Why choose the FOA Certification Program for your training organization?
What types of organizations are eligible to be an FOA Approved School?
How is an Approved School applicant evaluated?
FOA has a worldwide network of approved training organizations.
What does the FOA certification program offer schools?Approved schools have access to FOA course curriculum free of change, should they choose to use ours rather than develop their own. Certification exams are administered online using the FOA exam system. The schools only pay for certifications for their students.
FOA publishes its own textbooks which are optional but used by many of our schools as their textbooks. The basic fiber optics textbook used in CFOT classes is available in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. FOA textbooks may be purchased by the FOA schools at a 40% discount.
FOA has created the largest online technical resource in fiber optics, the FOA Guide, with almost 1,000 pages of technical information that can be used by our schools for reference materials.
FOA has a online learning site, Fiber U, used by many of our schools for blended learning in their courses. Fiber U has over two dozen online courses covering all the topics of FOA certifications and many other fiber optic and cabling topics.
The FOA is the only certifying body that helps the school evaluate instructor candidates, offers training online to new instructors and requires them to take a special instructor exam to be qualified to teach each FOA certification they offer.
FOA also offers guidance on setting up a classroom and hands-on fiber optic lab, including lab equipment, and contacts to vendors who can provide the best equipment.
We offer ongoing support to a new school and monitor its performance. FOA expects that each school maintains FOA standards to continue to remain in the program.
FOA schools join a worldwide community of professional educators. FOA schools are encouraged to participate in technical committees that assist in developing and updating FOA certifications, curriculum and reference materials. Sharing resources among FOA-approved schools is an important part of the "community" we have developed over our history.
How to apply:Apply online using the New School Application Form.
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