Cabling installer contests join forces again

BICSI has pledged an educational scholarship to the winner of the 2nd season of Concert Technologies' Cabling Icon contest. In addition, Concert will pay wages for a 40-hour work week while the contest winner attends the upcoming 2013 BICSI Winter Conference.

Concert Technologies last week announced another marketing agreement with BICSI, the professional and educational association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry. In conjunction with the renewed agreement, Concert Technologies has further developed its Cabling Icon contest, a social media-based, interactive competition with the goal of finding "the world’s best" ITS industry installer/technicians.

“I am very pleased to see that Concert Technologies is once again demonstrating the value and impact that having properly trained and certified ITS installers and technicians can have on our industry. The Cabling Icon event has created a unique blend of real world and social media competition that allows competitors to demonstrate their technical knowledge and skills first hand in an exciting and self directed format that any self motivated ITS professional can compete in," comments David M. Richards, RCDD, NTS, OSP, ITS Technician, chair and head judge of the annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge.

For its part, BICSI will again bring educational and training muscle to the 2nd season Cabling Icon contest. The second-season Cabling Icon champion may apply to participate in the sixth annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge, which will be held at the BICSI 2013 Winter Conference & Exhibition in Tampa, Fla., January 20-24. The multi-day BICSI event pits competitors in a race against the clock and each other in several fast-paced events, such as Fiber Termination, Cable Assembly and SCS Installation, in an effort to be crowned Installer of the Year and win $5,000.

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As the winner of Cabling Icon contest will be selected to participate in the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge, in addition to the Cabling Icon prize package, Concert Technologies is stepping up to provide the following to the 2nd season Cabling Icon winner.

-- Paid travel to Tampa, Fla., for the 2013 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition.
-- Complimentary conference registration.
-- Hotel accommodations and meals during the conference.
-- Wages for the 40-hour work week while they are attending the conference.

If the 2nd season Cabling Icon does not meet the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge requirement of holding either a BICSI ITS Installer or Technician credential, BICSI will award the winner with a scholarship seat to a BICSI ITS Cabling Installation Program course. Should the individual pass the associated exam and become credentialed by BICSI, the 2nd season Cabling Icon will have the opportunity to qualify as an applicant for the 2013 BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge.

Richard adds, “After following the competition closely last season I could not help but be reminded of the incredible amount of talented and professional individuals we have representing the ITS industry to our customers. I am excitedly looking forward to the first round of this 2nd season’s upcoming competition as I have become a fan myself. As an added incentive for the competitors again this year, we are proud to partner up with Concert Technologies by offering an additional opportunity to this season’s cabling icon winner by providing a pre-qualified spot to compete against regional and district champions in the annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge and the opportunity to be crowned with the globally recognized ‘BICSI Installer of the Year’ title.”

“We are excited to have BICSI working with us for the Cabling Icon contest for many reasons,” says Dennis Mazaris, RCDD, RTPM, president of Concert Technologies and creator of the Cabling Icon contest. “To be able to have BICSI provide an educational scholarship to the 2nd season Cabling Icon opens doors to that individual’s career path beyond the cash prizes offered.”

The 2nd season Cabling Icon prize package, provided by Concert Technologies, includes:

-- A growing jackpot of at least $5,000.
-- The coveted “Golden Punch Down Award”
-- Embroidered Season 2 Cabling Icon leather vest
-- Bragging rights and the worldwide recognition of the 2nd season Cabling Icon title

Visit for contest rules and instructions on how to enter the 2nd season Cabling Icon contest.

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