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Read The Latest FOA Online Newsletter:
April 2015: Focus On Construction
The Danger of Digging "Blind"
New FOA OSP Construction Guide
25 Year-Old Cable Plant
Justifying The Cost of Testing
Construction Webinar from Clearfield
Ever Wonder About "Air-Blown Fiber"
What You Can Learn From An OTDR
MPO Connector Videos
Safety On The Job
More FOA YouTube Lectures - >100 total !
FOA Textbook Now Available in French / FOA manuel disponible en français
Available from Amazon.com / Disponible sur Amazon.com
And from Createspace / Et à partir de Createspace
Fiber U Adds New Free Online Self-Study Programs, Expands Online Fiber U Certificate of Completion Program To New TopicsRead more at Fiber U.
Join FOA on Pinterest. FOA has started a Pinterest page for fiber optics.
Hablas español? Parlez-vous français?
Guía de Referencia de la Asociación de Fibra Óptica (FOA) Sobre Fibra Óptica
Disponible desde CreateSpace, Amazon.com y muchos otros libreros
Qué es la FOA (What Is The FOA, in Spanish )
If you are teaching fiber optics in Spanish, contact us as we have translated the FOA CFOT training curriculum also.
How Fiber Works - Live!
Sneak Preview! FOA is creating an online database of corporate members intended to be a worldwide guide to fiber optic companies. Here is the preview in table and map form.
FOA Jobs Website
The FOA Jobs Web Page has been updated and a new page added on Using your FOA Training/Certification to Find the Right Job in Fiber Optics
Look at the US Department of Labor Career OneStop website (below) also for good job information.
If you have job openings, let us post them on .
Cabling Project Management - FOA has created a new YouTube video on what's involved in a cabling project (copper/fiber/wireless) with advice for both the customer and the contractor involved in a cabling project. The intent of this video lecture is to help customer and contractor communicate effectively on a new project.
Is Counterfeit Cable Dangerous?
You bet it is! The US Consumer Product Safety Commission required Home Depot to recall $11,000,000 worth of it!
Watch the FOA YouTube Video: Counterfeit Cat 5 Cabling
In our continuing quest to help people understand how to test fiber optic cable plants and communications systems, we've created three "QuickStart Guides to Fiber Optic Testing." They are simple, step-by-step guides on how to test fiber optic cable plants, patchcords or single cables, using OTDRs and measuring optical power in systems. They are as straightforward as it can get - what equipment do you need, what are the procedures for testing, options in implementing the test, measurement errors and documenting the results.
It can't get much simpler.
Testing Fiber Optic Cable Plants And Patchcords
Testing Fiber Optic Cable Plants With An OTDR
Measuring Optical Power In Communications Systems
FOA Standards For Contractors, Installers and Network Users
Most industry standards are written for manufacturers so they can build products that are interoperable to allow multiple sources in the marketplace. These manufacturers are responsible for interpreting these standards for their customers. FOA has been requested to create standards for contractors, installers and network users, providing a generic interpretation of these standards. We've created a few already on testing, one of the most confusing issues in fiber optics. Furthermore, we've provided them in a 1 page summary format, making understanding them much easier.
Go here for more information.
Free For FOA Members: NECA/FOA 301 Fiber Optic Installation Standard
Because of its importance to users, contractors and installers of fiber optic networks, The FOA and NECA have agreed to make the NECA/FOA 301 Fiber Optic Installation Standard available free to FOA members.
Standards usually cover components and systems and how to test them, but rarely get into installation issues. This standard is derived from FOA educational material put in standards form and approved by ANSI as an American National Standard. It's specifically written to be used in contracts to define "installation in a neat and workmanlike manner." FOA members can go here for instructions on how to download your free copy.
FOA Certifications have now been recognized by the US Department of Labor. The DoL reviews certifications and how they relate to job opportunities and training. The DoL Career OneStop website helps individuals explore career opportunities to make informed employment and education choices.
FOA Certifications are listed by the US Department of Labor - Occupational Outlook Handbook - See Licenses, Certifications and Registrations.
FOA iPad Apps
The FOA has just released its second APP for the iPad, a free "loss budget calculator," FOA LossCalc.
FOA LossCalc (FREE)
FOA LossCalc estimates the optical loss of a fiber optic link. This will save time for the installer of a fiber optic link needing to know whether test results are reasonable and/or make a "pass/fail" determination. It can also help the designer of a link to determine if communications equipment will operate over this link.
By choosing the type of link (singlemode or multimode) and specifying the length of the fiber and numbers of connections and splices, it will calculate the end to end loss of the link. The app has default specifications for singlemode and multimode links or the user may create custom setups with specifications appropriate for any application. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/foa-losscalc/id476262894?mt=8&ls=1
Self -Study in Fiber Optics
Our first app is a self-study version of the FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics. The FOA APP builds on the FOA basic fiber optic textbook to create an interactive learning environment that builds on the iBook electronic version of the book to add a guide to use for self-study and real-time testing that provides feedback on what you have learned and correct answers to questions answered incorrectly.
The FOA APP is priced at only $9.99, same as the iBook, so the self-study program is free. Download it from the Apple APP Store with your iPad or iTunes.
FOA channel on YouTube, thefoainc
Lennie Lightwave and Fiber U are back! Learn the basics of fiber optics in preparation for taking a training course, refresh your knowledge or prepare for the CFOT exam online at Fiber U online.
New: Self-Study programs on outside plant (OSP) fiber optics and OTDRs (with a free OTDR simulator to download)
FOA has three LinkedIn Groups
FOA - covers FOA, technology and jobs in the fiber optic marketplace
FOA Fiber Optic Training - open to everyone, covers fiber optic technology and training topics
FOA School Instructors - a closed group for instructors and administrators at FOA-approved schools
FOA Reference Books (Printed or eBooks!)
These two guides are simple introductions to the subjects. They will explain the applications, jargon, components and installation in a quick overview.
Lennie Lightwave's Guide to Fiber Optics (online) and available as a free iBook on iTunes
| The Fiber Optic Association has been organized as a international non-profit professional society for the fiber optic industry. Its charter is to develop educational programs, approve training courses, certify fiber optic and premises cabling technicians, participate in standards-making processes and generally promote fiber optics. The FOA has certified over 43,000 CFOTs (Certified Fiber Optic Technicians) through over 250 approved training organizations worldwide. Join us!