For those wanting to learn more about specialized fiber optic applications or who wish to develop greater skills in the process of fiber optic installation, FOA offers specialist training and certifications. Specialist certifications are available in three categories, Skills-based, Applications-based and Fiber optic network design.
- Basic skills certification is the entry levelor basic certification required for all installation personnel and taking FOA advanced certifications; Specialist, Applications and Design
- Skills-based certifications are those involving hands-on process related to the installation of fiber optic networks such as outside plant (OSP) installation, splicing, termination and testing. Skills-based certifications require a CFOT or CPCT as a prerequisite for both classes at a FOA-Approved school or application for direct certification.
- Applications-based certifications are based on specific applications of fiber optics like fiber to the home (FTTH) or optical LANs (OLANs.) These application-based certifications do not require a CFOT or CPCT as a prerequisite but do require a basic knowledge of fiber optics. That basic knowledge may be obtained online, for example using the free Fiber U Basic Fiber Optics or Premises Cabling course or an introductory presentation at our African eDevelopment Resource Centre prior to the start of the actual course.
- Fiber optic network design – This is a specialist application certification covering fiber optic network design intended for network owners, IT personnel, facilities managers, network designers, estimators or technicians involved in the design or installation of fiber networks. The CFOS/D specialist course is especially recommended for network owners and planners who may not be familiar with the process of fiber optic network design as it can make their jobs easier and their projects better.
Note: Techs doing fiber installation for any particular application should have a CFOT to be qualified for doing installation work. The CFOT is the basic certification required for all installation personnel and taking FOA advanced certifications; Specialist, Applications and Design.