The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and CommScope are partnering for the first time on a training program for broadband installation and troubleshooting.
CommScope instructors, working through the SCTE’s professional development program, will conduct training sessions on reliable installations. Successful completion of the single four-hour course will count toward achieving the SCTE Broadband Premises Installer (BPI) certification.
The new course is titled “Drop Installation Fundamentals: The Core to Network Reliability.” The course is for both new hires and those needing to refresh their skills and will cover basic industry standards for properly performing a broadband installation.
Using an SCTE Pd (Professional Development)-approved curriculum, CommScope instructors will travel to any of the SCTE’s 68 chapters and meeting groups to conduct the course. The course will debut at the SCTE Great Lakes Chapter on Nov. 4 and will be available to all SCTE chapters in 2010.
“I am excited that CommScope and we at SCTE have put our heads together to address a critical industry need,” said SCTE President and CEO Mark Dzuban. “Communications networks, no matter how sophisticated, cannot function as intended without the upholding of basic competencies that are required of our industry’s technical workforce.”
The course will comprise a dozen objectives for students, including teaching them to recognize basic analog cable network configurations; describe how signal flows from the network to the customer’s television; demonstrate proper cable handling, preparation and connectorization techniques of cables used within the drop system; and distinguish passive and active devices within the customer’s premises, including discussing their functions and use.