In today’s article I am going to discuss preparing for your state Telecommunications examination. There are some important reasons why you should have your contractor license if you going to be working in the telecom Field.
1. When you become licensed you become more reputable as a technician.
2. You gain access to location only large Telecom companies have access to.
3. Having license, bond and insurance give you added protection from lawsuits.
I live in WA State they require each contractor to have a licensed Telecommunications administrator assigned to each them when performing networking installations. In order for you not to have to find your own administrator you can become the administrator for yourself. For me it took about two weeks of studying before I felt prepared to take the examination.
The exam is open book. You can bring any publish materials to take the test. Below I will show you the manuals I used to study for the test. The testing will consist of three areas.
1. Telecommunications Wiring and Standards
2. State licensing and Rules and Regulations
3. Basic Electronic Theory
I am going to do a brief breakdown on each area above.
Telecommunications Wiring and Standards
The NEC manual covers electrical wiring installation for all levels of electrical wiring. I guess you can consider it the bible of electrical installation. This is a must have manual because the testing will cover certain portions of this manual.
State licensing and Rules and Regulations
Your state website will have all the information you need about the states rules and regulations. Go to your state website and look under L&I (Labor and Industries) for information on taking the exam and the exam outline for telecommunications administrator. The outline is important for saving time. If you know what you have to study you won’t waste time studying material that you won’t use the test.
Basic Electronic Theory
There are a few questions in the area of basic electronic theory. I purchase a basic electronics book as a refresher. I had already completed an Electronics Associate at the local technical college.
Lastly, I want to say that once you become a licensed contractor door will open in the business of Telecom contracting you would have never thought about. You began to get access to place like Mall, Hotel, Restaurants, Government building. It also provides you the ability to pull building permits on commercial sites. I have on a many of occasion had the ability to help someone with a last minute job. They were in need of someone to pull a building permit to do a small wiring job. Being licensed and bonded will be an overall asset to you becoming a successful Telecommunications contractor. Good Luck on growing your business.