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BICSI IN101: Installer 1

This is a hands-on/application-focused course providing entry-level installers with the background knowledge and skills needed to function safely and effectively on the job and in accordance with the requirements, recommendations, and best practices outlined in the 8th edition of the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM).

IN101 Course Information

  • Why Should I Attend?

    The Installer 1 designation is the start of a rewarding career path full of continuing advancement opportunities.

    In this course you will learn essential information as an entry-level installer:

    • Professionalism at the work site
    • Transmission fundamentals
    • Safety practices and procedures

    You will also gain an advantage over other installers by getting hands-on practice in:

    • Pulling cable
    • Performing multiple IDC terminations (66, 110, LSA and BIX)
    • Terminating coaxial cable
    • Performing basic testing of copper cabling installations

    Please note:
    the Installer 1 (INST1) exam is not included in the course fee. You must apply for the exam separately.

    Apply for the Installer 1 Exam

  • Who Should Attend?

    This program is ideal for:

    • Individuals with little or no cabling experience
    • Anyone wishing to pursue a career in ICT cabling distribution
    • Individuals needing basic knowledge of and skills in cabling installation
    • Anyone planning to take the BICSI Installer 1 exam (apply for the exam separately)
  • What Are the Knowledge and Skills Requirements?

    Participants must be able to:

    • Distinguish between different colors
    • Possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks
    • Stand for extended periods of time (e.g., 30 minutes)
    • Climb ladders
    • Lift and carry items weighing ≈22.7 kg (50 lb)
  • What Prerequisites and Preparation are Required?

    Little or no experience is needed to attend this class. Some students may benefit from completing the online ICT Fundamentals series through BICSI CONNECT prior to attending.

    However, BICSI strongly recommends reading the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) before coming to class and/or taking the exam.

    For students who plan to take the exam, BICSI recommends that examinees spend at least 50 hours studying the ITSIMM.

    To successfully participate in the virtual classroom training, each attendee must have the following:

    • Laptop, desktop or tablet that meet the system requirements noted here.
    • Microphone and speakers (headset recommended).
    • Standalone webcams and/or mobile device camera for class activities.
    • Internet connection - 1 Mbps or better (broadband recommended) | 3G connection or better (WiFi recommended for VoIP audio).
  • What Course Materials Are Required?

    To participate in this class—in-person or virtually—you will need access to:


    • BICSI will provide and ship the classroom materials to the physical mailing address provided by each student. This includes student workbook, and classroom consumable materials.
    • Installation students will also need to use a set of their own tools or have access to the tools listed here. For more details, visit bicsi.org/vct. If prospective students do not have access to these tools, we strongly recommend that they attend an in-person offering to get the full benefits of this program.
  • Can I Earn Credit?

    Yes, you can earn 35 continuing education credits (CECs) toward an existing BICSI credential recertification requirement upon successfully completing this program.
  • What Is the Attendance Policy?

    Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and 35 CECs.

    Participants who fulfill the attendance requirement will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the program. Please note that this is not the Installer 1 Certificate, which requires a separate exam application (apply by clicking on link below). 

    Apply for the Installer 1 Exam

    Review BICSI Course Cancellation Policy

  • How Long is this Course?

    This class takes place over a period of 4.5 days; 5 days for students planning to take the exam to earn the Installer 1 (INST1) certificate.

    The exam is conducted in two parts: the hands-on exam (typically on a Friday afternoon) and the written exam is conducted at a Pearson VUE Testing Center of the examinee’s choosing.

    Apply for the Installer 1 (INST1) certificate!

I Registered for the IN101 Course. What Happens Next?

  • Review Confirmation Email

    Immediately after completing your enrollment in this course, a confirmation email is sent to your email on file. This email provides a comprehensive at-a-glance overview of everything you need to know to successfully prepare for your upcoming training. This includes:

    • Class dates, times, and delivery methods confirmed
    • Pre-Class preparations
    • Course materials needed
    • Exam information
    • All cancellation policies

    If you did not receive this email, please check your SPAM filters first. If you still didn’t receive it, then email bicsi@bicsi.org and we will resend it.

  • Review Cancellation Policies

    To ensure you protect your investment, we recommend you pay close attention to all the applicable cancellation policies for BICSI Courses.

    Review the Course Cancellation Policy here.

  • Purchase the Required Manual

    All students must purchase the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM), 8th Edition, print or electronic, prior to attending class. If you have not already purchased it, click here to purchase today.

    Note: In addition to this required manual, BICSI will also provide you with an activity workbook that gets shipped separately.

  • Confirm Your Shipping Address

    For this virtual class, additional classroom materials are shipped out at least two weeks prior to class for domestic students and four weeks for international students.  Please email tdo@bicsi.org and confirm your preferred shipping address for these additional materials.  You can expect delivery of two shipments – 1) a workbook, and 2) activity consumable materials.

    Note: Installation students will also need to use a set of their own tools or have access to the tools listed here. More details can be found at bicsi.org/vct. If prospective students do not have access to these tools, we strongly recommend that they attend an in-person offering to get the full benefits of this program.
  • Apply to Take Exam

    Because hands-on exams are completed virtually on the last day of class, we encourage you to complete your exam application here at least two weeks before participating in your virtual class.  This will ensure that we can ship out the necessary testing materials needed to utilize with your tools to participate in your virtual hands-on exam testing.
  • Accessing Your Course

    Be on the lookout one week prior to the start of class for two key things:

    1. A confirmation email from your instructor.
    2. Login instructions for your virtual classroom will be sent the Wednesday prior to the first day of class.

    Zoom must be installed on your computer to attend this Virtual Class.

“I thought I knew a lot going into the BICSI Installer 1 class, but after completing the course, I could see a real difference in my skillset, such as how to properly perform terminations and how to follow industry standards. My employer noticed too!”

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

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