When individuals became NSTP
certified, they were informed that certification was valid for 24 months.
This was due to ever changing technology and policy changes. However, the
SBCA realized that for many installers, the original certification meant a
day off of work and in many instances a long drive. Since these certified
installers attended an official training and have passed the examination
within a proctored environment, the SBCA decided that recertification would
be available in an online format. The online testing only applies to those
who are recertifying; those new to the industry or not currently certified
must attend a session with a certified trainer and pass the examination with
an 85% or better. If you have a
Satellite Fundamentals and
a MDU/SMATV Essentials
certification number, you only have to keep your MDU/SMATV number current.
The recertification process consists of 2
parts: review and test.
The cost of the online test is $50.00 for
active SBCA members (membership is only for those companies who pay
annual dues to SBCA, typically $320/year or more, being certified does not
mean you are a member) and $75.00 for non-members. After
purchasing the recertification you will receive two emails. The first
will confirm your order is being processed. The second will contain
your user name and password, which can take between 48 and 72 hours.
This will provide access to both the review materials and the exam. You will not have access to
the examination or review materials until your name is submitted into the database. It is strongly
recommended that you study the materials because this test is significantly
more difficult than the previous versions of the examination. Also, there is
NO FREE RETAKE. If you fail the recertification, you will
have to wait 10 days to take it over at full price - so be prepared.
No refunds will be given if it has been more than a month since the
recertification was originally purchased.
Once you begin the examination, you have one hour to complete all questions. If you do
not finish within one hour, your test will be graded from where you stopped,
you must achieve a score of 85% to pass the exam. Your exam results
will be available immediately after the test and upon passing, you will be
able to print a certificate online within 72 hours of finishing the exam.
have any technical difficulties, please contact the SBCA Education
Department at 1-202-349-3620. Please note that SBCA
hours of operation are M-F 9:00 to 5:00 EST.
There is no need to purchase a training manual. If you
do not have a computer, many local libraries have computers which you may
use for the examination. If you have spam or bulk mail filters be sure to
check those folders for these emails. The subject of the second email
will be SBCA Recertification. If you wish to take the exam in person, contact an
authorized SBCA trainer near you. Authorized SBCA trainers can be found
HERE. You may purchase your examination
and when prompted for a username and password, click "Place Order without