession in this rapidly growing field are encouraged to earn the RTPM credential.
Project Management Includes:
- Gathering specific project information for the project initiation
- Creation of the project budget
- Identifying and managing stakeholders
- Orchestrating the proposal
- Identifying project deliverables
- Managing budget and deliverables
- Creating and managing launch and deadline dates
- Effectively communicating between all stakeholders
- Closing of the project
RTPM Credentialing Process
Why Get Certified?
- Positive Impact on Professional Image
- New Job and Promotion Opportunities
- Higher Salary Possibilities
- Expands ICT Career Field
- Recognized by the ICT Community and Employers
- Meets the Highest Standards
- Fueled by ICT and PM Competencies
- Engineered by PM Experts
- Recognized Globally
- Built with Your Career in Mind
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 RTPM exam. The requirements are outlined below:
Two years of approved and verifiable experience in project management (PM), such as the planning, execution and closing of any project. The PM experience does not have to be directly related to telecommunications, but telecommunications experience is a plus. Experience must be within the last six years.
BICSI’s credentialing programs are a gold standard in the ICT industry. The RTPM credential validates that the credential holder has mastery of knowledge and skills to perform telecommunications project management according to accepted best practices in the ICT industry.
Every three to five years the Registrations & Credentials Supervision Committee (RCSC) oversees a Job Task Analysis (JTA) of this credentialing program to ensure the program is current, relevant and held to the highest standard. Based on this analysis, eight core competencies were identified as essential to a Telecommunications Project Manager. These core competencies are outlined in the RTPM Certification Handbook (PDF).
The best way to prepare is to review and study the content in each functional area of the Exam Content Outline in the RTPM Certification Handbook.
- Telecommunications Project Management Manual (TPMM), 1st edition
- 125+ hours of independent study
- PM101: Introduction to Project Management (BICSI CONNECT online course)
- PM102: Applied Telecommunications Project Management course (optional)
- PM103: Advanced Tools for ICT Project Management (BICSI CONNECT online course)
Please note: The PM102 is NOT a test preparation course. It is recommended to enhance your knowledge of telecommunications project management.
Number of Questions ............................................. 100
Allotted Examination Time..............................Two Hours
The following items must be completed and submitted to BICSI World Headquarters:
- A fully completed and descriptive RTPM Exam Application.
- Acknowledgement of BICSI Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct.
- RTPM application fee (Note: Payment of the exam fee is done at time of scheduling with Pearson VUE testing center.)
- Three letters of reference on company letterhead, dated, including a contact name, telephone number and email address. The letters should be from the following:
- One personal reference. (Letterhead not required.)
- One from your current employer stating your project management involvement and the length of time that you have been actively employed and managing projects.
- One from a client or customer for whom you have recently managed a project which included the planning, execution and closing phases of a project.
The letters MUST include the following information:
- Explanation of your project management qualifications by providing specific details of the 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 from beginning to end and the level of the client’s satisfaction. Generic details such as, “he did good work for us” or “he helped us with the design” are too general and will NOT be accepted.
Exam Application Fee (Exam Application Fee includes processing of exam application and first exam attempt)
Note: If you are self-employed or a principal of your company, you must provide an additional letter from a client for whom you have been the project manager from start to finish.
All references will be verified. Letters that are not specific or cannot be verified as stated will result in rejection of the application. Based on the verification process of your project management experience, BICSI reserves the right to require additional submittals as proof of experience. Failure to provide these additional references will result in rejection of the application.
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 (RTPM-003)
- 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.
Need to Recertify Your RTPM Credential?
Download our 7 Steps to RTPM Recertification Flyer (PDF). This comprehensive guide will help you on your path to recertification!
RTPM Certification Registration Period
Your RTPM 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 RTPM 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 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 RTPM credential. BICSI views learning as a life-long endeavor and places an emphasis upon continuing education as part of maintaining your RTPM status.
It is the RTPM‘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 RTPMs must obtain a minimum of 36 approved CECs in order to recertify. If you do not recertify by your designation period end date, you may no longer use your RTPM credential or represent yourself as certified.
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Eric Helsel, RCDD, RTPM, OSP
Consultant, Convergent Technology Partners
Flint, Michigan, USA
“The BICSI RTPM credential is a great way to announce that you understand project management as it relates to the information and communications technology industry. After obtaining my RTPM, I secured a job at one of the nation’s leading multisite, multiservice, multitechnology rollout companies, Concert Technologies.”
Adam Runyan, RTPM
Ranson, West Virginia, USA