National Credential
Credential: Outside Plant (OSP) Designer  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: BICSI

BICSI, Outside Plant (OSP) Designer is for individuals who have knowledge in OSP technology and the ability to design aerial, underground and direct-buried infrastructures. OSP applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge in OSP right-of-way and route design, OSP space design (maintenance, holes, ducts, vaults), underground direct-buried, and aerial plant design, OSP cabling and hardware and OSP grounding (earthing), bonding and electrical protection systems. To earn the OSP certification, applicants must hold a current BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) credential or meet specific education and experience criteria. Applicants must pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Outside Plant (OSP) Designer

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 ET-Electronics Technician Rating other      
Enlisted ETR-Electronics Technician, Submarine, Communications Rating other      
Enlisted ETV-Electronics Technician, Submarine, Navigation Rating other      
Enlisted IT-Information Systems Technician Rating other      
Enlisted ITS-Information Systems Technician Submarines Rating other      
Officer 182X - Information Professional Designator other      
Officer 629X - Communications Specialty (Submarine) LDO Designator other      
Officer 682X - Information Professional LDO Designator other      
Officer 782X - Information Systems Technician CWO Designator other      

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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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Outside Plant (OSP) Designer

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: 2 years
  • Education: Semester/Course Hours
  • 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

Outside Plant (OSP) Designer

Option 1: Applicants must hold a current BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) credential.

Option 2: Applicants must have two years of verifiable full-time equivalent field experience in OSP design and/or installation AND a minimum of 32 hours of documented continuing education in OSP design and/or installation, which may include training provided by BICSI, manufacturer training, college courses, industry training, and/or vendor training.

The Outside Plant (OSP) Designer credential has the following other requirements:

Outside Plant (OSP) Designer

  • Pre-Design Preparation (11%-12%)
    • Research types and capabilities of existing technology
    • Research existing infrastructure/information gathering
    • Research geography
    • Determination financial parameters
    • Comply with local, state, and national regulations
    • Assess program/client requirements and forecast for the future
    • Interpret customer's I.T. and facility master plan
  • Perform Site Survey (9%-10%)
    • Perform pre-job assessment for new and existing construction
    • Perform additional pre-job assessment for existing construction
    • Determine easements and requirements for right-of-way
    • Determine proposed routing
    • Verify network topology
  • Select Media, Platform and Cables (13%-14%)
    • Select appropriate media
    • Select copper AWG and sizing
    • Select fiber mode and type
    • Select coax
    • Select splicing hardware
    • Select termination hardware
    • Select splitters
    • Select alternative media
  • Design Underground Platform and Spaces (14%-15%)
    • Design underground support structure - Conduit
    • Design underground support structure - maintenance hole
    • Design underground support structure - hand hole/pull box
    • Design underground support structure - Contained Environmental Vault
    • Design underground grounding systems
    • Design utility tunnels pathways
    • Design storm/waste water and natural gas pipe support structures
    • Design transition structures
  • Design Buried Platform and Spaces (14%-15%)
    • Design buried application - Trench
    • Design buried application - Plowed
    • Design buried application - Bore
    • Design buried grounding systems
  • Design Aerial Platform and Spaces (14%-15%)
    • Design aerial support structure - existing
    • Design aerial support structure - new construction
    • Design aerial support structure - Messenger
    • Design aerial support structure - Anchors and Guys
    • Design aerial structure grounding - Multiground Neutral Distribution System
    • Design aerial structure grounding based on Delta Systems
    • Design aerial structure grounding based on Wye Systems
    • Design aerial structure grounding - Special Situations
    • Determine space allocation on pole
    • Select cable attachment method and associated hardware
    • Design aerial to underground transition structures
    • Design optical ground wire structures
    • Design All Dielectric Self Supporting support structures
  • Prepare Design (8%-9%)
    • Prepare preliminary design
    • Prepare critical design review scope/design development
    • Prepare final design (construction) package
    • Prepare rough order magnitude - ROM
  • Quality Control Process (7%-8%)
    • Develop quality control process
    • Implement design change process
    • Identify common mistakes
    • Design betterments/optimization
  • Professional Responsibilities (1%-2%)
    • Perform pre-award responsibilities
    • Perform post-award responsibilities
    • Stay professionally current
    • Serve as a mentor to new OSP designers

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Outside Plant (OSP) Designer 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.

Outside Plant (OSP) Designer

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Outside Plant (OSP) Designer credential has the following recertification information:

  • The OSP certification is valid for three complete calendar years, with an expiration date of December 31. To recertify, certification holders must obtain a minimum of 24 approved continuing education credits (CECs), agree to abide by the BICSI Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct, and pay a recertification fee. 

    Additional information can be found in the OSP Certification Handbook.