BICSI stands for Building Industry Consulting Service International, and was once a division of a major phone company and communications service provider. Now, as it stands on its own, BICSI helps train individuals to become cable and communications systems installers. As an electrician, it can offer added dimensions to your training, skills and education. Here is how BICSI training is related to electrical work and why, as an electrician, you may want to complete one or more of the trainings offered by this organization.

Installing Cable, Internet and Landline Phone Services

All of these services typically rely on electrical wiring, cables that can conduct signals over long distances, and wiring homes and businesses through the walls and floors to get service to the customers' chosen areas. It is related to electrical work in that you are sending wires and cables throughout a building, connecting them to devices and then connecting everything to a power box or service line out of the building to a pole or relay box outside. Even technicians who are not electricians to begin with have to learn some things about electrical wiring and cables, but because you are already a licensed electrician, you can bypass some of this training and put yourself on the fast track to certification.

Why You May Want to Complete One or More of the Trainings Offered

BICSI offers several different certifications and training programs. You may be able to take one or more of these courses and enter at the intermediate level since you already understand many of the basics surrounding wiring and installation procedures. If you were to complete one or more of the trainings offered and become certified, you could do the following:

  • Legally put the professional certification letters at the end of your title and name for advertising purposes
  • Take on more jobs that require telecommunications and electrical installations
  • Place your bids for giant commercial projects that you could not otherwise do without the help of a communications subcontractor
  • Become a subcontractor for a residential contractor so that a homeowner's cable, communications and electrical could be installed all at once (by you) in a newly constructed home
  • Take job offers as a communications engineer or a telecommunications project design manager, should you ever decide that you would rather go back to work for a boss than continue to own and operate your own electrical contract business

Many of these courses, or at least sections of these degree programs, are now offered online (which makes sense considering that they involve telecommunications and IT installations). Contact a training company like Independent Electrical Contractors of Greater Cincinnati for more information.