Continuing Education
Georgia Southern University

Fiber Optics Tech & Specialist Certification Classes

Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing & Maintenance (CFOS/T)

Dates: Thursday to Friday, 8/18/2016 to 8/19/2016
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (lunch is on your own)
Cost: $675 / $750 late registration after noon, Monday, 4/22/2016
Registrations ends: noon, 8/2/2016
Location: Coastal Georgia Center

Fee includes course materials, book, study materials, CD and certification exam. The text we use is The FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics written by Mr. Jim Hayes.

Prerequisite: FOA CFOT Course. As of January 1, 2015, the student MUST have successfully passed the basic CFOT course within the preceding 12 months or have renewed their FOA membership within that time frame prior to attending the CFOS/T, CFOS/S, and/or the CFOS/O FOA Specialist courses offered by BDI Datalynk. Students are encouraged to register for all courses being offered at the individual locations with the understanding that the CFOT is the prerequisite for all other courses and it must be successfully completed first prior to attending any of the other courses.

This course is recognized by The US Department of Labor and is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA).

This 2-day (16-hour) program is designed to offer specialist fiber optics training to anyone involved with the testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks. This advanced fiber optics training is strictly a practical course, but includes more background information than is typical in basic courses to allow the student to understand what they are testing and how to troubleshoot problems in long-haul and short-haul fiber optics networks.

One of the most important points of the program is to teach current day technology. Too many courses teach obsolete theory and practice, out of obsolete textbooks! This course will teach differences between applications (telco/CATV/LAN, etc.) so the student can intelligently work in today’s fiber optics cable environment.

Another focal point in the program is to offer a general, easy to understand approach to fiber optics testing standards. We attempt to explain the variety of testing standards, equipment and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and how to choose among them. Many courses are criticized because they are too specific or prejudiced to one application, technology or manufacturer. We explore the overall spectrum of testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks and strive to provide a better comfort level for our students with regards to testing and maintenance of both singlemode and multimode fiber optics networks. Subject matter includes a detailed study of ANSI/TIA/EIA-526-14A, OTDR Fundamentals and Uses, OTDR Vs. Insertion Loss Testing, Return Loss Testing, and Proper Maintenance of High-Performance Fiber Networks. The Certified Fiber Optics Specialist/Testing Exam is given and graded the final day of class. Course fee includes all study materials, consumables, manuals, and PC-Based OTDR Simulator. Program provides for 85% hands-on activities.

Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Splicing (CFOS/S)

Dates: Saturday to Sunday, 8/20/2016 to 8/21/2016
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (lunch is on your own)
Cost: $675 – no early discount rate for this course
Registrations ends: noon, 8/2/2016
Location: Coastal Georgia Center

Fee includes course materials, book, study materials, CD and certification exam. The text we use is The FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics written by Mr. Jim Hayes.

Prerequisite: FOA CFOT Course. As of January 1, 2015, the student MUST have successfully passed the basic CFOT course within the preceding 12 months or have renewed their FOA membership within that time frame prior to attending the CFOS/T, CFOS/S, and/or the CFOS/O FOA Specialist courses offered by BDI Datalynk. Students are encouraged to register for all courses being offered at the individual locations with the understanding that the CFOT is the prerequisite for all other courses and it must be successfully completed first prior to attending any of the other courses.

This course is recognized by The US Department of Labor and is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA).

This 2-day Splicing Specialist Training includes a complete PowerPoint presentation explaining the importance of high performance splicing and further details the points necessary to achieve these splices. The depth of this presentation is much greater than most textbooks and provides background information about splicing that is very important to the student. An overview of OTDR functions and trace understanding is also provided during this presentation. 85% hands-on classroom activities will provide training in both fusion and mechanical splicing of either single or multimode fiber optic cables. Inside or outside plant fiber optic cable types will be utilized at instructor’s discretion during these hands-on sessions along with fiber optics enclosures and splice trays. The student will be responsible for successfully making and testing both mechanical and fusion splices. In addition to the basic splicing activities outlined above, the student will further be required to correctly and efficiently install spliced fibers into splice trays and enclosures. The student will further be required to achieve a splice loss of less than 0.15 dB for all splices and demonstrate proficiency in interpretation of splice loss using OTDR splice traces.

Certified Fiber Optics Technician Course (CFOT)

Dates: Monday to Wednesday, 10/10/2016 – 10/15/2016
Time: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (lunch is on your own)
Cost: $700
Registrations ends: noon, 9/26/2016
Location: Coastal Georgia Center

Fee includes course materials, book, study materials, CD and certification exam. The text we use is The FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics written by Mr. Jim Hayes.

Prerequisites: Basic Computer Knowledge

This introductory 3-day Fiber Optic Training explores the history and future of fiber optics, fiber optics capabilities, and the cost of installation. 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.

We combine 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 is designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician. Fee includes course materials, book, study materials, CD and certification exam. The text we use is The FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics written by Mr. Jim Hayes.

Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Outside Plant Installation (CFOS/O)

Dates: Thursday – Friday, 10/13/2016 – 10/15/2016
Time: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (lunch is on your own)
Cost: $700
Registrations ends: noon, 9/26/2016
Location: Coastal Georgia Center

Fee includes course materials, book, study materials, CD and certification exam. The text we use is The FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics written by Mr. Jim Hayes.

Prerequisites: Basic Computer Knowledge

This 2-day, 16 hour (*appx) fiber optic specialist course is for students who will be directly involved with installing Outside Plant (OSP) Fiber Optics Cabling.  Further, it is an add-on course to their FOA portfolio once they have successfully completed the 3-day, basic CFOT course and can be taken concurrently with the CFOT course.  This advanced Fiber Optic Training combines lecture sessions and 85% hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOS/O, OSP hands on and written exams that are sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day. This course introduces the student to industry standards governing the installation, testing, and troubleshooting of OSP fiber optics cable – primarily singlemode OSP cable used in the Outside Plant Rugged Environment. Students will learn how to properly identify OSP fiber cabling types, recognize various outside plant closures used in OSP fiber installation, install, prepare, terminate, splice, and properly test and troubleshoot installed OSP fiber cable to existing standards.  Course fee includes study materials, Text Book, CD, and exams and 1-year membership to the FOA. Note: The student must pass both the written and hands on exams to successfully pass this course.

*Note:  Actual hours may vary depending on number of students.

Prerequisite:  FOA CFOT Course
As of January 1, 2015, the student MUST have successfully passed the basic CFOT course within the preceding 12 months or have renewed their FOA membership within that time frame prior to attending the CFOS/T, CFOS/S, and/or the CFOS/O FOA Specialist courses offered by BDI Datalynk. There are no exceptions.  Students are encouraged to register for all courses being offered at the individual locations with the understanding that the CFOT is the prerequisite for all other courses and it must be successfully completed first prior to attending any of the other “specialist” courses.

Course Objective:
Program prepares the student to take the Fiber Optics Specialist Outside Plant (OSP) Certification Exam (Written and Hands-On) given 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.

METHOD OF ASSESSING WHETHER COURSE OBJECTIVE WAS MET:
Along with chapter tests, class discussions, and substantial hands-on activities, the CFOS/O exam (both written and practical) is given and graded at the end of the class.  Upon successful completion, students will receive a certification at the end of the program which is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association.

Registration Information

REGISTER ONLINE (secure server) (using a Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover card) at the link below.
Please note: Online registration is for individual registrations only. Please have your credit card ready.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover Cards

 

Register Online: Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing & Maintenance (CFOS/T)
Dates: Beginning August 18, 2016

Register Online: Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Splicing (CFOS/S)
Dates: Beginning August 20, 2016

Register Online: Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT)
Beginning October 10, 2016

Register Online: Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Outside Plant Installation (CFOS/O)
Beginning October 13, 2016

Click here for more ways to register.

REGISTRATION & WITHDRAWAL POLICY

PAYMENT: Course payment must be received within 10 business days after registration or no later than the registration close date, whichever is earlier. The only exception is when the registrant’s employer provides a Purchase Order number and the firm has been billed.

IF CLASS CANCELS: Full refunds are given for classes cancelled by Continuing Education. Early registration helps eliminate the disappointment of a cancelled class. Class will cancel if the minimum number of participants have not registered by the registration deadline.

SUBSTITUTE INSTEAD OF WITHDRAW:
Substitution is suggested instead of withdrawal. Notify CE Registrations of the substitution at least 10 business days before the course starts. No substitutions will be made after class begins.

IF REGISTRANT WITHDRAWS: Continuing Education will refund payment if an individual withdraws before registration closes; however, a 20% processing fee will be deducted. Once course materials are opened, they are not eligible for refund.

After registration closes, no refund will be given. Refunds take 2-4 weeks. If payment is made by credit card, your account will be credited (minus the processing fee).

This information is complete and accurate at the time of posting; however, it is subject to change.
If you have any questions, please contact CE Registrations toll-free at 855.478.5551 or e-mail ce-registrations@georgiasouthern.edu.


Instructor: Peter Morcombe, CFOT, CFOS/I

fiberopticsinstructorPeter Morcombe has over 24 years experience in high tech telecommunications and computers. He had responsibility for over 500 projects in 18 countries including the 140 Mbps fiber optic link from Hitchin to Stevenage in 1977, the ME29 computer project in 1980 and the Duke University Free Electron Laser in 1990. Peter spent 15 years developing lasers and picosecond streak cameras.

His fiber optics experience includes the manufacture of fiber, fiber optic cable, terminal equipment and complete systems installation. Peter worked with many of the fiber optic pioneers including Charles Kao and David Payne. He worked on TAT-8, the first long haul submarine fiber optic system and on many terrestrial fiber projects. His teaching experience includes “Fiber To The Home”. Peter’s professional qualifications include IEE, IEEE and LEOS.

