Online Course

Network Testing and Maintenance Level 1 (NTM1)


The Network Testing and Maintenance Level I course focuses on network transport with a thorough look at optical fiber networks including fiber transmission characteristics and fiber cables and connectors. Additional topics include data services and DOCSIS®, cable voice services PacketCable, IMS and SIP, ADS and analog reclamation, digital video and MPEG-2/4/H, Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), and cable Wi-Fi. Topics related to the headend and advanced network applications are introduced. Level: 200

Included in the Course

  • Engaging and Interactive LightningMod™ to prepare learner for training 
  • In-depth interactive eBook modules 
  • Apply eBook knowledge with real life experiences in a simulated environment; 5 NetworkSim® modules included 
  • 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 2 to 3 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 3 days.

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

Target Audience

  • Entry level cable personnel
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Broadband Premises Installers
  • Maintenance Technicians
  • Outside Plant Personnel 
  • Plant Technicians

Recommended Prerequisites

SCTE Broadband Premises Installation


Upon completion of Maintenance Technology Level 1, Network Testing and Maintenance Level 1 and Coaxial Construction, learners will be prepared to earn the nationally recognized SCTE Broadband Distribution Specialist (BDS) certifications.

Upon Successful Completion

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