Basic Certified Fiber Optics Technician & Specialist in Testing, Maintenance and Splicing
Certified Fiber Optics Technician Course (CFOT)
This introductory 3-day fiber optics course is designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optics Technician. This program prepares the student to take the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optics Technician) test, sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association), which is given and graded the final class day. This course also introduces the student to industry standards governing FTTD (Fiber To The Desk), FTTH (Fiber To The Home, LAN/WAN fiber networks), and basic fusion and mechanical splicing. Students will learn how to identify fiber types; recognize various connectors used in fiber installation; and install, terminate, splice, and properly test installed fiber cable to existing standards. This program explores the history and future of fiber optics and fiber optics capabilities, and cost of installation. Standards covered: NECA/FOA-301-2004, EIA/TIA 568-B.3, ANSI/TIA/EIA 607-A, and NEC Article 770-50, upon successful completion, this program is recognized for BICSI CECs (Continuing Education Credits): RCDD 21, Installer Level/2 Technician 21 CECs.
Suggested Prerequisites: Basic working knowledge of computers. Able to see and identify small items and able to speak and understand the English language.
Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing & Maintenance (CFOS/T)
Tuition: $638 (fee also includes 1-year membership in the FOA).
This 2-day program offers advanced training to anyone involved with the testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks. A focal point in the program is to offer a general, easy to understand, approach to fiber optics testing standards with little theory and considerable hands-on activities. This comprehensive program explains the variety of testing standards, equipment and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and splicing and how to choose among them. Subject matter includes a detailed study of ANSI/TIA/EIA-526-14(7)A, OTDR fundamentals and uses, OTDR vs. Insertion Loss Testing, Return Loss Testing, and Attenuation testing using the Power Source and Light Meter. This course is accredited by BICSI for 14 RCDD CECs and 12 Installation CECs.
Prerequisite: CFOT Course or another formal Fiber Optics Training Course within preceding 6 months, or 1 year fiber optics related experience. Must have taken and passed the Basic CFOT Exam prior to registering for CFOS/T with the FOA.
Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist Course (CFOS/S)
This 2-day program provides an overview of OTDR functions and trace understanding. Hands-on classroom activities will provide training in both fusion and mechanical splicing of both single and multi-mode fiber optic cables. Both inside and outside plant fiber optic cable types will be utilized along with inside and outside plant enclosures and splice trays. The student will be responsible for successfully making and testing both single mode and multi-mode mechanical and fusion splices, as well as being required to correctly and efficiently install spliced fibers into splice trays and trays in enclosures. These enclosures will include both rack and wall mounted splice enclosures, as well as outside plant enclosures. This program is approved for BICSI CECs (Continuing Education Credits): RCDD 14 CECs and INS, Level 2/Technician 14 CECs.
Suggested Prerequisite: CFOT Course or another formal Fiber Optics Training course within preceding 6 months, or 1 year fiber optics related experience, specifically experience with fiber preparation, termination, and testing and a thorough knowledge of fiber optic safety practices.
The cost of the textbook for each class is $25. The student guide is $12 for each class.
*Courses listed above are specific to Verizon employees only.