Certified Premises Cabling Technician
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Is the FOA certification for designers, installers and operators of premises cabling networks Premises cabling refers to building and campus cabling that is generally customer-owned and used for local area networks of computers (LANs), security systems (CCTV and alarms), building management systems, distributed antenna systems (DAS for cellular and WiFI) and other applications inside buildings or on a campus. The FOA CPCT certification KSAs covers copper and fiber optic cabling and wireless communications.
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To qualify for CPCT Certified Premises Cabling Technician certification, a training program will cover at least the following topics:
- Overview of premises cabling systems -copper, fiber and wireless
- Communications systems utilizing premises cabling
- Premises cabling standards
- UTP and coax copper cabling
- Fiber optic cabling
- Cabling for wireless
- Design of premises cabling networks
- Installation of premises cabling
- Testing copper and fiber optic cable plants
Hands-On Lab Exercises including cable preparation, termination and testing
To qualify for the CPCT certification, at least two years of relevant field experience is required, including documented experience installing and testing premises cabling networks. Training by employers, manufacturers or vendors of cabling products may be recognized as part of the experience requirements.
Field experience installing and testing premises cabling networks must include the following:
- Participation in multiple installation jobs, preferably including building and campus installations
- Installing various cable types and hardware
- Terminating UTP and coax cable and fiber optics,
- Testing copper and fiber cables
- Experience with appropriate tools and test equipment
– is the FOA certification for designers, installers and operators of premises cabling networks. Premises cabling refers to building and campus cabling that is generally customer-owned and used for local area networks of computers (LANs), security systems (CCTV and alarms), building management systems, distributed antenna systems (DAS for cellular and WiFI) and other applications like industrial systems, electrical distribution management systems, etc.
FOA CPCT certification includes all types of infrastructure for premises cabling and communications – copper and fiber cabling and wireless systems. CPCT certification is based on KSAs (knowledge, skills and abilities) that require a knowledge of cabling and wireless technology and standards along with demonstrated skills in the installation of copper and fiber cabling system to support networks. Most CPCTs will work as contractors and installers, although the certification provides excellent training for IT or security personnel responsible for the operation of networks. CPCT courses will generally be 50% hands-on labs developing the skills necessary for working with premises cabling systems.
A first level FOA certification for those with no prior FOA certifications. Those who already have CFOTs will learn more about copper, wireless and how fiber is used in structured cabling networks.