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ITS Training Schedule In The Works

Meetings at a number of technical schools across Canada planned this year including SAIT and NBCC in Moncton.


January 1, 2009  


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Providing education and training that keeps pace with the fast-changing information transport systems industry is a challenge.

Sources tell us that some of the top jobs in 2010 did not exist earlier this decade.

It has been stated that the education system will train people for jobs that do not exist at the beginning of their university program, but will at the end.

Many of these jobs will be a result of technologies that have not yet been invented.

One thing is certain, nearly all these jobs will use some form of technology that needs network access.

If jobs themselves do not use a technology then facilities where they exist will be monitored or accessed by forms of networked security systems or building automation devices.

In addition, did you know there are over one billion Internet devices in use today? It is calculated that there were 1.434 billion Internet users globally.

Amazingly, the numbering scheme Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) allows 4,294,967,296 unique IP addresses, which is not enough to distinguish all the network devices that will be in use. This numbering scheme is based on 2 32; however, IPv6 was created to address (pardon the pun) the issue, it uses 2 128th power. In other words, imagine the career opportunities that currently do and will soon exist in networking.

BICSI Canadian Region Meetings: If your career is focused on Information Transport Systems (ITS) and training is what you are looking for, BICSI is finalizing plans to conduct Canadian Region Meetings at a number of technical schools across Canada. British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, and New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) in Moncton are queued up as host venues during the first six months.

We plan on returning to Algonquin College in Ottawa in late October or early November. The exact dates for these events will be available in upcoming BICSI communications and on our Web site at www.bicsi.org.

In conjunction with the meetings, we are also scheduling a number of BICSI training courses and BICSI accreditation exams.

We also have a number of Authorized Training Facilities (ATF) in North America and are now working to establish more in Canada. Once in place, the added facilities will offer installation training that is needed.

Through the release of the Information Transport Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM), 5th Edition, in July of

2008, followed by the new curriculum, all ATFs will now be offering four credentials through the program — BICSI ITS Installer 1; BICSI ITS Installer 2, Copper; BICSI ITS Installer 2, Optical Fiber; and BICSI ITS Technician.

Exam, Credentialing Information/Pricing: There have been significant changes with the exams and the credentialing renewal requirements.

There are no skip levels in the Installation Program. Therefore, the credentialing fee for the Installer 2, Copper, Installer 2, Optical Fiber and Technician exams are all $200. Each retake will be $75 for each part (hands-on and written).

If an individual does not pass both portions of the exam after three attempts, they must wait 90 days from the date of their last attempt to reapply for the exam, as opposed to the previous one-year waiting period.

The Installer 2, Copper and Installer 2, Optical Fiber written exams are 100 questions and particpants have two hours to complete the exam. The Technician written exam has changed to 150 questions and allows two hours to complete the exam.

All three exams are written in a knowledge (one should know the information) and application-based (knowing how to apply the knowledge) format.

The Installer 2, Copper will not be tested on Chapter 6: Optical Fiber Structured Cabling Systems or Chapter 9: Specific Applications. The Installer 2, Optical Fiber will not be tested on Chapter 5: Copper Structured Cabling Systems or Chapter 9: Specific Applications.

The Technician will be tested on all chapters, 1-9. No one is tested on the Appendix or Glossary.

All three levels will be given and are required to pass six random hands-on tasks. Examinees are still given two attempts and up to 20-minutes-per-task to complete and pass all tasks.

Exam Requirements: For the Installer 2, Copper exam, one must possess at least one year of current and verifiable ITS industry installation experience.

For the Installer 2, Optical Fiber exam, one must possess at least two years of current and verifiable ITS industry installation experience. For the Technician exam, one must possess at least three years of current and verifiable ITS industry installation experience and hold the ITS If you want more information about ITS training, I encourage you to contact BICSI.

Richard Smith, RCDD, NTS, OSP, is the Canadian Region Director of BICSI and the manager of Aliant Cabling Solutions in Moncton, N. B. He can be reached at rsmith@bicsi.org.