Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist (CFOS/S)


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) includes a complete PowerPoint Presentation explaining the importance of high performance splicing and further details the points and further details the points necessary to achieve these splices. The depth of this presentation is much greater than most textbooks and provides background information about splicing that is very important to the student.

An overview of OTDR functions and trace understanding is also provided during this presentation. 85% hands-on classroom activities will provide training in both fusion and mechanical splicing of either single or multimode fiber optic cables. Inside or outside plant fiber optic cable types will be utilized at instructor's discretion during these hands-on sessions along with fiber optics enclosures and splice trays. The student will be responsible for successfully making and testing both mechanical and fusion splices. In addition to the basic splicing activities outlined above, the student will further be required to correctly and efficiently install spliced fibers into splice trays and enclosures. The student will further be required to achieve a splice loss of less than 0.15 dB for all splices and demonstrate proficiency in interpretation of splice loss using OTDR splice traces.

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 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.

Course Objective: Program prepares the student to take the (CFOS/S) exam given and graded at the end of class.

Course Assessment: Along with chapter tests, class discussions, and substantial hands-on activities, the CFOS/S exam is given and graded at the end of the class. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of the program.

Course Outline

Day 1:

  • Review of Fiber Optics Basics
  • Review of Fiber Optics Networking Standards
  • Fiber Optics Safety
  • Fiber Cable Preparation
  • Fusion & Mechanical Splicing Process
  • Splice Troubleshooting
  • Hands-on Session Begins - Student must build test and troubleshoot actual fiber optics cable plant using pigtails with both fusion and mechanical splicing techniques to industry standards.

Day 2:

  • Hands-on Session Continues
  • Wall Mount Enclosures and Installation with splices (both fusion and mechanical)
  • Administer and Grade Written and Hands-On CFOS/S 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 Reference Guide to Fiber Optics by Jim Hayes. Supplemental study materials includes CD, and Student Lab Manual.


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. 

Peter is a great instructor and goes out of his way to make sure you understand the material and pass the course.

Registration Options

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4/17/2021 - 4/18/2021
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Digital Learning Center 130

Registration Fee   $895.00
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7/12/2021 - 7/13/2021
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Digital Learning Center 130

Registration Fee   $895.00
Registration Fee   $895.00