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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 - COM2023-020

Section - COM2023-021

Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA)

CONA is a globally recognized five-day certification course on optical networking and  design. It is a mix of theory, discussion and exercises leading to execution of a design project. You will work in small teams to select and design a system based on a set of defined conditions. Each team presents their approach and design to the instructor and class. The course culminates with a final exam.

At the end of the course, you will understand optical network theory, how to interpret link test data, system components, and the process of designing a 10Gb/s xWDM network. Those who pass the exam and course project achieve CONA (Certified Optical Network Associate) certification.

This course is beneficial to those who wish to develop skills in optical network design and in understanding how to interpret fiber network test results. Current or aspiring design engineers and managers supporting private, public or government networks will find this course helpful. It is also valuable for those who manage contractors that provide those services. Typical clients include telecom, multiple service operators (MSO’s), 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 devices.

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

Section - COM2146-005

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.

Section - COM2045-011

Section - COM2045-012

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