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

Instructor: Bill Pruett

Days: Thursday-Friday
Dates: Spring 2015
Times: 8am-5pm
Age Adult
Location: NMSU-A Campus
Cost: $675

This 2-day 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. You will not learn obsolete theory and practice out of obsolete textbooks! This course will teach specific procedures to use when testing both multimode and singlemode fiber optic networks.  In addition, the proper maintenance of both inside and outside plant fiber optic networks will be discussed in detail.

The program offers a general, easy to understand approach to fiber optics testing standards. We will explain the variety of testing standards, equipment and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and how to choose among them. We explore the overall spectrum of testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks and will provide a better comfort level for our students with regards to testing and maintenance of both singlemode and multimode fiber optics networks. This course is not prejudiced to one application, technology or manufacturer.

Subject matter includes a detailed study of ANSI/TIA/EIA-526-14A, OTDR Fundamentals and Uses, OTDR  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, and PC-Based OTDR Simulator. Program provides for 85% hands-on activities. (2 sessions)

Prerequisite: CFOT Course or another formal Fiber Optics training course within preceding 6 months, or 1 year Fiber Optics related experience. Must have taken and passed the Basic CFOT Exam prior to registering Specialist Certification (CFOS/T) with the FOA. If the student is not a registered CFOT with the FOA, the 100-question exam is available to “test out” of the basic, CFOT Course requirement. The fee for this exam is $145 and is collected by the instructor.

Textbook:  Fiber Optics Technician’s Reference Manual by Jim Hayes. Supplementary study materials include workbook and Student Lab Manual.  Course fee includes all study materials, consumables and exams.

Course Schedule

Day – 1:

  • Introduction to ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.3, Optical Fiber Cabling Components Standard.
  • A review of fiber optics safety procedures
  • Comprehensive overview of ANSI/TIA/EIA-526-14A
  • Hands-on activities demonstrating emergency cable repair using connectors, and mechanical and fusion splicing procedures.
  • Fiber Networking Tools & Equipment
  • Introduction to Troubleshooting & Maintenance

Day – 2:

  • OTDR Functions & Characteristics
  • Use of the OTDR, Power Source and Light Meter Functions
  • OTDR Vs. Power Source & Light Meter
  • Method A, B and C
  • High Performance Network Testing & Troubleshooting & Maintenance
  • Safety
  • Class Discussion
  • Administer and Grade Specialist Written and Hands-On Exams
  • Test Results & Review, Conclusion


Student comments:

“Instructor was excellent, communication and presentation.”