Basic Fiber Optics

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Lesson Plan: Online Course To Prepare For The FOA CFOT® Certification

With Fiber U Certificate of Completion

What 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 optics?
  • How fiber is used in communications
  • How a fiber optic link transmits signals
  • What 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.
  • Classroom 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 KSAs.
It will inform the student of the methods used to design, install, splice, terminate and test the cable plant

This program 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 us.

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 Fiber Optics - The Basics in the FOA Online 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 to study.

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.

Each 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.

Get Your Certificate of Completion
When 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 hands-on labs.

Reference Materials:

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  FOA Online 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 
FOA Online Reference Guide, Basic Fiber Optics section of the website.

Textbook:  FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics .

FOA Fiber Optics textbook

Video: Some lessons may also provide references to the FOA YouTube Videos.  

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  Ready? Let's get started!

Lesson Plan:
Read the materials linked on each lesson plan and take the quiz to check your comprehension.

Lesson 1: Introduction, The Basic Overview Of Fiber Optics, Standards, Safety  
Lesson 2: Fiber Optic Jargon - The Language of Fiber Optics     
Lesson 3: Fiber Optic Communications   
Lesson 4: Fiber Optic Transmission Systems and Components   
Lesson 5: Optical Fiber    
Lesson 6: Fiber Optic Cables  
Lesson 7: Splicing and Termination  
Lesson 8: Fiber Optic Testing  
Lesson 9: Fiber Optic Network Design  
Lesson 10: Fiber Optic Network Installation 

Remote Hands-On Lab (optional)

When you have finished, your instructor will give you directions for taking the test at the completion of this course.  

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.



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