Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance

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Official Program Description

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. This 95% hands on course explores the overall spectrum of testing and maintenance of single and multi mode fiber optics networks and provides a detailed overview and demonstration of various pieces of equipment used in testing and maintenance. 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 RCDD 14, OSP 14, INST 14, TECH 14, Cert. Trainer 14.

Who Should Attend

This 2-day (16-hour) program is designed to offer 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

Expected Outcomes

After completion of this course, you will be able to effectively and efficiently identify fiber network defects, and provide QA (Quality Assurance) procedures to minimize or eliminate future network outages.


Certified Optics Technician course or another formal fiber optics training course within the preceding six months, or one year of fiber optics related experience.  You have taken and passed the Basic CFOT exam prior to registering Specialist Certification (CFOS/T) with the FOA.

Attend and You Will Learn

Day – 1:

  • Introduction to ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.3, Optical Fiber Cabling Components Standard
  • A review of fiber optics safety procedures
  • Comprehensive overview of ANSI/TIA/EIA-526-14A , FOTP-171, FOTP-107
  • Hands-on activities demonstrating OFST-14 & -7 and emergency cable repair using connectors, and mechanical and fusion splicing procedures.  Individual student is required to build and test own singlemode network according to industry standards (OFSTP-7).  Students must build, test and troubleshoot actual singlemode ISP network to industry standards utilizing all available test equipment: OTDR, OLTS, and VFL.

Day – 2:

  • Introduction to OTDR Functions
  • Use of the OTDR, Power Source and Light Meter Functions
  • Fiber Identifier
  • Continuity Testing
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Safety 


  Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance
  2015 - TTS - May - Jun 2015   Status:  Available
In-Class:   Thu, Fri 8:00AM - 5:00PM
4 Jun 2015 to 5 Jun 2015
Class Schedule: 2 Sessions
Contact Hours: 16.0
Course Fee(s):
Registration Fee non-credit    $749.00
Potential Discount(s):
  1.60 CEUs
Location:   On Campus