Virtual Courses

One of the SMPTE Professional Development Academy’s most innovative educational services is its Virtual Classroom courses. Through the Virtual Classroom, we are able to offer learning opportunities to individuals from around the world.

Virtual Classroom programs are not traditional open-ended self-paced courses. They are “blended learning” courses where participants spend a good deal of time on independent study, but also participate in live instructor coaching sessions to assist with more complex topics and activities. Each Virtual Classroom offering has a specific start date, specific stop date and established learning goals. Successful completion of these courses is determined by completing course activities and graded assessments.

Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) Routing & Switching Program

SMPTE is one of a global network of Cisco Networking Academies. Course materials are written and produced by Cisco, but offered and delivered by SMPTE and its instructors. We are pleased to offer the acclaimed Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing & Switching program. The Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching Program is comprised of four intensive Cisco’s CCNA Explorations courses. Successfully completing all four courses in the CCNA Routing & Switching Program may help an individual prepare for the Cisco CCNA Certification Exam.

Important: Completing any or all of the CCNA courses does not count towards CCNA Certification. These courses are intended to assist in preparation for the certification exam, which is administered separately. SMPTE does not administer CCNA Certification exams.

Navigating the Ultra High Definition (UHD) Ecosystem

This course is designed to give participants a ‘big picture’ look at the future UHD Ecosystem, and how its implementation will affect the broadcasting and theatrical industries, plus how it will impact viewer engagement.  After completing this course, participants should have a firm understanding of how UHD content is produced and acquired, then moved thru post-production to distribution/transmission.


Essentials of IP Media Transport for Broadcasters: Moving Real Time Video and Audio over Packet Networks

This course gives students a good working knowledge of the key principles of IP video  and audio transport intended for modern production and broadcasting facilities. After completing this course, students should have a solid grasp of the major elements of IP video technology, including content preparation, system architecture alternatives and network performance management.