BICSI established its credential programs to provide a level of assurance to the industry and to consumers that an individual has knowledge in a designated area of information and communications technology (ICT) design or installation. Our professional designations are valued internationally and are recognized throughout the ICT industry.

Candidates for BICSI credentials are required to show industry experience and pass rigorous exams based on the content of BICSI manuals. Those who pass must adhere to strict standards of conduct and keep their knowledge current through continuing education.

  • Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD®)
    Established in 1984, the RCDD is the most prestigious of all BICSI credentials. RCDDs have demonstrated the ability to design, integrate and implement ICT and related infrastructure components across multiple disciplines and applications.
  • Registered Telecommunications Project Manager (RTPM)
    ICT systems professionals pursuing excellence within the industry should consider becoming a BICSI RTPM. An RTPM demonstrates knowledge in project management concepts and tools in the ICT industry. 
  • Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC)
    Established in 2011, DCDC credential holders demonstrate knowledge in various facets of data center design and the ability to apply this knowledge.
  • Outside Plant (OSP) Designer
    Established in 2001, OSP Designers demonstrate knowledge in OSP technology and the ability to design aerial, underground and direct-buried infrastructures.

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BICSI Cabling Installation Program

The goal of BICSI's Cabling Installation Program is to produce highly competent cabling installers in a minimal amount of time and at a reasonable cost. Upon completion of training, program participants should be able to conduct site surveys, pull wire/cable, and terminate and test copper and optical fiber cable to the highest level of specification. The program offers core skills training, registration examinations, and structured on-the-job training to meet the diverse needs of the telecommunications cabling industry. BICSI's program provides varied levels of increased knowledge and experience:

Areas of Knowledge include:

  • Safety
  • Professionalism
  • Codes and standards
  • Transmission fundamentals
  • Media and connectors
  • Structured cabling systems
  • Bonding and grounding (earthing)
  • Installing support structures
  • Pulling cable
  • Firestopping systems
  • Cable splicing 
  • Cable termination
  • Testing and troubleshooting
  • TR/ER design
  • Data centers
  • Health care
  • Retrofits and upgrades
  • Planning and project management

All BICSI cabling installation exams are achieved by passing a comprehensive exam based on BICSI’s Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM), as well as key U.S. codes and standards from the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA) and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

Additional Certificate Programs

Credentials No Longer Offered

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