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 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.
Individuals preparing to sit for the Technician exam must possess at least three years of current and verifiable ICT industry installation experience.
Participants sitting for the Technician exam must be able to distinguish between different colors and possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks.
Technician examinees are strongly encouraged to:
- complete at least 50 hours of independent or group study of BICSI's Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM),
- attend the BICSI TE350: Technician training course (before coming to class, candidates are strongly encouraged to read the ITSIMM and put in at least 50+ hours of independent study),
- and also study all ICT related chapters of NFPA 70 (the National Electric Code®) and ANSI/TIA® telecommunications standards.
A completed exam application, including the experience check list and a nonrefundable Credentialing fee of $250 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.
Click here to download an ICT Cabling Installation Program Exam Application and Information booklet.
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 $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 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 $100 retake fee will apply.
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 $100 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.
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 ICT 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).
Click here to download the renewal form.
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