Plan: Online Course To Prepare For The FOA CFOT®
Fiber U Certificate of Completion
You Will Learn In This Program:
- The basic
knowledge about fiber optics you need to complete a FOA
CFOT Certification Course by taking hands-on labs in
person with your instructor
- What is fiber
- How fiber is
used in communications
- How a fiber
optic link transmits signals
components are used in fiber optic cable plants
- How fiber
optic cables are installed, spliced and terminated
- How a fiber
optic cable plant or network is tested
- How to design
a fiber optic network
- How different
types of fiber optic cable plants are installed
This lesson is intended to be part
of a "blended learning" course in fiber optics for FOA CFOT
Certification. The course has two parts:
- Online course
to develop basic knowledge needed by fiber optic
technicians, using these lessons with an instructor
available for any answering questions you may have.
There is a Fiber U Certificate of Completion test at the
end of the online course.
training for review of the material in these lessons and
intensive hands-on labs covering the skills expected of
fiber optic technicians.The CFOT Certification exam will
be given at the end of the classroom course.
The FOA CFOT course is focused on the practical aspects of
fiber optics, the things a technician needs to know in
order to design, install, test and operate fiber optic
networks - the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) for a
fiber optic technician as defined in the FOA
will inform the student of the methods used to design,
install, splice, terminate and test the cable plant
has been developed as a cooperative effort of many technical
advisors and experienced instructors for FOA. If you have
comments or suggestions on how to improve it, please contact
How This Online Program Works:
This Fiber U online program will divide the basics of fiber
optics into a 10 Lessons corresponding to chapters in the
FOA textbook, FOA
Reference Guide to Fiber Optics
and the sections in
Optics - The Basics in
Reference Guide. Each topic will have a brief
introduction to the subject, telling you what you should
learn from the study materials in that lesson, and will then
send you to read the reference materials
Watch the video lectures first, then study the
linked section of the Online Guide.or the chapter of the textbook.
We highly recommend the Online Guide sections because they
have more illustrations including animations that help
understanding fiber optics.
lesson plan will have online versions of the textbook
chapter quizzes for you to test your comprehension. After
you finish each Lesson, you should take the quiz and check
your answers, returning to the study materials to find out
why you missed any questions. Each
quiz is self-grading and will provide you with the graded
questions, the correct answers for each question you miss
and the rationale for the answer. Use the quizzes to learn
what you need to study again from each lesson.
quiz is strictly for you to test your comprehension; it is
not reported to your instructor, so don't hesitate to take
it several times if needed to ensure your complete
comprehension of the material.
Once you finish all lessons, you will be well-versed in the
basics of fiber optics and ready for your certification
class. If desired, the graded quiz with the answers can be
printed (on paper or a PDF) for review or further study. You
instructor may request you print them to PDF to email to
them as part of the course.
Have Questions? Need Help ?
You have an instructor available. Directions sent to you
about this course includes the contact information for your
instructor. You can contact them with any questions you have
about this course.
Your Certificate of Completion
you finish all the lessons in this program, your instructor
will give you instructions to take a test covering all the
material to earn your Fiber U Certificate of Completion
which is a prerequisite for taking the classroom hands-on
lab part of the course. Your Fiber U Certificate of
Completion exam will verify your completion of the course in
preparation for the classroom course with its extensive
Some people like to learn by reading books, some by reading
online articles and some like to watch videos. This course
offers all three.
You may take this Fiber U Online course using these
reference materials - the FOA
Reference Guide to Fiber Optics
textbook or the
Reference Guide website.
Some lessons will also offer videos you can watch instead.
All cover the same basic material, so you can choose
depending on how you like to study best.
FOA Online Guide: Lessons will provide links
to the same material on the
Reference Guide, Basic Fiber Optics
section of the website.
Reference Guide to Fiber Optics .
Some lessons may also provide references to the FOA
Ready? Let's get
Read the materials
linked on each lesson plan and take the quiz to check your
1: Introduction, The Basic Overview Of Fiber
Optics, Standards, Safety
2: Fiber Optic Jargon - The Language of Fiber
3: Fiber Optic Communications
4: Fiber Optic Transmission Systems and Components
5: Optical Fiber
6: Fiber Optic Cables
7: Splicing and Termination
8: Fiber Optic Testing
9: Fiber Optic Network Design
10: Fiber Optic Network Installation
Hands-On Lab (optional)
you have finished, your instructor will give you
directions for taking the test at the completion of this
This information is provided by The Fiber Optic
Association Inc. for those interested in teaching,
designing, manufacturing, selling, installing or using
fiber optic communications systems or networks. It is
intended to be used as an overview and/or basic guidelines
and in no way should be considered to be complete or
comprehensive. These guidelines are strictly the opinion
of the FOA and the reader is expected to use them as a
basis for learning, as a reference and for creating their
own documentation, project specifications, etc. Those
working with fiber optics in the classroom, laboratory or
field should follow all safety rules carefully. The FOA
assumes no liability for the use of any of this material.