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Professional Certificate in Telecommunications Technology

The Professional Certificate in Telecommunications Technology is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of modern technologies used in the telecommunications industry..
Students will learn to install, operate, and maintain modern high-speed networks. Students that complete this certificate demonstrate the essential skills necessary to be competitive in the telecommunications industry. Students will also have an opportunity to take industry certification exams via a third party proctoring service or ETA and FCC exams proctored in class by APT College.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately identify, describe, use, analyze and troubleshoot electrical and electronic circuits, including circuits used in analog and digital communications systems
  • Demonstrate ability to apply basic data networking concepts and skills to implement and configure a simple local area network using appropriate hardware and software
  • Discuss optical transmission theory and accurately demonstrate fiber optic splicing, connector installation and testing techniques
  • Demonstrate proficiency in applying advanced concepts and skills relative to the telecommunications industry and technology

  • Requirements
    The Certification in Telecommunications Technology requires students to complete 3 core courses and 2 elective courses for a total of 5 courses. All courses are transferable into the AAS Telecommunications Technology degree program .
    Please refer to the College Catalog for more detailed information.
    APT College Credit Evaluation Committee will evaluate all applicable transfer credit and work experience toward the degree program.

    Core Courses

    This course provides a basic understanding of the electrical, electronic, and computer fundamental concepts, and the digital technologies as they apply to the telecommunications industry. Upon completion of the course students will be able to analyze an electrical circuit in any configuration, both under DC and AC condition, and will have an understanding of the operation of the main electrical and electronic components. Digital and analog instruments and the related measuring procedures will be introduced as well as the electrical safety rules to be followed. Numbering systems, logic gates, and principles of computer architecture are illustrated. An overview of telecommunications systems including Digital Signal Processing performed on voice and data signals before being transmitted (A/D conversion, modulation, line encoding, and multiplexing) and the description of transmission media currently in use (copper pair, optical fibers, wireless on air) are provided. T-carrier system and SONET standard and related hierarchies are also introduced.

    Credits: 4.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: None

    Modality: TEL102.7 is available in asynchronous online and blended (in-class and webcast) modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the electrical and electronic fundamental concepts at the basis of any technological industry. Upon completion of the course students will be able to determine voltage, current, resistance, and power values for electrical circuits in any configuration, both under DC and AC condition, and will have an understanding of the operation of the main electrical and electronic components. The operation of several electrical and electronic devices such as filters, single and multi-stage amplifiers, rectifiers, voltage regulators, and power supplies is explored. The basic principles of troubleshooting electronic devices are also introduced.

    Credits: 4.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: None

    Modality: TEL102.D3 is available in asynchronous online and blended (in-class and webcast) modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides a survey of the fundamentals of data communications and networks. It begins with a look at important aspects of data communications, data networks, and the Internet along with key facets of protocol architectures, TCP/IP, and Internet-Based applications. The concepts and terminology centered on data transmission, transmission media, signaling encoding techniques, and error detection/correction are also covered. The course wraps-up with a look at the value of data link control protocols and multiplexing in data communications and networks today. Multimedia content and interactive simulations are used throughout to reinforce course concepts.

    Credits: 4.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: TEL104 is available in asynchronous online and blended (in-class and webcast) modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides a comprehensive understanding of fiber optic systems used in the telecommunications industry. The course begins with a discussion of the optical concepts related to light waves, and an explanation of how light carrying information propagates down the fiber. The course progresses with a description of the optical components used in fiber optic systems including light sources, optical fiber types, connectors, types of cables and their use, and photodetectors. Different splicing techniques are discussed as well as the use of several test instruments to measure fiber optic systems performance. Techniques to develop a fiber optic system link budget considering system losses are also introduced. Students will be engaged in an extensive hands-on lab giving an opportunity to demonstrate and test what they have learned. The course prepares the student for the ETA Fiber Optic Installer (FOI) industry certification.

    Credits: 4.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: ETA - Fiber Optics Installer (FOI) *APT College proctors this exam at the end of each course* **Exam fees for this certification are included in your tuition costs**

    Modality: TEL105 is available in blended (in-class and webcast) modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    Wireless technologies permit two-way communications that are impossible or impractical to implement with the use of wires. Wireless encompasses various types of fixed, mobile, and portable applications, including public safety radios, cellular telephones, smart phones, tablets, and various sensors devices. This course provides students with an introduction to the world of wireless technology that is impacting every sector of our interconnected world today. The course helps the student develop core knowledge centered in wireless standards and a conceptual understanding of the design, communication and components that enable current wireless technologies including 3G and ultimately 4G (LTE).

