Becoming a GVF Examiner
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 Hands On Skills Test either in a public or private class session or by appointment with individual students. Examiners (or their organizations) are eligible for compensation on a per-student basis.
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 sessions available or even 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:
- Review the description and detail testing requirements for the Hands On Skills Test.
- Download and read the GVF Examiner Guidelines (MS Word).
Complete the application form in the guidelines document, including the signature page, and send it to . If you prefer, you may email the text portions of the form and separately email the scanned signature page or fax it to
- Complete your own Advanced Certification (not required if you already hold Advanced Certification).
- Arrange for a letter of reference (as described in the Examiner Guidelines) to be sent to .
Your application and letter of reference will be forwarded to GVF’s Master Instructor for approval. Once you are approved as an Examiner, please visit the Resources for Examiners page. We will work with you to answer any questions, set HOST dates, and help promote your HOST sessions via the GVF Training Newsletter.
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.