I made a tough choice to let my BICSI RCDD go at the end of 2015. It wasn’t easy, but I think it was the right choice. Way back in 2006 when I took the exam, I was working with bid specifications that required the credential. It was a good decision to get it. I got a job that I wouldn’t have been considered for because I had it. However, it hasn’t really been relevant to my career since 2008. I renewed in 2009 and again in 2012, even though it was tough to get the CECs and required conference in. This time, I couldn’t justify it.
The first reason I decided not to renew my credential came down to career relevance. I’m simply not involved in the Structured Cabling Industry anymore. To break this down further, I had to address the possibility of ever going back to that industry. For the RCDD credential to be relevant, I think I would either have to be bidding on structured cabling projects or designing projects. I don’t see either of those things happening, especially in the short term.
The second reason I decided not to renew is the financial aspect. There are essentially three components that add into this: the yearly membership fee, the renewal fee every three years, and the requirement to attend a BICSI Conference at least once every three years, which primarily have been in Las Vegas, Anaheim, and Orlando/Tampa. The math I came up with is that it’s a minimum of $2000 every three years to keep it active, and that doesn’t consider the time and effort to get CECs retired. Considering I don’t think it relevant to my career anymore, it doesn’t seem like a good decision.
I don’t think it’s my place to criticize the program because it doesn’t work for me, but the program could be different if BICSI wanted to keep people like me around. One option might be a way to suspend a credential instead of walking away from it. Another might be to drop the conference requirement. That part bothered me a bit. On more than one occasion, I never went to one educational session at the conference, but still was awarded 15 hours of credit. One conference, I flew in and out on the same day just to check in. This isn’t serving a purpose to me other than forcing attendance.
Closing this chapter in my life has made me think about opening another. Perhaps a security certification or more education is on the horizon for me. We’ll see.