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Fiber U OJT - On The Job Training Courses

Course: Fiber Optic or Premises Cabling OJT
Level: Novice

Fiber Optics and Premises Cabling OJT - On The Job Training Course

Preparation For Direct FOA Certification For Fiber Optic OJT Trainees

OJT is the well-known term for "on-the-job training." Workers learn on the job under the supervision of experienced co-workers. FOA has been asked many times how its resources like Fiber U can be used to help employers and their employees involved in OJT. The interest in OJT has been so high, especially during the difficult year in 2020, that FOA decided to formalize an OJT program and create training aids to help employers develop qualified techs using OJT.

The FOA Fiber U OJT program combines online study at Fiber U with OJT to help new employees develop into certified technicians in only one year.  Upon completion of this program, the trainee will be prepared to take the exam for the FOA CFOT, Certified Fiber Optic Technician, the most widely recognized fiber optic certification in the industry. More information on the FOA OJT-to-Cert program.

Level: Novice

Intended For:
Newcomers to fiber optics or premises cabling who are working in the field, learning from supervisors and co-workers
Companies wanting to help new employees become trained and productive quickly
Supervisors needing a more structured OJT program to help train recent hires

Objectives: From this self-study program you should learn:
What is fiber optics or premises cabling and how it is used in communications
How fiber optic networks work
What tools and components are used in building fiber optic cable plants or premises cabling networks
What are the processes used in fiber optic or premises cabling installation
The hands-on skills needed to successfully install fiber optics or premises cabling
The knowledge to complete the OJT program and pass the FOA CFOT or CPCT exam

You will be expected to have a position at a company that involves the installation of fiber optics or premises cabling.
You should have completed schooling to at least the 10th grade level with good reading comprehension and math skills.
You should have the permission of you company and agreement that knowledgeable company employees will help and mentor you.
You need a laptop, tablet or smartphone and Internet access that you can use to access Fiber U lessons and FOA Guide  pages of reference materials.

Program Description
The FOA “OJT-To-Cert” program is designed for novices working at companies who want to provide organized training for employees who have limited or no experience in fiber optic  or premises cabling installation. The program combines online lessons here on the FOA’s free web-based training site Fiber U covering the basic knowledge of fiber optic  or premises cabling installation with a structured “on-the-job” training program to acquire the necessary skills for performing the tasks involved in installation focusing on the scope of tasks your company specializes in.

Companies participating in the FOA OJT program should join the FOA as corporate members.  There is no cost to the company or the trainee to participate in this OJT program except for the cost of Fiber U certificates of completion and FOA certification when the trainee completes the program.

Requirements To Be An FOA OJT Trainee
Trainees should have an education level of approximately 10th grade, with basic math and adequate reading level. They should have the ability to work independently, follow directions and be punctual. They must be willing to commit to the program which requires an extra level of time commitment on the job, mostly for outside online study.

Trainee will need Internet access through a PC, tablet or smartphone and Internet access at work and/or at home. The hands-on labs will require use of the company’s equipment as used on the job or purchase of inexpensive equipment purchased online.

Trainee must complete the Fiber U “Basic Fiber Optics” online course for fiber optics OJT or the Fiber U Premises Cabling online course for premises cabling and achieve their Fiber U Certificate of Completion for that course as part of the OJT-To-Cert program. The rest of the OJT program will use the Fiber U Basic Skills Labs and be partially driven by projects on the job and partly by the Fiber U schedule.

The OJT Supervisors and Mentors
While it is preferable if one supervisor or mentor works with the trainee during the course of the program, it's likely that different job assignments will require several. The OJT supervisors and mentors must be sufficiently experienced in the type of work the trainee will be performing to judge the trainee's progress and be willing to commit working with the trainee for the program.

Based on the Fiber U OJT to Cert program, the OJT supervisor should help set the timetable for achieving specific learning goals and ongoing evaluation targets leading to the opportunity to take the FOA CFOT online.
The Supervisor provides supervision to the trainee in a safe environment with the necessary tools to perform the Fiber U Basic Skills Lab “hands-on” assignments outlined in the OJT to Cert program

FOA Certification
After completion of the Fiber U courses, while the trainee is working on the job, they may elect to take additional Fiber U courses relating to their work. All Fiber U courses are free and cover topics related to skills and applications for techs doing fiber optic installation work.

At the completion of both parts of the program – the Basics and the  Basics Skill Lab and completion of at least 12 months of work experience and OJT, the participants will be eligible to take the FOA CFOT and/or CPCT Certification exam online.

Get Started
  • Make arrangements within your company to participate in the FOA OJT-to-Cert program
  • Have your company join FOA as a Corporate Member (no cost to companies in the program)
  • Send FOA applications (below) for each trainee.
  • Have the trainee begin with the Fiber U OJT-to-Cert program and download a Experience Log Spreadsheet (below)

Application For The FOA OJT-To-Cert Program  
Complete and submit your application to the program.
FOA OJT-to-Cert Application  (PDF)   (DOC)  

Fiber U OJT-to-Cert Programs

Fiber U Fiber Optics OJT Program 

Fiber U Premises Cabling OJT Program 

This information is provided by The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. as a benefit to 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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