Broadband TelecomCenter Specialist (Self-Paced)

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Broadband TelecomCenter Specialist (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 course includes knowledge of Building Management Systems (BMS) control and monitoring, grounding practices, backup powering, advanced entertainment, data and voice networks within the headend. Course candidates will be prepared to sit for the SCTE Broadband TelecomCenter Specialist (BTCS) certification at the completion of the training program.

Format: Online

Participants view pre-recorded, narrated presentations and complete learning activities at any time that is convenient for them. Participants are encouraged to contact the instructor for questions and discussion.  

Participants spend approximately 5-10 hours per week, completing the various course activities in order to maximize the learning benefits. It is recommended to complete this course in 10 weeks. A certificate is awarded at the conclusion of the course. Completion of the course evaluation is required in order to receive the certificate.


The access information will be emailed 24-48 business hours after registration.  


System Requirements: A high speed Internet connection (Cable or DSL), Internet Explorer 6.0 or above, and Java.



  1. Facilities
  2. Cabling and Fiber Transport
  3. RF Signal Modulation, Demodulation, and Processors
  4. Baseband and Digital Signaling
  5. Signal Transmission and Reception
  6. Network Fundamentals
  7. MPEG Systems
  8. Video Services
  9. Telephony Services
  10. PacketCable & IMS/SIP
  11. Data Services and DOCSIS
  12. Test Equipment and its Applications
  13. Testing and Maintenance


Recommended Audience

  • Headend Technician or equivalent
  • Broadband Maintenance Technician or equivalent 



The course helps participants prepare to earn the SCTE Broadband TelecomCenter Specialist (BTCS) certification, a nationally recognized certification for individuals interested in working in the cable telecommunications industry for a cable provider or contractor.

Save $$ when you bundle the course with the Broadband TelecomCenter Specialist (BTCS) certification exam.



Steve Harris, SCTE Sr. Director of Advanced Network Technologies


Requirements for Successful Course Completion

  • Completion of Course Feedback Form
  • Assessments with a passing grade of 70%
  • Final exam with a passing grade of 70%

 Upon Successful Course Completion You Will Receive

  • SCTE Course Certificate
  • College credits when registered with an SCTE college partnership
  • 3 Recertification Units (RUs) toward SCTE certification renewal

 Cancellations and Extensions

  • All cancellation requests must be received by midnight of the 7th day after the course begins and must be in writing or email. All cancellations are subject to a $75 cancellation fee, plus $119 fee for textbook if applicable.
  • Students may request a 3-week extension with an extension fee of $70.
  • Individuals who fail the course's final test two times will need to request a Retesting Exception and pay the Retesting Fee of $80. The Retesting Fee includes up to a 3 week course extension from the date of the request, allowing learners to prepare and retake the course final an additional two times. The final test must be completed before the course enrollment or extension ends.

 Save $ by bundling the course and certification exam. 

Broadband TelecomCenter Specialist (BTCS)




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