BICSI-TE350: BICSI Technician
This course provides the necessary skill set of a structured cabling systems technician. A significant amount of course time will be spent on troubleshooting copper and optical fiber cable installations. In addition, this course will cover project planning and implementation at the technician level. Additional topics will include site safety, site surveys, blueprint reading, bonding and grounding (earthing) and firestopping practices.
This class lasts for a period of 4.5 days and 5.5 days for students planning to take the exam to earn the Technician (TECH) credential.
This course offers multiple opportunities for hands-on practice. Activities include learning to:
- Interpret blueprints
- Apply a standards-compliant labeling scheme (e.g. ANSI/TIA-606)
- Troubleshoot a UTP link/channel with a certification test set
- Troubleshoot an optical fiber channel with an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR)
Who Should Attend?
- Highly experienced ICT installers with at least three years of verifiable cabling experience
- Anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge of the industry, learn new skills and continue to advance professionally
- Individuals planning to sit for the BICSI Technician (TECH) exam
What’s In It For Me?
Be recognized as a leader in the ICT industry. As a BICSI Technician (TECH), you’ll stand out from your competition when overseeing, planning and managing installation projects.
Pre-requisites / Preparation
BICSI recommends that all students who take this class have at least three years of current ICT industry installation experience within the last five years. For all individuals who plan to take the exam after the class, this is a requirement, not a recommendation.
This course builds on the skills and knowledge covered in the Installer-2 Copper and Installer-2 Optical Fiber training courses. Although completing these courses prior to attending is not a requirement, BICSI highly recommends that students complete these courses and/or obtain the Installer-2 Copper and Installer-2 Optical Fiber credentials prior to attending this class.
If an individual does not currently hold both the Copper and Optical Fiber Installer 2 (INSTC), (INSTF) credentials, or the Installer Level-2 credential, that individual will receive four additional hands-on tasks and 30 additional written exam questions focused on copper and optical fiber topics to complete as part of the process.
If you feel that you may not be fully prepared for this course, BICSI recommends that you complete IN225: Installer-2 Copper Training (recommended for learners with one year of experience) and IN250: Installer-2 Optical Fiber Training (recommended for learners with two years of experience) prior to attending this class, and complete the exams to earn the credentials prior to class.
In addition, BICSI strongly recommends reading the ITSIMM before coming to class and/or taking the exam. For students who plan to take the exam, BICSI recommends that examinees spend at least 50 hours studying the ITSIMM. Order the ITSIMM online at bicsi.org/publications.
Required / Encouraged materials needed for class
Students must bring the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) to class (hard copy and/or electric) and a laptop or mobile device. Please reference the course confirmation letter as to which edition is appropriate. The manual is not included in the course fee. Personal or prescription safety glasses are also recommended.
Other Knowledge & Skills
Participants must be able to:
- Distinguish between different colors
- Possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks
- Stand for extended periods of time (e.g. 30 minutes)
- Climb ladders
- Lift and carry items weighing ~22.7 kg (50 lb)