Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT®)

The Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT®) course is a balanced combination of hands-on activities and theory to provide the knowledge required for today’s fibre-optic technology applications. The certification is internationally recognized and is intended to provide baseline knowledge for anyone working within, or with aspirations to work in the fiber optic industry. Certified Fiber Optics Technicians (CFOTs) are in high demand in many industries.

The CFOT designation will enhance your career and employment options by showcasing your proven skills and knowledge. The certification is based upon an extensive knowledge of fibre optics technology and application and demonstrated skills in appropriate tasks.

What You'll Learn

About the Fiber Optic Association - FOA

The FOA is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to promote fiber optics professionalism through education, certification, and standards. 

FOA CFOT certification is based on extensive knowledge of fiber optics technology and application and demonstrated skills in appropriate tasks. Most CFOTs work in the industry as contractors or installers. CFOTs are also involved with the manufacture of fiber optic components such as cables, patch cords, active devices and communications systems.

Benefits of Being Certified
  • FOA certification provides independent, industry-standard, and unbiased evaluation of personnel knowledge, skills, and abilities.

    Certification provides evidence that the installer has the skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed in the installation process.

  • FOA certification provides managers with an objective tool for evaluating and comparing personnel performance. Technicians who pass the certification examination can be expected to deliver superior results during their day-day work.

  • FOA certification provides increased credibility to clients. For service providers, certified personnel understand the importance of following proper procedures that results in effective fiber optic installation reliability. Certified technicians are a requirement for many installation contracts, the work they perform results in reliability superior to that of uncertified personnel. 

Fiber 101 Video:

Video Source: Corning Incorporated


CFOT course is suitable for those looking to work within the telecoms industry, as well as professionals in the industry in pursuit of an internationally recognized certification in fiber optics.

Delivered in Collaboration with
Fiber Optic Association (FOA) approved school #727

Who Needs to Attend

Course Structure

40% theory, 60% hands-on labs

4-Day Outline
  • Health and safety
  • Fiber optic terms
  • Metric system
  • Fibre-optic communication systems
  • Connector basics and types
  • Termination processes
  • Fibre Types
  • Multimode and singlemode
  • Attenuation and loss
  • Cable types
  • Splicing
  • Splicing processes
  • Troubleshooting
  • Parameters
  • Loss budgets
  • Choosing components
  • Documentation
  • Test equipment and correct procedures
  • Lightsource&powermeter (ILM)
  • Visual light source (VLS)
  • OTDR’s features and principles
  • Event types i.e reflective/ non-reflective
  • Macro/micro bending
  • Fault locating
  • Leadtypes
  • Practical labs

Basic knowledge of fiber optics would be beneficial, however, CFOT is an entry course open to beginners within the telecoms industry. 

4 Days

Time: 08h30 - 17h00