Fiber Optics Network Certification Courses at UCF

UCF Continuing Education in partnership with BDI DataLynk offers Fiber Optics Network Certification Courses. We offer five individual courses that teach the necessary skills to build, test, troubleshoot, install and repair fiber optic networks and prepares the student to take the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optics Technician) exam, the CFOS/T (Certified Fiber Optics Testing & Maintenance Specialist) exam, the CFOS/S (Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist) exam, the CFOS/O (Certified Fiber Optics Outside Plant Cabling Specialist) exam, and the CFOS/H (Certified Fiber Optics Fiber to the Home Specialist) exam. 

All training course exams are given and graded the final day of class. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of the program. The format of the course involves:

  • Chapter tests
  • Class discussions
  • Hands-on activities and exercises

Training Courses

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Basic Fiber Optics Training Course
Anyone interested in learning basic fiber optic networking and becoming a Certified Fiber Optics Technician is encouraged to attend. Additionally, the courses assume a basic working knowledge of computers, the ability to see and identify small items, and be able to speak and understand the English language.The (CFOT) course is a prerequisite course required before taking any of the Advanced Specialist Fiber Optic Training Courses.

Advanced Specialist Fiber Optic Training Courses
The Advanced Fiber Optic Training Courses (CFOS/T), (CFOS/S), (CFOS/O), and (CFOS/H) are designed for students who seek advanced training in testing and maintenance of fiber optic networks, splicing of fiber optics networks, outside plant cabling and fiber to the home (FTTH) fiber segment. Prerequisites for the Advanced Fiber Optic Training Courses are as follows: As of January 1, 2015, the student MUST have successfully passed the basic fiber optic training course, (CFOT) within the preceding 12 months or have renewed their FOA membership within that time frame prior to attending the (CFOS/T), (CFOS/S), (CFOS/O), and/or (CFOS/H) FOA Specialist courses offered by BDI Datalynk at UCF. There are no exceptions. Students are encouraged to register for all courses being offered at the campus with the understanding that the CFOT course must be successfully completed prior to attending any of the other subsequent courses.


  • Expanded knowledge of fiber optic networking
  • Vast hands-on experience gained
  • In-depth reference material
  • Saved time and money (all inclusive-course and exam)

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Install, terminate, and test multi-mode/single-mode fiber optics networks effectively and efficiently
  • Build and test a fiber optic LAN network
  • Identify fiber network defects Provide Quality Assurance (QA) procedures to minimize or eliminate future network outages

Fiber Optics Employment: For information on jobs in fiber optics and helpful hints from the Fiber Optics Association (FOA), please visit


Ask your Fiber Optics Technicians (from all years of experience) these simple, basic questions below. Students who successfully completed our class can answer them - can your technicians?

  • Per ANSI/EIA/TIA-568-B.3, what is the maximum attenuation allowed per mated pair of connectors?
  • Which multimode fiber cable provides for 10GbE at 300 meters?
  • How does one perform a Link Loss Budget Analysis for a fiber optic system? In other words - how does one analyze the resulting attenuation of a fiber segment? Is the Power too high or is it too low and what does a good technician do about it in both respects?
  • Using a Power Source & Light Meter, do you know how to determine which connector has the higher attenuation when testing a fiber segment?
  • What is the maximum attenuation allowed for a mechanical splice?
  • Do you know how to use a Bare Fiber Adapter and a VFL?
  • Do you know how to read an OTDR Trace? If so - what is a Gainer? What are LSA's?
  • What is the maximum pulling tension for installing indoor fiber optics cable?
  • Considering reference cables, can you explain Method B? Can you explain Method A?
  • What are the 4 elements that make up a fiber optic transmission system?
  • Erbium-doped optical fiber is used for what purpose?

"If your fiber installation technicians can not answer the basic questions listed above, why not enroll them in our CFOT program so they can do a better job for you AND your customers."

Bob Ballard RCDD, CFOI