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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: 9 hours

Webcast duration: 7h:20m


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 asssessments.


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 and termination methods
  • Administration solutions such as fiber shelves, fiber polarity and duplex
  • Review fusion splicing, and external plant termination into housings
  • Understand the requirements for intra- and inter- linking buildings with fiber and the necessary considerations to be taken into account
  • Discuss the importance of cleanliness and how to inspect fibers connectors
  • Look at project planning, safety, rights of way and responsibilities

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, Lazers & LEDS - DMD
  • Fiber Cable Design and Construction - Cable Types - Indoor and Outdoor
  • Connectors, LC, ST, SC, APC, MPO, Polished Stub Connectors
  • Fiber Administration, Shelves, Cassettes, OSP Closures, Keying, Polarity, Duplex Administration
  • Connector Termination - Fusion splicing - Cable Stripping - OSP Closure Termination
  • Fiber Inspection & Testing - Cleaning - Loss calculations - Testing with OLTS - Mandrels - Encircled Flux - OTDR
  • Installation Planning - Site Surveys - Rights of Way - Railroads
  • Project Safety - First Aid - Electrical safety - PPE - Confined Spaces - Excavations
  • Laser Classification and hazards - Chemical Safety
  • Horizontal Cable Installation - Layouts - Equipment Rooms - Cable Support - Placing Cable - Routing
  • Vertical Cable Installation - Support - Risers -Riser Design - Backbones – Fire-stopping
  • Campus cables - Distribution Methods - Routing - Underground - Ducts
  • Aerial Cables - Supports - Strand Wire - Pulling Equipment - Securing - FTTA - Hoisting Installations
  • OSP to ISP Conversion - Earthing and Grounding - Entrances 

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.

Course information:

BICSI CECs: 6 Event ID: OV-COMMS-IL-1118-2

Certificate valid for 3 years

Estimated study time: 9 hours

Webcast duration: 7h:20m

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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