Network Cable Certification FAQs

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CKC Data Solutions specializes in telecommunications infrastructure installation, access control, and network cabling solutions in Southwest Missouri and the surrounding areas. 

Today, our expert team answers FAQs about network cable certification

What network cable certifications does CKC hold?

Staff at CKC Data Solutions hold certifications from BICSI. 

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What does BICSI stand for?

BICSI means the Building Industry Consulting Service International, a worldwide organization. Why does BICSI certification matter?

BICSI represents a set of standards and best industry practices for the information and communications technology (ICT) profession. CKC follows these standards, and we earn certification through our staff’s individual knowledge of information technology systems (ITS). 

What network cable certifications does BICSI offer?

BICSI offers certifications for RCDD (Registered Communications Distribution Designer), one that CKC Data Solutions holds. RCDD is no small feat. You must have at least five years of experience in the communications technology field coupled with certification renewal every three years. To earn this certification, you must take an RCDD course and pass the exam.

Other certifications include Data Center Design Consultant, Registered Telecommunications Project Manager, and Outside Plant Designer, in addition to cabling installation programs.

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Why is network cable certification important to the telecommunications industry?

Network cable certification is important for several reasons.

Validates a technician’s knowledge. Certification solidifies someone’s knowledge that they are competent to handle an installation job in the information and communications technology industry.

Standardizes best practices. BICSI standardizes best practices in the ICT industry to ensure high-quality installations. Staffers know how to install equipment the right way to give clients the best possible solution to their telecommunications, security, and access control needs.

Gives clients and customers peace of mind. Competency in ICT is crucial when it comes to selecting the right contractor for your facility. Credentials and certifications for the telecommunications industry offer a way for potential customers to compare contractors to make the best choice. Once a job starts, clients understand the crew on-site is fully capable of handling the job.  

Why BICSI?

BICSI is one of the top-recognized certification programs in the world for the ICT industry, with more than 26,000 members and credentialed holders. The organization has been around since 1977.

How do network cable installers get certified through BICSI?

For entry-level technicians, the first network cable certification is called Installer 1, which is a non-renewable certification. It allows someone to show competency to install cable while providing the first step to more advanced certifications.

To become certified, follow these steps:

  1. Create a BICSI profile and log in.
  2. Click on the Credential Dashboard link.
  3. Then click on “Apply for Exam”. This shows you the credentials you can apply for.
  4. Select the one you want to apply for.
  5. Fill out the information, including your contact information. 
  6. Once you choose the exam, select a location and date for the exam or select a virtual exam.
  7. Enter your work experience up to the program certification requirements.
  8. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  9. Sign the form electronically.
  10. Use a debit or credit card to pay for the exam. You can also use a campaign code for discounts.
  11. Pass the exam. The Installer 1 exam lasts two hours, and it’s a multiple-choice test consisting of 75 questions.

What do I receive for passing my BICSI network cable certification exam?

Once you earn a certification, you will receive an official congratulatory letter, a credential certificate, and a lapel pin. More importantly, you receive a qualification that showcases your knowledge of ICT best practices.

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What is the difference between network cable certification and cable verification?

Network cable certification occurs when technicians use tools to make sure new cable installations fully meet the requirements of cabling standards and the cabling manufacturer’s warranty.

Network cable verification means a technician determines if a network cable is properly connected. 

What does a certified network cable installer do?

This technician skilled in this area installs and repairs telecommunications infrastructure in businesses, facilities, manufacturers, warehouses, and campuses to foster internet access, data transmission, television transmission, telephone communication, and wireless data transmission to keep operations running smoothly.

Does someone need a formal education before earning a network cable certification?

No. However, for more advanced certifications someone may need to have a qualified number of years of experience in the field.

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Does every employee need network cable certification to work for a telecommunications installation company?

No, but having a network cable certification helps add credibility to a company as a customer tries to ascertain what installation company is best for their needs.

What tasks can a certified network cable technician perform?

Technicians with the proper certifications can perform a wide range of tasks on a job site, including:

  • Install data cables.
  • Troubleshoot problems with telecommunications infrastructure.
  • Monitor telecommunications cable performance.
  • Install closet hardware such as connecting blocks, fiber enclosures, racks, backboards and patch panels. 
  • Assemble and arrange material and equipment on the job site.
  • Run, pull, stop and splice network cables, such as CAT5, SE, CAT6, low voltage cables, and fiber.
  • Mount and install telecom equipment while adhering to best industry practices.
  • Arrange and install routers, hubs, support structures, racks, ladders,  j-hooks, switches, access control systems, surveillance cameras, and more.
  • Verify cable pathways.
  • Conduct site surveys for clients.
  • Assist in designing, creating and implementing standards and specifications for telecommunications infrastructure.
  • Install and pull cable supports and network cable pathways
  • Test and troubleshoot network cable installations, AV cable, IP devices, phone jacks, distribution frames, and networks for video, audio, and IP.

What network cables can a certified network cable installer work with?

All kinds of network cables, including:

  • Fiber optics
  • Ethernet
  • Coaxial
  • Copper wiring

Fiber optics foster long-distance data transmission across a large campus or facility without losing speed.

Ethernet cables work best over shorter distances. Plus, certified installers recognize the difference among Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, and Cat7 cables. Each one gives different performance standards, and a certified installer can tell customers which kind of Ethernet cables work best for their situation.

Coaxial cables foster the transmission of visual images.

Copper wiring works for data transmission and electrical cables for a variety of uses.

In addition to the network cables, installers also understand how to connect these to various transceivers, receivers, racks, and equipment that translates the signals into usable information.

Who can install fiber optic cable solutions for my business?

Professional and certified installers represent an excellent investment for your network cabling solution. We install telecommunications infrastructure at your business, facility, corporate office, warehouse, and more. Contact CKC Data Solutions or call (417) 812-5251 for more information on how we can help take your business to the next level in telecommunications! 

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