The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and CommScope are partnering to offer training through SCTE chapters and meeting groups on best practices for broadband installation and troubleshooting. A new course, titled “Drop Installation Fundamentals: The Core to Network Reliability,” kicks off this new partnership and will instruct installers, both new hires and those needing to refresh their skills, on basic industry standards for properly performing a broadband installation.

Using an SCTE professional development-approved curriculum, CommScope instructors will travel to any of SCTE’s 68 chapters and meeting groups to conduct the course in one four-hour session. The course will debut at the SCTE Great Lakes Chapter on November 4 and will be available to all SCTE chapters in 2010.

Successful completion of the “Drop Installation Fundamentals” course will advance its attendees toward achieving the SCTE Broadband Premises Installer (BPI) certification. CommScope will provide non-SCTE members who successfully complete the course with a one-year SCTE membership.

The course will comprise a dozen objectives for students, including: recognize basic analog cable network configurations; describe how signal flows from the network to the customer’s TV; demonstrate proper cable handling, preparation and connecting techniques of cables used within the drop system; and distinguish passive and active devices within the customer’s premises.

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