National Credential
Credential: Broadband Premises Installer (BPI)
Credentialing Agency: Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Broadband Premises Installer (BPI) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians who can install and troubleshoot telecommunications services (video, voice, and data) at customers’ premises. BPI candidates should have knowledge to perform routine installations, disconnects, pre-wires, change of service, and multiple dwelling unit (MDU) wiring for cable television (video, voice, and data) for residential customers. The BPI certification is a foundation certification as well as one of three stand-alone Broadband Premises certifications. BPI candidates must pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Broadband Premises Installer (BPI)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 1C Satellite Systems/Network Coordinator ASI other          
Enlisted 25C Radio Operator-Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 25P Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 25R Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25S Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Broadband Premises Installer (BPI)

Eligibility Requirements ()

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

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

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

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

Broadband Premises Installer (BPI)

The Broadband Premises Installer (BPI) credential has the following other requirements:

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

Broadband Premises Installer (BPI)

  • Technology, Systems and Requirements
    • Basic analog cable network configuration and understand how signal flows from the network to the customer's television.
    • Basic digital signal characteristics and how digital signals are used in cable telecommunications system.
    • Components of a Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) cable system.
    • Common cable system services and their sources.
    • Characteristics of the cables and wire used within the drop system.
  • Premises Devices
    • Function of customer-provided devices used for video, voice and data services.
    • Function, use, and connection of company-provided devices used for video, voice and data servies at the customer's premises.
  • Installation
    • Types of cables and wire used within the drop system; proper handling techniques.
    • Interfaces and terminations within the customer's premises.
    • Passive devices within the customer's premises.
    • Active devices used within the customer's premises.
    • Security devices used within the customer's premises.
    • Hand and power tools.
    • How building construction effects routing choices for interior and exterior wiring.
    • Basic methods and procedures of planning and installing aerial drop cable at the customer's premises.
    • Basic methods and procedures of planning and installing underground drop cable at the customer's premises.
    • Basic methods and procedures of attaching the drop cable at the tap.
    • Methods and procedures of installing exterior wire and cable at the customer's premises.
    • Coaxial cable bonding practices at the customer's premises.
    • Methods and procedures of installing interior wire and cable within the customer's premises.
    • Methods and procedures for installing broadband services to the customer's premises.
    • Basic principles of customer care and recognize methods for satisfying the customer when installing the video, voice and data services.
  • Troubleshooting and Maintenance
    • Function, use, care and maintenance of test equipment.
    • Divide and conquer (isolation) method of troubleshooting.
    • Common analog and digital signal impairments.
    • Basics of the provisioning process.
    • Troubleshoot HSD.
    • Troubleshoot VoIP.
  • Standards
    • Regulatory agencies and/or standards that govern practices for providing video, voice and data services to 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 and 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.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Broadband Premises Installer (BPI) 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 page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Broadband Premises Installer (BPI)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Broadband Premises Installer (BPI) credential has the following recertification information:

  • BPI certification is renewable every three years. BPI certification holders must earn 12 Recertification Units (RUs) to maintain certification without having to re-take the exam.

    Additional information about recertification is available on the SCTE Certification Maintenance page.

Broadband Premises Installer (BPI)

Additional considerations for the Broadband Premises Installer (BPI) include: