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Learning Journey

Construction

Recommended Prerequisite Courses

The courses below are recommended for persons who do not have prior fundamental telecommunications knowledge. Completing these courses will provide the individual with the foundational knowledge of the broadband network. If individuals have prior knowledge of this material, they will not need to complete these courses.

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Understanding Cable Technology (UCT)

In addition to learning about the core hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) and fiber to the x (FTTx) architecture, participants who take the UCT course will learn about the technologies used to deliver high-speed data (HSD), video services, voice over IP (VoIP) telephony, and networking the customer premises. (estimated duration: 12 hours)

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Electrical Fundamentals

The Electrical Fundamentals course offers learners a general understanding of the key elements, concepts and terminology used around electrical components in a telecommunication network. Learners will practice electrical safety, recognize electrical math and operate tools used to assess electrical health in the network. (estimated duration: 12 hours)

Fundamental

These courses will provide the required foundational knowledge and principles behind the construction of the Broadband Network Architecture. The courses in this section will assist construction employees in learning about several aspects of fundamental access network subjects.

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Broadband Distribution Fundamentals (BDF)

The Broadband Distribution Fundamentals (BDF) course introduces the learner to radio frequency (RF) distribution of signals in the access network, preparing installers to become maintenance technicians. The access network, from the optical node to the distribution tap, is discussed in this course. (estimated duration: 36 hours)

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Optical Fiber Construction (OFC)

The Optical Fiber Construction course is based upon SCTE’s Recommended Practices for Optical Fiber Construction and Testing. Topics include fiber design and application, optical power budgets, cable preparation, splices and connectors, optical cable construction and restoration, leakage/LTE Interference measurement, conducting acceptance testing of a broadband optical link, and relevant field safety topics. (estimated duration: 48 hours)

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Coaxial Construction

The Coax Construction course draws upon SCTE’s Recommended Practices for Coaxial Construction and Testing. Topics include system design, coaxial cable connectorization, powering, aerial and underground coaxial cable construction, activation and testing, and relevant field safety topics. (estimated duration: 9 hours)

Advanced

These courses explain the advanced principles behind the construction of the Broadband Network Architecture and their importance. The advanced courses are recommended for construction employees with a fundamental knowledge of the access network.

Learners are advised to complete the foundational courses or are knowledgeable in areas such as but not limited to Broadband Distribution Fundamentals, Optical Fiber Construction and Coaxial Construction before enrolling in an advanced course.

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Construction Inspection Specialist (CIS)

The Construction Inspector Specialist course will introduce inspectors to construction techniques used in the aerial and underground access network. In addition, the course will provide learners the knowledge of NESC and GEO95 compliant standards. (estimated duration: 24 hours)

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Broadband Distribution Specialist (BDS)

The Broadband Distribution Specialist (BDS) course focuses on radio frequency (RF) distribution of signals in the access network. All aspects of the access network from the optical node to the distribution tap are included in this comprehensive training course. (estimated duration: 40 hours)

This course also prepares you for SCTE's BDS certification.

Expert

These courses are intended to provide veteran construction employees with advanced technical skills supporting the construction of the Broadband Network Architecture and the theories associated with them. The expert-level courses are recommended for construction employees who have a comprehensive knowledge of the access network.

Learners are advised to complete fundamental and advanced coursework such as but not limited to Construction Inspection Specialist and/or have extensive experience before enrolling in an expert course.

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Construction Engineering Professional (CEP)

The role of the outside plant engineer builds off a comprehensive understanding of all the aspects that go into a construction project. The goal of the “Construction Engineering” course is to help the outside plant engineer understand and comprehend the pitfalls that could delay a construction project. (estimated duration: 4 hours)

This course also prepares you for SCTE's CEP certification.

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Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS)

The Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS) course focuses on optical signal distribution in the access and transport network architectures, while continuing to reach closer to a fiber deep deployment strategy in order to meet the customer’s bandwidth demands. (estimated duration: 48 hours)

This course also prepares you for SCTE's BTS certification.

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