BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber® (INSTF®) 






About the BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber (INSTF) Certification 


As ICT systems become more complex, your need to be recognized for your knowledge of current and emerging installation practices becomes more critical.

The Installer 2, Fiber certification is ideal for individuals wishing to show their expanded knowledge of the industry, with a specialization in Optical Fiber.  For credential holders that have the Installer 1 certification and/or the Installer 2, Copper, this certification is the next step in continuing to advance professionally in the ICT industry.


BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber (INSTF) candidates are tested on their ability to understand and apply a comprehensive collection of installation-specific information. Achieving your INSTF designation will demonstrate your ability to:

  • Successfully interpret drawings, plans and specifications.
  • Properly test and troubleshoot optical fiber installations.
  • Discuss media selection and implications for implementation on the network.
  • Make recommendations based on applicable codes, standards and best practices.

Interpret the job plan and scope of work as well as perform retrofits and upgrades for existing infrastructure.

All new BICSI Installer 1, Installer 2; Copper; Installer 2, Optical Fiber; and Technician exams will be based on material from the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM), 8th edition, beginning Friday, April 29, 2022.

No courses based off the 7th edition will be available after Monday, March 7, 2022. The last day to take the version 7 hands-on exam will be March 11, 2022.

Please note: The Installer 2, Optical Fiber (INSTF) exam is not included in the course fee. You must apply for the exam separately.  The application deadline is 5 days prior to your exam date.  Exam applications will not be processed after the deadline.

BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber Credentialing Process

  • Why

    Why Get Certified?

    • Recognized by the ICT Community and Employers
    • Provides a Unique Skillset to an ICT Installer and Technician
    • Uses the Latest Technologies, Methods and Best Practices
    • Critical in Modern High Bandwidth Applications
    • Engineered by Installation Experts
    • Recognized Globally
    • Built with Your Career in Mind
    • Meets the Highest Standards

    Advancing your knowledge in the ICT Cabling field along with having an Installer 2, Fiber Certification demonstrates your commitment to professional growth and quality.

    The Installer 2, Fiber Certification allows you to:

    • Be recognized by the ICT Community and Employers globally
    • Provide a unique skillset to ICT Installers and Technicians
    • Use the latest technologies, methods, and best practices
    • Be critical in modern high bandwidth applications
    • Keep your career path in mind
  • Decide

    Experience and Knowledge Requirements

    Individuals preparing to sit for the Installer 2, Optical Fiber exam must possess at least two years of verifiable ICT industry installation experience within the last five years.

    Participants sitting for the Installer 2, Fiber exam must be able to distinguish between different colors, possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks, stand for extended periods of time, climb ladders, and lift and carry items weighing up to 50lbs. 

  • Prepare

    Exam Preparation

    The Installer 2, Fiber Exam Content Outline shows the competency areas that are covered on the exam and should be reviewed prior to taking the exam.

    It is strongly recommended that examinees:

  • Apply

    Examination Application Process

    A completed online exam application and a non-refundable application fee must be received by BICSI’s Credentialing Department for review and processing no later than 5 business days prior to the exam date.

    Exam applications will not be processed after the deadline.

    After the exam application is approved, it is valid for one year. 

    Click here to login and apply.

    Examination Application Process

    Application Fee (Non-refundable)   $335

    Exam Retake Fee   $135

  • Test


    The Installer 2, Optical Fiber exam is currently based on the BICSI’s ITSIMM and is a two-part exam—hands-on and written.

    To become a BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber, you must successfully pass both parts.

    You must successfully pass the hands-on exam to be authorized for the written exam.  You will be given a one-time use voucher code and instructions for scheduling the written exam with Pearson VUE to take after you successfully pass the hands-on exam.

    Note: The exam application fee includes your first exam attempt.

    Hands-On Examination

    The hands-on performance exam consists of completing six tasks to industry standards, within a 20-minute per-task time limit. 

    If you fail to successfully complete one of the hands-on exam tasks, you will be given the opportunity to retest on that task on the same day at no additional cost, time permitting. If you fail the same task twice or fail two hands-on tasks, the hands-on exam will need to be retaken on another date.

    Written Examination

    The Computer-based exam is closed book, two hours in length and consists of 100 questions drawn from BICSI’s ITSIMM. The exam is multiple choice, with questions based on both knowledge and application.

  • Recertify

    After Passing the Installer 2, Optical Fiber Examination

    Once you successfully pass both the hands-on and written exam, your credential will be valid for three full years from the date that you passed the last portion of the exam. Within 30-45 business days of passing the exam, you will be mailed a congratulations letter, a certificate suitable for framing.

    Suggested Program Advancement

    It is recommended that you further your career by advancing to the Installer 2, Copper and/or Technician credential(s) (dependent upon experience) during the time you are a BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber. 

    Recertification Requirements

    In order to maintain your credential, there are required benchmarks to accomplish during each three-year recertification period. The following must be completed and received by the Credentialing Department on or before your credential expiration date:

    1. Proof of completion of 15 continuing education credits (CECs)

    2. Completed INSTF Recertification Form (PDF) or ONLINE

    3. Recertification Fee
  • Get Started!

    Check out this step-by-step guide on how to successfully apply online for a BICSI Credentialing Exam. 


    You can also download and review our How to Apply for an Exam student guide, then log into your Credential Dashboard to get started.

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BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber (INSTF) Certification Handbook

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Exam Application Fee

$335 - Non Refundable

There is an additional $50 scheduling fee for all walk-in exams.

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“The [IN250] instructor [in Uganda] was well prepared, knowledge and practical. He is social and interactive, and he fits in well with a new environment.”

– Allan Sabiiti
United Nations (UNAMID)
Entebbe, Uganda

“I can honestly say that after taking the Installer 2, Optical Fiber course and being promoted to an Information Systems Specialist 2, I saw a $10,000 annual increase in pay. Today, I’m the only Fiber Technician employed by the state of West Virginia.”

– James R. Bowles, INST1, INSTC, INSTF, TECH, Information Systems Specialist 2
State of West Virginia Office of Technology
Charleston, West Virginia, USA