BICSI Wireless Designer (WD)

April 14, 2011 by · Comments Off on BICSI Wireless Designer (WD)
Filed under: WD, WDRM 

Cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and laptop computers have become essential in today’s world, both for business and personal use. With flexible configurations and versatile roaming, technical knowledge of the wireless design field is vital for designing future networks. From the business industry to the household sector, the proliferation of wireless LAN networking hardware makes proficiency in the subject a necessity for network designers.

Wireless Designer candidates are tested on their ability to understand and apply a vast collection of knowledge of wireless systems and wireless design. Those awarded the Wireless Designer credential have demonstrated their knowledge in:

  • Wireless fundamentals
  • WLAN 802.11 standards and applications
  • Antenna selection
  • Security requirements
  • Site surveys required to deploy successful WLAN solutions
  • Licensed and unlicensed spectrum use
  • Point-to-point (PTP)
  • Point-to-multipoint technologies
  • Cellular networks
  • Personal area networks (PANs), such as Bluetooth®

The Wireless Design exam is based on BICSI’s Wireless Design Reference Manual (WDRM). Those passing the exam will become registered with the Wireless Designer credential.

Requirements and Qualifications

To sit for the Wireless Designer credential examination, you must have:

  • A minimum of two years of approved and verifiable design experience in wireless design. Generic ITS/distribution system design or experience in another area of specialization is not acceptable.
  • Successfully completed the ITS Fundamentals examination or hold a current RCDD.

The WD credential is valid for three years. Within each three-year registration period, all Wireless Designers must obtain a minimum of 36 BICSI offered or approved continuing education credits (CECs). These CECs must be of a technical nature and directly related to the particular area of specialty within the ITS industry. Click here for additional renewal information. 

Note: The number of CECs needed to renew the WD credential has changed from 30 to 36 and from a two year renewal period to a three year renewal period. This will take effect for the December 31, 2009, renewals and the renewals thereafter.

Examination Information

  • Format: 2 hours, 100 questions, closed-book, true/false and multiple choice
  • Pricing: Members—$325; Nonmembers—$525
  • Exam Retake Fee (if applicable): Members—$110; Nonmembers—$285

BICSI Outside Plant (OSP) Designer

April 14, 2011 by · Comments Off on BICSI Outside Plant (OSP) Designer
Filed under: OSP, OSPDRM 

Those who have earned the OSP designation have demonstrated through testing, their 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 hardware; and OSP grounding, bonding and electrical protection systems.

OSP Designer candidates are tested on their ability to understand and apply a vast collection of OSP technology and design information. Those awarded the OSP designation will demonstrate knowledge in:

  • Right-of-way
  • Route design
  • Media selection
  • Cabling hardware
  • Grounding (earthing), bonding and electrical protection systems

The OSP Design exam is based on BICSI’s Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (OSPDRM). Those passing the exam will become registered with the OSP Designer credential.

Requirements and Qualifications

To sit for the OSP Designer credential examination, you must have:

  • A minimum of two years of approved and verifiable design experience in outside plant design. Generic ITS/distribution system design or experience in another area of specialization is not acceptable.
  • Successfully completed the ITS Fundamentals examination or hold a current RCDD.

The OSP credential is valid for three years. Within each three-year registration period, all OSP Designers must obtain a minimum of 24 BICSI offered or approved continuing education credits (CECs). These CECs must be of a technical nature and directly related to the particular area of specialty within the ITS industry. Click here for additional renewal information. 

Examination Information

  • Format: 2 hours, 135 questions, closed-book, true/false and multiple choice
  • Pricing: Members—$325; Nonmembers—$525
  • Exam Retake Fee (if applicable): Members—$110; Nonmembers—$285

BICSI Network Technology Systems (NTS) Designer

April 14, 2011 by · Comments Off on BICSI Network Technology Systems (NTS) Designer
Filed under: NDRM, NTS 

NOTE: BICSI is currently testing from the 6th edition NDRM. Contact BICSI before starting a study plan to ensure you purchase the coreect edition.

Rapid growth and technological advancements have created high demand for those able to demonstrate knowledge in network technology systems design. Many BICSI data distribution design courses serve as a career path for those pursuing excellence in network technology system design. Several of these courses are recommended for candidates preparing to take the NTS Design examination.

