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BICSI Installer 1 candidates are tested on their ability to understand and apply a comprehensive collection of installation-specific information. After you have acquired your Installer 1 designation, you will be able to:

  • Successfully terminate various types of copper connectors.
  • Properly explain the importance of safety and professionalism toward optimal job performance.
  • Discuss pathways, spaces, bonding and grounding and firestopping.
  • Make decisions based on applicable codes, standards and best practices.
  • Choose the correct tool or methodology for specific tasks.

Experience and Skill Requirements

There is no prior information and communications technology (ICT) industry installation experience requirement for individuals preparing to apply for the Installer 1 exam. Those applying for the Installer 1 exam must be able to distinguish between different colors and possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks.

Course Materials

Students must bring a print version of the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) to class, along with any errata sheets. 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.

Examination Information

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Exam Process
A completed exam application and a nonrefundable Credentialing fee of $250 must be received by BICSI for processing at least 10 business days prior to the exam date. If BICSI receives the exam application in less than 10 business days, an additional $50 expediting fee will apply. The completed exam application and credentialing fee can be faxed, emailed or mailed to BICSI (see exam application for contact information). Upon receipt from BICSI, the application is valid for one year.

The Installer 1 exam is delivered in two parts. The first part is hands-on and includes a number of manual tasks that must be properly completed, as well as written scenarios that will test the examinee's knowledge of codes and standards. The second part is written and is based on the content of BICSI's ITSIMM. To become a BICSI Installer 1, you must successfully pass both parts. You can take the hands-on and written exams an unlimited amount of times in a one-year period. Exam retake fee is $100 for each part. If you do not pass both portions of the exam after three attempts, you must wait 90 days from the date of your last attempt to resit for the exam. 

The Examination
Applicants must pass the written and all portions of the hands-on performance exams.

Hands-On Exam
The hands-on performance exam consists of completing six assigned tasks to industry standards within a 20-minute-per-task time limit.

Proctors will give pass/fail results on site. If the applicant fails to successfully complete one of the hands-on exam tasks, same day retakes on the failed task will be given at no additional cost, time permitting. If the applicant fails the same task twice or fails two hands-on tasks, the hands-on exam will be rescheduled.

If the applicant fails the hands-on exam three times, the applicant must wait 90 days from the last attempt before reapplying.

Written Exam
The written exam is closed-book and contains 75 questions in multiple choice and true/false format. Questions are taken from the IN101 workbook, as well as BICSI's ITSIMM, and are both knowledge- and application-based. Two hours are allowed to complete the written exam.

If the applicant fails the written exam three times, the applicant must wait 90 days from the last attempt before reapplying.

After Passing the Installer 1 Exam
Once you successfully pass both the hands-on and written exam, your credential will be valid for three full years from the date that you passed the last portion of the exam. Within three weeks of passing the exam, you will be mailed a congratulations letter, a registration card for you to carry in your wallet, and a certificate suitable for framing.

Renewal Information

The Installer 1 is not renewable. It is recommended that you further your career by advancing to the Installer 2, Copper and/or Installer 2, Optical Fiber (experience required).

Exam Schedule

Installer Level I Exam: Installation Exam
September 4-5, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
September 4-5, 2015 in Nashville, TN
Installer Level I Exam: Installation Exam
September 25-26, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Technician: Installation Exam
September 25-26, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
September 25-26, 2015 in Atlanta, GA
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
October 2-3, 2015 in Atlanta, GA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
October 2-3, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Installer Level I Exam: Installation Exam
October 9-10, 2015 in San Diego, CA, USA
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
October 9-10, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
October 16-17, 2015 in San Diego, CA, USA
Technician: Installation Exam
October 16-17, 2015 in Columbus, OH
Installler Level I Exam: Installation Exam
October 23-24, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
October 23-24, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
October 30-31, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
October 30-31, 2015 in San Diego, CA, USA
Installer Level I Exam: Installation Exam
November 6-7, 2015 in Baltimore/Laurel, MD
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
November 6-7, 2015 in San Diego, CA, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
November 13-14, 2015 in Charlotte, NC
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
November 13-14, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Installer Level I Exam: Installation Exam
November 20-21, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
November 20-21, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
December 4-5, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
December 11-12, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Installer Level I Exam: Installation Exam
December 11-12, 2015 in Charlotte, NC, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
December 11-12, 2015 in Colorado Springs, CO
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
December 18-19, 2015 in Colorado Springs, CO
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
December 18-19, 2015 in Charlotte, NC, USA
Installer Level I Exam: Installation Exam
December 18-19, 2015 in Tampa, FL, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
January 8-9, 2016 in Nashville, TN
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
January 8-9, 2016 in Colorado Springs, CO
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
January 15-16, 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
January 15-16, 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA
Installer Level I Exam: Installation Exam
January 15-16, 2016 in Houston, TX
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
January 22-23, 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA
Installer Level I Exam: Installation Exam
January 22-23, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
January 22-23, 2016 in Houston, TX
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
February 5-6, 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA
Installer Level I Exam: Installation Exam
February 12-13, 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
February 12-13, 2016 in Houston, TX
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
February 12-13, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
February 19-20, 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
February 19-20, 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA
Installer Level I Exam: Installation Exam
February 26-27, 2016 in San Francisco, CA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
March 4-5, 2016 in San Francisco, CA
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
March 4-5, 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
March 11-12, 2016 in Atlanta, GA
Installer Level I Exam: Installation Exam
March 11-12, 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA
Installer Level I Exam: Installation Exam
March 18-19, 2016 in Colorado Springs, CO
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
March 18-19, 2016 in Atlanta, GA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
March 25-26, 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA

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