The Fiber Optic Association (FOA) is a registered 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. As at August 2017, the FOA has certified over 67,000 CFOTs (Certified Fiber Optic Technicians) through over 250 approved training organizations 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. However, this certificate does not replace any of the FOA certifications listed below. Candidates are required to register for FOA examinations separately. Examinations are proctored at VTI under the rules and regulations of The Fiber Optic Association.
First Level Certifications:
AFOT - Advanced Fiber Optic Technician certification is available only from FOA-approved schools teaching extended courses. AFOT students have more in-depth knowledge on a broad range of fiber optic topics and more hands-on labs.
CFxT - Certified Fiber Optic Technician for FTTx covers fiber to the home, fiber to the premises, fiber to the curb and fiber to the business.
Fiber Optics Level 2 – This Advanced course covers the material and hands-on activities required for sitting the FOA AFOT certification examination. Courses are typically conducted over 4 days. VTI certificate is awarded upon completion.
Specialist level Courses – separate specializations in Splicing, Termination, Testing or Design. These courses are specially arranged based on demand. Courses cover the material and hands-on activities required for the associated Specialist certification; ie. CFOS/C, CFOS/S, CFOS/T or CFOS/D.