Corporate and Community Education

Certified Fiber Optic Specialist/Outside Plant (CFOS/O)

Dates: November 21-22, 2020

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

Location: IB 147 - Pendleton Campus, IBDC Building

Registration/Tuition: $950.00

This 2-day, 16 hour (*appx) fiber optic specialist course is for students who will be directly involved with installing Outside Plant (OSP) Fiber Optics Cabling. Further, it is an add-on course to their FOA portfolio once they have successfully completed the 3-day, basic CFOT course and can be taken concurrently with the CFOT course. This advanced Fiber Optic Training combines lecture sessions and 85% hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOS/O, OSP hands on and written exams that are sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day. This course introduces the student to industry standards governing the installation, testing, and troubleshooting of OSP fiber optics cable - primarily singlemode OSP cable used in the Outside Plant Rugged Environment.

Students will learn how to properly identify OSP fiber cabling types, recognize various outside plant closures used in OSP fiber installation, install, prepare, terminate, splice, and properly test and troubleshoot installed OSP fiber cable to existing standards. Course fee includes study materials, Text Book, CD, and exams and 1-year membership to the FOA.

Note: The student must pass both the written and hands on exams to successfully pass this course. *Note: Actual hours may vary depending on number of students.

Prerequisite: FOA CFOT Course. As of January 1, 2015, the student MUST have successfully passed the basic CFOT course within the preceding 12 months or have renewed their FOA membership within that time frame prior to attending the CFOS/T, CFOS/S, and/or the CFOS/O FOA Specialist courses offered by BDI Datalynk. Students are encouraged to register for all courses being offered at the individual locations with the understanding that the CFOT is the prerequisite for all other courses and it must be successfully completed first prior to attending any of the other courses.

Course Objective: Program prepares the student to take the Fiber Optics Specialist Outside Plant (OSP) Certification Exam (Written and Hands-On) given at the end of class. Student will be able to effectively and efficiently troubleshoot, test, identify, and repair OSP fiber network cabling, and provide QA (Quality Assurance) procedures.


Thank you for pre-registering for this program. If you have any questions, please call (864) 646-1700. Thank you.
Fee: $950.00
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" (

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

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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
11/21/2020Saturday8 AM to 5 PM IB 147 - Pendleton Campus, IBDC Building
11/22/2020Sunday8 AM to 5 PM IB 147 - Pendleton Campus, IBDC Building



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