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BICSI CECs: Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the most frequently asked questions regarding BICSI continuing education.

1. Why are continuing education credits required?

  • To document professional development activities during certification renewal period.
  • To demonstrate that individuals are staying abreast of developments in a rapidly changing industry.
  • To add value, validity and credibility to the registration designation.

2. What is a CEC?

It is the number of hours of creditable professional development education or training. One hour is assigned for each productive classroom hour of formal training that pertains to the design or installation of structured telecommunications cabling systems. The average is 7 credit hours per full day of training. Quality of instruction is not evaluated by BICSI and listing of CECs does not mean that BICSI sanctions or endorses the sponsoring organization's course.

BICSI CECs are not the same as academic Continuing Education Units (CEUs). For example, a 20 hour course worth 20 CEUs may translate to only 2.0 CECs. You should verify the acceptance of CEUs with your crediting institution.

3. How do I receive credit hours?

BICSI assigns CECs when an organization requests hours to be assigned to their courses using the Corporate and Industry CEC Application. The organization must send a comprehensive course outline including the technical content, the classroom time required to cover each course topic and a blank certificate of completion.

The course is reviewed, hours of training noted and a BICSI authorization is sent to the organization that owns the course copyright stating: "This course is recognized for ____ hours of BICSI continuing education credits." The course sponsor is then authorized to use the statement in its marketing material.

Individuals who are filing for registration (e.g., RCDD, RITP, RTPM, DCDC, ESS, NTS, OSP, WD, Installers or Technician) renewal need to send copies of course outlines and certificates of completion to the BICSI Credentialing Department for review and assignment of credit hours to their individual record.

For courses that are pre-recognized by BICSI (see the list of approved courses on BICSI's website, click here), only a certificate of completion is needed. If the course is not listed on the site, a completed Individual CEC Application and supporting documentation is required.

4. Where do I send my CEC requests?

Corporate and Industry Applications

Mail: BICSI, Attention: Lois Rosa, CEC Administrator, Professional Development
8610 Hidden River Parkway
Tampa, FL 33637-1000
Fax: +1 813.971.4311
Email: lrosa@bicsi.org

Individual Applications and/or Individual Certificates for courses already recognized

Mail: BICSI, Attention: Credentialing
8610 Hidden River Parkway
Tampa, FL 33637-1000
Fax: +1 813.769.1843
Email: credentialing@bicsi.org

BICSI-Sponsored Global Events Application


Mail: BICSI, Attention: Susan Baker, International Operations Administrator
8610 Hidden River Parkway
Tampa, FL 33637-1000
Fax: +1 813.971.4311
Email: sbaker@bicsi.org

5. How long does it take for the CECs to appear on my transcripts?

Please allow up to 30-days from the date of submittal for the CECs to post to your transcript. This also includes CECs earned at BICSI events, such as conferences, courses, Region Meetings, Breakfast Clubs, etc.

6. How many credits do I need to renew my RCDD or other credentials?

RCDD
45 BICSI CECs, which includes attendance in at least one BICSI Conference during the three-year credential period.

RITP
45 BICSI CECs, which includes attendance in at least one BICSI Conference during the three-year credential period.

RTPM
36 BICSI CECs in ICT training during the three-year credential period.

DCDC
24 BICSI CECs in ICT training during the three-year credential period.

ESS
36 BICSI CECs in ICT training during the three-year credential period.

NTS 
18 BICSI CECs in ICT training during the three-year credential period.

OSP
24 BICSI CECs in ICT training during the three-year credential period.

WD
18 BICSI CECs in ICT training during the three-year credential period.

BICSI Installer
The Installer 1 is not renewable. Installer 2, Copper and/or Optical Fiber credential holders are required to provide proof of current installation activity and acquire 15 BICSI CECs during the three-year credential period.

BICSI Technician
Technician credential holders are required to provide proof of current installation activity and acquire 18 BICSI CECs during the three-year credential period.

7. Does attendance at BICSI conferences count toward certification renewal?

Yes. BICSI offers educational conferences throughout the world. Assigned CECs will be published in BICSI newsletters, conference materials and on the conference website.

For RCDDs and RITPs, attending at least one BICSI conference during the three-year credential period fulfills the conference requirement.

8. Do other organizations besides BICSI offer courses that have been recognized for CEC hours?

Yes. BICSI maintains a current list of recognized courses. There are also many BICSI-licensed training organizations that offer classes. See links at the top of this page.

9. My organization offers training programs. How can I get my courses recognized by BICSI?

If you are looking to get your company's courses recognized for BICSI CECs, submit the Corporate Application for Approval of BICSI CECs. If you are a BICSI credential holder and you are trying to get CECs approved for the courses you've attended, submit the Individual Application for Approval of BICSI CECs.

10. How are CECs applied if I have more than one BICSI designation?

Educational content for every course and conference is evaluated for CECs. For example, if a course has been evaluated for 7 CECs and you are an RCDD and OSP, you would receive 7 toward your RCDD, as well as 7 toward your OSP renewals.

11. I am an individual who attended a training class - how do I get credit?

BICSI offers many classes to assist you in continuing education. If the class is not available, please complete and submit the Individual Application for Approval of BICSI CECs.

12. What is the review course CEC policy?

CECs for a preparatory course immediately preceding an examination will be given to those who successfully complete that particular RCDD, RITP, RTPM, DCDC, Design or Installer/Technician exam, a two- to four-day separation is allowed between preparatory courses and the exam. This separation is not to exceed one week (seven calendar days). Longer separations will not be considered.

For example, an RCDD applicant attends DD200 from October 5-8 and takes the exam on October 10. If the applicant successfully passes the exam, he/she will be awarded 28 CECs, from DD200, toward RCDD renewal.

All Installation Program students that take the course and pass the exam within the time period will obtain all of the CECs needed for their first renewal period.

13. CEC Accumulation and Carryover

The Registrations and Credentials Supervision (RCS) Committee will allow CECs acquired in the last quarter (final 3 months) of the renewal period to be carried over into the next renewal period based on the following conditions:

  • CECs from a course will not be split up for any reason. If a person needs 3 CECs and they take a single course for 12 CECs, then the entire 12 CECs will be applied to the current renewal and none will be carried over. No exceptions will be made.
  • CECs from whole courses (not to exceed 15 for RCDD, 15 for RITP, 10 for Designers or 3 for Installer/Technician) that are beyond what’s needed for renewal can be carried over into the next renewal period if the courses have been completed in the last quarter (final 3 months) of the renewal period.
  • Carryover CECs are not automatically carried over. It is the credential holder’s responsibility to contact BICSI and request the carryover.

1. Why are continuing education credits required?

2. What is a CEC?

3. How do I receive credit hours?

6. How many credits do I need to renew my RCDD or other credentials?

7. Does attendance at BICSI conferences count toward certification renewal?

6. Do other organizations besides BICSI offer courses that have been recognized for CEC hours?

7. My organization offers training programs. How can I get my courses recognized by BICSI?

8. How are CECs applied if I have more than one BICSI designation?

9. I am an individual who attended a training class - how do I get credit?

10. What is the review course CEC policy?

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