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BICSI IN225: Installer 2, Copper Training

This course is a hands-on/application-focused course which sets the foundation of a copper-based structured cabling system installation. The course includes topics on professionalism, copper transmission principles and general safety practices associated with copper cabling. A significant amount of course time is spent on BICSI best practices for the installation, termination and testing of copper cable as outlined in the 8th edition of the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM).

IN225 Course Information

  • Why Should I Attend?

    As ICT systems become more complex, your need to be recognized for your knowledge of current and emerging installation practices becomes more critical.

    This course offers multiple opportunities for hands-on practice.

    Activities include learning to:

    • Perform advanced IDC terminations (210 and GigaBIX)
    • Terminate STP cable to patch panels and wall outlets
    • Terminate coaxial cable using a BNC connector
    • Test copper cabling installations

    Please note:
    The Installer 2, Copper (INSTC) exam is not included in the course fee. You must register for the exam separately.

    Apply for the INSTC Exam!

  • Who Should Attend?

    This program is ideal for:

    • ICT installers with at least one year of verifiable cabling experience.
    • Anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge of the industry, learn new (copper installation) skills and continue to advance professionally.
    • Installer 1 certificate holders seeking the Installer 2, Copper (INSTC) credential.
    • Individuals planning to sit for the BICSI Installer 2, Copper (INSTC) exam (you must apply for the exam separately from the course).
  • What Are the Knowledge and Skill 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?

    Students of this class may wish to first attend IN101 or gain equivalent experience and knowledge through on-the-job-training.

    BICSI recommends that all students who take this class have at least 1 year of verifiable ICT industry installation experience within the last five years.

    For all individuals who plan to take the exam after the class, please click here to read more about the INSTC exam eligibility requirements.

    The skills in this course build on the basic skills and knowledge that an installer is likely to acquire during the first year on the job. For this reason, students will be expected to have basic knowledge of copper cabling media and know how to perform the following skills prior to attending class:

    • Install a pull string
    • Pull horizontal cable through a continuous conduit run
    • Perform IDC terminations on a 66 block, 110 block, LSA block and a BIX block
    • Terminate coaxial cable using an F connector
    • Test 4-pair cable with a pair scanner

    If you do not know how to perform any of these tasks or feel that you may not be fully prepared for this course, BICSI recommends that you complete the IN101: Installer 1 Training course first. IN101 covers these skills, as well as other foundational knowledge that will help you to succeed in the Installer 2, Copper class.

    BICSI strongly recommends reading 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).
  • What Course Materials Are Required?

    To participate in this class—in-person or virtually—you will need access to:

    • Students must bring the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM), print or electronic, to class. Click here to purchase.
    • Internet-enabled device with audio capability (headset recommended)
    • 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 bicsi.org/vct. 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 credentials 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 INSTC Certification, which requires a separate exam application (apply by clicking on link below). 

    Apply for the INSTC Exam

    Review BICSI Course Cancellation Policy

  • How Long is this Course?

    This class takes place over a period of 4.5 days; 5 days if the Installer 2, Copper (INSTC) certification exam is desired. The exam is conducted in two parts: the hands-on exam (typically on a Friday afternoon) and the written exam is conducted at a Pearson VUE Testing Center of the examinee’s choosing.

    Apply for the Installer 2, Copper (INSTC) certification!

I Registered for the IN225 Course. What Happens Next?

  • Review Your Confirmation Email

    Immediately after completing your enrollment in this course, a confirmation email is sent to your email on file. This email provides a comprehensive at-a-glance overview of everything you need to know to successfully prepare for your upcoming training. This includes:

    • Class dates, times, and delivery methods confirmed.
    • Pre-Class preparations
    • Course materials needed
    • Exam information
    • All cancellation policies

    If you did not receive this email, please check your SPAM filters first. If you still didn’t receive it, then email bicsi@bicsi.org and we will resend it.

  • Review Cancellation Policies

    To ensure you protect your investment, we recommend you pay close attention to all the applicable cancellation policies for BICSI Courses. Review the Course Cancellation Policy here.
  • Purchase the Required Manual

    All students must purchase the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM), 8th Edition, print or electronic, prior to attending class. If you have not already purchased it, click here to purchase today.

    Note: In addition to this required manual, BICSI will also provide you with an activity workbook that gets shipped separately.

  • Confirm Your Shipping Address

    For this virtual class additional classroom materials are shipped out at least two weeks prior to class for domestic students and four weeks for international students.  Please email tdo@bicsi.org and confirm your preferred shipping address for these additional materials.  You can expect delivery of two shipments – 1) a workbook and 2) activity consumable materials.

    Note: 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 bicsi.org/vct. 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.

  • Apply to Take the Exam

    Because hands-on exams are completed virtually on the last day of class, we encourage you to complete your exam application here at least two weeks before participating in your virtual class. This will ensure that we can ship out the necessary testing materials needed to utilize with your tools to participate in your virtual hands-on exam testing.
  • Access Your Course

    Be on the lookout one week prior to the start of class for two key things:

    1. A confirmation email from your instructor
    2. Login instructions for your virtual classroom will be sent the Wednesday prior to the first day of class.

    Zoom must be installed on your computer to attend this Virtual Class.

“I strongly believe BICSI has changed my life by giving me knowledge to be able to grow in the telecommunications field. Through my mentors and the BICSI courses I have completed, I have been able to cultivate my knowledge of telecommunications to levels I didn’t think possible.”

– Fernando Chavez, RCDD
Project Consultant, JBA Consulting Engineers
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 

“The BICSI classes I have taken in both the design and installation of ICT systems have made me a more knowledgeable, valuable and respected participant in our industry. Could I have learned some of this by simply reading the standards? Sure, but BICSI design classes taught me why the standards are important, and BICSI installation classes taught me how to perform best practice-based installations to assure I meet those standards. BICSI training is an invaluable resource.”

– David Levine, RCDD
Director of Sales – Network Cabling Solutions
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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