Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)

Broadband Premises Expert (BPE)


Credential: Broadband Premises Expert (BPE) CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Broadband Premises Expert (BPE) certification is designed for experienced field technicians who can install and troubleshoot telecommunications services (video, voice, and data) at customers’ premises. Candidates should be able to install and troubleshoot a variety of triple-play installations, from easy to complex, as well as mentor and coach junior employees. The BPE certification is one of three stand-alone premises certifications. BPE candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Broadband Premises Expert (BPE)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)

140 Philips Rd.
Exton, PA  19341-1316

Phone: (800) 542-5040

Fax: (610) 363-5898
Email: jwelch@scte.org

Other REQUIREMENTS

The Broadband Premises Expert (BPE) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must agree to uphold the SCTE Certification Code of Ethics.

Written Exam

  • Technology, Systems and Requirements
    • Basics of analog signal and why the NTSC was developed.
    • Basics of digital signals.
    • Components and characteristics of fiber-optic cable used within the drop system and at the customer's premises.
    • Characteristics of cales and wire used within the drop system and at the customer's premises.
    • Differences and similarities between voice services provided by the cable operator and voice services provided by other operators.
    • Why competition has led to differences and similarities between cable operator-provided high-speed data (HSD) and other HSD services.
  • Premises Devices
    • Customer provided devices used to offer video, voice and data services at the customer's premises.
    • Why voice services provided by broadband providers are important.
    • Why HSD services provided by broadband providers are important.
    • Company-provided devices used to offer voice and data at the customer's premises.
  • Installation
    • Cable types, handling techniques, connectorization, and methods and procedures for installing coaxial drop cable used to provide service to the customer's premises.
    • Cable types, handling techniques, connectorization and splicing, and methods and procedures for installing optical fiber drop used to provide service to the customer's premises.
    • Wire types, handling techniques, termination, and methods and procedures for installing twisted pair wire used to provide service to the customer's premises.
    • Methods and procedures for inspecting an existing residential bond and for ensuring the bond meets industry standards.
    • Methods and procedures for installing video service at the customer's premises.
    • Methods and procedures for the installing voice service at the customer's premises.
    • Methods and procedures for installing high-speed data (HSD) service at the customer's premises.
    • Methods and procedures for installing passive and active devices used to provide video, voice and data service at the customer's premises.
  • Troubleshooting and Maintenance
    • Function use, care and maintenance of test equipment.
    • Best procedures for locating sources of degradation, and why they are optimum.
    • Procedures for troubleshooting common voice service problems at the customer's premises.
    • Various HSD problem symptoms, sources, and remedies--emphasizing isolating network, modem, and computer issues.
    • Troubleshoot analog and digital signal impairments.
    • DOCSIS tools used when troubleshooting video, voice and data service at the customer's premises.
    • Work force management tools used when troubleshooting voice and data service at the customer's premises.
    • Provisioning process.
  • Standards
    • Regulatory agencies and/or standards that govern practices for providing video, voice and data services at the customer's premises.
  • Safety
    • Industry standard safe work practices, for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other job-related tools and equipment.
    • Industry standard safe work practices with respect to vehicle use.
    • Industry standard safe work practices with respect to work zone safety.
    • Industry standard safe work practices with respect to the work environment.
  • Coaching/Mentoring
    • Importance of effective communication with internal and external customers.
    • Why adults learn differently from each other.
    • Qualities of a positive role model.
    • Benefits, expectations and responsibilities of mentoring/coaching.

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Broadband Premises Expert (BPE) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Broadband Premises Expert (BPE)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Broadband Premises Expert (BPE) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The BPE certification is renewable every three years. BPE certification holders must earn 12 Recertification Units (RUs) to maintain certification without having to re-take the exam. Certification holders must also pay related fees.

    Additional information on recertification can be found on the SCTE website.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%) and is eligible for CA under the CA MOS/ASI Related Option

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 and Above

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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High

Highly attainable: mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

MOS is Military Occupational Specialty
ASI is Additional Skill Identifier
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AOC is Area Of Concentration Officer

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