On FOA Certifications
- First Level
for CFOT and all Fiber Optics
Approved Training Programs
online self-study programs on many fiber optics and cabling topics
are available free at Fiber
U, FOA's online web-based training website.
- FOA Direct
Certification (Work-to-Cert) Application (new, experienced
technicians only, no students)
Reference Books (Available
Printed or eBooks)
fiber book is also available in Spanish and French.
copies of Lennie
Lightwave's Guide at Amazon.com
Ted's Guides are also not available as free iBooks on
Click on any of the books to
now CFOT® The FOA CFOT® (Certified Fiber Optic
Technician) is now a registered trademark.
Training And Direct FOA Certification For Fiber Optic and
Premises Cabling Technician Trainees
is the well-known term for "on-the-job training." Workers learn on
the job under the supervision of experienced co-workers. FOA has
been asked many times how its resources like Fiber U can be used
to help employers and their employee trainees involved in OJT. The
interest in OJT has been so high, especially during the difficult
year in 2020, that FOA has worked with employers and employees to
formalize an OJT program and create training aids to help
employers develop qualified techs using OJT.
Fiber U “OJT-To-Cert” program includes both
fiber optics and premises cabling (copper, fiber & wireless),
so it covers techs working in both outside plant and premises
FOA Fiber U OJT program combines online study at Fiber U
with OJT to help new employees
develop into FOA-certified technicians in only one
year. Upon completion of this program,
the trainee will be prepared to take the exam for the FOA CFOT
(Certified Fiber Optic Technician) and/or CPCT (Certified
Premises Cabling Technician), the most widely recognized fiber
optic and premises cabling certifications in the industry.
Fiber U “OJT-To-Cert” program is designed for
companies who want to provide an training opportunity for
qualified employees who have limited or no experience in fiber
optics or premises cabling installation. Also, through the
OJT program, participants can achieve FOA
Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) certification. or FOA
Certified Premises Cabling Technician (CPCT) certification.
who the meet the FOA requirements (see below) would be accepted as
an FOA OJT trainee. The trainee should be paired with an
experienced tech or techs in your company acting as the OJT
combines online lessons on the FOA’s free web-based training site
Fiber U (https://fiberu.org/)
covering the basic knowledge of fiber optics or premises cabling
installation with a structured “on-the-job” program to acquire the
necessary skills for performing the tasks involved in installation
focusing on the scope of tasks your company specializes in .
should join the FOA as corporate
members. There is no cost to the company or the
trainee to participate in this OJT program except for the cost of
Fiber U certificates of completion and FOA certification when the
trainee completes the program.
To Be An FOA OJT Trainee
should have an education level of approximately 10th grade, with
basic math and adequate reading level. They should have the
ability to work independently, follow directions and be punctual.
They must be willing to commit to the program which requires an
extra level of time commitment on the job, mostly for outside
need Internet access through a PC, tablet or smartphone. The labs
will require use of the company’s equipment or purchase of
inexpensive equipment online.
must complete the Fiber
U “Basic Fiber Optics” online course or the Fiber
U "Premises Cabling" online course depending on their
job's focus and achieve their Fiber U Certificate of
Completion, then the complete the relevant basic skills
labs on Fiber U during their year as OJT trainees.
the OJT supervisor
supervisor must be sufficiently experienced in the type of work
the trainee will be performing to judge the trainee's progress and
be willing to commit working with the trainee for the program.
the OJT Supervisor
Based on the
Fiber U OJT to Cert program, the OJT supervisor should set the
timetable for achieving specific learning goals and ongoing
evaluation targets leading to the opportunity to take the FOA CFOT
or CPCT certification online.
Supervisor provides supervision to the trainee in a safe
environment with the necessary tools to perform the Fiber U Basic
Skills Lab “hands-on” assignments outlined in the OJT to Cert
Courses At Fiber U
working on the job, the candidate must complete two Fiber U online
courses, one covering the knowledge expected of a certified
technician and the other covering the hands-on skills necessary
for their job. .
Part 1 - Fiber
U “Basic Fiber Optics” - The Online “Classroom”
will use the
Fiber U “Basic Fiber Optics” online course or
U "Premises Cabling" online course depending on their
job's focus. These courses have lessons aligned
with the FOA reference materials. The learning objectives are
outlined by the FOA’s list of
KSA’s (knowledge, skills and abilities) that must be
mastered to pass the FOA CFOT or CPCT certification exam.
must complete the Fiber U online course and achieve their Fiber U
Certificate of Completion.
supervisor should monitor the trainee's progress. It is important
to make sure the trainee is reviewing and mastering the material
on the agreed upon schedule so he/she will be ready for the OJT
portion of the course. We suggest you have the trainee save
each completed lesson quizzes (print to PDF or paper) and submit
each one to you as they are completed. The instructor can
assign additional review material to individual students as
Part 2 –
Fiber U Basics Skills Lab - Hands-On Training While Working On
trainee is working on company projects, they will be exposed to
basic practices of fiber optics and/or premises cabling and begin
developing the skills they need with the supervision of an
experienced installer. To help guide the training in skills, Fiber
U has programs aimed at skills development, the
Fiber U "Basics Skills Labs." online courses.
The Fiber U
Basics Skills Lab is an online guide to learning the basic
hands-on skills used by fiber optic or premises cabling techs, The
appropriate lessons can be chosen by the supervisor as
appropriate. There is no schedule on this part of the lessons
wither; topics can be scheduled to fit the work being done by the
hands-on lessons, there are FOA YouTube Videos and “Virtual
Hands-On” tutorials to give the trainee step by step
instructions on how to use tools and components - prepare cables,
splice, terminate and test them. For each lesson, the trainee
should use company equipment and components to complete the
hands-on exercises. If preferred, the Basic Skills Lab has a DIY
program based on inexpensive equipment available online that
provide the basic skills before beginning to use more professional
should keep track of their work using the FOA OJT Log spreadsheet.
completion of the two basic Fiber U courses, while the trainee is
working on the job, they may take additional Fiber U courses
relating to their work. All Fiber U courses are free and cover
topics related to skills and applications for techs doing fiber
optic installation work.
completion of both parts of the program and at least 12 months of
experience and OJT, the participants will be eligible to take the
FOA CFOT Certification exam online.
information on the FOA
Fiber U “OJT-To-Cert” program is on the Fiber U
The FOA OJT-To-Cert Program
and submit your application to the program.
FOA OJT-to-Cert Application (PDF)