SCTE·ISBE Broadband Premises Installation and Service Course
Broadband Premises Installers / Technicians
Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) or Access Network Technicians
Outside Plant (OSP) Technicians
Maintenance Technician, System Technician or equivalent
Headend or Hub Engineers
Certification Exam Information:
Upon completion learners will be prepared to earn the nationally recognized
SCTE·ISBE Broadband Distribution Specialist (BDS)
certification. The certification is designed for individuals interested in
working in the cable telecommunications industry for a cable provider,
contractor or vendor.
More information may be found at:
Included in the Course:
Engaging and Interactive LightningMod™ to prepare learner for training
In-depth interactive eBook modules
CORTEX® mobile app to access content modules in the field
Apply module knowledge with real life experiences in a simulated
Course final exam
Fun VirtuGame™ to improve absorption and retention of competencies
SCTE·ISBE course completion certificate
5 recertification units (RUs) towards SCTE·ISBE certification renewal
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·ISBE
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 27 hours completing course activities.
SCTE·ISBE provides access to the course for 3 years from date of purchase.
System Requirements: A high speed Internet (HSI) connection, Internet
browser with HTML 5 support. For tablet or smartphone access, HTML 5 may be
used for online eBook content.
Instructor-Led Onsite Boot Camp Course: The SCTE·ISBE VirtuLearn course may
be delivered as an onsite boot camp over 5 days.
Course access information will be emailed when the course is purchased.
Module 01: Field Safety Refresher
Module 02: Network Architecture
Module 03: HFC Active Devices
Module 04: HFC Passive Devices
Module 05: System Design
Module 06: Electrical Characteristics of Cable
Module 07: Cable Math
Module 08: Coaxial Cable
Module 09: Coax Cable Connectorization
Module 10: Powering a Coaxial or HFC System
Module 11: Modulation Techniques
Module 12: Intermodulation Distortions
Module 13: Return Path
Module 14: Signal Types
Module 15: Troubleshooting and Maintenance
Module 16: Analog and Digital Signal Impairments
Module 17: Plant Sweeping
Module 18: Proof of Performance Testing
Module 19: Construction
Module 20: Activation and Testing
Course Learning Objectives:
Module 01 Field Safety Refresher
Recognize the industry standard safe work practices, for PPE and other
job-related tools and equipment.
Recognize the industry standard safe work practices with respect to
Recognize the industry standard safe work practices with respect to
work zone safety.
Recognize the industry standard safe work practices with respect to the
Module 02 Network Architecture
Name the basic architecture types commonly used in the cable industry
and identify their characteristics.
Define Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) architecture.
Explain the advantage of optical network architectures.
Module 03 HFC Active Devices
- Explain the use and function of active devices used in the HFC network.
Test the functional blocks of an active device power supply
Module 04 HFC Passive Devices
Explain the use of passive devices and their importance to the HFC
Discuss the placement of passive devices, particularly taps, to drive
the overall network design and operation.
Module 05 System Design
Identify and describe the following passive devices, their
corresponding map symbols, and level calculations.
Explain the basic principles used to design and map the coaxial portion
of the HFC network.
Distinguish between the three types of system maps.
Module 06 Electrical Characteristics of Cable
Identify and differentiate between resistance, capacitance, inductance,
reactance, and impedance and explain how these concepts are used in
cable and HFC networks
Define capacitive reactance and inductive reactance and name the symbol
and unit of measure for each.
And identify the letter symbols and units of measure for resistance,
capacitance, inductance, reactance, and impedance.
Module 07 Cable Math
Explain how power is calculated using Joule’s and Ohm’s Laws
Explain the concepts of gain and loss
Understand the use of decibels
Explain the difference between dBm and dBmV
Make simple calculations using decibels
Measure Ohm’s and Joule’s Law Metrics
Module 08 Coaxial Cable
Discuss the electrical characteristics of coaxial cable
Explain how the dimensions of coaxial cable affect signal transmission
Discuss the relationship between power transfer and coaxial cable
Calculate signal attenuation levels
Explain how environmental factors affect cable
Module 09 Coax Cable Connectorization
Explain the use and function of coaxial cable preparation tools used in
the HFC network
Identify the types of connectors used in the HFC network.
Describe connectorization in the HFC network.
Perform Hard-line Connectorization and Splicing
Module 10 Powering a Coaxial or HFC System
Describe the function of a line power supply and a standby power
Explain how power is inserted onto the coaxial cable.
Describe Distributed and Centralized powering designs.
Calculate, using Ohm’s Law, voltage drops across amplifiers to
determine whether a 60V or 90V power supply is used.
Module 11 Modulation Techniques
Define and differentiate between analog and digital modulation
Identify an analog waveform and indicate amplitude, frequency, and
Describe digital waveforms.
List advantages and disadvantages of digital and analog signals.
Describe BERT and testing constellation methods.
Module 12 Intermodulation Distortions
Define harmonic and intermodulation distortions.
Define Composite Second Order (CSO).
Define Composite Triple Beat (CTB).
Define Cross Modulation Distortion (XMOD).
Explain the differences between the types of intermodulation
Module 13 Return Path
Identify and explain basic upstream components.
Define the differences between the downstream and upstream.
Introduce general issues that affect the design, construction, and
maintenance of a successful upstream system.
Module 14 Signal Types
Describe the characteristics of analog signals in the downstream.
Describe the characteristics of digital signals in the downstream.
Describe upstream signal types.
Module 15 Troubleshooting and Maintenance
Describe the test equipment used during cable network maintenance and
Understand and utilize the divide and conquer (also called the
isolation or half-split) method of troubleshooting.
Module 16 Analog and Digital Signal Impairments
Recognize common analog and digital signal impairments.
Module 17 Plant Sweeping
Understand how sweeping is used on the access network to locate signal
Identify the five types of sweep systems used by cable operators.
Review the design considerations that apply to coaxial and hybrid
Perform a forward sweep on multiple amplifiers and node
Module 18 Proof of Performance Testing
Describe the FCC Proof of Performance (POP) test requirements.
Module 19 Construction
Describe the cable and equipment used in cable telecommunications
construction, and its proper handling and testing.
Explain aerial cable placement considerations, including inspection,
clearances, and installation.
Explain underground cable placement considerations, including open
trench, boring, and plowing installations.
Describe the underground enclosures used in cable plant construction.
Describe cable plant bonding and grounding practices
Module 20 Activation and Testing
Describe the process of coaxial cable activation and testing for new
Install and Activate Cabling