BICSI

Technician (TECH)


Credential: Technician (TECH)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: BICSI

Renewal Period: 3 years

BICSI Technician certification test candidates on their ability to understand and apply a comprehensive collection of installation-specific information. Individuals preparing to sit for the ITS Technician exam must possess at least three years of current and verifiable ITS industry installation experience. Participants must also be able to distinguish between different colors and possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks. The ITS Technician exam is currently based on the ITSIMM and is a two-part exam, hands-on and written. To become a BICSI ITS Technician, you must successfully pass both parts. If an individual does not hold both the ITS Copper and Optical Fiber Installer 2 credentials, the written exam will have an additional 30 questions.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Technician (TECH)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

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)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

BICSI

8610 Hidden River Parkway
Tampa, FL  33637-1000

Phone: (800) 242-7405

Fax: (813) 971-4311
Email: bicsi@bicsi.org

You must have three years of current and verifiable ICT industry installation experience.

The Technician (TECH) credential has the following other requirements:

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.

Written Exam

  • 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

Practical Exam

  • Perform Site Surveys
  • Build Closets
  • Install Grounding Infrastructure
  • Installation of Work Area Outlets
  • Pulling Cable
  • Firestopping
  • Pretermination
  • Termination
  • Connectors
  • Testing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Retrofits
  • Administrative Tasks
  • Remain Current on Industry Practices

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Technician (TECH) examination:

An additional resource is 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.

RECERTIFICATION

Technician (TECH)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Technician (TECH) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Candidates must show proof of completion of a minimum of 18 BICSI continuing education credit (CEC) hours.
  • For first-time renewal only, candidates must complete tasks and list them in their OJT booket as well as receive sign-off from a supervisor or qualified witness.
  • For additional information regarding renewal, please visit the BICSI website.

Additional considerations for the Technician (TECH) include:

  • Technician examinees are 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: Technician training course (before coming to class, candidates are strongly encouraged to read the ITSIMM and put in at least 50+ hours of independent study),
    • and also study all ICT related chapters of NFPA 70 (the National Electric Code) and ANSI/TIA telecommunications standards.

In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

Star

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Skill Level

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

LaDR

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GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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ICAC

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ABSNC

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NCCA

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IAS

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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ASI is Additional Skill Identifier
WOMOS is Warrant Officer Military Occupational Specialty
AOC is Area Of Concentration Officer
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Updated: April 30, 2020
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