Although fiber optics training is advertised by many institutions, only some conform to international standards. Fiber optics training involves a comprehensive, integrated teaching program that meets the requirements of designers, installers and consumers of fiber optic products.
A vast range of short and long term certificate courses are offered in the field of electro-optic devices and all-optical networking systems. There is an entire branch of engineering dedicated to the training of fiber optics. The optics courses cover all the areas of optical fiber telecommunications and networking systems, optical data communications, optical integrated devices, optoelectronic technology, optical measurements, and micro-fabrication processing for optical devices.
Fiber Optic Association (FOA), an international non-profit association, is one of the leading promoters of professionalism in fiber optics. It offers around 100 certified training programs developed and maintained by experts in the fiber optic business. Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) and Certified Fiber Optic Specialist (CFOS) are the FOA’s two levels of fiber optic certification. Key features of the courses are fiber optics installation, splicing, testing, and maintenance techniques.
Companies such as NASA, Cisco, Panduit, Daimler-Chrysler and Mead Paper use FOA certification in their own training programs. Fiber Optic Training and Consulting (FNT) and RWM Fiber Optics are among the other important institutes, providing fiber optic training and certification for both specific manufacturers and industry organizations.
Fiber optics courses provide tremendous job opportunities, such as designing components, designing systems, installing networks, training and teaching, and manufacturing fiber, lasers, etc. Regarding worker credentials, designing component jobs usually require holders of degrees in physics or chemistry. Depending on the technical nature of the job, the manufacturing jobs possess differing requirements; some need manual skills and others may require higher technical education. Electronic engineers undertake the design of fiber optics systems. The installing networks job requires people skilled in the process of pulling cables, then splicing and terminating them.