The FOA has created a new certification programme covering "Fiber Optic Network Design".
This certification covers the particulars of how fibre-optic networks are designed within the context of complete communications systems or construction projects. It is intended for contractors, installers, architects and engineers, project managers and all others who are involved with projects that include fibre-optics. Fibre-optic networks are widely used not just for telecom but also for CATV, computer LANs, cellular phones, municipal wireless, security surveillance systems, metropolitan data, intelligent highways, fiber to the home, and practically every communications network.
The Fiber Optic Association (FOA) has certified almost 24,000 fibre- optic technicians in the last decade who have been instrumental in the explosive expansion of fibre-optic network usage. Many have also designed the networks they install, and have asked the FOA to create standards for fibre-optic network design and offer a specialist certification in the field.
The FOA Certification is focused on the unique aspects of fibre-optic network design, assuming the fibre-optic designer works with project managers overseeing the complete project design. Prerequisites for the certification include having a FOA CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician) certification to ensure knowledge and experience in fibre-optic technology and installation. The certification is offered through many of the 200+ FOA-approved schools which will provide appropriate training. Industry professionals with appropriate experience may apply directly to The FOA.