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BICSI OSP102: Applied Outside Plant Design

In this unparalleled training class, you will learn elements common to all OSP projects, along with design techniques for underground, direct-buried and aerial cable plan applications.

You will have an opportunity to apply what you have learned through a series of design scenarios such as route design, media selection, planning, and cost estimation.

OSP102 Course Information

  • Why Should You Attend?

    Through attendance in this course you will learn the following:

    • Identify the components of an outside plant infrastructure

    • Identify outside plant pathways and spaces

    • Describe effective route designs for outside plants

    • Describe media solutions

    • Describe planning requirements for initial outside plant design

    • Identify the primary codes and standards associated with outside plant cable installation

    • Identify grounding and bonding requirements associated with OSP installation

    • Locate requirements in project documentation, including an RFQ, scope of work, and other information typically established during a site and/or field survey

    • Identify underground, direct-buried, and aerial sections of a route

    • Describe the three primary cabling topologies and hybrid topologies

    • Identify special design considerations

    • Identify the minimum components of a maintenance plan

    • Identify the information that is needed to provide a cost estimate
  • Who Should Attend?

    This course is ideal for:

    • Current RCDDs looking to gain specialized information regarding outside plant design

    • Individuals preparing for the OSP Designer Exam

    • Technicians looking to advance in their career
  • What Are the Prerequisites and Preparation Required?

    OSP102 is designed for those who have a minimum of two years of experience in outside plant design and/or installation.

    If you do not meet the experience requirements, BICSI strongly recommends that you complete the OSP101: Introduction to Outside Plant Design online course prior to enrolling in OSP102.


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

    • Laptop, desktop, or tablet that meet the system requirements. Click here for detailed requirements.
    • 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?


    • BICSI will ship the student workbook, used in the classroom, to the physical mailing address provided by each student.
  • 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 33 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 OSP Designer Certification, which requires a special exam application (apply by clicking on link below). 

    Apply for the OSP Exam

    Review BICSI Course Cancellation Policy

  • How Long Is This Course?

    The course is five days long. 

I Registered for the OSP102 Course, What Happens Next

  • Review 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@bisci.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 Policies here.

  • Purchase Required Manual

    All students must purchase the Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (OSPDRM), print or download, prior to attending class.  If you have not already purchased it, click here to purchase today!

    Note: In addition to this suggested 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 one shipment of a workbook,

  • How to 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.

Student Testimonials

“[OSP102] was very informative and built on the OSP basics I learned in the Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM). My instructor was a great presenter of information and full of industry-related stories that kept me involved.

– Robert Mann, RCDD
Network Engineer, University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware, USA

“The [OSP102] class is excellent for our new engineers learning to design outside plant. It is also great for our experienced engineers looking to remain fresh in new methods of OSP design. Anyone working in OSP should take the class at least once!”

– Chris Shrum, RCDD, RTPM
CEO, Communications Etc., Inc.
San Angelo, Texas, US


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Upcoming Classes

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6/24/2024 - 6/28/2024
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