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  The Fiber Optic Association, Inc.
the non-profit professional society of fiber optics
October 2017

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Fiber Optic Resources For STEM Teachers
 
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FOA Newsletter

The recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida have damaged infrastructure and even schools. Help is needed to rebuild and our schools will be training workers. Please read the article in the newsletter and help if you can.

Read The Latest FOA Online Newsletter:


Cable Cuts - Why You Should Worry
Mobile Is Not A Substitute For Wireless
New "Fiber For Wireless" Course & Certification
Fibers Monitor For Earthquakes
FOA Members Working To Repair Hurricane Damage
End of Fiber Standards In US?
Fiber Used In Aerostat Tethers
World's Most Creative & Bizarre Data Centers
Is It April Fools Already?
OFS Expands Fiber Production Capacity
EasySplicer Introduces Upgrades, LC SOCs
"Pole Wars" Update

Are you experienced in fiber optics but not yet FOA CFOT® certified? FOA's "Work To Cert" program is just for you.

videos   More FOA YouTube Lectures - >100 total !


All in the FOA online newsletter.

Time To Renew Your CFOT?  You Can Renew Online


Fiber Optic Installation Standard Updated - Available Free From FOA

NECA 301

Go here for more information on
NECA/FOA-301.



New FOA Books:

FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optic Testing
 
FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optic Testing

FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optic Testing


Libro de Diseño para Redes de Fibra Óptica en Español - FOA Design Book Available In Spanish

Design in Spanish


La Asociación Profesional de Fibra Óptica (The FOA) ha traducido y hecho disponible en Español, la “Guía de Diseño para Fibra Optica”. Esto para todos los interesados en estudiar para la certificación CFOS/D en su idioma nativo. Puede acceder a la traducción al libro de Diseño en linea utilizando este enlace. La versión impresa del libro estará disponible muy prontamente. 

FOA Outside Plant Fiber Optic Construction Guide

FOA Reference Guide To Fiber Optic Network Design


More FOA Reference Guides



 Resources For Teachers In K-12 And Technical Schools

STEM teachers resources

Teachers in all grades can introduce their students to fiber optic technology with some simple demonstrations. FOA has created a page for STEM or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) teachers with materials appropriate to their classes. Fiber Optic Resources For STEM Teachers.

FOA also has a new YouTube Video on "Careers in Fiber Optics" and a "Careers In Fiber Optics" Website. See below.

Fiber U

Fiber U Offers Free Online Self-Study Programs, and "Fiber U Certificate of Completion" For All Courses. Read more at Fiber U.


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 Members

Search for products and services offered by hundreds of FOA corporate members worldwide. Corporate members are  listed on the FOA website in map and list form.


FOA Corporate members

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. Read more.


Lennie careers
FOA has a new YouTube Video on "Careers in Fiber Optics" and a
"Careers In Fiber Optics" Website.
Interested in exploring a career in fiber optics? FOA has created a YouTube Video and a webpage that describes what a fiber optic worker does, where they work and how to get started. It's mainly aimed at high school students but it's relevant to anyone interested in changing careers also. Go here for the Y
ouTube Video on "Careers in Fiber Optics" or the  FOA Careers In Fiber Optics webpage.



FOA Jobs

FOA "Finding A Job" Website
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.

Looking For A Job In Fiber Optics?
Where Are The Jobs In Fiber Optics? This FOA YouTube Video talks about all the applications for fiber optics, what the jobs involve and the qualifications for the workers in the field. If you are currently looking for a job in fiber optics, here is the FOA's guide to jobs web page. 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


If you have job openings, let us post them on FOA on LinkedIn.




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 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 on LinkedIn

FOA - official company page on LinkedIn

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 text in Spanish FOA Text in French FOA Reference Guide to Premises Cablng book  FOA Reference Guide to OSP Fiber Optics book FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics Design book  FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optic OSP Construction book  FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics Testing book
   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. The Reference Guide To Fiber Optics is also available in Spanish and French.

Click on any book 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 "Hands-On" 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.


 
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