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FOA Approved Training

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.


David Sanchez, Department Chair Telecommunication Technology
Texas State Techincal College - Harlingen
1902 North Loop 499
Harlingen, Texas 78550
United States
Tel: Sanchez: 956-364-4843 , Art Perez: 956-364-4725
Email: dsanchez5303@tstc.edu
http://www.harlingen.tstc.edu/

Fiber Optic Communication System Installation/Repair is given once a year. The course focuses on installation and repair of fiber optic communication systems including networks and peripherals. Topics include fiber optic technology; state-of-the-art networking systems; installation/repair of fiber optic systems; testing equipment.

This course has been divided into seventeen units and they are as follows: A. History of Fiber Optic B. Principles of Fiber-Optic Transmission C. Basic Principles of Light D. Optical Fiber Construction and Theory E. Optical Fiber Characteristics F. Safety G. Fiber-Optic Cables H. Splicing I. Connectors J. Fiber-Optic Light Sources K. Fiber-Optic Detectors and Receivers L. Passive Components and Multiplexers M. Passive Optical Networks N. Cable Installation and Hardware O. Fiber-Optic System Design Considerations P. Test Equipment and Link/Cable Testing Q. Troubleshooting and Restoration

In each unit you will be given a lecture/demonstration and then be expected to perform the assignments for each unit. Each assignment will be demonstrated and explained so that you can then attempt it. After each unit there will be a knowledge exam and a performance exam. Each exam is based on the information discussed during the lecture, the reading assignments and the lab assignments given.

This Course is a face to face course that will meet during the slated scheduled hours for lecture and laboratory. Students must have access to a computer and the Internet in order to complete unit assignments and upload them to the Moodle. This will be discussed and demonstrated in our first class meeting under Unit A.(Introduction to Telecommunications Technology).



CFOT, FOA Approved School # 166


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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 staff@thefoa.org.

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