• Format: 3 hours, 120 knowledge- and application-based questions, closed-book, multiple choice
  • Application Fee: Members—$245; Nonmembers—$370
  • Exam/Retake Fee: Members—$150; Nonmembers—$275
  • Click here to download an application.

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.

Suggested RCDD Exam Preparation

TDMM   BICSI Courses
  • 125+ hours of study
  • ICT Design Fundamentals Program
  • All introductory courses
  • DD102
  • DD200
TDMM   BICSI Courses
  • 150+ hours of study
  • ICT Design Fundamentals Program
  • DD102
  • DD200
TDMM   BICSI Courses
  • 175+ hours of study
  • ICT Design Fundamentals Program
  • DD200

Please Note
All chapters in the TDMM are testable on the RCDD exam.

TDMM Flash Cards

You can further prepare for the RCDD exam online via BICSI CONNECT! Flash cards for study of the Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM), 12th edition, are now available. Click here for details and to purchase.


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

  • Five years 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

BICSI reserves the right in determining what is approved curriculum and approved ICT license/certification.


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

  • The Communications ICT/Distribution Design Experience Checklist on pages 9-10 of the exam application handbook.
  • The RCDD Exam Application on pages 11-13 of the exam application handbook. Application must be approved by BICSI before the applicant can sit for the RCDD exam.
  • Current resume—last 10 years of work history must be included. Limited to two pages.
  • A nonrefundable application fee must accompany your application.
  • Four letters of reference. Letters must be dated and include a contact telephone number and e-mail address. The letters should be from the following:

    - One personal reference.

    - Two from different clients or customers whom you have recently completed design work. The letter should explain specific details of the design work performed (scope of the project), where the work was performed, by whom and level of satisfaction. Generic details will be rejected.

    - One from your current employer stating your design work projects, how long you have been working on these projects and dates.

    Note: If you are self employed or a principal of your company, you must provide an additional letter of reference from a client or customer, for a total of three client reference letters.