The Fiber Optic Association, Inc.
the non-profit professional society of fiber optics
March 2015

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March 2015
Fiber U Applications Courses
FOA Textbook In French
FOA's 20th Anniversary
What We Learned At OFC
Winter Problems - But Fibers Survive
US Lags In LTE Speeds
Worth Reading - On Pinterest
Nexans FTTO Solutions

videos   More FOA YouTube Lectures - >100 total !

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Time To Renew Your CFOT?  You Can Renew Online

FOA Textbook Now Available in French / FOA manuel disponible en français

FOA Text in French

Available from / Disponible sur

And from Createspace / Et à partir de Createspace

Fiber U

Fiber U Adds New Free Online Self-Study Programs, Expands Online Fiber U Certificate of Completion Program To New Topics

Read more at Fiber U.


Join FOA on Pinterest. FOA has started a Pinterest page for fiber optics.

Hablas español?   Parlez-vous français?

FOA Now Offers Online Fiber Optic Guide Web Pages In French and Spanish

Guía de Referencia de la Asociación de Fibra Óptica (FOA) Sobre Fibra Óptica
FOA text in Spanish
Disponible desde CreateSpace, y muchos otros libreros

videos  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!

Fiber-live demo

Want to see how fiber works, how attenuation is wavelength dependent and what causes connector loss?
View our "Fiber Optics - Live!" YouTube videos.

FOA Corporate Member

Corporate Memberships
FOA offers corporate memberships to companies involved in fiber optics as manufacturers, contractors, installers, etc. FOA Corporate Members get substantial discounts on membership/certification renewals and direct certifications. Other benefits include access to training and direct certifications.
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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

Where Are The Jobs In Fiber Optics? This new FOA YouTube Video talks about all the applications for fiber optics, what the jobs involve and the qualifications for the workers in the field.

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

We get many questions from CFOTs, students at FOA-Approved schools and others contemplating getting into the fiber optic business regarding jobs in fiber optics - and how to find them - so we’ve created a new web page to share some information we've gathered about jobs in our industry. The information is designed to help you understand what jobs are available in fiber optics, how to find them and apply for them.

If you are looking for a job in fiber optics, here is the FOA's guide to jobs.

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 FOA on LinkedIn.

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!
counterfeit cable flame test

Watch the FOA YouTube Video:  Counterfeit Cat 5 Cabling

QuickStart Guides
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

NECA 301
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 Recognized By US Department of Labor
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 Loss Calculator App 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.

Self -Study in Fiber Optics
FOA iPad App 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 videos  FOA Videos

The FOA has created a special FOA channel on YouTube, thefoainc, where we're posting instructional videos and lectures for everyone's use. We've got lectures on premises cabling and fiber optics and  hands-on demonstrations about fiber optics and communications cabling - yes, even "Cat 5"!

FOA channel on YouTube, thefoainc

Free Self-Study Programs
Lennie Lightwave   Fiber U
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 on LinkedIn

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!)
FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics book  FOA Reference Guide to Premises Cablng book  FOA Reference Guide to OSP Fiber Optics book
  FOA text in Spanish
The FOA now has it's own reference books to be used for training for FOA certifications and as reference books for contractors, installers and end users. They are available as printed books or ebooks on your iPad or Kindle at much lower prices than most textbooks since we self-publish and sell online, cutting out the middlemen. Click on the book images for more information.

Getting Started Guides
Lennie    Uncle Ted

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  
Uncle Ted's Guide to Communications (Premises) Cabling   (online) and available as a free iBook on iTunes  
Lennie and Uncle Ted are now available as free iBooks on iTunes

Looking For Fiber Optic Training?
You can find a list of FOA approved schools that offer CFOT® certification here on the list of FOA approved schools. Our new sortable listing and Google Map make finding the right school for you easier!

Certification Renewal
Members must renew each year to maintain your CFOT® or CFOS certifications as current. Please make sure we have your current address. Download the renewal form, or renew online.

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!

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To Contact The FOA
The Fiber Optic Association
1119 S Mission Road, # 355
Fallbrook, California 92028 USA
Office Hours 10AM-5 PM Pacific Time, Monday-Friday
Telephone: 1-760-451-3655
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