Certified Fiber Optic Installer

Course Overview

This fiber optic installation training course is designed for those who lay, install and, or  maintain fiber optic cabling systems. It identifies you as a fiber optic installer able to demonstrate a practical knowledge of fiber optic theory, codes, standards and practices widely accepted in the fiber optics industry. In addition, this training incorporates two days of individual hands-on training validating fiber optic installer skills, including fiber terminations, cable preparations, fusion splicing, OTDR and optical loss testing. These skills are applicable to all the requirements to safely and competently install, maintain and test fiber optic cabling systems.

What you will Learn

The participants will be able to know and do the following:

  1. Layout, install or maintain fiber optic cabling systems
  2. Demonstrate a practical knowledge of fiber optic theory, codes, standards and installation practices
  3. Demonstrate a practical knowledge of individual hands-on skills including:
    • Performing industry standard fiber optic terminations
    • Preparing cables for inside and outside applications
    • Performing fusion splicing and splice tray preparation
    • Testing with the OTDR and optical loss test equipment


Who should Attend

Candidates for this course don’t necessarily need any prior knowledge or experience in the following areas, but it may be useful:

  • Fiber Optic Advantages and Applications
  • Cables
  • Connectors and Terminations
  • Enclosures and Panels
  • Test Equipment

Course Syllabus

Brief Course Synopsis

  • Introduction to Fiber Optics
    • Fiber Optic Advantages and Applications
    • Terminology and History
    • The Fundamentals of Light Propagation
    • Scales of Measurement and the Spectrum
    • Characteristics of Singlemode and Multimode
    • Manufacturing, Bandwidth and Linear Effects
  • Cables
    • Cable Types, Construction and Specifications
    • Cable Marking
    • Selection Criteria
  • Connectors and Terminations
    • Temporary and Permanent Connections
    • Connector Types
    • Mechanical and Environmental Considerations
    • Performance Specifications
    • Connector Loss Issues
    • Splicing Applications
  • Splicing
    • Fusion and Mechanical
    • Fusion Splicing
    • Cable Marking
    • Mechanical Splicing
  • Enclosures and Panels
    • Panels
    • Distribution, Patch and Splice Types
    • Application Issues and Selection Criteria
    • Aerial and Burial Enclosures
    • Re-Entry and Expansion Capabilities
    • Routing and Preparation
  • Installation
    • Planning and Standards
    • Premise/LAN Methods
    • Outside Plant Methods
    • Aerial and Burial Techniques
    • Installation Tools and Equipment
  • Test Equipment
    • Loss Testing Tools and Equipment
    • Standards and Methods
    • Return Loss, Bandwidth and Dispersion
    • OTDR Theory and Applications
    • Loss and System Budget Calculations
  • Restoration and Maintenance
    • Tools and Equipment
    • Practical Applications
    • Time Saving Techniques
    • Record Keeping and Documentation
  • System Components and Design Issues
    • Transmitters and Receivers
    • Passive Optical Components
    • Couplers and Splitters
    • WDM and DWDM Issues
  • System Design Exercise
    • Tools and Equipment
    • Practical Applications
    • Time Saving Techniques

To Be Completed in the Classroom (Duration: at least 2 days)

  • Cable preparation, cleaning and cleaving
  • Prepare, splice and assemble a splice closure
  • Prepare, splice and assemble a multimode fiber LAN link
  • Fusion and mechanical splicing
  • Perform optical loss testing using an OTDR
  • Perform loss and system budget calculations