Programme Brief

Today, worldwide communication backbones are based mostly on fiber optics. Innovation and the general development in this area belongs to the most exciting ones in this century. This course is designed for engineers or technical staff who may be considering embarking on a fiber optic assignment and for those who have little or no previous experience or knowledge of the potential benefits and limitations of fiber optics in transmission systems.

It is specially developed for project managers who need to have that in-depth knowledge of this transmission medium in order to improve communication within the technical staff, when making technical decisions.

  • 1 month
  • Champs Fleurs

Knowledge of Mathematics and Telecommunications

There is an administration fee of $150 to be paid when registering. The deadline to register is one week before the start date of the class after which a late administration fee of $175 will be charged.

The credit price will apply if you wish to pay a down payment and installments. The down payment is 60% of the credit price plus the administration fee. The remainder is paid in installments before the end of the course.


Course administrators can be contacted as follows:

 Telephone 663-SBCS (7227)Email
 Reshma  Extension
 Crystal  Extension 1095
 Khadija  Extension 1094
 Cherise   Extension 1097



This course prepares you to become a Certified Fibre Optics Installer (CFOI) from the ETA.

The assessments for this course are as follows:-

Written Exam
Measures your ability to comprehend and define fiber optics systems and components.

  • Exam consists of 75 multiple choice or true/false questions
  • The examinee will be allowed 2 hours to complete the written portion of the exam.
  • In the event the examinee will fail the written exam, the option to retake exam at a later date is available and additional fee will apply.

Hands-on Exam
Measures your ability to perform an assigned task based on a skill and proficiency level appropriate to this training.

  • Must successfully complete seven classroom tasks to industry standards.
  • Must successfully identify selected fiber optic system components.
  • Each task takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.


Skills measured by exam CFOI

Fiber Optics as a solution concept (Introduction)

  • Fiber Optic advantages and applications
  • Characteristics of Singlemode and Multimode fiber
  • Fiber bandwidth
  • Fiber manufacturing

Identification of Cables

  • Cable types and construction
  • Selection criteria

Identification of Connectors and Terminations

  • Temporary and permanent connections
  • Connector types
  • Connector loss issues
  • Splicing applications

Splicing Techniques: Fusion and Mechanical

  • Fusion splicing
  • Mechanical splicing

Identification of Enclosures & Panels

  • Fiber optic panels: distribution, patch and splice types

Plans and Specifications

  • Loss Budgets
  • EIATIA Standards
  • Premise Networks
  • Outside Plant & Methods

Identification of Test Equipment

  • Power Meter and Light Sources
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Standards & Methods
  • OTDR

Equipment Operating

  • Fusion Splicing techniques
  • Optical Loss Testing
  • OTDR Operation

Skills Testing

  • Assembly a Patch Cord to EIATIA 568 B.3 Standards
  • Assembly a mechanical splice that meets or exceeds EIATIA 568 B.3 Standards
  • Perform a fusion splice
  • Measure the bi-directional loss in a splice with a light source and power meter
  • Measure the bi-directional loss in a fiber optic link with a power meter and light source
  • Measure the bi-directional in a fiber optic mated connector pair with a power meter and light source
  • Inspect a connector end face
  • Successfully identify selected fiber optic system components

Programme Content

  1. Understand the basic principles associated with a fiber optic network
  2. Understand how to choose appropriate materials and how it affects fiber systems
  3. Identify and size the basic components which comprise any fiber network
  4. Complete a Fiber Optic circuit with all components
  5. Design and test a simple fiber optic System to meet specific energy or bandwidth consumption requirements

Professional Recognition

After successfully completing the exams for this course you would be an (ETA) Certified Fiber Optics Installer

Learning Outcomes

Within this course individuals will be carrying out splicing of cables, performing fiber optic tests and designing networks for campus and backbone.