National Credential
Credential: Broadband Premises Technician (BPT)
Credentialing Agency: Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Broadband Premises Technician (BPT) is an intermediate-level credential designed for experienced field technicians who can install and troubleshoot telecommunications services (video, voice, and data) at customers’ premises. BPT 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) residential customers. The BPT certification is a foundation certification as well as one of three stand-alone Broadband Premises certifications. BPT candidates must pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Broadband Premises Technician (BPT)

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 25B Information Technology Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 25L Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
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          
Enlisted 25W Telecommunications Operations Chief MOS other          
Enlisted J2 Communications Cable and Antenna Systems Maintainer ASI some          

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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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Broadband Premises Technician (BPT)

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 Technician (BPT)

The Broadband Premises Technician (BPT) credential has the following other requirements:

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

Broadband Premises Technician (BPT)

  • Technology, Systems and Requirements
    • Basic components of NTSC video.
    • Basics of digital signals.
    • Components and characteristics of fiber-optic cable used within the drop system and at the customer's premises.
    • Characteristics of cables and wire used within the drop system and at the customer's premises.
    • Differences and similarities between the cable operator-provided and other voice services.
    • Differences and similarities between cable operator-provided high-speed services (HSD) and other HSD services.
  • Premises Devices
    • Customer provided devices used to offer video, voice and data services at the customer's premises.
    • 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.
    • Cable types, handling techniques, connectorization and splicing, and methods and procedures for installing optical fiber drop.
    • Wire types, handling techniques, termination, and methods and procedures for installing twisted pair wire.
    • 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 installing telephony 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.
    • Methods and procedures for conflict resolution with customers.
  • Troubleshooting and Maintenance
    • Function, use, care, and maintenance of test equipment.
    • Divide and conquer (isolation) method of troubleshooting.
    • Procedures to troubleshoot common voice service problems at the customer's premises.
    • Procedures to troubleshoot common high-speed data (HSD) service problems at the customer's premises.
    • Common analog and digital signal impairments that occur when providing video, voice and data service at the customer's premises.
    • 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 practicies for providing video, voice and data services at the customer's premises.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Broadband Premises Technician (BPT) 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 Technician (BPT)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Broadband Premises Technician (BPT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • BPT certification is renewable every three years. BPT 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 Technician (BPT)

Additional considerations for the Broadband Premises Technician (BPT) include: