SCTE salutes initial engineering pro credential achievers
By Anthony Capkun
19 February 2010
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced that Jason Byrd of Suddenlink Communications (Greenville, N.C.) and Randy Dart of Charter Communications (residing near La Crosse, Wis.) are the first individuals to certify in SCTE’s Engineering Professional programs.
Byrd is the first to earn the SCTE Internet Protocol Engineering
Professional (IPEP) certification. Debuting last fall, the IPEP
Certification Program certifies knowledge in the engineering aspects of
internet protocol systems within the cable telecom industry, and
includes the design, analysis, testing, integration, deployment
considerations and troubleshooting of a variety of IP systems.
Dart is the inaugural achiever of the SCTE Digital Video Engineering
Professional (DVEP) certification. The DVEP Certification Program
certifies knowledge in the engineering aspects of digital media systems
(including video, audio, interactive services and associated data) as
deployed in the cable telecom industry. The scope includes the design,
analysis, testing, integration, deployment considerations and
troubleshooting of various digital media systems from the headend to the
“SCTE Certification Programs are the careful handiwork of many devoted
volunteer subject matter experts,” said Pam Nobles, SCTE director,
professional development. “Congratulations to Jason Byrd and Randy Dart
for taking advantage of these programs, demonstrating their engineering
professionalism, and setting a fine example that their peers can now
Besides IPEP and DVEP, the SCTE Certification Programs menu comprises
Broadband Premises Installer (BPI), Broadband Premises Technician (BPT),
Broadband Premises Expert (BPE), Broadband Distribution Specialist
(BDS), Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS), and Broadband TelecomCenter
In addition to IPEP, Byrd is also certified in the BDS, BTCS and BTS
programs. Dart, along with DVEP, also is certified in the BDS, BTCS,
BTS, BCE and BCT programs. The two last certifications—Broadband
Communications Engineer and Broadband Communications Technician—will
continue to be recognized, though the society has permanently has closed
them to new candidates.
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