Fiber Optics

Brandman University and partners are able to provide a wide variety of certifications and courses in technology and modern telecommunications with online and on-ground classes offered in various locations throughout the country.

The courses in this section have been designed for Fiber-to-the-Premises Passive Optical Network Professionals.

CSCU 0045: Fiber Optics Specialist / Splicing
  • Tuition: $1,750 (CAEL agreed tuition with ten percent discount is $1,575)=
  • Other Fees: No Cost
  • Books, Meals, Travel, Materials, Software, Equipment: No Cost
  • The tuition only covers administrative costs and nothing else is provided to the student.

This course will use an instructor-led hands-on approach and will discuss, demonstrate and explore fusion vs mechanical splicing, mass fusion splicing, cleaving, splice trays and closures, cable/fiber handling, and various splicing related troubleshooting. Using OTDR splice traces, the student will achieve a splice loss of less than 0.15 dB and will learn to adequately interpret the reading form the OTDR.

The Fiber Optics Specialist courses are the highest level fiber optic training offered by Brandman University, and is taught only by our most senior instructor. The series requires prior course work and/or experience. Recommended prerequisite courses:

  • CSCU 0093: Fiber Optics Inside Plant (or equivalent)
  • CSCU 0094: Fiber Optics Outside Plant (or equivalent).

This course was designed for contractors, union craftsman, electricians, technicians, installers, splicers, LAN managers/administrators, end-users, engineers, MIS managers, facilities managers, architects and developers, systems engineers, telecom managers and anyone involved in repairing, installing, maintaining, designing, evaluating, or provisioning Cable, Fiber Optic Cables and Optical Networks. This course is 16 hours and equivalent to 1.6 CEUs.

CSCU 0046: Fiber Optics Specialist / Testing
  • Tuition: $1,750 (CAEL agreed tuition with ten percent discount is $1,575)
  • Other Fees: No Cost
  • Books, Meals, Travel, Materials, Software, Equipment: No Cost
  • The tuition only covers administrative costs and nothing else is provided to the student.

This course will consist of highly practical instructor-led, hands-on labs. This course will discuss, demonstrate and explore all test equipment, methods and standards and provide training in both insertion loss testing and optical time domain reflectometry; include testing of both single mode and multimode fibers; Instructor verification of achievement of advanced skills in testing.

The Fiber Optics Specialist series is the highest level fiber optic training offered by Brandman University, and is taught only by our most senior instructor. This course requires prior course work and/or experience. Recommended prerequisite courses:

  • CSCU 0093: Fiber Optics Inside Plant (or equivalent)
  • CSCU 0094: Fiber Optics Outside Plant (or equivalent)
  • It is recommended that the student have completed an ETA FOI or a FOA CFOT within two years of taking this course.

This course was designed for contractors, union craftsman, electricians, technicians, installers, splicers, LAN managers/administrators, end-users, engineers, MIS managers, facilities managers, architects and developers, systems engineers, telecom managers and anyone involved in repairing, installing, maintaining, designing, evaluating, or provisioning Cable, Fiber Optic Cables and Optical Networks. This course is 16 hours and equivalent to 1.6 CEUs.

CSCU 0047: Fiber Optics Specialist / Connector
  • Tuition: $1,750 (CAEL agreed tuition with ten percent discount is $1,575)
  • Other Fees: No Cost
  • Books, Meals, Travel, Materials, Software, Equipment: No Cost
  • The tuition only covers administrative costs and nothing else is provided to the student.

This course consists of numerous hands-on labs covering several styles of connectors and installation methods, such as epoxy/adhesive, hot melt, anaerobic or pre-polished/splice connectors. This course will discuss, demonstrate, and explore many aspects of fiber optics connectors and termination including multi-fiber and single fiber connectors, connector styles, tolerances, bonding and scribing, polishing and cleansing. The end face verification as well as testing patch cords are discussed.

The Fiber Optics Specialist series is the highest level fiber optic training offered by Brandman University, and is taught only by our most senior instructor. This course requires prior course work and/or experience. Recommended prerequisite courses:

  • CSCU 0093: Fiber Optics Inside Plant (or equivalent)
  • CSCU 0094: Fiber Optics Outside Plant (or equivalent).

