Expand your knowledge of the industry, learn new skills, and continue to advance professionally. Gain the skills necessary to handle the cabling systems of today and tomorrow. This course sets the groundwork for optical fiber-based structured cabling system installation. The course opens with an overview of fiber transmission principles, professionalism, life safety, and industry best practices, as related to fiber. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on installation, splicing, termination, testing, and retrofitting of optical fiber cable. Additional topics include pathways and spaces, firestopping, and an introduction to field coordination. As ITS systems become more complex, being recognized for your knowledge of current and emerging installation practices has become more critical. Tuition fees include disposable items used in the course, books, handouts, instructional materials, lab materials, equipment use, and certification test fees.
At least two years of current and verifiable ITS industry installation experience
Successful completion of BICSI Installer, Level 1, certification exam
Certification exams offered by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA) recognize the value of certifications in today’s job markets. By offering certifications that are developed by a board of industry experts, the FOA provides an independent means to judge potential and current employees. The following certification is currently available:
Completion of the appropriate PCATT course, Fiber Optics Essentials, and experience requirements if applicable
This course starts with basic fiber optics theory. You will learn about the components found in fiber optics networks and where to find fiber optic reference materials. Not to be overlooked are the essentials of fiber safety. Designing, implementing, and managing a network using fiber optic cable requires knowledge about subjects that are new to people in telecommunications. Building codes, construction techniques, cable routing, and design are among the many topics covered in fiber network engineering.
After basic theory and network engineering, you will move on to basic fiber optic network testing methods. You will have an opportunity to complete hands-on power meter and light source testing and also test for loss measurement. You will also learn the essential skills of terminating fiber optic cables with hands-on connectorizing and testing labs.
This hands-on course also covers the two major categories of field splicing methods, fusion splicing and mechanical splicing. Within mechanical splicing, single fiber mechanical (capillary and polished ferrule) and mechanical multiple fiber array are included. This unique opportunity to splice and test provides key components of learning to work with fiber.
You will learn about the three basic types of field testing used for customer premises systems. They are continuity testing, insertion loss/return loss testing, and Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) testing and troubleshooting. All methods are taught with hands-on learning in the fiber optics lab environment. This course is well suited for the technician who will complete hands-on jobs as well as for supervisors and managers wanting an overview of fiber optics.
Effective February 4, 2009, BICSI recognizes Basic Hands-On Fiber Optic Training for 21 BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs).
Must wear closed toe, closed heel shoes for training