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Certified Fiber Optics Specialist Outside Plant Course (CFOS/O)

Course Description: This 2-day, 16 hour (*appx) fiber optic specialist course is for students who will be directly involved with installing Outside Plant (OSP) Fiber Optics Cabling. Further, it is an add-on course to their FOA portfolio once they have successfully completed the 3-day, basic CFOT course and can be taken concurrently with the CFOT course. This advanced Fiber Optic Training combines lecture sessions and 85% hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOS/O, OSP hands on and written exams that are sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day. This course introduces the student to industry standards governing the installation, testing, and troubleshooting of OSP fiber optics cable used in the Outside Plant Rugged Environment. Students will learn how to properly identify OSP fiber cabling types, recognize various outside plant closures used in OSP fiber installation, install, prepare, terminate, splice, and properly test and troubleshoot installed OSP fiber cable to existing standards. Hands-on activities include both mechanical and fusion splicing. Course fee includes study materials, Text Book, and exams and 1-year membership to the FOA. Note: The student must pass both the written and hands on exams to successfully pass this course.

This course is recognized by The US Department of Labor and is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA).

*Note: Actual hours may vary depending on number of students. Prerequisite: FOA CFOT Course.

Prerequisite: FOA CFOT Course. As of January 1, 2015, the student MUST have successfully passed the basic CFOT course within the preceding 12 months or have renewed their FOA membership within that time frame prior to attending the CFOS/T, CFOS/S, and/or the CFOS/O FOA Specialist courses. There are no exceptions. Students are encouraged to register for all courses being offered at the individual locations with the understanding that the CFOT is the prerequisite for all other courses and it must be successfully completed first prior to attending any of the other specialist courses.

Course Objective: Program prepares the student to take the Fiber Optics Specialist Outside Plant (OSP) Certification Exam (Written and Hands-On) given at the end of class. Student will be able to effectively and efficiently troubleshoot, test, identify, and repair OSP fiber network cabling, and provide QA (Quality Assurance) procedures to minimize or eliminate future network outages.


Along with chapter tests, class discussions, and substantial hands-on activities, the CFOS/O exam (both written and practical) is given and graded at the end of the class. Students will receive a certification at the end of the program which is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association.

Instructor(s): As assigned

Proposed Date/Time/Day:

Week of August 6, 2018 (Call for specific days) from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Contact (Instructional) Hours: 16 - Hours

Location: Hazard Technical Campus - Devert Owens Building

Physical Demand(s) on student: Student should be physically able to see, identify, install, and test fiber optics connectors safely and efficiently. Must be able to manipulate small hand tools.

Tuition: $775.00 per student includes textbooks, study materials, CD, exams, and consumables. Includes 1-year membership to the FOA.

Maximum Number of Students: 15


Minimum Number of Students: 6


Note: Students must pass both written and hands on exams to receive FOA Certification.

For more information contact Keila Miller at 606-487-3287.