BICSI

Outside Plant (OSP) Designer


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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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.

Outside Plant (OSP) Designer

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education: Semester/Course Hours
  • 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

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:

Written Exam

  • 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

Exam Preparation Resources

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 section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

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.

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