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Basic Fiber Optic Theory and Hands-On Training

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. 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).


For information and registration email or call 800-873-1873.


Section - COM2023-017

Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE)

CFCE is a five-day globally recognized certification course on understanding optical fiber network infrastructure and impairments that affect high-speed network performance from optical loss to dispersion. It is a mix of theory, exercises, and practical lab work. In addition to class discussions, you will work in smaller groups to fully characterize a fiber link, document and analyze test results. Each participant will submit a report summarizing the link and what it can support. The course culminates with a final exam.


At the end of the course, you will understand the challenges of testing fiber infrastructure and learn valuable skills in comprehensive testing and troubleshooting. Those who pass the exam and course project achieve CFCE (Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer) certification. If you complete the course without qualifying at the engineering level, you will achieve CFCT (Certified Fiber Characterization Technician) certification.


This course is most beneficial to those who wish to develop or improve skills and understanding in advanced fiber infrastructure testing – this includes technicians or engineers in outside or inside plant, managers and business owners. Typical clients include telecom, multiple service operators (MSOs), data center interconnect service providers, large private network owners, engineering and test contractors, utilities, government and military agencies.


Required prep: A PC laptop with Windows 8 or above is required with capability to read USB memory device.  A basic understanding of fiber optics and testing concepts (loss, OTDR) is recommended but not required.

Recommended prep: A basic understanding of fiber networks through a fiber network fundamentals course or online reading is helpful but not required.

Section - COM2147-001

Fiber Optic 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:

- Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) for basic fiber optics

This exam is administered on the last day of Basic Fiber Optic Theory and Hands-On Training. It is the logical culmination of your training, to demonstrate your knowledge and competencies by taking this certification exam.


July 26; F; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; 1 mtg

Honolulu Community College; Kubota; $250

course code: COM2045-006

For information and registration email or call 800-873-1873.

Section - COM2045-008

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