National Credential
Credential: Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: BICSI

The BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) credential is aimed at Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry professionals. Candidate must have five years of ICT design experience or two years of verifiable ICT design experience plus three years of additional ICT equivalents chosen from combinations of experience, approved education and approved ICT license/certification. Candidate must take and pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD)

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      
Officer 182X - Information Professional Designator other      
Officer 629X - Communications Specialty (Submarine) LDO Designator other      
Officer 682X - Information Professional LDO Designator other      
Officer 718X - Electronics Technician (Surface) CWO Designator other      
Officer 782X - Information Systems Technician CWO Designator 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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Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD)

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: 5 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

Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD)

Option 1: Candidates must have five years of ICT design experience.

Option 2: Candidates must have two years verifiable ICT design experience AND three years additional ICT equivalents chosen from combinations of experience, approved education and approved ICT license/certification.

Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD)

  • Principles of Transmission
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Telecommunications Spaces
  • Backbone Distribution Systems
  • Horizontal Distribution Systems
  • ITS Cables and Connecting Hardware
  • Firestop Systems
  • Bonding and Grounding (Earthing)
  • Power Distribution
  • Telecommunications Administration
  • Outside Plant
  • Field Testing of Structured Cabling
  • Audiovisual Systems
  • Building Automation Systems
  • Data Networks
  • Wireless Networks
  • Electronic Safety and Security
  • Data Centers
  • Health Care
  • Residential Cabling
  • Business Development and Project Management

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) 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.

Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The RCDD credential is valid for three years. Within each three-year period, all those holding an RCDD credential must obtain a minimum of 45 BICSI continuing education credit (CEC) hours. As part of this 45-hour requirement, attendance in at least one BICSI conference during the three-year period is mandatory. Please visit the BICSI website for more information.

Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD)

Additional considerations for the Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) include:

  • Page 4 of the Department of Defense UFC lists the RCDD as a requirement for all telecom design projects. View the UFC here.