Registered Communications Distribution Designer® (RCDD®)


BICSI RCDD Certification Information

Critical to building infrastructure development, this BICSI flagship program involves design and implementation of telecommunications distribution systems.

Being recognized as a BICSI RCDD has many advantages, including

  • A positive impact on your professional image
  • Recognition by the ICT Community as a Subject Matter Expert
  • New job and promotion opportunities
  • Higher Salary possibilities
  • An expanded ICT career field

Those who achieve the RCDD designation have demonstrated their knowledge in the creation, planning, integration, execution and/or detailed-oriented project management of telecommunications and data communications technology.

For additional information regarding the RCDD Certification, please download the RCDD Certification Handbook.


RCDD Credentialing Process

  • Exam Eligibility

    Eligibility Requirements
    Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility options in order to apply for the
    RCDD certification exam.

    Option #1: Two years of verifiable full-time work experience in ICT design AND a current BICSI certification holder as BICSI TECH, RTPM®, DCDC® or OSP.

    Option #2: Two years of verifiable full-time equivalent work experience in ICT design AND completion of two years of higher education course work in ICT. Two years of higher education course work in ICT may include:

    • STEM or trade school
    • Two-year degree
    • ICT and industry-related programs, apprenticeships or certifications
    • Military training equivalent Evidence of completion of higher education course work includes:
    • Certificates
    • Diplomas
    • Registrar’s documentation
    • Other bona fide documents

    Option #3: Five years of verifiable ICT experience.

    Please RCDD-Cred-Handbook p8 to view definitions and examples of ICT Experience, ICT Design related work experience and ICT Degree or course work.

  • Exam Blueprint

  • Suggested Study

    Suggested Study
    No two candidates come to the exam with the same knowledge base, as ICT experience and educational backgrounds vary; therefore, it is not possible to train for or teach to the exam in its entirety. The best way to prepare is to review and study each functional area of the exam content outline for the RCDD Exam, as well as the suggested materials below:

    MID-CAREER (Two to five years of experience)

    DD101 (or the pre-assessment): Best Practices for Telecommunications Distribution Design (BICSI CONNECT online course)

    • DD102: Applied Best Practices for Telecommunications Distribution Design

    • 150+ TDMM study hours

    • BICSI TDMM flash cards

    BICSI RCDD Test Preparation Course

    (BICSI CONNECT online course)

    ADVANCED CAREER (Five plus years of experience)

    • DD101 (or the pre-assessment): Best Practices for Telecommunications Distribution Design (BICSI CONNECT online course)

    • DD102: Applied Best Practices for Telecommunications Distribution Design

    • 125+ TDMM study hours

    • BICSI TDMM flash cards

    • BICSI RCDD Test Preparation Course (BICSI CONNECT online course)

  • Exam Specifics

    Exam Specifics
    Number of Questions ..............................................100
    Allotted Examination Time..................................... 2.5 Hours

    The exam contains 100 scored items which include multiple choice; multiple response and enhanced matching item types. Item options range between 3 and 5 options.

  • Application Process

    Application Process
    The following items must be completed and submitted to BICSI on your BICSI online profile.
    • A fully completed online RCDD Exam Application.
    • Current resumé.
    • If applicable, a copy of degrees, diplomas and/or certifications.

    ICT experience will be verified. Based on the verification process of your experience, BICSI reserves the right to require additional submittal as proof of experience. Failure to provide these additional requirements will result in rejection of the application.

    Application Processing
    BICSI processes applications in the order they are received. A nonrefundable application fee must be paid prior to submitting your application.

    Please allow 30 days for approval.

What Credential Holders are Saying About their RCDD Credential

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Fernando Chavez, RCDD, Project Consultant, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

“By passing the RCDD exam, many doors have opened and I have been given new opportunities to grow my future. My RCDD credential and the BICSI organization have given me not only a job, but a career. I have growth and plans that I never thought possible. Passing the exam and growing into my job has put me into a position where I can live a comfortable life.”

Richard Tovo

Richard Tovo, RCDD, INSTF, Field Director, Iron Arch Technology, La Crescenta, California, USA

“It is widely accepted that the RCDD is one of the most prestigious credentials in the industry. Possessing it enhances my credibility in leadership roles, and allows me to pass on valuable information related to the ever-changing and expanding ICT industry.”

“My RCDD credential gave me the opportunity to secure a job with the University of California Los Angeles. The DD102 course provided the best practices and standards knowledge to [my] department, as well as other departments we work closely with [and helps] us to be consistent in our work.”

– Jorge Olmos, RCDD, Project Engineer, UCLA. Montebello, California, USA


BICSI RCDD Certification Handbook

Download today and learn everything you need to know about the RCDD Credential (Version 14).


Exam Application Fee

$510 - BICSI Member
$725 - Nonmember

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