NTS Designer candidates are tested on their ability to understand and apply a comprehensive collection of network-specific information. After you have acquired your NTS Designer designation, you will be able to:

  • Successfully integrate the components of network and cabling technologies to maximize or optimize performance.
  • Properly evaluate existing and proposed designs for premises and campus networking.
  • Discuss both cabling and networking issues with network users, administrators, consultants, architects and electrical engineers.
  • Make recommendations based on current and future network requirements.
  • Produce incremental “phase-in” upgrade designs to accommodate increases in network traffic.

The NTS Design exam is based on BICSI’s Network Design Reference Manual (NDRM). Those passing the exam will be registered with the NTS Designer credential.

Requirements and Qualifications

To sit for the NTS Designer credential examination, you must have:

  • A minimum of two years of approved and verifiable design experience in network technology systems. Generic ITS/distribution system design or experience in another area of specialization is not acceptable.
  • Successfully completed the ITS Fundamentals examination or hold a current RCDD.

The NTS credential is valid for three years. Within each three-year registration period, all NTS Designers must obtain a minimum of 36  BICSI offered or approved continuing education credits (CECs). These CECs must be of a technical nature and directly related to the particular area of specialty within the ITS industry. Click here for additional renewal information. 

Note: The number of CECs needed to renew the NTS credential has changed from 45 to 36. This will take effect for the December 31, 2009, renewals and the renewals thereafter.

Examination Information

  • Format: 2 hours, 115 questions, closed-book, true/false and multiple choice
  • Pricing: Members—$325; Nonmembers—$525
  • Exam Retake Fee (if applicable): Members—$110; Nonmembers—$285

BICSI Electronic Safety and Security (ESS) Designer

April 14, 2011 by · Comments Off on BICSI Electronic Safety and Security (ESS) Designer
Filed under: BICSI, ESS 

The convergence of security systems like access control and surveillance onto the network places much of the responsibility for future security designs into the hands of information technology systems (ITS) professionals.

ESS Designer candidates are tested on their ability to understand and apply a vast collection of ESS technology and design information. Those awarded the ESS designation will demonstrate knowledge in:

  • Principles of security
  • ESS design process
  • Access control
  • Surveillance systems
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Fire detection and alarm systems
  • Notification, communication, and display
  • Network security
  • ESS system integration
  • Project management
  • Systems operation and commissioning

Candidates for this designation are tested on the contents of BICSI’s Electronic Safety and Security Design Reference Manual (ESSDRM).

Requirements and Qualifications

To sit for the ESS Designer credential examination, you must have:

  • A minimum of two years of approved and verifiable design experience in electronic safety and security. Generic ITS/distribution system design or experience in another area of specialization is not acceptable.
  • Successfully completed the ITS Fundamentals examination or hold a current RCDD.

The ESS credential is valid for three years. Within each three-year registration period, all ESS Designers must obtain a minimum of 36 BICSI offered or approved continuing education credits (CECs). These CECs must be of a technical nature and directly related to the particular area of specialty within the ITS industry. Click here for additional renewal information.

Examination Information

  • Format: 2 hours, 100 questions, closed-book, true/false and multiple choice
  • Pricing: Members—$325 ; Nonmembers—$525
  • Exam Retake Fee (if applicable): Members—$110 ; Nonmembers—$285

BICSI Registered Information Technology Professional (RITP)

April 13, 2011 by · Comments Off on BICSI Registered Information Technology Professional (RITP)
Filed under: BICSI, RITP 

Candidates for the RITP designation are individuals who work in the ITS industry but do NOT design information technology systems (ITS) or have limited design experience (e.g., instructors, educators, management and sales personnel). Instead of design experience the emphasis is on education with requirements to show proof of formal education in technical areas related to ITS or IS (e.g., A.S., B.S., M.S. degrees) or in major IS industry-related training and certifications/licensing (e.g., CCIE, Electrical PE, etc.).

BICSI information technology professional courses serve as a career path for those seeking advanced knowledge in this area. Several courses are recommended for candidates preparing to take the RITP examination.

