Broadband TelecomCenter Specialist (BTCS) Study Resources


Focus on the topics in the exam curriculum that you need to study the most. You may also use local SCTE chapter technical sessions, vendor training, on-the-job training and other publications/courses to help with exam preparation.

Primary Resources

These resources will be very helpful in preparing for the BTCS exam.

Broadband TelecomCenter Specialist (BTCS) Course (most effective study resource)
(BTCS) online course will provide knowledge in maintenance and troubleshooting of the inside plant facilities to ensure minimal system outages, maximum reliability, and standards compliance for optimal operations. This certification includes knowledge of Building Management Systems (BMS) control and monitoring, grounding practices, backup powering, advanced entertainment, data and voice networks within the headend.


Modern Cable Television Technology Second Edition, by Walter Ciciora, James Farmer, David Large, and Michael Adams

SCTE Measurement Recommended Practices for Cable Systems, Fourth Edition

Newton's Telecom Dictionary by Harry Newton

Computer Networks by Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Online References


DOCSIS –Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specifications MAC and Upper Layer Protocols Interface Specification, doc. CM-SP-MULPIv3.0-I10-090529

CFR 47: §11.35, §73, §76, §79

PacketCable Architecture Framework Technical Report PKT-TR-ARCH-C01-071129


EAS Handbook

XYZs of Oscilloscopes

Secondary Resources After reviewing the list of Exam Topics, candidates may determine they need additional resources. Some of the secondary resources may be helpful in preparing for the BTCS exam, depending on the candidate’s experience and knowledge of the field.

Broadband Telecom Center Specialist Program Description

An individual who uses the suggested study resources is not guaranteed to be exposed to all topics which may appear on a specified SCTE exam but reasonable assurance can be made that a significant number of exam topics are covered throughout the study resources.
Equal opportunity will be provided to all certification candidates regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, color, ancestry, mental or physical disability or handicap, veteran's status or any other classification protected by applicable law.