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Certified Optic Fibre Installer (COFI-SA)

This course is designed for installation and maintenance staff working on a range of fibre optic networks including enterprise & outside plant networks for datacoms and telecoms applications. It provides a broad knowledg... Show More
Course Prerequisites:
CompTIA A+ and Network+ or minimum 2 years relevant technical experience
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Virtual Instructor-Led Training (V-ILT)

Virtual instruction environments are designed to simulate the traditional classroom or learning experience. Instructor-led training is still the number one delivery method of choice because it allows you to interact and discuss the training material, either individually or in a group setting, and you gain access to expert knowledge from certified instructors. This form of guided learning is impactful and produces positive learning outcomes. Day, evening and Saturday classes are offered.

5 Days

Course Schedule

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Course Content

Becoming a COFI

  • Types of fibre networks
  • Key skills and tasks

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Light & Wavelenghts

  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Wavelengths/frequencies
  • Speed of light

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Optical Fibre for Comms Networks

  • Guiding light
  • Fibre characteristics
  • Fibre types
  • Operational issues

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Fibre Optic Cables

  • Cable performance issues
  • Typical constructions
  • Cables for different environments

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  • Connector basics
  • Connector styles
  • Connector performance

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Enterprise System Componenets

  • Cabinets, racks & frames
  • Patch panels
  • Transmitters & receivers

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Telecoms System Components

  • Splice or joint closures
  • Termination location components
  • Optical distribution frames

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Cable Handling

  • Cable handling & management

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Safety with Fibre Optic Technology

  • Safe working with fibre
  • Hazardous substances
  • Fibre offcuts
  • Optical power
  • Laser safety issues
  • Good practices checklist

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Joining Fibres

  • Definitions
  • Causes of loss
  • Performance standards

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Inspecting & Cleaning Connectors

  • Why do we inspect & clean connectors?
  • Inspection standards
  • Inspection equipment
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Connector care

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Polarity in Basic Installations

  • Simplex installations
  • Duplex installations

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Cable Preparation

  • Overview and tooling
  • Fibre coatings
  • Cleaning techniques
  • Sample procedure

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Cleaving Fibres

  • Fibre cleaving
  • Potential issues

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Termination Procedure

  • Pre-polished connectors

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Fusion Splicing

  • Procedure
  • Splicing parameters
  • Potential issues
  • Splicer maintenance

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Jointing External Cables

  • Working outdoors
  • Workspace planning
  • Preparation
  • Splicing the fibres
  • Completing the job

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Why, How & When to Test

  • Continuity checking
  • Insertion loss measurement
  • OTDR testing

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Continuity Testing

  • Continuity checking

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Insertion Loss Testing

  • Optical power & loss budgets
  • Equipment
  • Insertion loss measurements
  • Reporting

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Why Use an OTDR?

  • What is OTDR testing & what can it do for us?

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OTDR Capabilities

  • Distance measurements
  • Fibre loss measurements
  • Splice loss measurements
  • Connector losses
  • Link return loss

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OTDR Limitations

  • Dynamic range
  • Dead zone
  • Resolution

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Test Configurations

  • Cable on a drum
  • Installed cable before termination
  • Connectorised systems

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Using the OTDR

  • Step by step guide
  • Manipulating the trace
  • Measurement parameters

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OTDR Issues

  • Poor launch conditions
  • Interfacing with bare fibres
  • Ghosts
  • Fibre mismatches

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Splicing Courses

CTU Training Solutions , Updated: November 21st, 2019

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