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Technical Manuals

BICSI produces technical manuals based on industry regulations, codes, standards and best practices that form the foundation of knowledge required for the professional credentials and certifications offered by BICSI.

Distribution Design

The Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM) is BICSI’s flagship manual. Now in its 14th edition, it is the basis for the RCDD® exam and has become a true world resource in global best practices.


Outside Plant

Written by industry experts representing thousands of completed projects, the Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (OSPDRM), 6th edition contains new and updated material on outside plant cabling, infrastructure and technology.


The 7th edition of BICSI’s Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) is the go-to guide for knowledge on performing a wide range of installation tasks safely and effectively.

Project Management

In the far-reaching world of project management, the Telecommunications Project Management Manual (TPMM), 1st edition, zeros in on the key information needed to execute successful telecommunications projects.

Other Specialty Publications

  • Essentials of Bonding and Grounding
  • Special ICT Design Considerations
  • Special ICT Installation Considerations
  • ICT Terminology Handbook
  • ICT Installation Practices Field Guide, Volume 1 - General Cabling
  • ICT Installation Practices Field Guide, Volume 2 - Copper Cabling
  • ICT Installation Practices Field Guide, Volume 3 - Optical Fiber Cabling
  • Essentials of Data Center Projects

The BICSI Library

The BICSI Publications Library is the complete collection of our award-winning technical manuals and published standards.

Technical Information & Methods (TI&M) Committee

Manuals are maintained by the BICSI Technical Information & Methods (TI&M) Committee. Manuals are revised every 3-4 years, allowing time for emerging trends and technologies codified in standards to stabilize.

Chair: Michael Collins, AT&T
Vice Chair: Bob Hertling, Parsons
Secretary: Phillip Janeway, JDH Contracting

Interested in contributing?

The TI&M committee utilizes volunteers to review and update content within manuals.  As manual development is periodic, the TI&M committee maintains a list of volunteers, subject matter experts, and other interested parties, so that when a manual is being created or revised, work can commence in a short period of time.

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