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The GVF training program is the global standard for satellite communications technical training. We cover fixed VSAT installation, marine satcom installation and operation, mobile and teleport uplinking, and many other topics.

  • Students use technically-accurate, realistic simulators throughout all courses to learn, practice, and demonstrate critical skills.
  • The GVF program is unique in that students’ simulator skills scores are required for successful course completion and certifications.
  • Automatic course and prerequisite linking for certification management
  • Registration self service or by order
  • Dedicated student support staff
  • Requires only a moderate-speed Internet connection and browser with Flash player
  • Multi-language instant-switch capability

A short tour of one of the tutorials in our GVF 510 Core VSAT Skills course.

We offer dozens of courses covering many aspects of satellite communications. Explore the complete list. Note that some courses are not included in the GVF Training Membership and have separate tuition fees.

Tuition Fee Structure

  • The best value for tuition fees is a GVF Training Membership. This gives you open access to most GVF courses for a low, annual fee.
  • Tuition for individual GVF Training Memberships is due on a per-student, per-year basis.
  • Training Memberships can be ordered in bulk for a discount.
  • Training Memberships are also available for organizations and companies under a site license plan, in which the organization pays a single flat annual fee for everyone in their company or department.
  • You may also choose courses "a la carte" and pay tuition on a per-student, per-course basis. The tuition fees for all courses are listed in the course catalog.


GVF offers reduced tuition for:

  • Students of developing countries and certain NGOs and UN agencies under the Andrew Werth Scholarship program Link.
  • Organizations and companies that enter into a site license agreement.
  • Bulk orders (10 or more Training Membership seats). Significant discounts are available for large organizations.
  • GVF member organizations when ordering in bulk or for site licenses.
  • Veterans and active duty members of the United States armed forces under the VA reimbursement program. Full details are provided here BR-14 .
  • Recipients of scholarships offered from time to time by sponsoring organizations.

Methods of Payment

GVF accepts credit card, Western Union, and wire transfer payments for tuition payments. For pre-approved customers, GVF also accepts purchase orders and checks drawn on U.S. banks. Complete details are provided in this brochure.

GVF certifications are recognized around the world as the standard for satellite communications technical training. Advanced certifications allow you to be listed in the GVF Database, which is regularly searched by companies seeking satcom expertise.

With your GVF Training Membership, you will have access to all online certification exams.

Some certifications require in-person Hands On Skills Tests (HOST) which are not included in the Training Membership fee. Cost varies by location. HOSTs sessions are conducted worldwide.

Explore the list of available certifications.

Advanced certifications allow you to choose to be listed at no cost in the public, searchable GVF Database, which is regularly searched by companies seeking satcom expertise. (Organizations can, however, restrict visibility of their staff in the public database.)

The learning system links exams, courses, and their prerequisites, for automatic certification management


GVF Basic Hands-On Skills test (‘HOST-B’)

The GVF Basic Hands On Skills Test (HOST-B) is required for all GVF Satcom Professional (VSAT field technician) certifications. Hands On Skills Tests are offered by many examiners around the world in scheduled, public sessions. Find a session or contact an examiner to make an appointment.

Examiners may be embedded in their own organizations and offer GVF HOSTs to staff members as part of their organizations' training programs.

If you are interested in becoming an examiner yourself click here If you are already an examiner and are looking for HOST-B score sheets, procedures, FAQ's, and other resources, click here.

Other Hands-On Skills Tests

Certain specialist equipment certifications, such as marine antenna installation and maintenance, require a separate hands-on skills test on the specific manufacturer's hardware. These sessions are authorized by GVF but are generally organized by the manufacturers at their facilities. For details, please see the detailed information about each course in the catalog.


Ready to purchase an GVF Training Membership with a credit card? Click here and get started right away! TIP: check if you are eligible for the Andrew Werth Scholarship. If you are, you may enter Coupon Code INV-DC to receive your discount.

Already a GVF student? Click here to purchase an Annual Membership using the learning system and start immediately.

Want to purchase an Training Membership and pay with Western Union or wire transfer? Email us at for further instructions.

Already have a Training Membership? Open your Curriculum and launch the course you want to start next. It's that simple!

Want to order a block of Training Membership seats for your organization and get a bulk discount? Interested in a site license for your whole organization or department? Email us at and we'll work with you to prepare a quotation.

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