I’m proud of this blog and the tens of thousands of tutorials you’ll find here. I’ll admit, though, that it will only take you so far. If you’re interested in truly taking things to the next level, you’ll want the kind of professional training that you can only get in one place.
Solid Signal is a member of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA.) At its heart, it’s the industry’s voice in Washington, making sure we’re heard fairly among strong voices from other industries. But before you dismiss it as “just another PAC” there’s more to it than that. The SBCA operates some of the most comprehensive training and certification programs in any industry. You can start with the basics and go all the way to full commercial certification.
You’ll learn industry standard practices right along with the theories that go with them. There’s a lot of information out there about how signals and current travel through wires, but without a guided course you’re likely to get very confused. And, without the ability to tie that information to real-world causes and effects, you’ll end up thinking it’s just not relevant. SBCA courses will help you see how the basics actually will help you out in the field.
I may seem a little prejudiced, but it wasn’t until I started doing the SBCA certification courses myself that I realized just why DIRECTV and DISH have certain rules. As a DIYer and amateur installer, I was used to cutting corners and never really saw a lot of problems with that, but when you do an install for someone else you have to make it bulletproof. You can’t have the slightest problem or you’ll be called to fix it, usually when you least expect it. Following the rules set forth by DIRECTV and DISH for their installers can help you get the best possible result.
I’m asked often how it’s possible to become a certified installer, and the answer is to become an SBCA member or work for a company that is one. It isn’t cheap, but the SBCA does good work and that costs money. The courses they provide are regularly reviewed and improved so that you’ll always have the latest information, and that takes effort as well.
If you’re looking for an installer to do the work, make sure he or she is part of an SBCA member company. Solid Signal has been a member for years and we’re very proud of that fact. Our installers have access to all the latest thinking in installation techniques and that’s why we are able to stand behind our work.