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Fiber Optic Infrastructure Specialist [SP4420]

This course helps the student understand the ever-increasing market for fiber communications, fiber transmission and the components involved. It looks at fiber types, connectors, apparatus, termination, design, losses, installation, planning, inspection and testing, to provide as broad as possible education on all areas of fiber infrastructures from start to finish.

Estimated study time: 7 hours 30 minutes

Overall content duration: 7 hours


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 involved in fiber optic communications from those specifying and designing through to actual installation. It has been designed to ensure that the student understands the emerging and ever increasing market for fiber optic communications, how fiber transmission 'works' and all the components involved.

Pre-requisite experience:

No pre-requisite experience is required to take this course as the subjects covered will be of interest to anyone working with optical fiber in any aspect.


  • Understand the market trends and development for fiber optics which is now encroaching into many aspects of our lives
  • Investigate fiber transmission theory
  • Look at the different fiber types and assess suitability for the types of applications run over them
  • Discover the various manufacturing processes involved
  • Make informative decisions on cable design and alternative construction methods to suit various environments
  • Look at connector types  
  • Administration solutions such as fiber shelves, fiber polarity and duplex
  • Data Center cabling methods and high density fiber management
  • Look at the ODN networks appearing on our streets and FTTx to meet the increasing demand for faster broadband speeds
  • Discuss the importance of cleanliness and how to inspect fibers connectors

Key Topics:

  • Market developments - Intelligent Buildings - Data Centers – FTTx, FTTA, FTTH
  • Transmission Theory - Attenuation - Dispersion - Modal Delay
  • Fiber Types - Manufacturing Processes - Fiber Types and Classes - Wavelengths - WDM Technologies - Light sources, Lasers & LEDS - DMD
  • Fiber Cable Design and Construction - Cable Types - Indoor and Outdoor
  • Connectors, LC, SC, APC, MPO, Polished Stub Connectors
  • Cable Design and Installation – Good installation practices
  • Fiber - Duplex Administration
  • Data Center – Fiber Cabling, MPO Connectivity & High-density Fiber Management
  • OSP – ODN's – FTTx architecture- hardened fiber terminals- Drop Cables-MDU cabling
  • Testing & Inspection – How to test and what to look for

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. The course content is supplemented by some videos and PDF support material. 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.

Successful completion will require:

Any level of pass in the accumulative overall assessment score.

Is this the right course for me?

If you have an interest in fiber optics in communication networks, specification, termination, cabling in or between buildings in any capacity and need to understand the principals, then this course is for you. Even if you are unlikely to ever physically do any practical work in your current job role, understanding what is involved is also very important to help assess timings in a project.

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This course is part of the Infrastructure Specialist Certification.

By completing this course you will achieve the Fiber Optic Infrastructure Specialist (CFOIS) certification. If you are a member of a CommScope Partner you’ll be entered on the CommScope certification database and a badge is available to you via the Infrastructure Academy App.

Upon successful completion you will:

Receive a course certificate that may be self-printed.

"Effective Feb24th 2022, BICSI recognizes SP4420 - Fibre Optic Infrastructure Specialist training for BICSI continuing Education Credits (CECs)."

Course information:

BICSI CECs: 5 Event ID: OV-COMM-OC-0222-1

Certificate valid for 4 years

Estimated study time: 7 hours 30 minutes

Overall content duration: 7 hours

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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