TE350: BICSI Technician Training
This course provides the necessary skillset of a structured cabling systems technician. A significant amount of course time will be spent on troubleshooting copper and optical fiber cable installations. In addition, this course will cover project planning and implementation at the technician level. Additional topics will include site safety, site surveys, blueprint reading, bonding and grounding (earthing) and firestopping practices.
TE350 Course Information
Why Should You Attend?
Be recognized as a leader in the ICT industry. As a fully trained and credentialed BICSI Technician (TECH), you'll stand out from your competition when overseeing, planning and managing installation projects.
This course offers multiple opportunities for hands-on practice. Activities include learning to:
- Interpret blueprints
- Apply a standards-compliant labeling scheme (e.g., ANSI/TIA-606)
- Troubleshoot a UTP link/channel with a certification test set
- Troubleshoot an optical fiber channel with an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR)
Please note: The Technician (TECH) exam is not included in the course fee. You must register for the exam separately.
Who Should Attend?
This program is ideal for:
- Highly experienced ICT installers with at least three years of verifiable cabling experience
- Anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge of the industry, learn new skills and continue to advance professionally
- Individuals currently holding the INST1, INSTC or INSTF credential who are seeking to advance in their career by sitting for the BICSI Technician (TECH) exam.
- Individuals planning to sit for the BICSI Technician (TECH) exam (you must apply for the exam separately from the course).
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?
BICSI recommends that all students who take this class have at least three years of current ICT industry installation experience within the last five years.
For all individuals who plan to take the TECH exam after the class, this is a requirement, not a recommendation.
This course builds on the skills and knowledge covered in the Installer 2, Copper Training and Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training courses. Although completing these courses prior to attending is not a requirement, BICSI highly recommends that students complete these courses and/or obtain the Installer 2, Copper (INSTC) and Installer 2, Optical Fiber (INSTF) credentials prior to attending this class.
If you feel that you may not be fully prepared for this course, BICSI recommends that you complete IN225: Installer 2, Copper Training (recommended for learners with one year of experience) and IN250: Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training (recommended for learners with two years of experience) prior to attending this class, and complete the exams to earn the credentials prior to class.
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.
Order the ITSIMM before class!
What Course Materials Are Required?
Students must bring the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) to class (hard copy and/or electronic) and a laptop or mobile device.
Please reference the course confirmation letter as to which edition is appropriate. The manual is not included in the course fee.
Personal or prescription safety glasses are also recommended.
Can I Earn Credit?
Earn 35 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) upon successfully completing this program.
In addition to earning CECs toward renewal of your existing credentials, all students who complete IN225 and pass the BICSI Technician (TECH) exam within seven days will receive 35 CECs for the review course toward Technician (TECH) renewal. This means that all Installation Program students who take this course and pass the exam within the seven-day time period will receive all CECs needed for their first renewal period.
Review Course CEC Policy
CECs for select BICSI courses taken immediately prior to an examination will be given to those who successfully complete that particular Design or Installation credential exam. The time between course completion and the exam must not exceed seven calendar days for the CECs to be awarded.
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 TECH Certification, which requires a special exam application (apply by clicking on link below).
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 Technician (TECH) certification.
“I’m happy to find out about what I’ve been doing wrong. Completing cabling installations correctly would make life much better for everyone I work with, consumers, fellow technicians and others. It’s refreshing when a fellow tech can walk in at your place of work and immediately make sense of what you do without much struggle. Our TE350 instructor is quite knowledgeable and involves us in the class. Plus the students get to talk to him about their experiences during breaks and ask him questions.”
– Isaac Oyolo, Lead Technician
U.S. Embassy in Nairobi
"I’ve been in the telecom industry for almost 15 years, and I feel like I’ve been doing it all wrong. TE350 has opened my mind to a whole other level of cabling installation. TE350 is a great class to get updated on all kinds of structured cabling systems. Sometimes you just don’t have time to do your own research."
– Jeremy Garrett
Lead Data Tech, CCI of Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Qualify for a 10 percent discount when:
- Three or more students from the same company preregister for the same class at the same time.
- A student preregisters for three or more classes at the same time.
Please contact the Membership Department to redeem this discount, +1 813.979.1991 or 800.242.7405.
Qualify for a 5 percent discount when:
- A student preregisters for a course at least 45 days in advance.
BICSI CONNECT courses and training provided by companies outside of BICSI are not eligible for these discounts.