July 1, 2011
With the arrival of summer, we will be taking a break from a busy schedule that has seen BICSI in Toronto for a Breakfast Club, in Montréal and Vancouver for Region Meetings, and at an industry trade show and three distributor events.
All of these events were well-attended, and I’d like to thank the Pearson Electrotechnology Centre and the University of British Columbia for hosting our meetings. I also want to thank the many members and volunteers that assisted in ensuring that these events were informative and successful.
The Canadian BICSI membership is growing, and it is exciting to see that many of the new members are students that are attending technical schools from around the country.
They see the value in the BICSI organization as an avenue to further their education as they embark on their careers, first as installers, then technicians and, if they desire, RCDD, RITP or any one of BICSI’s other credentials. The sky is the limit.
The ITS industry needs new, qualified and eager graduates to join the workforce as the demand for these professionals is increasing. I am pleased to report that, as a result of this demand, additional BICSI Authorized Training Facilities (ATFs) are being established in Canada. Joining the Pearson Electrotechnology Center and the Pre-Apprentice Training Institute is the Léonard de Vinci Professional Training Centre of the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board in Montréal.
Another initiative toward advancing technology education is the recent partnership between BICSI and Cisco. BICSI has teamed up with Cisco, to work together to provide technology training and education to the ITS industry. BICSI and Cisco share a common mission in advancing the information technology industry and the systems that support today’s evolving business infrastructure.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two organizations will provide educational and training opportunities in addition to credentials and certifications for each other’s current customers and credential holders.
The synergy provides a great avenue for additional educational opportunities for both organizations’ customers. You can find out more about the BICSI/Cisco relationship at www.bicsi.org/cisco.
Also in response to the need for education and training is the upcoming bonding and grounding standard, ANSI/NECA/BICSI 607-2010, Telecommunications Bonding and Grounding Planning and Installation Methods for Commercial Buildings, is an extremely important addition to any information technology systems (ITS) designer’s library. When it comes to personnel safety, there is no room for error.
Other important information is availability of a new credential, the Registered Telecommunications Project Manager, Interim (RTPM(i)). This is an internationally recognized designation based on BICSI’s PM125: Telecommunications Project Management Program.
Those who pass the exam receive the RTPM(i) designation and will receive the RTMP credential once it is launched. Another BICSI certification in the works is a data centre credential. Lastly, have you have heard the buzz about the Registered Information Technology Professional (RITP™)? Established in 2010, the RITP was created for individuals who work in the ITS industry but do not design ITS systems or have limited design experience. These include instructors, educators, management and sales personnel. The RITP designation is a welcomed prestigious addition to our industry.
The 5th edition of BICSI’s Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (OSPDRM) is now available. A new chapter has been added which includes sections on passive optical networks, wireless broadband, and intrusion detection and alarm circuits. In addition, the original 13 chapters from the previous edition have been condensed into 11 chapters, with much of the 4th edition material reformatted into new appendices. Beginner and veteran designers, consultants, engineers and end users alike will benefit from the latest edition of this manual.
In addition to the latest educational initiatives from BICSI, I’d like to mention a couple of upcoming opportunities to network with your industry peers. I hope you will be able to attend the next BICSI Technical Education Summit, being held Nov. 4-5 in Seattle, Wash. Visit www.bicsi.org/summit for details. Also, September will be here before you know it (I know at the beginning of this that I said that summer is almost here, but time moves so quickly!) and registration is now open for the 2011 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition, September 18-22, in Las Vegas, Nev. Register soon at www.bicsi.org/fall to take advantage of the early bird reduced rate — it is only available until July 29. I’ll see you at the conference!
Upcoming Canadian Region Meetings:
Oct. 13 • Calgary; Nov. 4 • Ottawa;
Nov. 22 • Mississauga 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.