National Credential
Credential: Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS) is an advanced-level certification for technicians working in the cable telecommunications industry. BTSs are fiber maintenance and transport technicians. The BTS certification aims to identify competency in understanding and delivering signal transport; this includes network headend to hub, also from hub to optical node. BTS candidates are required to have knowledge of fiber optic and microwave system theory, cable system operations, modern telecom video, voice and data products and services, HFC network overview to include optical transport systems, and different cables, optical fibers, and cabling techniques. BTS candidates must pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS)

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 25L Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. III      
Enlisted 25P Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 25S Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted J2 Communications Cable and Antenna Systems Maintainer ASI some          
Warrant Officer 255N Network Management Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 255Z Senior Network Operations Technician WOMOS most        

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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 Transport Specialist (BTS)

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 Transport Specialist (BTS)

The Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS) credential has the following other requirements:

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

Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS)

  • Fiber Optic Theory
    • Characteristics and properties of optical fiber and cables used for transporting signal through the telecommunications network.
    • Transmit and receive equipment used in the optical transport network.
    • Hardware used in the optical transport network.
    • Fundamental architectures that may be incorporated within the transport network.
    • Fundamentals of basic optical link design.
  • Optical Transport Systems
    • Architectures that may be deployed in the optical transport network.
    • Transmission techniques that may be deployed in the optical transport network.
    • Apply optical fiber design principles to the optical transport network.
  • Link Performance
    • Operating principles associated with the operation of the optical fiber transport network.
  • Troubleshooting and Maintenance
    • Test equipment associated with troubleshooting and maintaining the optical fiber network.
    • Processes necessary to troubleshoot the optical fiber network and its associated components.
    • Processes necessary for preventive maintenance of the optical fiber network and its associated components.
    • Status monitoring processes associated with the optical fiber network.
    • Potential causes of optical fiber system interruptions.
    • Emergency Restoration processes associated with the optical fiber network.
  • Construction
    • Optical fiber cable handling, testing, and equipment.
    • Aerial optical fiber cable placement.
    • Underground optical fiber cable placement.
    • Bonding and grounding considerations when installing optical fiber.
    • Fiber enclosures associated with the optical fiber network.
    • Steps necessary to prepare and splice optical fiber.
    • Optical fiber connector and termination methods.
    • Optical fiber testing.
  • Alternative Transport Systems
    • Basic microwave system theory
    • Applications.
    • Supertrunking.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS) 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 Transport Specialist (BTS)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The BTS certification is renewable every three years. BTS 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 Transport Specialist (BTS)

Additional considerations for the Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS) include:

  • Although the BTS certification does not stipulate that candidates meet specific experience or education requirements, candidates may review the SCTE Broadband Transport Specialist Position Description for information about required knowledge and abilities to assess their suitability for the credential.