Corporate and Community Education

Certified Fiber Optic Specialist/Splicing (CFOS/S)

Dates: March 21-22, 2020

Meets: Sa and Su from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: IB 147 - Pendleton Campus, IBDC Building

Registration/Tuition: $850.00

The Prerequisite for all other BDI DataLynk Courses

This course is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA), the largest professional society of fiber optics in the world. FOA courses offered by BDI DataLynk are recognized by The US Department of Labor.

Exam Fee Included in Tuition!

Course Description:

This introductory 3-day fiber optic tech course is designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician. This Fiber Optic Training combines theory and 85% hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician) test that is sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day. This course also introduces the student to industry standards governing FTTD (Fiber To The Desk), FTTH (Fiber To The Home), and Distribution Cabling. Students will learn how to identify fiber types, recognize various connectors used in fiber installation; and install, terminate, splice, and properly test installed fiber cable to existing standards.

This program explores the history and future of fiber optics and fiber optics capabilities, and basic testing and troubleshooting. Anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optics Technician should attend this class. Course fee includes study materials, exam fees, Text Book, and CD.

The student must pass both the written and hands on exams to successfully pass this course. Course fee includes all books study materials, exams and 1-year membership to the FOA.

Note: Actual number of hours may vary depending on number of students.

Course Objective:

Program prepares the student to take the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optics Technician) exam given and graded at the end of class. Student will be
able to effectively and efficiently install, terminate, and test multimode fiber optic networks to existing standards.


Able to see, identify and manipulate small items and be able to read and speak the English language.


Along with chapter tests, class discussions, and substantial hands-on activities, the CFOT exam is given and graded at the end of the class. Students will demonstrate the ability to build and test and troubleshoot a fiber optic LAN network.


As assigned by BDI DataLynk, LLC. See our instructor’s credentials at

Contact (Instructional) Hours:

24 – Hours (Approximately)


Your Facility (Classroom must be available for duration of course.) Due to the amount of equipment used in class, we can not share our classroom with night classes.

Particular Physical Demand(s) on student:

Students must be able to see, manipulate, and hold small tools and test equipment. Students must be able to read and speak the English language. Students must have the ability to announce to anyone in the classroom that lasers are about to be turned on or are currently on and active. Further, student must be able to hear and react to the announcement from anyone in the classroom that lasers are about to be turned on or currently active. Finally, students considering this or any other fiber optics course must understand that, because of safety issues in dealing high-power lasers and microscopes, the ability to communicate these important announcements to co-workers and the ability to hear and react to these announcements from co-workers is required once in the field working in this industry.


Check with your individual course location coordinator.


Fiber Optics Technician’s Reference Manual by Jim Hayes. Supplementary study materials includes CD, and Student Lab Manual. Course fee includes all study materials and consumables and exams.

Course Schedule:

Day – 1:

  • Introduction to Fiber Optics
  • Fiber To the Desk
  • Fiber To The Home
  • Multimode Fiber Optics Networking
  • Fiber Optics Safety
  • Hands-on Session Begins – Anaerobic Polishing Procedures. Basic patch cable assembly, testing, troubleshoot, and repair.

Day – 2:

  • Fiber Optics Networking Standards
  • Fiber Optics Cable and Connector Identification.
  • Outside Plant Cable Introduction.
  • Hands-on Session Continues –
    • Termination of Fiber Connectors, Introduction to Splicing
    • (Mechanical & Fusion). Introduction to fiber optics network troubleshooting. Students will begin installation of MM fiber optics network using 12-fiber distribution style cable with SC and ST connectors.

Day – 3:

  • Outside Plant Fiber Cable preparation, termination & testing – Demonstration.
  • Hands-On Session continues. Students must build, test and troubleshoot actual multimode fiber optics network according to industry standards.
  • Introduction to Basic OTDR Functions and Traces
  • Use of the OTDR, VFL, Power Source and
  • Light Meter Functions
  • Continuity Testing, Troubleshooting, Managing Tools and Equipment
  • Written and Hands-On Exam review session (Students must pass both the written and the hands-on exams.)

* Note: Actual hours may vary depending on number of students.


Basic working knowledge of computers. Be able to see and identify small items and able to speak the English language.

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Fee: $850.00
Clock Hours:16.00

IB 147 - Pendleton Campus, IBDC Building

The Industrial Business Development Center (IBDC) is located on the main campus in Pendleton. Parking is available near the IBDC in "Lot I" and "Lot E" (

Please complete a parking permit form ( and place it on the dashboard of your vehicle while parked on campus.

The physical location of Tri-County Technical College (TCTC) Pendleton campus is 7900 Highway 76 East, Pendleton, SC 29670.

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Lodging information for SCDOT Courses Only: (

Tom Rauch

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Tom Rauch


FOA Master Instructor – CFOT, CFOI

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.

Tom is a Certified Fiber Optics Instructor and Fiber Optics Network Testing & Maintenance Specialist certified by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA).

Hobbies – Biking, Camping, Water Sports, Traveling, Sports Enthusiast.

Date Day Time Location
03/21/2020Saturday8 AM to 5 PM IB 147 - Pendleton Campus, IBDC Building
03/22/2020Sunday8 AM to 5 PM IB 147 - Pendleton Campus, IBDC Building



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