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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

There is no prior ICT industry installation experience requirement for individuals preparing to sit for the Installer 1 exam.

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. Order by  clicking here. Personal or prescription safety glasses are also recommended.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

Participants sitting for the Installer 1 exam must be able to distinguish between different colors and possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks. It is strongly recommended that exam candidates attend the IN101: BICSI Installer 1 Training course. Additionally, candidates will benefit from at least 50+ hours of independent or group study of BICSI's ITSIMM, as well as study of the ICT related chapters of NFPA 70 (the National Electric Code® and ANSI/TIA® telecommunications standards.

Examination Information

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.

Click here to download an ICT Cabling Installation Program Exam Application and Information booklet.

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

Technician Exam: Installation Exam
May 2-3, 2014 in Knoxville, TN
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
May 9-10, 2014 in Colorado Springs, CO
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
May 9-10, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
May 9-10, 2014 in Atlanta, GA
Installer Level 1 Exam: Installation Exam
May 16-17, 2014 in Colorado Springs, CO
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
May 16-17, 2014 in Raleigh, NC
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
May 16-17, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Installer Level 1 Exam: Installation Exam
June 6-7, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
June 6-7, 2014 in Hartford, CT
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
June 13-14, 2014 in Hartford, CT
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
June 13-14, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
June 20-21, 2014 in San Diego, CA, USA
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
June 20-21, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
June 27-28, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
June 27-28, 2014 in San Diego, CA, USA
Installer Level 1 Exam: Installation Exam
July 18-19, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
July 18-19, 2014 in San Diego, CA, USA
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
July 18-19, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
July 18-19, 2014 in Kansas City, KS, USA
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
July 25-26, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
July 25-26, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Installer Level 1 Exam: Installation Exam
July 25-26, 2014 in San Diego, CA, USA
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
August 1-2, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
August 8-9, 2014 in Hartford, CT
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
August 15-16, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Installer Level 1 Exam: Installation Exam
August 15-16, 2014 in Colorado Springs, CO
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
August 15-16, 2014 in Hartford, CT
Fiber Exam: Installation Exam
August 22-23, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
August 22-23, 2014 in Colorado Springs, CO
Technician Exam: Installation Exam
August 29-30, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Installer Level 1 Exam: Installation Exam
September 12-13, 2014 in Tampa, FL, USA
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
September 12-13, 2014 in Milwaukee, WI

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