do i qualify for the RCDD exam
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Posted Wednesday, December 24, 2014 5:23 AM
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hi all

this is my first post here on the forums and im hoping to get
your valuable inputs

i work for a systems integrator and my scope of works involve
designing LANs as well as other low voltage systems such as
CCTV,Access control etc.

i have been in this field for 5+ years and i am looking to get
certification. the RCDD is a challenging exam
but its does bring value addition to the resume and open new
avenues for career enhancement.

i am not an engineer by education. i have read the checklist before
applying for the RCDD exam.

can the members here chime in and let me know if i qualify
and if i can write this exam.

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Posted Wednesday, December 24, 2014 7:39 AM

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These are key items from the BICSI RCDD application that BICSI will focus on.

Two from different clients or customers for whom you have recently
completed design work. The letters MUST include the following
Explanation of your design qualifications by providing specific
details of the design work performed.
A summary of the scope of the project, the project’s location and
how you were involved in the project.
Date of the job(s) from beginning to end and the level of the
client’s satisfaction. Generic details such as, “he did good work
for us” or “he helped us with the design” are so general they are
meaningless and will NOT be accepted by BICSI.

Design includes development of design plans for ICT integration. This includes site surveys, user needs analysis, work print creation, project specifications,
RFP creation and pre-project coordination with PEs, architects, AHJs, etc.

Note the reference to PE's and Architects.

These 2 letters are critical for the application approval.
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Posted Tuesday, January 06, 2015 12:41 PM
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The problem with asking if you qualify is that no one can tell you for sure if you do or do not qualify, except for the certification department at BICSI and they will only do so when you feel out the application form. There really is no draw back to filling out the application. If you do not qualify they will not charge you the application fee. If you do qualify than you have one year to take your first exam. If you cannot do the RCDD in one year than you probably will not ever do it. This will at least get you started one way or the other. I would recommend just fill out the application completely and on paper you qualify than you probably do. If you come up short on either experience or education or both than you have time while studying to make sure at least on paper you qualify.

I am guessing that you are asking because you want to begin the RCDD process and you want someone to give you the ok before you begin studying. Unfortunately. that is not how it work and no one can give you that ok. My rule of thumb is that if you can fill out the application and if you have the recommendations for the work you have done, you probably will be ok. That is about as close as you are going to get without sending the application in.

Big thing is, what are you waiting for? If you have not purchased the TDMM, have not read the manual, have not started to studying, does not matter if you qualify. The application is one of the last steps not the first if you want to be an RCDD.

If you have any question on how to get started or just want to talk call me.
I have over 9 years of helping designers and installers become certified. I know I can help you to.

Rick Westcott
Business Development Consultant
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