Certified Fiber Optic Specialist Outside Plant (CFOS/O)Dates: Thursday, 8/8/2013 through Friday 8/9/2013
8 a.m. - 5 p.m (lunch is on your own)
Cost: $775 (Fee includes course materials and certification exam)
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Savannah Historic District
201 MLK Jr. Blvd., Savannah, Georgia 31401
FOA defines as "outside plant" or "OSP" fiber optics is any networks connected by outside fiber optic cabling. This cabling can be underground (pulled in conduit), direct-buried (trenching or plowing), aerial or underwater (submarine.) Applications include telecom, the Internet, CATV, security including CCTV, utility and Smart Grid management, and many more.
This 2-day, 16 hour fiber optic specialist course is for students who will be directly involved with installing Outside Plant (OSP) Fiber Optics Cabling. Further, it is an add-on course to their FOA portfolio once they have successfully completed the 3-day, basic CFOT course and can be taken concurrently with the CFOT course. This advanced Fiber Optic Training combines lecture sessions and 85% hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOS/O, OSP hands on and written exams that are sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day. This course introduces the student to industry standards governing the installation, testing, and troubleshooting of OSP fiber optics cable. Proper Mid-Span Access procedures will be demonstrated during class. Students will learn how to properly identify OSP fiber cabling types, recognize various outside plant closures used in OSP fiber installation, install, prepare, terminate, splice, and properly test and troubleshoot installed OSP fiber cable to existing standards. Course fee includes study materials, Text Book, CD, and exams and 1-year membership to the FOA. Note: The student must pass both the written and hands on exams to successfully pass this course.
This course is accredited by BICSI for CECs: Pending
Prerequisite: CFOT Course or another Formal Fiber Optics Training Course within preceding 6 months, or 1 Year Fiber Optics Related Experience. Must have taken and passed the Basic CFOT Exam prior to registering Outside Plant Specialist Certification (CFOS/O) with the FOA. This course may be taken immediately after successfully completing the CFOT course.
Course Objective: Program prepares the student to take the Fiber Optics Specialist Outside Plant (OSP) Certification Exam (Written and Hands-On) given at the end of class. Student will be able to effectively and efficiently troubleshoot, test, identify, and repair OSP fiber network cabling, and provide QA (Quality Assurance) procedures to minimize or eliminate future network outages.
METHOD OF ASSESSING WHETHER COURSE OBJECTIVE WAS MET:
Along with chapter tests, class discussions, and substantial hands-on activities, the CFOS/O exam (both written and practical) is given and graded at the end of the class. Students will receive a certification at the end of the program which is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association.
- Day 1:
- Introduction: OSP Plant Cabling
- OSP Cable Preparation
- Installation of Fan Out Kits and Connectors
- Hands On activities begin. Students are required to build, test and troubleshoot his/her own OSP fiber optics network.
- Preparation and Installation of OSP Cabling
- Closures: Types and Hardware
- Splicing: Mechanical and Fusion
- Preparation and Cleaning of OSP Cable
- Fiber Optics Safety
- Hands-on Session Continues
- Study Question Review Session
- Day 2:
- Lecture Session Continues
- Mid-Span Access
- Hands On Session Continues
- OTDR, OLTS, VFL Procedures
- OSP Fiber Plant Testing, Troubleshooting and Repair
- Study Question Review Session
- Written and Hands-on Exams: Students must pass both written and hands-on exams to receive FOA Certification.
- Certificates issued to successful students