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IN101: BICSI Installer 1 Training

This course is designed to provide entry-level installers with the background, knowledge and basic skills needed to function safely and effectively as part of a cabling installation team. The BICSI Installer 1 Training course is the introductory course of the Installation Program series. Learn more by reviewing the course information section below.

IN101 Course Information

  • Why Should You Attend?

    The Installer 1 designation is the start of a rewarding career path full of continuing advancement opportunities.

    In this course you will learn essential information as an entry-level installer:

    • Professionalism at the work site
    • Transmission fundamentals
    • Safety practices and procedures


    You will also gain an advantage over other installers by getting hands-on practice in:

    • Pulling cable
    • Performing multiple IDC terminations (66, 110, LSA and BIX)
    • Terminating coaxial cable
    • Performing basic testing of copper cabling installations


    Please note: the Installer 1 (INST1) exam is not included in the course fee. You must register for the exam separately.

    Apply for the Installer 1 Exam

  • Who Should Attend?

    This program is ideal for:

    • Individuals with little or no cabling experience

    • Anyone wishing to pursue a career in ICT cabling distribution

    • Individuals needing basic knowledge of and skills in cabling installation

    • Anyone planning to take the BICSI Installer 1 exam (apply for the exam separately)
  • What Are the Knowledge and Skills Requirements?

    Participants must be able to:

    • Distinguish between different colors
    • Possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks
    • Stand for extended periods of time (e.g., 30 minutes)
    • Climb ladders
    • Lift and carry items weighing ≈22.7 kg (50 lb)
  • What Are the Prerequisites and Preparation Required?

    Little or no experience is needed to attend this class. Some students may benefit from completing the online ICT Fundamentals series through BICSI CONNECT prior to attending.

    However, BICSI strongly recommends reading the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) before coming to class and/or taking the exam.

    For students who plan to take the exam, BICSI recommends that examinees spend at least 50 hours studying the ITSIMM.


    To successfully participate in the virtual classroom training, each attendee must have the following:

    • Laptop, desktop or tablet that meet the system requirements noted here.
    • Microphone and speakers (headset recommended**).
    • Standalone webcams and/or mobile device camera for class activities.
    • Internet connection - 1 Mbps or better (broadband recommended) | 3G connection or better (WiFi recommended for VoIP audio).


    Each attendee should bring a laptop or mobile device to class. 

  • What Course Materials Are Required?

    • Personal or prescription safety glasses are recommended.


    • BICSI will provide and ship the classroom materials to the physical mailing address provided by each student. This includes student workbook, and classroom consumable materials.
    • Installation students will also need to use a set of their own tools or have access to the tools listed here. For more details at If prospective students do not have access to these tools, we strongly recommend that they attend an in-person offering to get the full benefits of this program.
  • Can I Earn Credit?

    Yes, you can earn 35 continuing education credits (CECs) toward an existing BICSI credential recertification requirement, upon successfully completing this program.
  • What Is the Attendance Policy?

    Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and 35 CECs.

    Participants who fulfill the attendance requirement will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the program. Please note that this is not the Installer 1 Credentialing Certificate, which requires a special exam application (apply by clicking on link below). 

    Apply for the Installer 1 Exam

    Review BICSI Course Cancellation Policy

  • How Long Is This Course?

    This class takes place over a period of 4.5 days; 5.5 days for students planning to take the exam to earn the Installer 1 (INST1) certificate.

“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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