Courses


Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) Training


Duration: 4 days | Time: 08h30 - 16h00
Booking: Please complete the Registration Form
Conditions: Registrations cannot be confirmed until payment is received in full.

Cancellation notice period Fees payable
7 or more days No cancellation fee payable
Less than 7 days A 10% cancellation fee applies

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • The primary focus of this course is to provide a comprehensive coverage of the best practices for the deployment of optical communication networks.
  • Fusion splicing, connectorization, acceptance testing, troubleshooting and much more is taught with lots of hands-on practice.
  • Comprehensive hands-on activities and the underlying theory are combined to provide a firm understanding of the concepts underpinning the deployment of optical communication networks.
  • Also provided is coverage of the major developments in wide-band, optical cross connect, transceiver, and waveguide type devices that lay the foundation for nextgeneration networks.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • No previous experience is necessary. This training program is not limited to installers or technicians, it is an excellent credential for sales and marketing personnel, indicating their comprehensive knowledge of the industry and building confidence in their assistance to their customers.
  • Refresh your knowledge or prepare for the CFOT exam online at: www.fiberu.org

THE INSTRUCTORS:

  • Each of the instructors involved with this course have three decades of optical fiber experience (from the early 80s) and we welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge, insight and experience with you.

ACCREDITATION:

  • In today's high-techworld, certification is considered proof of professional status and, we are a Fiber Optic Association Inc. approved training school # 707

COURSE CONTENT - SUMMARY

DAY ONE  |  08:30 - 16:30
  • Introduction to Fiber Optics
  • What is Fiber Optics?
  • Fiber manufacturing methods (video)
  • Fiber advantages
  • How fiber works
  • Refraction & Reflection
  • Fiber Types:
    • OM 1, 2, 3, & 4
    • SM G.652, G.655, G.656 & G.657
  • Mixing G.652, G.655, G.656 and G.657
  • Cut-off wavelength
  • Frequency
  • Numerical aperture
  • Mode-field diameter
  • What is an Optical Network?
  • Transmitters and transceivers
  • Optical modulation
  • Optical fiber parameters
  • Transmission bands
  • CWDM, DWDM and TDM
  • Attenuation
  • Scattering and Absorption
  • Inter Modal and Chromatic Dispersion
  • Polarization Mode Dispersion
  • Coefficients and system performance
  • Mode-conditioning
  • Amplifiers and Attenuators
  • Cable Types
  • Loose tube and Tight buffer
  • Choosing a Cable
  • Cable specifications
  • NEC Ratings
  • Cable plant hardware
  • Optical Fiber Cable Color Coding
  • Best practices for installing cable
  • Bonding and grounding
  • Pulling fiber optic cable
  • Air-assisted fiber installations
  • Slack management
  • FTTx
  • Fiber Optic Installation Safety Rules
DAY TWO  |  08:30 - 16:30

SPLICING: FUSION and MECHANICAL
  • Choosing a Splice Type
  • Cable and fiber preparation techniques
  • Fusion splicing timesaving techniques
  • Splice Loss - cause and remedy
  • Fusion splicer maintenance and cleaning
  • Connector types
  • Termination procedures
HANDS-ON Practical Session
  • Fusion splicing
  • Mid spanning
  • Connectorization
  • Polishing techniques
  • Fiber optic enclosures
DAY THREE  |  08:30 - 16:30

TESTING, TROUBLESHOOTING & MORE SPLICING
  • OTDR and iOLM characterization
  • Testing at various wavelengths
  • Loss Budget calculations
  • Power Budget calculations
  • Calculate admissible lengths
  • Insertion loss testing
  • System Certification
  • Documenting test results
  • Gainers
  • Mode-Field Diameter issues
  • Nano-engineered ring issues
  • Troubleshooting procedures
  • Measurement units
  • Cleaning connectors
HANDS-ON Practical Session
  • Working with the following test instruments: Visual Fault Locators, Fiber Microscopes, Power Sources, Power Meters, Dark Fiber Identifiers, OTDR’s, more fusion splicing, etc.
DAY FOUR  |  08:30 - 12:00
  • WRAP-UP AND TEST ISSUES
  • Test

CONTACT DETAILS:

Joe Botha
joebotha@telkomsa.net +27 (0) 33 345 4798
+27 (0) 82 464 0386 +27 (0) 86 627 7537

 

Certified Fiber Optic Design Specialist (CFOS/D) Training

Students will study best practices and design alternatives for long-haul, metro, access and FTTH PON networks


Duration: 4 days | Time: 08h30 - 16h00
Booking: Please complete the Registration Form
Conditions: Registrations cannot be confirmed until payment is received in full.