This course was designed for contractors, union craftsman, electricians, technicians, installers, splicers, LAN managers/administrators, end-users, engineers, MIS managers, facilities managers, architects and developers, systems engineers, telecom managers and anyone involved in repairing, installing, maintaining, designing, evaluating, or provisioning Cable, Fiber Optic Cables and Optical Networks.

CSCU 0091: FTTP/PON Market and System Design Overview
  • Tuition: $1,750 (CAEL agreed tuition with ten percent discount is $1,575)
  • Other Fees: No Cost
  • Books, Meals, Travel, Materials, Software, Equipment: No Cost
  • The tuition only covers administrative costs and nothing else is provided to the student.

A class that introduces students to the market conditions, access technologies and design considerations that shape the FTTP networks being deployed around the world today and planned for tomorrow. Students will receive expert lecture and practical in-class design exercises that teach and reinforce the design approaches and considerations used in developing FTTP networks.

We recommend this course for anyone who wants to understand how FTTP systems are designed. Students will achieve a good understanding of the design factors for Passive Optical Networks (PONs). This course is 16 hours and equivalent to 1.6 CEUs.

Upon completion of this course, the student will understand the following program topics:

  • FTTP market overview
  • Architecture and Topology
  • Component Selection
  • FTTP standards
  • FTTP electronics

The student will also complete a residential case study.

Recommended:

  • CSCU 0088: FTTP/PON Fundamentals
  • CSCU 0089: FTTP/PON Splicing & Termination
  • CSCU 0090: FTTP/PON System Building & Testing
CSCU 0093: Fiber Optics Inside Plant
  • Tuition: $1,750 (CAEL agreed tuition with ten percent discount is $1,575)
  • Other Fees: No Cost
  • Books, Meals, Travel, Materials, Software, Equipment: No Cost
  • The tuition only covers administrative costs and nothing else is provided to the student.

Students will learn the basics of fiber types, manufacturing, advantages and theory. Lectures will be given on connector types, standards and safety. Components will be discussed and evaluated. Hands on lab will provide students with the opportunity to assemble various connectors and test them using power meters and the source. The use of hand tools, strippers, scribes, epoxy, etc. will conclude the training.

This course has been designed for contractors, union craftsman, electricians, technicians, installers, splicers, LAN managers/administrators, end-users, engineers, MIS managers, facilities managers, architects and developers, systems engineers, telecom managers and anyone involved in repairing, installing, maintaining, designing, evaluating, or provisioning cable, fiber optic cables and optical networks. This course is 16 hours and equivalent to 1.6 CEUs.

Students will:

  • Discuss the history of fiber optics & evolution of fiber.
  • Discuss fiber types and manufacturing methods
  • Discuss fiber optic theory and waveguide functions
  • Understand Optical Dispersion and Pulse Spreading Issues
  • Describe various cables types and proper installation methods
  • Describe Safe Optical and Physical Work Practices
  • Discuss LAN specifications and standards
  • Perform ST & SC style connector assemblies
  • Perform optical loss testing on jumpers and cable assemblies
  • Understand OTDR basic operation and testing methods
CSCU 0094: Fiber Optics Outside Plant
  • Tuition: $1,750 (CAEL agreed tuition with ten percent discount is $1,575)
  • Other Fees: No Cost
  • Books, Meals, Travel, Materials, Software, Equipment: No Cost
  • The tuition only covers administrative costs and nothing else is provided to the student

Lectures will be given on the art of optical cable installation, equipment and methods used, as well as the safety measures required under OSHA and the National Electrical Code. Lectures will include splicing technology, both fusion and mechanical, and how to calculate an optical budget for optical links. Hands on lab will offer the students an opportunity to do fusion splicing and testing of optical fibers with the use of an OTDR (optical time domain reflectometer). Additional time will be spent on the proper method for restoration and repair of optical networks.

This training is geared toward engineers, field supervisors and technicians who need an advanced working knowledge and practical hands-on application of fiber optic technology and will have the ability to perform any skill or aptitude required for installing or maintaining long distance fiber optic systems. Successful completion of this training course will enable students to perform all the necessary functions required to work with fiber optic cable, equipment and fiber optic communication systems. This course is 16 hours and equivalent to 1.6 CEUs.

