Fibre Optics Introduction

3 Day Course
Hands On
Code PWL050

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This 3-day fibre optics course offers an introduction to fibre optics terminology and concepts, plus some basic hands on exposure to fibre. It is accredited by the OCN, regional Open College Network. Successful candidates gain a qualification recognised as a level 2 award under the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) national framework. This award is broadly equivalent to a GCSE pass at grades A-C.

Alternatively this course can be run as a closed company course in two days if certification is not required.

Delegates requiring in-depth Hands On training for the installation, testing and maintenance of Fibre should look at the City and Guilds 3666 Units 2+3 Internal and External Fibre Handling course.


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Introduction (3 topics)

  • Features of fibre
  • Telecommunications
  • Basic system components

Optical Fibre Basics (5 topics)

  • Structure
  • Materials
  • Light propagation
  • MM & SM
  • Specifications

Cables (2 topics)

  • Internal & external cables
  • Types & features

Joining Fibres (2 topics)

  • Problems
  • Methods & typical specifications

Fibre Splicing (4 topics)

  • Principles
  • Fusion technology
  • Fibre preparation
  • Mechanical splices

Fibre Connectors (2 topics)

  • Principles
  • Connector types

Cable Preparation (1 topic)

  • Tools & techniques

Cable Joint Enclosures & Splice Trays (1 topic)

  • Requirements, types & ODFs

Active Optical Components (5 topics)

  • Lasers
  • LEDs
  • Amplifiers
  • Modulators
  • Detectors

Passive Optical Components (5 topics)

  • Couplers/splitters
  • WDMs
  • Isolators
  • Gratings
  • DWDMs

Fibre Safety (3 topics)

  • Fibre sharps
  • Chemicals
  • Optical & environmental hazards

Routing Issues (1 topic)

  • Rights of way & compatibility of existing infrastructures

Installation Environments (5 topics)

  • Ducts
  • Direct burial
  • In tarmac
  • Trough
  • Aerial & submarine systems

Installation Methods (1 topic)

  • Pulling, laying blowing & jetting

Fibre Testing (5 topics)

  • Continuity
  • VFL
  • ILM (PM&LS)
  • RLM
  • OTDR basics & fault locating

Course Review



There are no prerequisites, but the course is designed for:

  • Managers and engineers requiring a basic understanding of, or an introduction to, fibre optics
  • Non-engineers who wish to become familiar with the terminology and basics
  • Maintenance staff new to fibre optics who may be required to attend to basic problems

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Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

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Reston VA
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3 Days $2,800

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