Fiber Optic Training - Wallace Community College

Fiber Optic Training

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Certified Fiber Optics Technician Course (CFOT)
This introductory 3-day (24 hours) CFOT course is designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician. This Fiber Optic Training combines theory and 85% hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician) test that is sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day. This course also introduces the student to industry standards governing FTTD (Fiber To The Desk), FTTH (Fiber To The Home), and Distribution Cabling.

Students will learn how to identify fiber types, recognize various connectors used in fiber installation; and install, terminate, splice, and properly test installed fiber cable to existing standards. This program explores the history and future of fiber optics and fiber optics capabilities, and basic testing and troubleshooting. Anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optics Technician should attend this class.

Particular Physical Demand(s) on student: Students must be able to see, manipulate, and hold small tools and test equipment. Students must be able to read and speak the English language. Students must have the ability to announce to anyone in the classroom that lasers are about to be turned on or are currently on and active. Further, student must be able to hear and react to the announcement from anyone in the classroom that lasers are about to be turned on or currently active. Finally, students considering this, or any other fiber optics course must understand that, because of safety issues in dealing high-power lasers and microscopes, the ability to communicate these important announcements to co-workers and the ability to hear and react to these announcements from co-workers is required once in the field working in this industry.

Classes Meet:

Monday-Wednesday, Wallace Campus 8:00 am-5:00 pm

The fee for the course is $850.

Prerequisites include:

State issued photo ID

CFOS/O Certified Fiber Optic Outside Plant Specialist

This is a Specialist course all students are available to take after the initial CFOT course.

This in-person advanced specialist fiber optic training 2-day (16-hour) course is designed to offer advanced training to anyone involved with the testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks. CFOS/O – Certified Fiber Optic Specialist, Outside Plant – is the FOA certification for technicians installing outside plant (OSP) fiber optic cable plants and communications systems. This includes OSP construction and installation of aerial and underground cable plants. The skills focus includes installing and cable preparation of OSP cables, fusion splicing for concatenation and termination and testing with a focus on OTDRs.

Course Objective: Program prepares the student to take the (CFOS/O) exam given and graded at the end of class. Student will be able to effectively and efficiently troubleshoot, test, identify, and repair OSP fiber network cabling, and provide QA (Quality Assurance) procedures to minimize or eliminate future network outages.

Course Assessment: Along with chapter tests, class discussions, and substantial hands-on activities, the CFOS/S exam is given and graded at the end of the class. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of the program.

Prerequisites: CFOT

Thursday-Friday, Wallace Campus 8:00 am-5:00 pm

The fee for the course is $750.

Location: Grimsley Hall, Dothan Campus

Office Hours
Mon – Thur: 7:30am – 4:30pm
Fri: 7:30 am – 2:00pm