Students will:

  • Review fiber types and manufacturing methods
  • Discuss fiber optic Theory and Waveguide Functions
  • Review the causes of Attenuation, Optical Reflection and Refraction
  • Understand Optical Dispersion and Pulse Spreading Issues
  • Review the Three Basic Elements of fiber optic systems and their uses
  • Develop an understanding of various cable types and proper installation methods
  • Understand and be able to implement Safe Optical and Physical Work Practices
  • Understand the design of various Outside Plant Network Topologies
  • Demonstrate Safe hand tool use
  • Perform Cable and fiber preparation
  • Perform Fusion Splicing
  • Perform Mechanical Splicing
  • Understand OTDR basic operation, Troubleshooting and Testing Methods
CSCU 0096: Advanced Fiber Optics ISP/OSP
  • Tuition: $1,750 (CAEL agreed tuition with ten percent discount is $1,575)
  • Other Fees: No Cost
  • Books, Meals, Travel, Materials, Software, Equipment: No Cost
  • The tuition only covers administrative costs and nothing else is provided to the student.

Advanced Fiber Optics ISP/OSP is an advanced treatment of Fiber Optics Inside Plant (ISP) and Fiber Optics Outside Plant (OSP). The Advanced Fiber Optics ISP/OSP course provides an in depth presentation of components, network design, installation and troubleshooting. Labs include advanced hands-on OTDR testing and practice in terminating various cables with numerous connector types and epoxy methods. Students will perform both fusion and mechanical splicing, as well as learn the basics of fiber optic network design. Prerequisite: The Advanced Fiber Optics ISP/OSP course is an advanced course that requires prior course work or experience. Recommended prerequisite courses: CSCU 0093: Fiber Optics Inside Plant, and CSCU 0094: Fiber Optics Outside Plant.

The course was designed for anyone responsible or interested in a “real-world”, hands on approach in Data Networking Technologies, Techniques, Applications and Design. Telecom professionals, outside plant / field, network operations, central office, technical marketing, help desk, project managers, network engineers, network administrators, voice engineers, and those in charge of converging voice and data networks. This course is 16 hours and equivalent to 1.6 CEUs.

Upon completion of the course, students will have an in-depth understanding of:

  • Cables: all types, where generally used, handling, troubleshooting
  • Connectors: all types, recognizing old and obsolete as well as current connectors, termination types (adhesive, pre-polished, etc.), termination processes, single mode vs. multimode polishing, troubleshooting
  • Splices: fusion vs. mechanical, mass fusion, cleaving, splice trays and closures, cable/fiber handling, troubleshooting
CSCU 0097: Premises Cabling - Installation
  • Tuition: $1,750 (CAEL agreed tuition with ten percent discount is $1,575)
  • Other Fees: No Cost
  • Books, Meals, Travel, Materials, Software, Equipment: No Cost
  • The tuition only covers administrative costs and nothing else is provided to the student.

Students will learn the basics of cable construction and installation of various copper cable types including Cat 5, Cat 6, and Cat 6e through lectures and a hands-on lab. In addition, closely-related technologies of fiber optics and wireless will be discussed. This course will help prepare the student to pass the ETA Data Cabling Installer Certification (DCIC) or the FOA Certified Premises Cabling Technician.

This course was designed for contractors, union craftsman, electricians, technicians, installers, LAN managers/administrators, end-users, engineers, MIS managers, facilities managers, architects and developers, systems engineers, telecom managers and anyone involved in repairing, installing, maintaining, designing, evaluating, or provisioning premises cabling. This course is 16 hours and equivalent to 1.6 CEUs.

Students in this course will be introduced to the following concept:

  • Basic Electricity
  • Data Communications Basics
  • Definitions, Symbols and Abbreviations
  • Cable Construction
  • Cable Performance Characteristics
  • Cabling Standards
  • Basic Network Topologies
  • Basic Network Architectures
  • National Electric Code (NEC and UL requirements)
    CSCU 0098: Premises Cabling - Troubleshooting
    • Tuition: $1,750 (CAEL agreed tuition with ten percent discount is $1,575)
    • Other Fees: No Cost
    • Books, Meals, Travel, Materials, Software, Equipment: No Cost
    • The tuition only covers administrative costs and nothing else is provided to the student.