RITP Requirements and Qualifications

To sit for your RITP registration, you must first have:

  • Graduated with an Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, or Master of Science degree in an approved technical field of study or have achieved two or more approved Industry Certifications (e.g., CCIE).
  • Two years minimum verifiable ITS industry-related experience.
  • An RITP cannot hold an RCDD credential simultaneously. Likewise, an RCDD cannot hold the RITP credential simultaneously.

BICSI reserves the right in determining what is an approved IT technical field of study and other industry-related credentials that would apply. All information must be verifiable by BICSI.

The RITP exam is based on content found in BICSI’s 12th edition of the Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM).

The RITP credential is valid for three years. Within each three-year period, all RITPs must obtain a minimum of 45 BICSI-approved 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. The RITP registration must be renewed every three years. 

RITP Examination Information

Exam based on the TDMM 12th edition (excluding chapter 23):

  • Format: 2½ hours, 150 questions, closed-book, multiple choice and true/false
  • Pricing: Members—$325; Nonmembers—$525
  • Exam Retake Fee (if applicable): Members—$110; Nonmembers—$285

You must achieve a minimum score of 75% on the exam to become an RITP.

Registered Communications Distribution Designer(RCDD) Certification

April 13, 2011 by · Comments Off on Registered Communications Distribution Designer(RCDD) Certification
Filed under: RCDD 

Information technology systems (ITS) professionals pursuing excellence within the industry should consider becoming a BICSI RCDD®.

Those awarded with the RCDD designation have demonstrated their knowledge in the design, implementation and integration of information technology systems and related infrastructure.

BICSI telecommunications distribution design courses serve as a career path for those seeking advanced knowledge in this area. Several design courses are recommended for candidates preparing to take the RCDD examination.

The RCDD status conveys instant advantages over the competition:

  • A professional designation of excellence
  • A highly regarded status recognized and mandated by many private and state organizations
  • A noted mark of design knowledge valued internationally
  • An indication of experience and knowledge known throughout the ITS industry

RCDD Requirements and Qualifications

To sit for the RCDD credential, you must have at least one of the following:

  • Five years ITS design experience
  • Two years verifiable ITS design experience and three years additional ITS equivalents chosen from combinations of experience, approved education and approved ITS license/certification

The RCDD exam, a comprehensive application- and knowledge-based exam, is based on content found in the 12th edition of BICSI’s Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM).

The RCDD credential is valid for three years. Within each three-year period, all RCDDs must obtain a minimum of 45 BICSI-approved 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. The RCDD registration must be renewed every three years. 

RCDD Examination Information

Exam based on the TDMM 12th edition (beginning January 2010):

  • Format: 3 hours, 120 questions, closed-book, multiple choice (application- and knowledge-based questions)
  • Pricing: Members—$325; Nonmembers—$525
  • Exam Retake Fee (if applicable): Members—$110; Nonmembers—$285

BICSI Certification

April 13, 2011 by · Comments Off on BICSI Certification
Filed under: BICSI 

BICSI established its credential programs to provide a level of assurance to the industry and to consumers that an individual has knowledge in a designated area of information technology systems (ITS) design or installation. Our professional designations are valued internationally and are recognized throughout the ITS industry.

Candidates for BICSI credentials are required to show industry experience and pass rigorous exams based on the content of BICSI manuals. Those who pass must adhere to strict standards of conduct and keep their knowledge current through continuing education.

The list of  BICSI Certification certifications are:

•Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD)
Established in 1984, RCDDs demonstrate knowledge in the design, integration and implementation of information technology systems (ITS) and related infrastructure components.
•Registered Information Technology Professional (RITP)
Established in 2010, the RITP was created for individuals who work in the ITS industry but do not design ITS systems or have limited design experience including instructors, educators, management and sales personnel.
•Electronic Safety and Security (ESS) Designer
Established in 2009, ESS Designers demonstrate knowledge in electronic safety and security design.
•Network Technology Systems (NTS) Designer
Established in 1995 as the LAN Specialist, NTS Designers demonstrate knowledge in local area networks (LANs) and internetworking design.

•Outside Plant (OSP) Designer
Established in 2001, OSP Designers demonstrate knowledge in Outside Plant design.

•Wireless Designer (WD)
Established in 2005, Wireless Designers demonstrate knowledge in wireless systems and design.