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.
The CFOT certification course will teach students the basic hands-on skills and theory in dealing with Fiber technology. The purpose of the course is to prepare students to complete the Certified Fiber Optic Technician certification offered by the FOA. Unit 1 Introduction: What is Fiber Optics? Fiber Optics Safety Communication Systems System Architectures Important units (nm, um, mm) Unit 2 Cables and Connectors: Premise Cables OSP cables Working with cables grounding Types of Fiber: SM and MM Types of Connectors Connector Loss Connectorization: Termination processes Colour Codes Splicing Unit 3 Optics Sources Detectors Wavelength Light travelling down fiber and modes Dispersion, backscatter, absorption, polarization Attenuation Link Loss Performance of Optics Systems Unit 4 Testing Process of testing, documentation, when to test Visual Inspection Fiber Microscope VFL/Fiber tracing dB/dBm and power testing and loss testing: OLTS OTDR Other types of tests Unit 5: Network Design System Architectures Choosing the correct cable/fiber for the application Codes and Standards Documentation Optical Links Planning a System Installation Checklist Labs: exploring cable structure, connectorization, splicing, insertion loss testing, cleaning/inspecting fiber, connector loss, setting up splice tray, making documentation, OTDR sweeps.
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 email@example.com.
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