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Indispensable Testing Tools of the Trade

Many things can go wrong during the cabling installation and maintenance process, which is why it’s important technicians keep abreast of the latest testing equipment and related training to maintain today’s sophisticated networks. By Bob Dolph

Cabling infrastructures in modern-day systems are more complex and refined than ever before in the history of the information and communications technology (ICT) community.

This can range from voice, data, electronic security, fire/life-safety, project management and A/V technologies.System installers and technicians have always carried the burden of actually making the systems work.

So, do your technicians have the proper supporting resources in place for the high-tech demands of modern cabling infrastructures?

Cabling system specifiers and designers need to be up-to-date on the latest industry standards, supporting software and rapidly evolving technology.

Due to today’s newer technology demands these key specialized technicians need to have updated training and a true mastering of such testing implements as a handheld time domain reflectometer (TDR), LCD verifiers, labelers, network analyzers and more.

Read on to find out about these and other indispensable tools and how these devices are playing a vital role in keeping end-customer networks online and running at maximum capacity.

Lean on Organizations for Support

One of the best arenas where technicians can keep up to date with the latest cabling technology trends and practices is to be allied with a professional cabling trade association.

Look no further than Building Industry Consulting Service Int’l (BICSI), an organization noted for specializing in cabling infrastructures.

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., BICSI has been servicing the industry since the break-up of AT&T in 1984. BICSI has membership in more than 100 countries and certifies cable installers and designers.

Some of the group’s popular certified professional credentials are Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) and Registered Telecommunications Project Manager (RTPM).

Technicians should also check out other BICSI certifications, such as Installer 1, Installer 2 (Optical Fiber or Copper), and Technician (TECH).

Here’s a tip for military veterans too: Are you someone who can benefit from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ GI Bill? Then you may be eligible to receive up to $2,000 per BICSI certification test. Learn more by checking out the BICSI Credentialing 2020 PDF.