Instructor: Tom Rauch CFOT, CFOI

fiberoptiicrauchTom retired from Verizon Communications as Manager, Network Operations. He was responsible for installation and maintenance field work groups throughout New Jersey. During his 30 year career with Verizon, Tom was involved in POTS (installation and maintenance), Digital, T1, T3, DSL/ADSL, Special Services (analog/digital), Safety, Training, Sales Generation and Public Affairs.

After his retirement Tom has worked as a training consultant teaching FTTH (voice, data and video), Fiber Splicing and Fiber CO/Distribution Network Applications to broadband technicians throughout the country. He has also worked as a consultant providing computer training at community colleges in NJ, MD and VA.

Tom is a Certified Fiber Optics Instructor and Fiber Optics Network Testing & Maintenance Specialist certified by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA).

For Fiber Optics Tech & Specialist Certification Classes Information Contact

Mary Thaler
Phone: (912) 478-5556
Email: mthaler@georgiasouthern.edu

FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m interested in getting a job in fiber optics once I get certified. Where can I find more information?

The Fiber Optic Association serves the entire industry and has several pages on its website devoted to job opportunities. Please visit http://www.thefoa.org/jobs/jobtitle.htm and http://www.thefoa.org/jobs/jobs.html for more details.

Q: If I don’t have previous experience with Fiber Optics but study hard, how well am I likely to do on the certification exam?We have a 95% pass rate in all of our Fiber Optics classes, presented in partnership with BDI DataLynk (FOA Approved School # 208). Review for each test is extensive – the best in the industry.

For best results, you should be able to understand written and spoken English, to hold and recognize small tools, and to take notes and study. Attendance and participation are vital to your success in each course.

Q: What if I want to get the textbook ahead of time to study for the class?The student who wants to get ahead of the game can do some pre-study and pre-quizzing here: http://www.thefoa.org/tech/ref/index.html

Q: What is the fee for the certification exam?If you register for any of these four classes, the certification exam is included in the price, and the exam is given at the end of the course.

If you prefer to test-out of the CFOT test in order to take a Specialist course, the price is $145 pass or fail. The exam is 100 questions, and you must answer 70 or more correctly in order to pass the exam.

Testimonials
What did you like most about this Certified Fiber Optics Specialist / Splicing program?

“Hands-on and material covered”
– Tony W. Taylor, Alma Telephone Company

“Fusion splicing info”
– Joshua D. Smith, W. Metts Engineering Company

What did you like most about this Certified Fiber Optics Specialist / Training & Maintenance program?

“Hands-on testing”
– Michael DiSanza, City of Savannah

“Clear explanation of OTDR function”
– Joshua D. Smith, W. Metts Engineering Company

“Hands on portion”
– Keith Lucas, Charleston Job Corps Center

Career Opportunities
CFOS Career Opportunities

Are you considering a career change or career growth? Certified Fiber Optic training will prepare you for the steps you need to establish yourself in this expanding career field (see the FOA articles below).

Participants in our January and May 2009 classes told us their career plans, and how the training helped.
In general this workshop was interesting and informative:

  • Strongly agree: 11 participants
  • Agree: 3 participants
Learned practical skills that I may put into practice:

  • Strongly agree: 9 participants
  • Agree: 3 participants
  • Moderate (neither agree nor disagree): 1 participant
This workshop was a productive use of my time:

  • Strongly agree: 8 participants
  • Agree: 6 participants
How will you use what you have learned?

  • Start a new career.
  • Working on jobs for telecom companies and whatever future holds.
  • Currently a communications contractor.
  • In my [current] employment.
  • In installs and trouble-shooting of fiber.
  • On the job.
  • At work.
  • Trouble shooting and test equipment use.
Obama Administration Has New Agenda for Technology
Fiber Optics and Job Training To Benefit

From the January, 2009 Fiber Optic Association NewsletterMinutes after the swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th President of The United States, the White House website (www.whitehouse.gov) was updated to show the priorities of the new administration. For those of us in communications, the goal of expanding broadband penetration means more fiber – for fiber is the backbone of the Internet and all communications systems.To ensure a well-educated technical workforce, focus on education for the trades and retraining for those who need more skills.
Below, we have copied the two agendas we note here, but we encourage you to go to the website and read them – all of them – yourself.Deploy Next-Generation Broadband: Work towards true broadband in every community in America through a combination of reform of the Universal Service Fund, better use of the nation’s wireless spectrum, promotion of next-generation facilities, technologies and applications, and new tax and loan incentives. America should lead the world in broadband penetration and Internet access.Lifelong Retraining: Reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act, and increase resources for community colleges and lifelong learning initiatives to ensure our citizens can continue to gain new skills throughout their lifetimes. Modernize and expand the existing system of trade adjustment assistance to include service sector workers hurt by changing trade patterns. Create flexible education accounts that workers can use to retrain.The new Obama Administration Agenda for Technology is online at http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/technology/

Last updated: 7/28/2016

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