Man connecting network cables to switches

John Wood Business and Industry Advanced Skill Training

JWCC Office for Business and Industry is partnering with BDI DataLynk to offer Fiber Optic Network Certification Courses. This program is divided into four individual courses that teach the necessary skills to build, test, troubleshoot, install and repair fiber optic networks and prepares the student to take the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician) exam, the CFOS/T (Certified Fiber Optic Testing & Maintenance Specialist) exam, and the CFOS/S (Certified Fiber Optic Splicing Specialist) exam.

Certified Fiber Optic Technician
October 11 - 13  •  Monday-Tuesday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Wednesday,
8:00 am - Noon*
Cost: $895
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane
This introductory fiber optic tech course is designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician. This Fiber Optic Training combines theory and 85% hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician) test that is sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day. This course also introduces the student to industry standards governing FTTD (Fiber To The Desk), FTTH (Fiber To The Home), and Distribution Cabling. Students will learn how to identify fiber types, recognize various connectors used in fiber installation; and install, terminate, splice, and properly test installed fiber cable to existing standards. This program explores the history and future of fiber optics and fiber optics capabilities, and basic testing and troubleshooting. Course fee includes all books, CD, study materials, exam fees and 1-year membership to the FOA. Note: The student must pass both the written and hands-on exams to successfully pass this course.  *Actual number of hours may vary depending on number of students.

Day 1:

  • Introduction to Fiber Optics
  • Fiber To the Desk
  • Fiber To The Home
  • Multimode Fiber Optics Networking
  • Fiber Optics Safety
  • Hands-on Session Begins – Anaerobic Polishing Procedures. Basic patch cable assembly, testing, troubleshoot, and repair.

Day 2:

  • Fiber Optics Networking Standards
  • Fiber Optics Cable and Connector Identification
  • Outside Plant Cable Introduction
  • Hands-on Session Continues – Termination of Fiber Connectors, Introduction to Splicing (Mechanical & Fusion). Introduction to fiber optics network troubleshooting. Students will begin installation of MM fiber optics network using 12-fiber distribution style cable with SC and ST connectors.

Day 3:

  • Outside Plant Fiber Cable preparation, termination & testing - Demonstration
  • Hands-On Session continues. Students must build, test and troubleshoot  actual multimode fiber optics network according to industry standards.
  • Introduction to Basic OTDR Functions and Traces
  • Use of the OTDR, VFL, Power Source and Light Meter Functions
  • Continuity Testing, Troubleshooting, Managing Tools and Equipment
  • Written and Hands-On Exam review session (Students must pass both the written and the hands-on exams.)

Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Testing
October 13 - 14  •  Wednesday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Thursday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm*
Cost: $845
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane
This program is designed to offer advanced training to anyone involved with the testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks. A focal point in the program is to offer a general, easy to understand, approach to fiber optics testing standards with little theory and considerable hands-on activities. This comprehensive program explains the variety of testing standards, equipment and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and splicing and how to choose among them. This 85% hands-on course explores the overall spectrum of testing and maintenance of singlemode fiber optics networks and provides a detailed overview and demonstration of various pieces of equipment used in testing and maintenance. Subject matter includes a detailed study of ANSI/TIA/EIA-526-(7)A, OTDR fundamentals and uses, OTDR vs. Insertion Loss Testing, Return Loss Testing, and Attenuation testing using the Power Source and Light Meter.  *Actual hours may vary depending on number of students.

This program prepares the student to take the Specialist in Testing & Maintenance Fiber Optic Certification Exam given at the end of class. Students will be able to effectively and efficiently identify fiber network defects, and provide QA (Quality Assurance) procedures to minimize or eliminate future network outages.

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 , FOTP-171, FOTP-107
  • Hands-on activities demonstrating OFSTP 7 test procedures.  Students must build, test, and troubleshoot actual singlemode ISP network to industry standards utilizing all available test equipment: OTDR, OLTS, and VFL.

Day 2:

  • Introduction to Advanced OTDR Functions
  • Use of the OTDR, Power Source and Light Meter Functions
  • Fiber Identifier
  • Continuity Testing
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Safety
  • Class Discussion
  • Administer and Grade Specialist Written and Hands-On Exams
  • Test Results & Review, Conclusion
  • To receive FOA certification, students must pass both written and hands-on exams.

Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Splicing
October 15  •  Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm*
Cost: $845
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane
This course includes a complete PowerPoint presentation explaining the importance of high performance splicing and further details the points necessary to achieve these splices. The depth of this presentation is much greater than most textbooks and provides background information about splicing that is very important to the student. An overview of OTDR functions and trace understanding is also provided during this presentation. This course includes 85% hands-on classroom activities which will provide training in both fusion and mechanical splicing of either single or multimode fiber optic cables. Inside or outside plant fiber optic cable types will be utilized at instructor’s discretion during these hands-on sessions along with fiber optics enclosures and splice trays. The student will be responsible for successfully making and testing both mechanical and fusion splices. In addition to the basic splicing activities outlined above, the student will further be required to correctly and efficiently install spliced fibers into splice trays and enclosures. The student will further be required to achieve a splice loss of less than 0.15 dB for all splices and demonstrate proficiency in interpretation of splice loss using OTDR splice traces.  *Actual number of hours may vary depending on number of students. 

This program prepares the student to take the CFOS/S (Certified Fiber Optic Specialist/Splicing) exam that is sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association).  The exam is given and graded the final day of class.

Day 1:

  • Review of Fiber Optics Basics
  • Review of Fiber Optics Networking Standards
  • Fiber Optics Safety
  • Fiber Cable Preparation
  • Fusion & Mechanical Splicing Process
  • Splice Troubleshooting
  • Hands-on Session Begins.  Students must build, test and troubleshoot actual fiber optics cable plant using pigtails with both fusion and mechanical splicing techniques to industry standards.

Day 2:

  • Hands-on Session Continues
  • Wall Mount Enclosures and Installation with splices (both fusion and mechanical)
  • Hands-on Practical (Splicing Troubleshooting Exam)
  • Review
  • Written Exam
  • Test Results, Exam Discussion, and Questions
  • To receive FOA certification, students must pass both written and hands-on exams.

Certified Fiber to the Home Specialist
October 16 - 17  •  Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm*
Cost: $945
Location: JWCC Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane
This course is a comprehensive program to introduce the fiber optics technician to Fiber to the Home architectures being utilized, advantages and disadvantages of each and types of components necessary to complete a FTTH fiber segment. Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with why FTTH is being implemented today, including technical, marketing, and financial justifications. The student will further be familiar with the technical details and attributes of specialized FTTH components such as: splitters/couplers and wavelength-division multiplexers and the requirements for cables, connectors, splices, and associated hardware. FTTH design and installation requirements will be discussed in detail. The student will be able to successfully install, test, troubleshoot, and maintain FTTH links as a result of real world, hands-on training sessions. *Actual number of hours may vary depending on number of students.

This program prepares the student to take the CFOS/H (Certified Fiber to the Home Specialist) exam that is sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association). Student will be able to effectively and efficiently install, terminate, and test singlemode FTTH fiber optic networks.

Along with class discussions/presentations and substantial hands-on activities, the FOA CFOS/H exam is given and graded at the end of the class. 70% of the questions must be answered correctly to successfully pass the exam. The exam is closed book. Students will further demonstrate the ability to build, test, and troubleshoot a simulated FTTH network. Both the hands-on exam AND the written exam must be passed to receive FOA certification.