Certified Fiber Optics Fiber to the Home Specialist (CFOS/H)


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

This in-person advanced specialist fiber optic training 2-day (16-hour) course is a comprehensive program to introduce the fiber optics technician to Fiber to the Home architectures being utilized, advantages and disadvantages of each and types of components necessary to complete a FTTH fiber segment. Upon completion of this course, the student will be familiar with why FTTH is being implemented today, including technical, marketing, and financial justifications. The student will further be familiar with the technical details and attributes of specialized FTTH components such as: splitters/couplers and wavelength-division multiplexers and the requirements for cables, connectors, splices, and associated hardware. FTTH design and installation requirements will be discussed in detail. The student will be able to successfully install, test, troubleshoot, and maintain FTTH links as a result of real world, hands-on training sessions.

Prerequisite: Students 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 the (CFOS/H) FOA Specialist courses offered in partnership with 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.

Course Objective: Program prepares the student to take the (CFOS/H) exam given and graded at the end of class. Student will be able to effectively and efficiently install, terminate, and test single mode FTTH fiber optic networks.

Course Assessment: Along with class discussions/presentations and substantial hands-on activities, the CFOS/H exam is given and graded at the end of the class. 70% of the questions must be answered correctly to successfully pass the exam. The exam is closed book. Students will further demonstrate the ability to build, test, and troubleshoot a simulated FTTH network. Both the hands-on exam AND the written exam must be passed to receive FOA certification.

Course Outline

Day 1:

  • Introduction to FTTx (FTTH/P, FTTC)
  • Types of FTTx Architectures
  • Designing FTTx Networks
  • Installing FTTx Segments
  • PON Splitters/Couplers & Associated Components
  • FTTx Testing & Troubleshooting
  • FTTx Fiber Optics Safety
  • OSP Fiber Installation Review
  • Hands-on Session Begins - Installation, Fusion Splicing, and Testing of SM FTTx Networks utilizing SC/APC Singlemode Pigtails, OSP and ISP FTTx Fiber Optics Cable and Hardware. In addition to standard tools and fiber optics test equipment, Fitel Fusion Splicers will be used throughout hands on sessions. Testing and certification will be accomplished using OWL OLTSs and OWL Singlemode OTDRs.

Day 2:

  • Hands-on Session Continues
  • Review of OTDR & OLTS Testing Procedures
  • OLTS and OTDR PON Testing. Testing and certification will be accomplished using OWL WaveTester Test Kits and Singlemode OTDRs.
  • PON Troubleshooting
  • Practical Hands-on Exam: Troubleshooting, Repair and Re-Certification of FTTx Networks. Testing and certification will be accomplished using OWL WaveTester Test Kits and Singlemode OTDRs.
  • Class Discussion
  • Administer and Grade Written and Hands-On CFOS/O Exam (Students must pass both the written and hands-on exams)
  • Test Results & Review, Conclusion


Course fees includes all student materials and consumables and exams. Fiber Optics Technician's Outside Plant Text Book by Jim Hayes. Supplemental study materials includes CD, and Student Study Guide.


Certified Fiber Optics Instructor Tom Rauch

Tom Rauch

Tom is a Certified Fiber Optics Instructor and Fiber Optics Network Testing & Maintenance Specialist certified by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA). Tom retired from Verizon Communications as Manager, Network Operations. He was responsible for installation and maintenance field work groups throughout New Jersey. During his 30 year career with Verizon, Tom was involved in POTS (installation and maintenance), Digital, T1, T3, DSL/ADSL, Special Services (analog/digital), Safety, Training, Sales Generation and Public Affairs. After his retirement Tom has worked as a training consultant teaching FTTH (voice, data and video), Fiber Splicing and Fiber CO/Distribution Network Applications to broadband technicians throughout the country. He has also worked as a consultant providing computer training at community colleges in NJ, MD, and VA. 

I really enjoyed the hands-on component of the class.

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Start Date/ Time Location Cost
4/23/2023 - 4/23/2023
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Digital Learning Center 130

Registration Fee   $1095.00
Registration Fee   $1095.00