SCTE’s Professional Development department has been hard at work in the last couple of years creating new and revamping existing certifications.We highlighted the “why” you should work toward certification in the last issue.Now we will show you the “what” with respect to the choices you have. The newest certifications on the block this year are the Broadband Premises Expert (BPE) and Internet Protocol Engineering Professional (IPEP) certifications.These certifications were launched during the 2009 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, Colorado.Competencies that describe the certification content, along with a general job description for each certification, can be found here.Certification candidates can use these competencies, along with the suggested resources, to prepare for a certification exam.
The revised certifications include the Digital Video Engineering Professional (DVEP), Broadband Distribution Specialist (BDS), Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS), and the Broadband TelecomCenter Specicalist (BTCS).Every question on these exams was reviewed for accuracy and relevance and new questions were created so that the industry can feel confident that the certifications reflect the knowledge that is actually needed on the job.The revised BTCS certification now covers knowledge in maintenance and troubleshooting of th inside plant facilities to ensure minimal system outages, maximum reliability, and standards compliance for optimal operations.The BTCS endorsement certifications have been discontinued because the revised BTCS certification covers the relevant content that was previously in the endorsements.
Remember, there are many certifications out there to shoot for.Whether you want to demonstrate competency in your current area or work toward the next level of technical proficiency, SCTE Professional Development has something for you.
"One thing I know about SCTE certifications is that they carry clout in our business. If you show me your BPI, BPT, BDS, or BTS certification, I know that you are proficient in those areas. Anywhere in the country, if you show your certifications to a prospective employer, he can safely assume that you are proficient in that category. The certification exams are not easy and do require after hours study, but they give you confidence, and give your supervisor confidence in your knowledge and ability."
"I can't put a price on the value certifications have played in my career. When I step out of my every day routine to a new forum in our industry, certifications give me credibility I wouldn't otherwise have. So many organizations place a great deal of emphasis on professional certifications. I want everyone I meet in this business to know that I am as educated and prepared for the job as I can possibly be."