DOCSIS 3.1 Boot Camp

The SCTE•ISBE DOCSIS 3.1 boot camp is for engineers to gain a solid understanding of deploying DOCSIS 3.1. The program begins with a pretest, allowing learners to assess their existing DOCSIS knowledge. The pretest results will point learners to eLearning modules to address gaps in knowledge, allows learners to have a solid foundation and background for the actual boot camp training. The boot camp is focused on application exercises to ensure that learners walk away, not just with conceptual knowledge, but with the ability to immediately apply their practical skills on the job. The engineering focused program will be delivered in conjunction with two brief eLearning modules for the field.

Topics covered in the DOCSIS 3.1 boot camp include the following: a primer on DOCSIS 3.1 and fundamentals of DOCSIS 3.1 downstream operation, and if learners do not successfully complete the pretest at this stage, they are offered mini courses to give them a background on the PHY layer, PHY modulation and multiple access technology, data link layer, and cable modem initialization. Then a deep dive in the classroom portion of the boot camp covers topics such as deploying DOCSIS 3.1, detailed initialization procedures, the end to end DOCSIS process, new frequency plan enhancements, NCP (service groups, MAC domains and profiles), initialization steps, ranging and probing, OFDM in action, PHY/OFDM plant testing, spectrum analysis, OFDM generated by test equipment vendors, demonstration of OFDM testing , overall DOCSIS 3.1 testing, explaining advanced troubleshooting, aggregated routing, capacity, hardware and DOCSIS 3.1 installation. Finally, the boot camp classroom covers deployment, modem provisioning, CMTS configuration, show commands for several different CMTS vendor platforms, network maintenance and proactive network maintenance (PNM) in DOCSIS 3.1, troubleshooting network and plant issues using new DOCSIS 3.1 tools, monitoring and testing approaches. After the boot camp classroom portion, follow-up activities/games include key points to remember, data input/command examples, implementation and troubleshooting tips, and opportunities to follow-up with the course presenters in threaded discussions and webinars.


  • High-level understanding of HFC access networks
  • Basic understanding over previous version of DOCSIS

Target Audience:

  • DOCSIS engineers
  • Network operation engineers
  • Network designers
  • Network operation center (NOC) personnel
  • Headend/Hub Personne

Requirements for Successful Course Completion:

  • Module quizzes 80% or higher (two attempts)
  • Course final test 80% or higher (two attempts)

Format and Schedule:

The course is delivered as a 2 day (16 hr.) onsite class, during which participants view interactive eLearning materials and complete assessments (quizzes) at a time that is convenient for them.

Pre-work Materials:

  • D31-99.1 DOCSIS 3.1 Primer
  • D31-100.1 DOCSIS 3.1 Explainer Fundamentals
  • D31-102.5 DOCSIS 3.1 Overview
  • D31-104.1 PHY Background
  • D31-104.2 PHY Multiplexing and Multiple Access Technologies
  • D31-105.1 Data Link Layer
  • D31-203.1 DS 1.0-3.0 Cable Modem Initialization Part 1
  • D31-203.2 DS 1.0-3.0 Cable Modem Initialization Part 2

Upon Successful Course Completion Participants will receive:

  • SCTE•ISBE Course Completion Certificate
  • 2 Recertification Units (RUs) toward SCTE•ISBE certification renewal

Course Modules