• Format: 2 hours, 100 questions, closed-book and multiple choice
  • Application Fee: Members—$225; Nonmembers—$350
  • Exam/Retake Fee: Members—$150; Nonmembers—$275
  • Click here to download an application.

Suggested NTS Design Exam Preparation

  • 125+ hours of study
  • ITS Design Fundamentals Program


To sit for the NTS Designer credential examination, you must have:

  • A minimum of two years of approved and verifiable design experience in the field for which you are applying. Generic ITS/distribution system design or experience in another area of specialization is not acceptable.
  • Successfully completed the ITS Fundamentals examination or hold a current RCDD or RITP credential.


The following items must be completed and submitted to BICSI World Headquarters:

  • A fully completed Design Examination Application.
  • Three letters of reference with contact telephone number and e-mail address:

    - One from your current employer (or if you are self-employed or a principal of your company, you must provide a letter explaining your personal involvement in the design of information technology systems).

    - One from a client or customer for whom you have recently done design work.

    - One personal reference.

  • A nonrefundable application fee must accompany your application.