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