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

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.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Technician (TECH)

The following Navy Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Navy$ Gap Analysis LaDR
Enlisted ETR-Electronics Technician, Submarine, Communications Rating some  Navy Bucks    E5 Pay Grade
Enlisted ETV-Electronics Technician, Submarine, Navigation Rating other      
Enlisted TSCE - Total Shipboard Computing Environment Out of Rate Assignment other      

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of three ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will most likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This Credential has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. Note that to be eligible for Navy funded credentials, you must have demonstrated competency and experience towards the credential being sought. This credential may require additional work to fully meet competency and experience requirements.

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LaDR (Learning and Development Roadmap) icons call out credentials that are "highly recommended" (but not mandatory) for a particular pay grade because they complement the training, experience, and competency of that paygrade. You are NOT restricted from attempting credentials recommended for senior & junior pay grades (as long as you meet all eligibility requirements).

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Technician (TECH)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

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

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

BICSI
8610 Hidden River Parkway
Tampa, FL  33637-1000
Phone: (800) 242-7405
Fax: (813) 971-4311
Email: bicsi@bicsi.org

Technician (TECH)

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

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

Technician (TECH)

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
  • Firestopping
  • Pretermination
  • Termination
  • Connectors
  • Testing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Retrofits
  • Administrative Tasks
  • Remain Current on Industry Practices

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 page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

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.

Technician (TECH)

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.