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2012 will be a year of growth and recognition for the Registered Information Technology Professional and Data Center Design Consultant credentials.


January 1, 2012  


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I would like to say a few words about 2011 before we charge into 2012.

First, I want to thank you the entire Canadian Region for the incredible support that I have received throughout this past year. With two U.S. conferences, six Region Meetings, a Breakfast Club and six distributor and industry events, the last 12 months have gone by in a complete whirlwind, and I must say that I could not have done it without you.

Secondly, I want to acknowledge all of the hard work that the BICSI volunteers and staff contributed in 2011.

There were new manuals, standards, training modules and new credentials introduced over the year, including the implementation of webinars into the BICSI curriculum. There were three BICSI Authorized Training Facilities (ATF) created, the BICSI membership elected new members of the Board of Directors. BICSI forged partnerships and collaborations with Cisco, PSA Security Network and the Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP) Foundation. All in all, I would say that it was an action packed, busy and successful year.

It certainly looks like 2012 promises to be just as exciting. I am finalizing locations and dates for our Region Meetings, as well as lining up tradeshows at which BICSI will be participating.

I welcome any suggestions, comments or feedback regarding presentation content at these sessions. I would also encourage members to get involved with hosting a Breakfast Club or a similar get-together where you and your industry peers would have an opportunity to learn and network.

2012 will be a year of growth and recognition for the Registered Information Technology Professional (RITP) and Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) credentials. If you work in the information technology systems (ITS) industry and do not design ITS systems or have limited design experience, the RITP is definitely something that you should look into.

If you are someone who is involved in the planning, implementing and making of critical decisions regarding data centers, you owe it to yourself to investigate the DCDC designation. It will be well worth your while.

Newly qualified ITS installers and technicians will be graduating from the Canadian ATFs early in 2012. If you are a contractor or ITS solutions provider, you need to look at these folks as great additions to your staff. If you are an end user, you should be happy to see ITS standards-based trained skilled labor coming into the market.

Staying on the theme of credentials, remember that later this year, the Registered Telecommunications Project Manager, interim — RTPM(i) — will be dropping the (i) and those of you that hold a certificate will be issued the credential.

More big news for 2012 will be computer-based testing. BICSI announced in late November that it had signed with Pearson VUE to deliver the eight credentialing examinations.

The exams will be transitioned from paper-and-pencil delivery to computer-based testing and will be available globally throughout the Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center network of more than 4,500 sites in 165 countries. The first exam to be offered through this method of computer-based testing will be the DCDC exam, beginning in February.

Remember to mark your calendars now for the 2012 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition being held in Niagara Falls, Ont., 29 April-2 May, at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. If you are an ITS related company currently doing business or would like to do business in Canada, this is the must-attend Canadian event of 2012.

Make sure that you register to exhibit at www.bicsi.org/canadian. Attendees from all across Canada and parts of the U.S. will be there to view your products and services.

You can also enhance your knowledge be registering for one or more courses that will be offered in Niagara Falls right before the Canadian Conference. Below is the lineup:

DC125: Data Center Design and Best Practices

DD102: Designing Telecommunications Distribution Systems

DD120: Grounding and Protection Fundamentals for Telecommunications Systems

DD200: Telecommunications Distribution Design Review

Finally, you may have noticed that course and meeting announcement e-mails sent near the end of 2011 also included French translations.

We plan to continue this into the future, and this includes French translation of the 2012 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition communications, as well as some conference content.

As always, if you have any thoughts on what BICSI can do to further your career and credential, please let me know.

CNS

Peter Levoy, RCDD, is the Canadian Region Director of BICSI and the vice president of Channel Sales with Anixter Canada Inc.’s Enterprise Cabling Solutions division.