Broadband Cable Certificate

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North's Broadband Cable certificate is designed to provide entry-level training for people who want to work as technicians in the broadband cable industry. This field is growing rapidly as new services are continuing to be introduced over cable to include video on demand, high speed internet and digital voice (telephony services). The certificate is the only program in this region that specifically addresses cable TV and high speed internet over cable. Courses will include Introduction to Broadband, IT Essentials, Principles of Electronics and Customer Relations.
Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and apply technical concepts and terms used in broadband systems.

2. Analyze and troubleshoot broadband systems.

3. Use and configure computer hardware, operating systems and basic networks.

4. Locate, evaluate, and apply relevant information from various sources to address workplace problems.

Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior course work. Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Courses in this certificate with pre-requisites are marked with an asterisk (*).  Broadband Cable Certificate Prerequisites: Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience, and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer, and advanced placement.
Course Number Certificate Requirements (30 credits) Credits
Human Relations 

Choose one of the following: course(BUS236), course(HUM105), course(ISP101), course(ISP110), course(POL112), course(SOC&101)

course(EET108) Introduction to Fiber Optics 5
course(EET131) IT Essentials I - A+ Certification 5
course(EET132)* IT Essentials - A+ Certification Advanced 5
course(EET135) Introduction to Broadband 5
either course(EET160)
or course(EET161)
Introduction to Electricity and Electronics
D.C. Principles of Electronics


Total Credits
Total Credits -- Minimum

This program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses should be taken in the indicated sequence. However, it should not be concluded that students will always proceed through their program of study exactly as prescribed here. The number of quarters listed here is minimal. Not all courses are offered every quarter. Individual student experiences, educational and training background, and personal schedules and demands all may affect the time it takes to finish this program. Also, in general, summer quarter is not considered one of the full-time quarters in the program.

1st Quarter: Human Relations, course(EET131), course(EET160) or course(EET161)

2nd Quarter: course(EET108), course(EET132), course(EET135)


What Skills do I need to be successful in this field?

What are some potential job titles?

  • • Communication Technician
  • • Service Technician
  • • Installation & Repair  Technician
  • • Cable Technician

Wages, employment trends and pathways

Program Contact:  

Tim Fiegenbaum 
(206) 934-0181,

NSC Advising Office 

(206) 934-3658

Program Website