Renewal Period: 3 years
The BICSI, Technician certification validates the ability to understand and apply a wide range of installation-specific information. BICSI Technicians demonstrate their ability to conduct high-level optical fiber and copper installation testing and troubleshooting, to use project management skills to successfully lead and installation team, discuss and assess multiple applications of information and communications technology (ICT) cabling installation, make recommendation using best practices, standards and codes and carry out the job plan and scope of work plus conduct retrofits and upgrades for existing infrastructure. Candidates must pass a written and practical exam.
More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.
Eligibility Requirements (View Details)
- Credential Prerequisite
- Experience: 3 years
Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.
Exam Requirements (View Details)
- Written Exam
- Oral Exam
- Practical Exam
- Performance Assessment
Candidate must have three years of current and verifiable ICT industry installation experience within the past five years.
The Technician (TECH) credential has the following other requirements:
- Candidate must be able to distinguish between different colors, possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks, stand for extended periods, climb ladders, and lift and carry items weighing up to 50 lbs.
- Candidate must follow the BICSI Code of Ethics.
- Candidate must adhere to the BICSI Standards of Conduct.
After passing the written and hands-on exam, Technicians are required to apply their knowledge on the job.
- Each Technician will receive an OJT Booklet with task areas, including steps that must be completed under supervision within the three-year Technician registration period. All tasks must be performed by the Technician and signed in the OJT Booklet by a qualified witness.
It is recommended that candidates take TE350: BICSI ITS Technician Training Course.
- Installation Foundations
- Safety Procedures
- Cabling, Pathways and Spaces
- Bonding, Grounding (Earthing) and Electrical Protection
- Copper Structured Cabling Systems
- Optical Fiber Structured Cabling Systems
- Firestopping Practices
- Data Centers
- Health Care
- Planning and Project Management
- Retrofits and Upgrades
- Specific Applications
- Perform Site Surveys
- Build Closets
- Install Grounding Infrastructure
- Installation of Work Area Outlets
- Pulling Cable
- Administrative Tasks
- Remain Current on Industry Practices
There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Technician (TECH) examination:
- Best Sources
- Related Courses
An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.
For more information on the BICSI testing process, visit the agency website.
Third-Party Test Vendor Information
Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.
To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:
Renewal Period: 3 years
The Technician (TECH) credential has the following recertification information:
- Certification holders must complete a minimum of 18 BICSI continuing education credit (CEC) hours during the three year certification period.
- For additional information regarding renewal, please visit the BICSI website.
- Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).
- Candidate strongly encouraged to:
- complete at least 50 hours of independent or group study of BICSI's Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM),
- attend the BICSI TE350: BICSI Technician Training.