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Certified Fiber Optic Technician Training (CFOT)
Available Classes
    Section Location Begin Date End Date Instructor Price Seats Available/Total Seats
269574 Beltline Education Center 03/14/2023 06/15/2023 G. Guitarte $415.00 9/12
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Students interested working in the network cabling industry
Build the skills for entry-level employment as a technician in a Fiber Optic or Telecommunications company. This course covers the fundamental principles of fiber optics – technology, cable termination, networks, splicing procedures, troubleshooting, and testing equipment. You’ll follow safety standards and protocols as you learn how to terminate fiber optic cables, perform a mechanical and fusion splice, and calculate a system loss budget. You’ll also learn how to construct, test, and troubleshoot cabling systems using an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (ODTR); and how to operate a Fusion Splicer. Upon completion, you’ll be eligible to take the Fiber Optic Association (FOA®) Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT®) exam, a nationally-recognized certification.
Prerequisites: Completion of 10th grade of high school or CRC Bronze level or above.
Required text: FOA® Reference Guide to Fiber Optics, ISBN: 10 1-4392-5387-0, ISBN: 13 978-1-4392-5387-8. Students should bring safety clothes, gloves, shoes, and glasses.
Course Objectives
  1. Learn about the theory of fiber optics
    Be able to create a fiber optic cable, testing and troubleshooting fundamentals, and calculate a system loss budget
    Acquire the skills to terminate fiber optic cables with ST and SC connectors and perform a mechanical splice
Outline of Instruction
  1. 1.- Introduction to telecommunications
    2.- Terms and definitions used in the telecommunications industry
    3.- Basic applications and transmission systems
    4.- Fiber Optic Datalinks, Fiber Optic Transceivers for Datalinks
    5.- Optical Fiber
    6.- Fiber Optic Cables
    7.- Termination and splicing
    8.- Termination and splicing Hand On Practice
    9.- Network Design
    10.- Installation
    11.- Standards
    12.- Glossary of terms
    13.- FAQs on Fiber Optics
    14.- Testing
    15.- Human Resources
    a. Customer service
    b. Interpersonal skills
    c. Interview skills
    d. Write a resume
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
The Fiber Optic Association
Website URL
Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
  1. Pass the CFOT test with a minimum of 70%
  2. Successful construct a passing fiber optic cable IAW industry standards.
CE to CU Articulation
Completed 10th grade of High School or CRC Bronze level or above. Students should bring wear safety clothes, gloves, shoes, and glasses.
Text and Supplies Needed
FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics
ISBN: 10 1-4392-5387-0
ISBN: 13 978-1-4392-5387-8
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Minimum of passing score of 70% on end of course exam
  4. Successful completion of this course requires 90% attendance and satisfactory class participation (i.e., be able to demonstrate proficiency in all concepts taught). If a student has extenuating circumstances causing absences of greater than 10% of the class time, the student must make arrangements with the instructor to provide evidence of keeping up with the class material and making up the work, exercises, and projects missed; or demonstrate competency in the course objectives. Students with irregular attendance, less than 90% attendance, or is unable to demonstrate competency will receive a grade of NG (no grade).
  5. Lab exercises, when applicable, will be performed on the date assigned by the instructor.
  6. Successfully construct a passing fiber optic cable IAW industry standards.
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Students interested working in the network cabling industry
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Fiber Optic Technician
Wake County Need for Industry Positions
Fiber Optic Installers
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Fiber Optic Techician
  • Inside plant (ISP) and outside plant (OSP) specialist
Related Courses
  • Basic Telecommunications - TCT-3101A4
  • Network Cabling Fiber Optic-Based Systems - TCT-3102B4
Course Contact Information
Vocational Training Department