The Fiber Optic Association (FOA) is organized as an international non-profit professional society for the Fiber Optic industry. Its charter is to develop educational programs, certify Fiber Optic technicians, approve Fiber Optic training courses, participate in standards-making processes and generally promote Fiber Optics. The FOA has certified over 66,000 CFOTs (Certified Fiber Optic Technicians) through over 250 approved training organisations worldwide.
VTI offers a number of courses that prepare you for sitting FOA Certification examinations. As an approved school with the FOA, all instructors are certified in the courses that they teach. At the end of each course, students are tested and upon successful completion, are awarded the appropriate VTI certificate. This certificate is locally recognised within the industry and is not a substitute for any of the FOA's international certifications. Candidates are required to register for FOA examinations separately. Examinations are proctored at VTI under the rules and regulations of The Fiber Optic Association.
Basic Level Certifications:
- CFOT® - Certified Fiber Optic Technician for general fiber optics applications. The FOA CFOT® is the certification for most Fiber Optic technicians. It is based on the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) deemed necessary for all technicians involved in the installation of Fiber Optic networks and is recommended for anyone involved in the design or management of Fiber Optic communications systems. Most CFOTs work in the industry as contractors or installers. Consultants, network designers, estimators and trainers would also be expected to have such credentials.
Specialist Level Certifications:
- Skills-based certifications are for CFOTs and are available in splicing, connectors, testing, OSP installation and Fiber characterizations. Related certifications include CFOS /S, /C, /T, /O and /FC.
- Applications-based certifications (FTTH, OLANs, FTTA, Wireless, DAS and Data Centers) focus on the design and installation issues of each particular application and are aimed at a wider audience - users and managers overseeing these networks, designers and project managers, supervisors, as well as CFOTs involved in the installation. Related certifications include CFOS /H, /L, /A, /W, /DAS and /DC.
- 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 installations of Fiber networks. This 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. Related certification is CFOS /D.
Fiber Optics Level 2 – This Advanced course covers the material and hands-on activities required for satisfying the skills and abilities aspects of the FOA CFOT® & CFOS/O certification assessments. Courses are typically conducted over 4 days. VTI certificate is awarded upon completion.