The Fiber Optic Association has developed curriculum guidelines for training course approval and only approves schools or training organizations meeting our standards. Schools or training organizations which offer training which meets FOA standards are listed on this website and are authorized to offer FOA certifications.
Note: ONLY schools which are listed here are FOA-Approved and authorized to offer FOA certifications. Schools listed here are required to offer FOA certifications to all students. If you have any questions regarding a school's status with the FOA, contact the FOA staff.
Course Description: CFOT Course Location: School premises and customer location
Course Frequency: 1. Once a session for colleges.
Monthly at our school location.
As demanded by client as corporate training.
Course Description: CFOT CURRICULUM: 1. INTRODUCTION TO FIBER OPTICS:
a. Brief history.
c. Advantage of fiber optics transmission over copper, coaxial and radio frequency.
d. Preparation/manufacturing of fiber optics cables.
a. Health and safety execution (HSE) under TIA/EIA regulation.
b. Warning signs
c. Safety equipment
d. Electrical safety
e. Confined spaces
a. Core, cladding, buffer coating or primary coating and Strength members.
b. Reflection, Refraction and Refractive index.
c. Critical angle and total internal reflection.
d. Fiber types:  All plastic (P.C.S. and H.C.S.)  All glass (Step index MM, Graded index MM and Single mode)
e. Numerical aperture (NA)/ Acceptance Cone
f. Mode Field Diameter MDF: Defines the size of power distribution through the core /Cladding of the fiber.
a. Definition of what a fiber optic network is.
b. Transmitters/Light sources  LEDs (light emitting diodes)  VCSELs (vertical cavity emitting lasers)  LASER (light amplification by the stimulated Emission of radiation)
c. Optical fiber parameters  Wavelength  Frequency  WDM (wavelength division multiplexing)
d. Fiber optics amplifiers  EDFAs (erbium doped fiber amplifiers)  Raman amplification
e. FO Attenuators: Types and Uses
f. Windows/operating wavelength
a. TIGHT BUFFERS (simplex/zip cords)  Distribution cables  Breakout cables
b. LOOSE TUBES  Ribboncables  Armored  Optical Power Ground Wire (OPGW) cables
c. Hybrid and Composite cables  CABLE SELECTION/CHOOSING: Factors to be considered when choosing a cable.  CABLE SPECIFICATION:
I. Installation Specification
II. Envirmental Specification  CABLE RATING (CONDUCTIVE AND NON-CONDUCTIVE)
I. Plenum Area
III. General Purpose  CABLE DESIGN CRITERIA
I. Pulling strength
II. Water Protection III. Fire code Ratings
C. FO connectors
II. ST Connectors
III. LC Connectors
IV. FC/RC Connectors
V. SC Connectors
VI. MT/RJ D. Termination kits: Pigtails and Patch Cords,Breakout/Fanout Kits,Mid-couplers and mating sleeves.
E. Termination Procedures
Adhesive Termination  Epoxy/polish  Hot-Melt  Anaerobic Adhesives  Acrylic
F. Polishing Techniques  The Flat Finish  Physical Contact (PC)  Angled Physical Contact (APC)
b) Types: Mechanical/Fusion
c) Choosing a splice type
d) Step by step splicing Process
e) Splice Losses; Cause and Remedies
b) Types/kinds of losses in fiber optics links
a) Attenuation (Rayleigh scattering, Absorption and leakages)
b) Dispersion (modal,chromatic and PMD) Loss budget in a fiber optic link.
a) TIA/EIA Standard
b) Installation processes
a) TIE/EIA Standard
b) Splice organizers and splice trays
c) Splice enclosures
d) Splice panels
e) Racks and cabinets
a) Visual fault tracing
b) Visual fault locator
c) Visual connector inspection
d) Optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR)-Using the latest OTDR win7 software with PC compact ability for our training.  How it works  OTDR parameters, specifications and graphical interpretations in finding
I. Slope of a trace
II. Frensel reflection
III. Non-reflective events
IV. Reflective index
e) OTDR limitations
f) Optical power loss (absolute and relative test)
i) Measuring Power
II. Testing Loss (single ended loss and double ended loss) DOCUMENTATION OF FIBER OPTIC INSTALLATION.
Intensive Laboratory Section;
Basic cable handling (Bend Radius Test)
Note:ONLY those schools which are listed on the FOA website are FOA-Approved and authorized to offer FOA certifications. Schools listed here are required to offer FOA certifications to students. If you have any questions regarding a school's status with the FOA, contact the FOA staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The listings on this page represent the most recent information available to the FOA. Contact the individual school for verification.
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