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