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New courses launched in Canada

Line-up ranges from Data Centre Design Best Practices to a Telecommunication Project Management Program.


March 1, 2008  


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This year is off to a fast start and a very successful BICSI Winter Conference is behind us. The 5,500 attendees and 213 exhibitors experienced the largest Exhibit Hall in BICSI history and had many opportunities to engage, exchange and expand their knowledge and business opportunities during the event.

The next conference will be in the spring and is scheduled for April 27-30 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tenn.

Register early to save and reserve your hotel rooms as registrations are up 150% over forecast. Canadians attending BICSI events in the U. S. are also enjoying the benefit of a strong Canadian dollar.

If financial restrictions have prevented you from participating in a recent conference, this may be the year to sign up.

During the Winter Conference, at our Canadian Region breakfast meeting, I had the opportunity to share the thrill of success with all by informing attendee Mathew Cook, from Sussex, N. B., that he was successful on his RCDD exam and as a result, had become the first Canadian in 2008 to receive his RCDD accreditation. Congratulations Mathew!

As far as BICSI training is concerned, we are excited for the success of BICSI CONNECT, our new interactive learning network. This service was launched late last year and has exceeded all expectations.

BICSI CONNECT (www.bicsiconnect.org) allows professionals to participate in online training and earn CECs. The site is loaded with a number of ITS relevant courses and is continually updated with more BICSI approved technical content regularly.

Courses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing you to learn on your own schedule without incurring travel expenses.

BICSI training is also being scheduled in various locations across Canada in 2008. New courses worth considering are the newly released DD300 and DA120.

DD300: Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual Update Review will help familiarize you with the latest updates to the 11th edition of the TDMM.

This course targeted at ITS professionals who are currently using any former editions of the manual.

Also new to the lineup of BICSI courses is DA120: Data Centre Design Best Practices, which will help you gain the knowledge you need to know about data centre standards. This course will provide you with the necessary tools to address issues related to site selection, mechanical, electrical, structural and architectural design, fire protection and reliability.

Another standout course is the 5-day PM125: Telecommunications Project Management Program.

This is a great class for RCDDs and those preparing to become an RCDD including BICSI Installers and Technicians.

The class and certification (TPM) from the TPMA, helps student learn the theory of project management and puts it in practical application.

Students even use their own project management software in the class with real world projects. Since the test and class are based off the TDMM, students get an opportunity of using the manual in real world scenarios.

Within Canada, in 2008, a number of Region Meetings, Breakfast Clubs, BICSI training and exams are ongoing or in the planning stages. Details on these are always available at www.bicsi.org.

If you are interested in attending a scheduled course or any BICSI course not currently posted, you may contact the training department at BICSI about details related to registering or coordinating them in your area.

I am also pleased to announce the BICSI Canadian Region played a key role in the creation of the newly announced BICSI Next Generation Scholarship.

Established in January 2008, this scholarship is BICSI’s contribution to the next generation of information transport systems professionals. The bursary was created as a means of compensation for space used during BICSI Region Meetings held at post secondary schools.

It will be offered to a deserving student enrolled in an IT course. The student will be chosen by school faculty based on academic or financial need.

The award will be presented at graduation or other ceremonies defined appropriate by the institution. Funding comes from the BICSI Region operating budget and was previously used to cover charges for space at other venues where these meetings were held.

Richard Smith 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.