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Certifying and Troubleshooting Premises Cabling Systems ACT II [SP3802]

This course helps to ensure correct use of the field test equipment required for verification of both copper and fiber cabling systems. It discusses equipment options, correct set up of testers, how and what to test, analysis of results so the faults can be identified and corrected as well as the relevant standards for testing, inspection and documentation. v2

Estimated study time: 5 hours

Overall content duration: 4 hours 10 minutes


The webcasts for this course are available in the following languages:

 Chinese Danish Dutch Finnish French German Hungarian Italian Japanese Korean Portuguese Russian Spanish Swedish Turkish

plus additional languages available for assessments.


This course is for anyone interested in learning more about testing copper and fiber optic cabling installations. The installations include local area networks, copper twisted pair cabling and internal and external fiber links. The course looks at the most common field testers available for both copper and fiber media and discusses how to test successfully, what to test and the best methods of testing and troubleshooting.

Pre-requisite experience:

This course is an ideal follow up for students who have completed the ACT I Installing Premises Cabling course [SP3801], but this is not mandatory.


  • Understand the different field testing requirements and methods together with the latest standards and specifications
  • Look at the differences among Certification, Verification, and Testing
  • Understand why visual testing is almost as important as electronic testing
  • Investigate the range of field testers on the market, their capabilities, what they test, and if the tests meet standards requirements
  • Pre-testing requirements, set up, cleanliness and tools
  • Ensure correct test procedures are used when testing, including parameters, what to test in a link and which components in the link are included.
  • Understand the test results, analysis, fault finding and repair
  • Comparison of test results against predicted ones
  • Understand requirements for test documentation in line with the standards

Key Topics

  • Inspection prior to testing
  • Most common field testers used in the market
  • Accuracy of field testers
  • Test configurations and parameters for copper cabling
  • Copper cabling test procedures and set up
  • Analysis of Results and Troubleshooting
  • Fiber transmission basics
  • Fiber loss calculations
  • Fiber Safety Inspection and Cleaning
  • Fiber Optic Standards
  • Test Equipment: OLTS and OTDR
  • Analysis of Fiber Traces
  • Understanding Losses against Specifications
  • Testing Pre-terminated solutions

How will I learn?

You will study this course online in a self-paced format. The course is made up of a number of webcast lessons and online multiple choice assessments giving immediate feedback.  It is highly recommended that the student augment their learning with real world design and installation experience, preferably with the help experienced colleagues or mentors.‚Äč

Successful completion will require:

Any level of pass in the accumulative overall assessment score.

Is this the right course for me?

If you are going to be involved in commissioning installation projects, and also ongoing maintenance then you will need to understand test procedures and be able to competently analyze the results that are produced. This course assumes that you have an interest in fiber optic or copper cabling and the testing, specification, termination of cabling in or between buildings, then this course is for you.

Upon successful completion you will:

Receive a certificate which is valid for 3 years. 

“Effective June2022, BICSI recognizes SP3802 - Certifying and Trouble Shooting Premises Cabling Systems - ACT II training for BICSI continuing Education Credits (CECs)."

Course information:

BICSI CECs: 3 Event ID: OV-COMM-OC-0622-7

Certificate valid for 3 years

Estimated study time: 5 hours

Overall content duration: 4 hours 10 minutes

Course Benefits

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Effective learning
  • Learn on the go and on-site
  • Cost effective
  • Consistent training globally
  • Available in many languages
  • Access latest material

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