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No. 10 Arrives

The first Canadian RCDD exam on the updated TDMM will take place in Halifax in September.

June 1, 2003  

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The 10th edition of the Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM) has arrived and continues to be the ultimate resource in telecommunications distribution design. Used worldwide as an accepted industry guideline, the edition contains the latest codes and standards including the CSA C22.1-02 Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1, 2002.

Indexed and illustrated, with a complete glossary, the new TDMM has 22 chapters, 1,988 pages, 444 figures, and 221 tables. It’s available in a two-volume binder set and on CD-ROM. Completely searchable, the 10th edition CD-ROM is in PDF format and has the same page content and page breaks as the binder version–a change from the 9th edition.

The TDMM is the basis of the Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) designation. The first Canadian RCDD exam on the 10th edition will be held Sept. 13 in Halifax, followed by another in Toronto on Oct. 11.

(Two-week advance registration is required for all exams. For more information call BICSI at 800-242-7405 or visit


If you’re studying for the RCDD/OSP Specialty, check out BICSI’s OSP flashcards. Designed as a study aid for the OSP Specialty exam, the more than 440 cards cover all 11 chapters of the CO-OSP Design Manual, 2nd edition.

You’ll find that the flashcards present the information in an easy- to-read, easy-to-digest, and easy-to-remember format. Each card is relevant, right to the point, and contains the appropriate chapter reference. They’re written in the exam style and they’re great for either individual or group study.

Along with the RCDD exams mentioned above, the OSP Specialty will be given in Canada on Sept. 13 in Halifax and Oct. 11 in Toronto. (As with the exams, a two-week advance registration is required for all exams.)

The flashcards are also helpful for those taking BICSI’s Customer-Owned Outside Plant courses: OSP101, OSP110, and OSP 200. The cards may be used to learn and reinforce material taught in those classes.


Mark your calendars for Aug. 18-21 and start checking travel routes for the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. as BICSI’s Fall 2003 Conference is right around the corner.

Here are some of the highlights. For complete information, call BICSI 800-242-7405 or visit

BICSI design and installation courses will be held before and after the conference;

Five-day long educational seminars will be held on Monday, Aug. 18. Topics will include LAN, outside plant, cabling installation, broadband, and standards;

The RCDD, LAN Specialty, and OSP Specialty exams will be held on Monday, Aug. 18;

The conference includes 14 technical presentations as well as three professional development speakers;

The latest industry products and services will be showcased daily in the exhibit hall.

BICSI continuing education credits are awarded for the conference and the full-day seminars. The conference’s lighter side includes a golf tournament and an exciting spouse program.


BICSI has added two new data design courses to its teaching roster and both will be taught around the Fall Conference.

DA401: Networking in CISCO Environment, Aug. 15-17 in Nashville.

This course demonstrates the networking technologies found in a Cisco Network. The class will briefly explain local area network (LAN) technologies, switching, Internet protocol (IP), and the Cisco IOS and management software.

DA401 will also describe configuring VLANs, routing, the use of IOS, and management of a Cisco network with IOS and access lists. Various wide area network (WAN) protocols used for connecting different Cisco networks together will also be identified.

DA402: Wireless LAN Design, Aug. 21-23 in Nashville.

This course will describe the fundamentals, standards, and protocols of installing a wireless LAN in a commercial or residential building. It will explain components used to build wireless LANs and how to design wireless LANs to operate in a standalone configuration or to connect to wired LANs.

I hope you have a great summer and I hope to see you in Nashville.

Roman Dabrowski, RCDD, is the Canadian Director of BICSI and a sales consultant with Bell Nexxia. He can be reached via e-mail at