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NECA introduces Foundations of Telecommunications curriculum and certification

By Bob Gnapp, Director of Member Training and Network Analysis

During the first half of 2016, NECA will be offering an eight-session Foundations of Telecommunications curriculum. This beginner's level offering is targeted toward those new to the telecommunications industry, those whose jobs do not routinely expose them to all topics covered in this curriculum, and those simply wanting a refresher on certain topics. All sessions will be offered via webcast with several opportunities to attend each.

 A variety of topics offered

The eight modules of the Foundations curriculum begins with the basics and progresses to explain the regulatory process, including universal service support, and NECA functions.

  • Who's who in telecommunications - Overview of entities that play a role in the telecommunications industry

  • Introduction to telecommunications technology (Parts 1 and 2) - Background on telecommunications technologies of the past and the present

  • Understanding jurisdictions - Details on the jurisdictions used to classify telecommunica- tions services, determine cost recovery and establish regulatory oversight

  • Basics of telecommunications regulation  - Overview of telecommunications regulations, regulatory processes and regulatory agencies

  • Intercarrier compensation overview - Summary of intercarrier compensation charges, how those charges are developed and which costs they recover

  • USF overview - High level information about the various federal Universal Service Fund Programs and recent changes to these programs

  • Introduction to NECA pooling and settlement process - Overview of the process by which NECA administers the pools and distributes monthly settlements 

Certificate of completion

Those who attend all eight sessions and successfully pass a curriculum test will be awarded a Certificate of Completion acknowledging their efforts. This recognition is sure to be a source of pride and likely to impress your boss. 

Further details on the Foundations curriculum, training dates and the certification process will be provided in forthcoming announcements. Don't miss out on this opportunity to form a solid foundation of knowledge to support your telecommunications career. 


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Filed under January 2016, Tagged with Training

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