• Format: 2 1/2 hours, 100 knowledge- and application-based questions, closed-book, multiple-choice
  • Application Fee: $245 Members/$370 Nonmembers
  • Exam/Retake Fee: $160 Members/$285 Nonmembers
  • Renewal Fee: $140 Members/$325 Nonmembers
  • Apply for the RCDD exam today!

The RCDD exam is now administered in a computer-based testing format at Pearson VUE Authorized Training Centers worldwide. Locations of testing centers can be found at www.pearsonvue.com/BICSI.

Requirements and Qualifications

To apply for the RCDD credential, you must have at least one of the following:

  • Five years information and communications technology (ICT) design experience
  • Two years verifiable ICT design experience and three years additional ICT equivalents chosen from combinations of experience, approved education and approved ICT license/certification

Design includes the development of design plans for ICT integration. This includes site surveys, user needs analysis, work print creation, project specifications, RFP creation and pre-project coordination with PEs, architects, AHJs, etc.

Design does NOT include installation, testing, project/site supervision, project QA, ICT sales or sales support, teaching of ICT subject matter, etc. Although these items are important to the success of a project, they do not qualify under the definition of design.

The RCDD exam, a comprehensive application- and knowledge-based exam, is based on content found in the 13th edition of BICSI's Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM).

About the Exam

Computer-based testing is the primary examination administration method through Pearson VUE. Paper-pencil format is available only a couple of times a year at select BICSI Conferences. See Exam Registration section for more information.

The RCDD examination is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions. You are allotted 2 1/2 hours to complete the exam. The exam is designed to test your knowledge and ability to solve problems in situations by applying the acquired knowledge (knowledge- and application-based questions).

You must achieve a minimum of 70 percent on the exam to pass.

Pass/fail results will be provided at the testing center after completing the exam. A score report is also provided to all unsuccessful candidates. The score report will reflect a percentage of correct answers in each section of the exam, not an actual score. Results are not provided over the phone for CBT exams.

Candidates must be able to use a computer and mouse. Special needs may be requested on page 13 of the RCDD Exam application.

Candidates are not allowed to bring anything (phones, watches, hats, etc.) into the testing room. All necessary items will be available during the exam, including calculators and a whiteboard for scratch paper.

There are no scheduled breaks during the CBT exam. If a break is needed, the break will count towards the 150 minutes you have to complete the exam.

The exam is structured to allow you to challenge a question that you think may be unclear, confusing or incomplete. You may also flag a question and return to it at the end of the exam. Challenged questions that are meaningful and relevant to the exam question will be reviewed by the Registrations and Credentials Supervision (RCS) Committee. If you answer the question incorrectly and the committee determines a rescore changing your final score from fail to pass, the credentialing department will notify you by email within 30-days of the exam. The time spent on challenging questions is allotted in the 150 exam time total.

Exam Preparation
The exam is drawn from BICSI's TDMM. Approximately 80 percent of the questions are based on content from the TDMM core chapters.

Chapter Chapter Title     Chapter Chapter Title
1 Principles of Transmissionc   12 Outside Plant
2 Electromagnetic Compatibilityc   13 Audiovisual Systems
3 Telecommunications Spacesc   14 Building Automation Systems
4 Backbone Distribution Systemsc   15 Data Networksc
5 Horizontal Distribution Systemsc   16 Wireless Networks
6 ITS Cables and Connecting Hardwarec   17 Electronic Safety and Security
7 Firestop Systemsc   18 Data Centers
8 Bonding and Grounding (Earthing)c   19 Health Care
9 Power Distributionc   20 Residential Cabling
10 Telecommunications Administrationc   21 Business Development and
Project Management
11 Field Testing of Structured Cablingc     c = core chapter

The Appendices at the end of the manual and Glossary are not on the RCDD exam.

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Application Fee: $245 Member/$370 Nonmember
Exam/Retake Fee: $160 Member/$285 Nonmember
Renewal Fee: $140 Member/$325 Nonmember
Renewal Late Fee (60-90 days)* $50
Renewal Late Fee (91+ days)* $75
Duplicate Certificate $25 Member/$30 Nonmember