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

  • Successfully lead an installation group or team using project management skills.
  • Perform advanced testing and troubleshooting for both copper and optical fiber installations.
  • Discuss and evaluate numerous specific applications of information and communications technology (ICT) cabling installation.
  • Make recommendations based on applicable codes, standards, and best practices.
  • Implement the job plan and scope of work as well as perform retrofits and upgrades for existing infrastructure.

Experience and Skill Requirements

Individuals applying for the Technician exam must possess at least three years of current and verifiable ICT industry installation experience. Those applying for the Technician exam must be able to distinguish between different colors and possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks. Topics taught in class build upon what is taught in IN101, IN225 and IN250 courses.

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, including the experience check list and a nonrefundable Credentialing fee of $260 must be received by BICSI for processing at least 10 days prior to the exam date. If BICSI receives the exam application less than 10 business days prior to the exam, an additional $50 expediting fee will apply, pending appropriate time for approval, and approval is not guaranteed. The completed exam application and credentialing fee can be faxed, emailed or mailed to BICSI (see the exam application for contact information). Once the application is approved, it is valid for one year.

Exam
The Technician 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 ICT Technician, 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 $110 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.

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. A $110 retake fee will apply.

Written Exam 
The written exam is closed-book and contains 140 questions in multiple choice. If an individual does not hold both the Copper and Optical Fiber Installer 2 credentials or an Installer 2 credential, the written exam will have an additional 30 questions (170 questions total). Questions are taken from all chapters of the BICSI ITSIMM, and are both knowledge- and application-based. 2 1/2 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. The applicant will need to reschedule the written portion of the exam by calling BICSI Customer Service and paying for the $110 exam retake fee.

After Passing the Technician 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, a certificate suitable for framing, and an On-the-Job-Training (OJT) Booklet.

Renewal Information

In order to maintain your credential, there are required benchmarks to accomplish during each three year registration period. You must show proof of completion of a minimum of 18 BICSI continuing education credit (CEC) hours. Additionally, you must complete and receive sign-off from a supervisor or qualified witness on each of the tasks listed in your OJT booklet (for first-time renewal only). When you complete and submit your renewal form and fee to BICSI, on or before your credential expiration date, you must also include the above benchmarks.

To keep your credential current, you must complete this same process every three years, or advance your knowledge and career by applying for one or more of BICSI's Design Credentials (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
Technician: Installation Exam
October 16-17, 2015 in Columbus, OH
Copper Exam: Installation Exam
October 16-17, 2015 in San Diego, CA, USA
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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