Certified Fiber Optic Specialist FTTH
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For those wanting to learn more about specialized fiber optic applications or who wish to develop greater skills in the process of fiber optic installation, FOA offers specialist training and certifications.FOA specialist training and certifications are available in three categories, Skills-based, Applications-based and Fiber optic network design.
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Skills-based certifications are those involving hands-on process related to the installation of fiber optic networks such as outside plant (OSP) installation, splicing, termination and testing. Skills-based certifications require a CFOT or CPCT as a prerequisite for both classes at a FOA-Approved school or application for direct certification (Work-To-Cert).
Applications-based certifications are based on specific applications of fiber optics like fiber to the home (FTTH), optical LANs (OLANs), etc. These application-based certifications require some knowledge of fiber optics as a prerequisite. All FOA applications courses have a corresponding online self-study course in that topic on the FOA’s free Fiber U online training website leading to a certificate of completion or for use with the Work-To-Cert program.
Fiber optic network design – This is a specialist application certification covering fiber optic network design intended for network owners, IT personnel, facilities managers, network designers, estimators or technicians involved in the design or installation of fiber networks. This course is especially recommended for network owners and planners who may not be familiar with the process of fiber optic network design as it can make their jobs easier and their projects better. There is no prerequisite for the design course; basic fiber optic information is provided in the curriculum.
This is an application specialist certification covering FTTx networks, cabling design and installation, which includes PON networks (formerly FOA CFxT) It is intended for anyone interested in the application of FTTH networks.
CFOT, CPCT or equivalent basic knowledge of fiber optics and communications networks. If attendees are not already familiar with or trained in optical fiber, a fiber review is available as part of the course.
To qualify for Certified FTTX Specialist certification, a specialist training program must cover at least the following topics:
- Introduction to FTTx (FTTC and FTTH) networks
- Overview of FTTx architectures including Point-to-Point and PONs with relevant Standards
- FTTx Components and Installation Methods
- FTTx Testing (including PONs)
- Lab Exercises covering design, installation and testing
To qualify for the FTTx certification, two years field experience designing and installing FTTx networks are required.
Training by manufacturers or vendors of cabling products will be recognized as part of the experience requirements.
The applicant must provide data supporting their experience and a recommendation from a client or customer.