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SBCA Offers On-Line Certification for MDU/SMATV Technology

Washington, D.C., June 3, 2009 -- The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) has announced the launch of an on-line version of their MDU/SMATV certification course.  The course was prepared by SBCA’s on-line curriculum development partner SatProf, Inc.  To take a short guided tour and to register for immediate access, visit http://sbca.coursehost.com.   

The course provides the detailed knowledge required for installation and maintenance of MDU and SMATV systems.  The curriculum was designed by a team of industry partners including DIRECTV, DISH Network, PACE International, PDI-Sat, DOW Electronics, Mastec Advanced Technologies, and SatProf.  “By utilizing the expertise of our member companies we have been able to develop a comprehensive program to educate technicians on the technical requirements of these advanced installations,” stated Steve Hill, SBCA’s Deputy Executive Director. “The on-line format provides students a self paced learning option, with thorough coverage of MDU and SMATV skills and extensive interactive exercises.  Our distributor partners will continue to offer the extensive hands on MDU/SMATV course at their facilities.”

“We are excited about this program- well trained commercial installers are essential to advancing our industry. These online courses are a great way to begin training for the ‘real world’.  Pace is glad to have been a part of developing this tool for SBCA.  We look forward to promoting this course along with our Advanced Learning Courses throughout the year,” commented Joseph Lingenfelter, Technical Training Supervisor for Pace International. 

To register go to: http://sbca.coursehost.com.  For information on SBCA National Standards and Testing Program (www.sbcatest.com) courses and SBCA partnership opportunities, contact Steve Hill at 202-349-3620, or shill@sbca.org.

The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association is the national trade organization representing all segments of the consumer satellite industry. It is committed to creating value added programs to improve the long term growth and sustainability of our member companies while continuing the industry’s leadership in protecting the rights of consumers and technician to access the best in satellite delivered services. Additional information can be found at www.sbca.com.

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