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Fiber Optics

Ready to earn your designation as a Certified Fiber Optics Technician? Upon completion of the course you will be eligible to write the FOA's certification exam. If you succeed on the exam you will receive your CFOT designation.

Certified Fiber Optic Technician - is the primary certification for all fiber optic technicians. CFOTs have a broad knowledge, skills and abilities in fiber optics that can be applied to almost any job - design, installation, operation – and for almost any application using fiber optic communications.


CFOT certification is based on an extensive knowledge of fiber optics technology and application as well as demonstrated skills in appropriate tasks. Most CFOTs work in the industry as contractors or installers. Consultants, network designers, estimators and trainers would also be expected to have such credentials.  CFOTs are also involved with the manufacture of fiber optic components such as cables, patchcords, active devices and communications systems.

With your CFOT designation, you will have the knowledge and skills to work with state-of-the-art cabling for telephones, security systems and LANs. You will be able to terminate and splice fiber optic cables, as well as troubleshoot and document fiber systems within industry specifications.



To qualify for the CFOT certification, at least two years of relevant field experience is  required, including documented experience installing and testing fiber optic networks. Training by employers, manufacturers or vendors of cabling products may be recognized as part of the experience requirements.

Field experience installing and testing fiber optic networks must include the following:

  • Participation in multiple installation jobs, preferably including premises and OSP installations

  • Experience preparing various cable types

  • Experience with fusion splicing and several termination types

  • Experience testing with visual inspection, VFL, OLTS, OTDR


Course Objectives:

  • Overview of fiber optic applications and installations

  • Communications systems utilizing fiber optics

  • Fiber optic components appropriate for fiber optic networks

  • Installation of premises and outside plant fiber optic cable

  • Splicing and termination

  • Testing fiber optic components and cable plants

  • Hands-On Lab Exercises including hands-on splicing, termination and testing


What Are the Benefits of FOA Certification?
Like any certification program, the benefits to the members who pass the certification tests are based on the recognition of achieving a level of competence in the fiber optics field. For the end user looking for competent fiber optic personnel, it is the knowledge that this person has demonstrated knowledge and ability in the field and, perhaps even has documented experience. For the vendor of fiber optic products, it offers a technically- qualified pool of employees as well as contractors to recommend to end user customers who need to find installers for their networks. 

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