SES and SatProf’s GVF Training Program Collaborate in First Digital Badging Initiative for Satcom Education

SES and SatProf’s GVF Training Program Collaborate in First Digital Badging Initiative for Satcom Education

Collaboration includes the design and development of three courses focusing on SES’s O3b MEO constellation and services

Luxembourg, 21 May 2024 – SES, a leader in global content connectivity solutions, and SatProf, developer and administrator of GVF Training, a satcom industry-leading training program delivered in association with the Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA), announced the introduction of the first digital badging initiative for satcom education. This collaboration aims to drive the future of learning in the industry, and it already offers three digital badges for courses focusing on SES’s O3b MEO constellation and services.

In contrast to traditional certificates, digital badges can be easily shared, displayed, and updated on various online platforms, such as social media or professional networking sites. SES rolled out its own digital badging program in 2023, enabling employees to show the progress they are making in their career using learning and development tools offered by the company. By adding this level of visibility to courses and certifications in the GVF Training program, both companies aim to extend this experience to SES’s customers and partners, fostering a culture of continuous learning for the wider industry. 

“SES and SatProf have been collaborating for more than a decade and these courses mark a significant and exciting new milestone for us. Our industry is evolving rapidly and therefore learning and development opportunities should be adapted to the modern needs of our workforce,” said Ralph Brooker, President of SatProf, Inc. “As SES is the operator of the world’s only geosynchronous orbit and medium earth orbit (GEO-MEO) fleet of satellites, we are delighted to collaborate with SES and offer these specialized courses, now certified with digital badges. SES has been at the forefront of learning and development opportunities to meet the growing needs of its people, and we look forward to sharing these practices with our students.”

“At SES, our success is measured not only by the tangible impact on individual development but also by our collective ability to lead at the forefront of our industry, driving innovation and excellence. We cannot achieve this alone, we rely on strong collaboration with the industry ecosystem, and that includes strategic partnerships that enhance our own team, customers, and partners,” said Sarah Bell, Manager, Learning & Development at SES. “GVF Training courses and certifications are the established global standard for satellite communications. Therefore, we strongly believe this extended collaboration will help us achieve a culture of continuous learning while we strive to create experiences tailored for the modern learner.” 

About the courses

The tailored GVF Training courses focusing on SES’s areas of expertise are:

  1. SES731 Introduction to SES Networks
  2. SES 732 O3b Advanced System Fundamentals
  3. SES 733 O3b Fixed Terminal Site Survey

For further information please contact:

Suzanne Ong
External Communications 
Tel. +352 710 725 500
[email protected]

About SES

SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on Earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless data connectivity services around the world. As a provider of global content connectivity solutions, SES owns and operates the world’s only geosynchronous orbit and medium earth orbit (GEO-MEO) constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance. By using its intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES delivers high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries over 6,400 channels, reaching 363 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content. The company is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges (Ticker: SESG). Further information is available at:

About SatProf and the GVF Training program

In 2001, at the request of its membership, the GVF launched a new training program with the objective of building a global force of qualified VSAT installation technicians available in local areas to support expansion of VSAT networks. The program began with a handful of classes led by volunteer instructors, but from 2006 accelerated rapidly due to the partnership with SatProf, Inc., who provided the interactive, online learning content and took on the administration of the program on behalf of GVF. In 2010 the training content was refocused on interference prevention skills as a key element in GVF’s initiatives serving the industry’s drive to combat unintentional interference. Today, SatProf continues to grow the GVF Training program, now in coordination with GSOA. We have already reached well over 24,000 students all around the world and the program has grown to dozens of courses and many separate certifications, covering not only VSAT installation but marine terminal operation and installation, teleport and news gathering uplinking, mobile terminal operation, numerous general theory topics, equipment-specific training, and space business education. Further information is available at,, and