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Certified Fiber Optic Installer

This fiber optic installation training course is designed for those who layout, install or maintain fiber optic cabling systems. It identifies you as a fiber optic installer able to demonstrate a practical knowledge of fiber optic theory, codes, standards and practices widely accepted in the fiber optics industry. In addition, this training incorporates two days of individual hands-on training validating fiber optic installer skills, including fiber terminations, cable preparations, fusion splicing, OTDR and optical loss testing. These skills are applicable to all the requirements to safely and competently install, maintain and test fiber optic cabling systems.

This fiber optic installation course is currently offered with a self-paced, online lecture and a hands-on workshop. This innovative approach to Fiber Optic Training and certification allows students to minimize expense, time and travel by learning at their own pace, on their own schedule (using online e-Learning to complete the lecture portion of the class.) Students may then complete the hands-on portion of the class at any of our scheduled sessions around the world (and can review the material within one year of registering for the course.) If online training is not ideal for your learning style, a more traditional instructor-led lecture or question and answer section is available upon request depending on the location and the size of the class.

This course is classified as Level 1 Installer and it is followed by Level 2 Technician in the Professional Tracks. Our specialized Professional Tracks are two steps ahead of any other training programs available. These specialty programs build on the existing curriculum and then take it two extra steps. 

hours

2 DAY COURSE +16 hours of online instruction

language

English

Summary

This fiber optic installation training course is designed for those who layout, install or maintain fiber optic cabling systems. It identifies you as a fiber optic installer able to demonstrate a practical knowledge of fiber optic theory, codes, standards and practices widely accepted in the fiber optics industry. In addition, this training incorporates two days of individual hands-on training validating fiber optic installer skills, including fiber terminations, cable preparations, fusion splicing, OTDR and optical loss testing. These skills are applicable to all the requirements to safely and competently install, maintain and test fiber optic cabling systems.

This fiber optic installation course is currently offered with a self-paced, online lecture and a hands-on workshop. This innovative approach to Fiber Optic Training and certification allows students to minimize expense, time and travel by learning at their own pace, on their own schedule (using online e-Learning to complete the lecture portion of the class.) Students may then complete the hands-on portion of the class at any of our scheduled sessions around the world (and can review the material within one year of registering for the course.) If online training is not ideal for your learning style, a more traditional instructor-led lecture or question and answer section is available upon request depending on the location and the size of the class.

This course is classified as Level 1 Installer and it is followed by Level 2 Technician in the Professional Tracks. Our specialized Professional Tracks are two steps ahead of any other training programs available. These specialty programs build on the existing curriculum and then take it two extra steps. 

Target Audience

Certified Fiber Installer is designed for new or experienced personnel seeking a deeper understanding of the installation of fiber optic cabling systems. This course is excellent for anyone involved in the construction, education, commercial, industrial, or utility markets and anyone who designs, installs, maintains, or tests fiber optic cabling systems.

prerequisites

Knowledge or experience in the areas of Fiber Optic Advantages and Applications, Cables, Connectors and Terminations, Enclosures and Panels, and Test Equipment would be helpful, but is not required.

Skills Gained

Certified Fiber Installer training will provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to:

  • Layout, install or maintain fiber optic cabling systems
  • Demonstrate a practical knowledge of fiber optic theory, codes, standards and installation practices
  • Demonstrate a practical knowledge of individual hands-on skills including:
    • Performing industry standard fiber optic terminations
    • Preparing cables for inside and outside applications
    • Performing fusion splicing and splice tray preparation
    • Testing with the OTDR and optical loss test equipment

Certificate and Exam

CFI Certification

Topics Covered

Lectures (Self-Paced Online Training Modules – Must be completed before the student gets to class for the hands-on portion of the training.)
Approximate time needed to complete lectures: 16 hours.

  • Introduction to Fiber Optics
    • Fiber Optic Advantages and Applications
    • Terminology and History
    • The Fundamentals of Light Propagation
    • Scales of Measurement and the Spectrum
    • Characteristics of Singlemode and Multimode
    • Manufacturing, Bandwidth and Linear Effects
  • Cables
    • Cable Types, Construction and Specifications
    • Cable Marking
    • Selection Criteria
  • Connectors and Terminations
    • Temporary and Permanent Connections
    • Connector Types
    • Mechanical and Environmental Considerations
    • Performance Specifications
    • Connector Loss Issues
    • Splicing Applications
  • Splicing
    • Fusion and Mechanical
    • Fusion Splicing
    • Cable Marking
    • Mechanical Splicing
  • Enclosures and Panels
    • Panels
    • Distribution, Patch and Splice Types
    • Application Issues and Selection Criteria
    • Aerial and Burial Enclosures
    • Re-Entry and Expansion Capabilities
    • Routing and Preparation
  • Installation
    • Planning and Standards
    • Premise/LAN Methods
    • Outside Plant Methods
    • Aerial and Burial Techniques
    • Installation Tools and Equipment
  • Test Equipment
    • Loss Testing Tools and Equipment
    • Standards and Methods
    • Return Loss, Bandwidth and Dispersion
    • OTDR Theory and Applications
    • Loss and System Budget Calculations
  • Restoration and Maintenance
    • Tools and Equipment
    • Practical Applications
    • Time Saving Techniques
    • Record Keeping and Documentation
  • System Components and Design Issues
    • Transmitters and Receivers
    • Passive Optical Components
    • Couplers and Splitters
    • WDM and DWDM Issues
  • System Design Exercise
    • Tools and Equipment
    • Practical Applications
    • Time Saving Techniques

TL-01B – OSP Loose Tube Armored Cable Preparation

  • Understand cable jacket markings
  • Properly prepare an OSP cable for jacket removal
  • Properly use a jacket stripper or ringing tool
  • Strip off the jacket using the pull strings
  • Strip off all inner binders using a seam ripper
  • Handle the buffer without damaging the fiber within

TL-01E – Buffer Tube Fan Out Kit (BTFO)

  • Set up and position an OSP cable in preparation for the BFTO assembly.
  • Strip off the buffer tube using a ring cut tool.
  • Clean the gel off all fibers within a buffer tube without damaging any of the fibers.
  • Properly insert the individual fibers into the BFTO furcation tube module.
  • Properly assembly and secure the completed BFTO housing onto the buffer tube.

 TL-02A – Fusion Splicing 

  • Properly prepare an inside plant cable for mounting into a splice tray.
  • Demonstrate the proper way to strip, clean, cleave, and fusion splice 900µm fiber.
  • Properly pre-trim the individual fibers into the splice tray before fusion splicing.
  • Properly set up and fusion splice the individual fibers together.
  • Properly wrap (form & dress) the individual fibers back into the tray.

TL-03A – Mechanical Splice Connector

  • Properly prepare a simplex cable for this connector termination method.
  • Properly use a precision cleaver for this termination method.
  • Successfully mate a cleaved cable end into a mechanical splice-on connector.
  • Test the assembly to TIA Tier 1 standard.

TL-04A – Mechanical Splice

  • Perform a mechanical splice with < .3 dB of attenuation
  • Explain the benefits of Index Matching Gel
  • Use a precision cleaver to prepare fibers for splicing.
  • Calculate A-B and B-A loss.

TL-05A – Pigtail Fusion Splice

  • Perform a fusion splice with ≤ .1 dB of attenuation
  • Use a precision cleaver to prepare fibers for splicing.
  • Calculate A-B and B-A loss.

TL-06A – Power Meter & Light Source Testing

  • Use a VFL (Visual Fault Locator).
  • Understand the functions of Light Source & Power Meters.
  • Properly calibrate or reference the instruments prior to testing.
  • Test fiber optic segments and record the results.
  • Know the purpose of and how to connect reference patch cords.
  • Make accurate loss measurements.
  • Perform Bi-Directional Testing.
  • Know storage and download capabilities for reporting.

TL-07A – Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) Testing

  • Make a reliable connection from the OTDR to the Fiber Under Test. (FUT)
  • Use a USB optical probe to inspect the connectors
  • Be familiar with launch or pulse suppressor boxes and cables
  • Determine parameters to set up classic OTDR
  • Interpret typical reflective events in an OTDR trace test
  • Know parameters that help make more accurate location of breaks.
  • Use an OTDR in a real-time mode during cable installation and splicing
  • Save and print OTDR trace reports

TL20-A – Determining Power and Loss Budgets

  • The student will learn to evaluate a simple campus fiber segment.
  • The student will learn to determine if a fiber segment will perform properly

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