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Fiber Optic Training Available

A new training program that covers fiber optic testing at an advanced level is now available from VDV Works.

A new training program that covers fiber optic testing is now available from VDV Works.

The program covers fiber optic testing and was created to train technicians and instructors wishing to enhance their knowledge of testing. The course is also suitable preparation for the Fiber Optic Association CFOS Advanced Testing Certification.

The program includes visual inspection, power measurement, loss testing and OTDR testing. Each section covers instrumentation requirements, test procedures, standards and measurement errors in great detail. Two versions of the program are available: an instructor version includes everything an instructor needs to teach a hands-on advanced fiber optic testing course and a self-study version allows an experienced fiber optic technician to add to their knowledge on testing.

The program was created by Jim Hayes of VDV Works who co-founded Fotec, the fiber optic test equipment company, and ran it for 20 years before it was acquired by Fluke Networks. Hayes is also the author of industry standards on testing and a noted fiber optic trainer. In 2001, Hayes was honored as one of fiber optics’ “luminaries” by Fiberoptic Product News magazine for his contributions to the industry through the “Fiber U” training and websites he developed.

VDV Academy does not offer training classes itself, but provides turn-key programs for instructors to teach its courses or students to teach themselves. VDV Academy offers programs covering Basic Fiber Optics, OTDRs, Advanced Testing, Structured Cabling and preparation for the FOA CFOT certification exam. VDV Academy also offers free online tutorials like “Lennie Lightwave’s Guide To Fiber Optics,” a popular fiber optic website, at

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