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The Building Industry Consulting Service International, Inc. (BICSI) began in 1974 as an industry association to service the needs of telecommunications consultants (formerly known as building industry consultants - BICs). As the field of telecommunications has grown, so has the breadth of BICSI.

BICSI now services the needs of all professionals who work in the information technology systems (ITS) industry. That is, all of those who are involved with communications and all associated infrastructure.

BICSI is a professional association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio & video technologies. It encompasses the design, project management and installation of pathways, spaces, optical fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 23,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ITS professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries.

For more information, contact BICSI at 800.242.7405 (USA and Canada toll-free) or +1 813.979.1991. You may also email bicsi@bicsi.org.

2. What is ITS?

Information technology systems (ITS) are the infrastructure systems that enable information to be directed from one point to another. These systems include voice, data, management/access, security, broadcast, monitored alarm and audiovisual systems.

3. Why should I join BICSI?

By becoming a BICSI member, you gain access to a multitude of resources that challenge you to increase your knowledge, raise your skill level and open the door to a thriving and rewarding career in the ITS industry.

Click here for Membership Advantages. Click here for Member Benefits.

4. Who can become a member?

Anyone! BICSI members work in a variety of different sectors. Cabling installation and design crosses a broad spectrum of industries including, but not limited to:

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Cable Infrastructure
  • Outside Plant
  • Wireless Networks
  • Data Center Networks
  • Security Systems
  • Construction
  • Facilities Management
  • Government
  • Defense
  • Architecture
  • Broadcast
  • Audiovisual
  • Infrastructure Design
  • Building Management Systems
  • Residential Network Systems
  • Network or System Integration
  • Project Management

5. How do I join BICSI?

Click here to register online or download BICSI’s Membership Application.

6. Are there various levels of membership?

BICSI offers individual and corporate memberships. Click here to view the numerous benefits offered with both levels of membership.

7. Does a corporate membership benefit everyone in the company?

We have several different levels of corporate membership to fit your corporate needs. Click here to view the corporate membership levels.

8. How can I obtain the BICSI member logo or the corporate member logo in electronic format?

Downloadable Individual and Corporate member logos can be found in the Members Only section of the Web site.

9. Can membership be put on a purchase order?

Membership cannot be put on a purchase order by itself. It can be added to a purchase order being used to register for a conference, purchase manuals, classes, etc. Purchase orders must be $500 or more unless you are a school or government agency. For specific information, contact BICSI’s Customer Care Department.

10. Does BICSI accept the GI Bill or VA Funding?

BICSI has not been approved for the GI Bill because the organization is not considered an accredited educational institution or school. Steps in working with your case manager and BICSI to receive VA educational benefits is available in the Members Only General Resources. BICSI does accept GSA Advantage. Visit our GSA Information page for further details.

11. What is BICSI's Federal Tax ID number?

59-2226593

12. Where can I find a RFQ template?

BICSI has created a RFQ template with specifications that are offered as a general guide to assist contractors with developing a comprehensive RFQ. The RFQ template is available in the Members Only General Resources. Click here for more details.

13. What training does BICSI have?

BICSI offers training courses to suit those who are new to the ITS industry, as well as those who are looking to expand their current knowledge of the industry. Click here to find out more.

14. What does RCDD stand for?

The RCDD® (Registered Communications Distribution Designer) designation was established in 1984 and serves as a worldwide recognition for ITS professionals who have demonstrated knowledge in the design, implementation and integration of telecommunications and data communications technology systems and related infrastructure. Click here to find out more about the RCDD designation program.

15. What are CECs?

Continuing Education Credits (CECs) are 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. BICSI CECs are not the same as academic Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Click here for complete information about CEC requirements.

16. Does BICSI offer any other designations than the RCDD?

Yes. Other designation programs include:

  • Registered Information Technology Professional (RITP)
    Established in 2010, the RITP was created for individuals who work in the ITS industry but do not design ITS systems or have limited design experience including instructors, educators, management and sales personnel.
  • Registered Telecommunication Project Manager (RTPM)
    Information technology systems (ITS) professionals pursuing excellence within the industry should consider becoming a BICSI RTPM.
  • Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC)
    Established in 2011, Data Center Design Consultants demonstrate knowledge in all facets of data center design.
  • Electronic Safety and Security (ESS) Designer
    The ESS credential recognizes those who demonstrate knowledge in electronic safety and security design.
  • Outside Plant (OSP) Designer
    The OSP credential recognizes those who demonstrate proficiency in outside plant design.
  • ITS Installer 1; ITS Installer 2; ITS Installer 2, Copper; ITS Installer 2, Optical Fiber; and ITS Technician 
    The ITS Cabling Installation Training and Credential Program promotes a progressive career path for commercial cabling installers who learn how to properly conduct site surveys, pull wire/cable, and terminate and test copper and optical fiber cable to the highest level of specification.

Click here for a complete list of credentialing information.

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