Boot camp teaches 32 fiber-optic installation skills

Jan. 28, 2012
Eight-day course earns each successful attendee two certifications from The Fiber Optic Association.

Pearson Technologies has introduced an eight-day program entitled "Fiber Optic Connector Installation Boot Camp - Basic and Advanced Training for Low Loss, Low Cost and High Reliability." Eric Pearson, who developed and presents the boot camp, also authored the book "Professional Fiber Optic Installation, The Essentials for Success," which serves as the manual for the boot-camp program.

The program includes:

  • Basic training in all aspects of the installation process
  • Advanced training in connector installation, evaluation and testing
  • Two Fiber Optic Association (FOA) certifications

"The basic training activities include cable installation, cable end preparation, connector installation by two methods, mechanical and fusion splicing, insertion loss and OTDR testing, link troubleshooting and network certification," Pearson explained. He added, "The advanced connector installation activities take the trainee up the learning curve so that, after this program, the trainee can install, evaluate and test the connectors correctly, the first time, every time. These activities require installation of 12 connectors by each of the two methods, with intermediate evaluations of the condition of each connector."

Those successfully completing the course earn the Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) and Certified Fiber Optic Specialist/Connectors (CFOS/C) designations from the FOA. Each certification requires individuals to pass a multiple-choice, closed-book examination.

"The CFOT certification indicates the trainee understands the basic concepts, concerns and language of fiber-optic installation," Pearson said. "The advanced certification, CFOS/C, indicates that the trainee has developed advanced skills in connector installation, evaluation and testing. These advanced skills enable the trainee to achieve the three goals of low power loss, low installed cost, and high reliability."

In addition to 32 hands-on activities, the program provides extensive review of the training materials to assist trainees in passing the two certification examinations.

The eight-day day program is presented in Kennesaw, GA and at client facilities. A $3,200-per-trainee fee applies to training carried out at the Kennesaw facility and includes the training as well as certification.

You can email Eric Pearson here for more detailed information about the boot camp, and visit the Pearson Technologies website here.

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