GVF is now accepting applications for new Examiners.
If you have substantial technical field experience with installing VSATs and working with satellite operators and want to contribute to improving the skills of the worldwide VSAT installer community, please consider becoming a GVF Examiner.
GVF Examiners administer the formal GVF Basic Hands On Skills Test (HOST-B) by appointment with individual students. Examiners (or their organizations) may charge a fee for administering the HOST-B.
GVF Advanced and Basic Satcom Professional certifications consist of on-line learning courses and a practical skills examination to confirm critical skills learned in course GVF 510. In order to receive one of these GVF certifications, every student must pass the common Hands On Skills Test (HOST-B). The role of the GVF Examiner is to administer the HOST and evaluate the student’s performance as pass/fail. (Note: GVF also offers other certifications which do not require the HOST-B.)
- Conduct Hands-On Skills Tests (HOST).
- Within 3 days of administering any HOST, advise GVF by email of the student’s pass/fail status by returning a completed score sheet.
Examiners may set their own fees, in consultation with and with approval from GVF. However, GVF requests that fee for administering the HOST should not exceed $200 for developed country students and $100 for developing country students.
Unless otherwise agreed on a case-by-case basis, students will pay the fee directly to the Examiner.
The fee for a HOST may be included as part of the tuition for a supplementary classroom or hands-on teaching session taught by the examiner. All such classes require prior approval from the GVF.
What equipment must I have? Examiners must provide the class location and demonstration equipment. At a minimum this includes a VSAT antenna, linear-pol feed, and LNB that the students assemble and use for receive pointing, a signal ID meter or spectrum analyzer, connector attachment tools and sample cable and connectors, and weatherproofing supplies.
Do I need satellite bandwidth? You can perform a minimum HOST with a receive only LP antenna/LNB. However, if you have the resources, adding an uplink skills is excellent idea. Note that if you are doing uplink skills testing, you must make your own arrangements for satellite access or bandwidth, equipment, and licensing.
I am testing only people in my own company. Do I have to give public sessions and charge for them? No. Unless you want to, you do not need to charge a fee and you do not have to make your availability as an Examiner visible to the public.
I do not want to be listed in the “Find and examiner near you” page at gvf.org. Simply go to the “Edit my profile” page and in the entry for “Do you offer install services outside your org?” choose NO.
These are the steps for becoming an examiner:
- Ensure you have the required technical experience. You need to have significant experience bringing up carriers and working with satellite operators to do cross-pol alignments, carrier lineups, and terminal activation, either from the field perspective or the operations center perspective.
- Complete your own GVF Advanced Satcom Professional certification. That includes:
- GVF 510 ed 2, GVF 520, and GVF 521 online courses
- Pass the Basic Hands On Skills Test (HOST-B) yourself
- Pass the current online certification exam, GVF-CERT-SPA (latest version)
- Carefully read the application form GVF Examiner Guidelines (MS Word). Complete the form, including the signature page, scan it, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Arrange for at least one letter of recommendation from a technical or training manager or expert at a service provider or satellite operator. Note: this person must vouch for your experience in activating carriers. The letter(s) of recommendation should be sent directly to email@example.com
- When SatProf has received your application and the letter(s) of recommendation, we will confirm your certification status, then forward your application to the GVF Master Instructor.
- When the Master Instructor responds, we will notify you. If you are accepted, you will be enrolled included in the Examiner Certification course/exam, GVF-CERT-EXB. This includes useful information about how to perform your Examiner duties, and a quizzes and skills tests (similar to quizzes and tests in 510, 520, and 521). When you pass this exam, you will be certified as a GVF Examiner.
- If you want to be listed publicly and if you are offering HOSTs to the public, be sure to update your profile accordingly (for “Do you offer install services outside your org?” choose YES).
- Keep your Advanced Certification and Examiner Certifications current by completing the online recertification exams every three years.
Organizations are invited to qualify their staff trainers as GVF Examiners, too. Many major service provider organizations use “in-house” GVF Examiners to blend their training programs with the GVF Certification program. In that way they can take advantage of GVF’s highly-effective online fundamentals training and obtain industry-recognized Certifications for their technical staff.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you!