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CFOS/O - Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in                Outside Plant Course

CFOS/O: 2-Day Outside Plant Fiber Optic Specialist Course

This 2-day fiber optics CFOS/O - Certified Fiber Optic Specialist, Outside Plant - is the FOA certification for technicians installing outside plant (OSP) fiber optic cable plants and communications systems. It expands on the CFOT KSAs to include OSP construction and installation of aerial and underground cable plants. The skills focus includes installing and cable preparation of OSP cables, fusion splicing for concatenation and termination and testing with a focus on OTDRs.  This FOA Approved Course is Recognized by the US Dept. of Labor.
Prerequisites: CFOT 

CFOS/O - Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Outside Plant Course
Loose tube outside plant fiber optics cable

What To Expect In Training Programs For OSP Specialist Certification


How Does One Qualify for the FOA CFOS/O Certification?

To qualify for Certified Outside Plant Specialist certification (CFOS/O), a specialist training program must cover at least the following topics:

  • Overview of OSP fiber optic installations

  • Communications systems utilizing OSP fiber optic cable plant

  • Fiber optic components appropriate for OSP networks

  • Construction for OSP installations

  • Simulated or actual Installation of buried, underground and aerial cable

  • Splicing and testing cables, including splice closures, OLTS and OTDR testing

  • Restoration

  • Lab Exercises including hands-on splicing and testing on simulated outside plant.

These requirements are summarized as KSAs (knowledge, skills, abilities). KSAs for the CFOS/O certification can be found in Section 1 of your CFOS/O Student Manual.

Knowledge is tested with the FOA CFOS/O exam taken by all applicants at the end of class.

Skills can be demonstrated in hands-on lab exercises and verified by instructors giving an FOA-Approved course. 

Abilities: Fiber optic techs need the ability to perform relevant tasks, evidenced by showing skills in hands-on tasks during class hands-on splicing activities.

What Are the Benefits of FOA Certification ?
Like any certification program, the benefits to the members who pass the certification tests are based on the recognition of achieving a level of competence in the fiber optics field. For the end user looking for competent fiber optic personnel, it is the knowledge that this person has demonstrated knowledge and ability in the field and, perhaps even has documented experience. For the vendor of fiber optic products, it offers a technically- qualified pool of employees as well as contractors to recommend to end user customers who need to find installers for their networks. Many companies require FOA certifications or even offer FOA certifications to their personnel through internal training classes.

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