    This course continues training from CSCU 0097: Premises Cabling – Installation, and proceeds to troubleshooting and related topics. Students will learn cable construction, installation, and troubleshooting of various copper cable types including Cat 5, Cat 6, and Cat 6e, fiber optics and wireless. This course will help prepare the student to pass the ETA Data Cabling Installer Certification (DCIC) or the FOA Certified Premises Cabling Technician. Prerequisite: CSCU 0097: Premises Cabling - Installation.

    This course was designed for contractors, union craftsman, electricians, technicians, installers, LAN managers/administrators, end-users, engineers, MIS managers, facilities managers, architects and developers, systems engineers, telecom managers and anyone involved in repairing, installing, maintaining, designing, evaluating, or provisioning premises cabling. This course is 16 hours and equivalent to 1.6 CEUs.

    Students in this course will be introduced to the following concept:

    • Cabling System Components
    • DCIC Installation Tools
    • Connectors and Outlets
    • Cabling System Design
    • Cabling Installation
    • Connector Installation
    • Cabling Testing and Certification
    • Cabling Troubleshooting
    • Documentation
    TECU 0003: Fiber Optics Installer Level I
    • Tuition: $2,178 (CAEL agreed tuition with ten percent discount=$1,980)
    • Other Fees: No Cost
    • Books, Meals, Travel, Materials, Software, Equipment: No Cost
    • The tuition only covers administrative costs and nothing else is provided to the student.

    Fiber Optics Installer Level I is a two-week (20 hour) course. Our ETA® approved Fiber Optics Installer course is designed for all individuals who have little to no experience working with communication fiber optics. You will be guided every step of the way through the Skills Testing part of the program, as you perform all of the tasks necessary to become a Certified Fiber Optics Installer. You will be working with the latest and most advanced fiber optics tools and test equipment available. Each student will be given a manual, industry periodicals and technical information from several leading manufacturers in the fiber optic industry.

    Course Objectives:

    • History of Fiber Optics
    • Principles of Fiber Optic Transmission
    • Safety with Fiber Optics
    • Basic Principles of Light
    • Optical Fiber Construction and Characteristics
    • Fiber Optic Cable Construction and Identification
    • Light Sources and Detectors
    • Passive Component Theory
    • Fiber Optic ISP Cable Preparation and Hardware
    • Fiber Optic ISP Enclosure Preparation
    • Fiber Optic Cable Routing
    • Fiber Optic Connector Termination
    TECU 0004: Fiber Optics Installer Level II
    • Tuition: $2,178 (CAEL agreed tuition with ten percent discount=$1,980)
    • Other Fees: No Cost
    • Books, Meals, Travel, Materials, Software, Equipment: No Cost
    • The tuition only covers administrative costs and nothing else is provided to the student.

    Fiber Optics Installer II is a two-week (20 hour) course. Building on the skills provided in Fiber Optics Installer Level I, Fiber Optics Installer Level II not only delivers essential information needed to pass the ETA CFOI exam, it also gives you a solid technical foundation to ensure that you can succeed on the job. We’ve added our own real-world, hands-on labs designed by expert instructors to give you experience with practical scenarios, including issues involved when you expand the switched network from a small to medium network environment.

    Upon successful completion of the “hands-on” Skills Testing portion of the course, you may take the 75 question, multiple choice ETA CFOI exam. You must receive a passing score of 75% or better (19 wrong or less) on the written exam and pass the Skills Testing portion of the course to earn your certification as a Fiber Optics Installer through this program. Upon completion, you will obtain knowledge of basic concepts for installing, splicing, testing, troubleshooting, and serving fiber optic systems.

    Course Objectives:

    • Fiber Optic Connectors
    • Fiber Optic Splicing Theory
    • Fiber Optic Testing Theory
    • Fiber Optic Cable Installation Theory
    • Industry Standards
    • Documentation and Record Keeping
    • Future Trends in the Fiber Optics Industry
    • Fusion Splicing of Fiber Optic Cable
    • OTDR (optical time domain reflectometer) Analysis Testing
    • Optical Loss Testing
    • Optical Fiber Certification Testing
    • Course Review and Exam Preparation