    Credits: 4.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: TEL140 is available in asynchronous online and blended (in-class and webcast) modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form

    Elective Courses

    This course provides comprehensive coverage of convergent technologies and IP centric services such as Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). The course illustrates the IP infrastructure required to deliver these services and the related network components. Fundamentals of analog and digital television technologies are illustrated, including the analog and digital standards and modulation schemes. Several analog and digital TV connectors are also discussed. IPTV network architecture and video compression standards are then introduced as well as the protocols used for IPTV streaming. Fundamental concepts about how the IPTV information is transmitted on the IP network such as TCP/IP protocol, the structure of IP packets and addressing, the subnetting process, and the protocols used for real time services are also provided. Finally, broadband network technologies used in the local loop to support IPTV and other IP centric services are explained.

    CREDITS: 4.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: TEL120 is available in the blended (in-class) modality format with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides students with a working knowledge of physical transport media used for residential and commercial installations utilizing fiber optics, copper twisted pair, and coaxial cable. The course describes the basic electrical characteristics of these physical media types and relevant guiding standards for design, installation, and testing. Structured wiring practices are covered in detail with extensive discussions of associated cabling reference standards of ANSI/TIA 568 and ANSI/TIA 569. General OSHA safety procedures associated with residential and commercial wiring installations are introduced as well. Additionally, those safety requirements that are mandatory with regards to the National Electric Code (NEC) are also emphasized when working with low voltage systems along with appropriate descriptions of relevant NEC sections. The course includes hands-on exercises covering the proper use of tools and test equipment associated with installation, troubleshooting, and testing of simulated structured premises copper cabling and coaxial cable systems.

    CREDITS: 4.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: FOA - Certified Premises Cabling Technician (CPCT) *APT College proctors this exam at the end of each course* **Exam fees for this certification are included in your tuition costs**

    Modality: TEL125 is available in blended (in-class and webcast) modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    The APT Wireless LAN Technologies series provides students with an introduction to the world of wireless local area network (WLAN) technology that is impacting every sector of our interconnected world today. This series will help the student develop core knowledge centered in WLAN standards and a conceptual understanding of the design, communication and components that enable WLANs. The course also provides foundational exposure to core objectives centered in the Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (PWO-071) certification in the Certified Wireless Network Professional certification path.

    CREDITS: 4.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: CWTS - Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (PWO-071) in the Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP) certification path. *APT does not proctor this exam. Students must register with Pearson VUE for testing.* **Exam Fees for this certification are not included in your tuition costs**

    Modality: TEL150 is available in the blended (in-class and webcast) modality format with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides the fundamental knowledge that enables the student to pass the FCC Element 1 Marine Radio Operator’s Permit exam, and the FCC Element 3 General Radio Operator's License (GROL) exam. FCC Element 1 provides basic radio law and operating practice to become familiar with aircraft, ship, and other FCC licensed radio communications equipment. FCC Element 3 provides general electrical and electronic knowledge required to repair and maintain radio transmitters and receivers. The General Radio Operator's License is recognized by several employers as evidence of knowledge in the radio telecommunications field.

    CREDITS: 4.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: TEL240 is available in asynchronous online and blended (in-class and webcast) modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides a comprehensive understanding of small size solar photovoltaic systems (referred to as residential systems), which are often used to power small telecommunications equipment such as remote cellular telephone sites and telecommunications repeaters. The basic electrical principles as they apply to photovoltaic systems are reviewed, and the fundamental solar energy concepts explored. The course explains basic installation methods for both grid-tied and stand-alone photovoltaic systems, and thoroughly describes the single parts used for their construction. Students will learn how to correctly design and size a PV system taking into account load requirements, budget, system geographical location, and National Electric Code regulation. Troubleshooting practices as well as safety rules while working around a residential photovoltaic system are also introduced.

    CREDITS: 4.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: TEL250 is available in the blended (in-class and webcast) modality format with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form

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