Online Course

Telecommunications Engineering 101


The Telecommunications Engineering 101 course focuses on the RF signal and the factors that impact the performance of an HFC network. A learner will have the knowledge of RF signals, their electrical properties. The types of impairments that can impact the performance of a network. The learner will also understand the operation of amplifiers in the RF portion of the HFC network. 

Areas that effect the Plant:

  • SNR, T3/T4, MER, BER, CWER
  • Amplifier setup, amplifier operational gain
  • Shielding integrity
  • Impedance
  • Return loss, SRL
  • Leakage
  • Unity gain
  • Noise performance ratio (NPR)
  • Noise figures (NF)
  • Optical link failures

Included in the Course

  • Engaging and Interactive LightningMod™ to prepare learner for training 
  • In-depth interactive eBook modules 
  • Module assessments
  • Course final exam
  • Fun VirtuGame® to improve absorption and retention of competencies 

Requirements for Successful Course Completion

  • Module quizzes 70% or higher
  • Course final test 70% or higher

You may take the course final test up to 3 times.


Self-paced interactive Online Course: Learners start the SCTE VirtuLearn® course at any time, study at their own pace, and have access to dynamic online content after they register. On average, learners will spend approximately 4 hours per week over 12 weeks completing course activities. SCTE provides access to the course for 1 year from date of purchase.

System Requirements: A high speed Internet (HSI) connection, Internet browser with HTML5 support. For tablet or smartphone access, HTML5 may be used for online eBook content.

Instructor-Led Onsite Boot Camp Course: The SCTE VirtuLearn course may be delivered as an onsite boot camp over 2 days.

Course access information will be emailed when the course is purchased.

Target Audience

  • Broadband Premises Installers / Technicians
  • Technical Operations Management
  • Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) or Access Network Technicians
  • Outside Plant (OSP) Technicians 
  • Maintenance Technician, System Technician or equivalent
  • Headend or Hub Engineers

Recommended Prerequisites

SCTE Broadband Premises Installation

Upon Successful Completion

  • SCTE course completion certificate
  • 2 recertification units (RUs) towards SCTE certification renewal