Cancellation notice period Fees payable
7 or more days No cancellation fee payable
Less than 7 days A 10% cancellation fee applies

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • This is your chance to pose your questions, to review your solution choices, discuss upcoming technologies and benchmark ideas.
  • Optic Association Inc. (FOA) certification programs are without question the most recognized in the world today.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • It is intended for contractors, installers, architects and engineers, project managers and all others who are involved with projects that include fiber optics.
  • Prerequisites for the certification include having a FOA Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) certification.

INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD:

  • The instructional methods used include: lectures, demonstrations, and solving case studies.
  • Significant class time is devoted todesigning hypothetical networks.
  • Students will be tasked with solving as many as 15 different design case studies set to challenge capabilities in analysing design rules and design alternatives.
  • Diversity in perspective sets the stage for a lively exchange of ideas where students can learn from teams or individuals supporting different outcomes.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Design and cost performance optimized Optical Communication solutions.
  • Design both traditional and next-generation optical networks to meet specified capacity, flexibility, and reliability requirements.

COURSE CONTENT:

  • Students will study emerging technologies, design alternatives, configuration options, media selection criteria, key parameters affecting system performance, and the underlying theory required for total network design from initial planning to installation issues.

EVALUATION:

  • Students will be eligible to write the exam on day 4 of the course.

COURSE CONTENT - SUMMARY

DAY ONE  |  08:30 - 16:30
  • Analog and Digital Transmission
  • Transmission basics (SDH, PDH, E1, etc.)
  • The Transport Network Infrastructure
  • Circuit-Switched Networks
  • Packet-Switched Networks
  • Ethernet
  • Voice, Data, Video and Bandwidth
  • Physical Topologies
  • Ultra-long, long-haul and intra-building backbones
  • Optical amplifiers
  • Add/drop multiplexers
  • Wavelength Division Multiplexing
  • Modulation schemes
  • SM and MM fiber selection
  • Fiber count percentage rules
  • Civil work
DAY TWO  |  08:30 - 16:30
  • Case studies
  • Calculate optical loss and power budgets
  • Calculate admissible distance
  • Calculate allowable CD
  • Calculate CD coefficient admissible fiber lengths
  • CD compensation
  • Calculate tolerable PMD coefficients
  • Calculate PMD coefficient admissible fiber lengths
DAY THREE  |  08:30 - 16:30
  • Case studies
  • Transceiver selection
  • Next-Generation Networks and Convergence
  • Splitter ratios - Centralized, Distribution and Home Run
  • Design and Cost P2P and P2MP solutions
  • FTTH Architectures
  • Design Impacts
  • Analog to Digital Video
  • IP Video Delivery
  • RF Overlay and RFOG
  • Bit rate maximizing
DAY FOUR  |  08:30 - 12:00
  • Wrap-up
  • Test

CONTACT DETAILS:

Joe Botha
joebotha@telkomsa.net +27 (0) 33 345 4798
+27 (0) 82 464 0386 +27 (0) 86 627 7537

 

Outside Plant (OSP) Project Specialist

The primary focus of this course is to provide a comprehensive coverage of the best practices for the deployment of optical communication networks. Trenching, duct installation, air-assisted installation practices, ADSS installations and much more is taught with lots of hands-on practice


Duration: 4 days | Time: 09h00 - 16h30
Booking: Please complete the Registration Form
Conditions: Registrations cannot be confirmed until payment is received in full.

Cancellation notice period Fees payable
7 or more days No cancellation fee payable
Less than 7 days A 10% cancellation fee applies

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • The primary focus of this course is to provide a comprehensive coverage of the best practices for the deployment of optical communication networks.
  • Trenching, duct installation, air-assisted installation practices, hauling, aerial work practices, acceptance testing, troubleshooting and much more is taught with lots of hands-on practice.
  • Comprehensive hands-on activities and the underlying theory are combined to provide a firm understanding of the concepts underpinning the deployment of optical communication networks.
  • Also provided is coverage on wayleave applications, health and safety guidelines and environmental management.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • No previous experience is necessary. This training program is not limited to contractors, installers or technicians - it is an excellent credential for network planners.

THE INSTRUCTORS:

  • Teaching is provided through a mixture of lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions.
  • Each of the instructors involved with this course have nearly three decades of optical fibre experience and we welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge, insight and experience with you.

COURSE CONTENT - SUMMARY

THEORY & DEMONSTRATIONS
  • Introduction to Optical Fibre
  • Fibre Geometric Parameters
  • Cable Jackets
  • Strength members
  • Moisture / Water-blocking
  • Micro ducts
  • Micro cables
  • Colour Coding
  • Environmental Considerations
  • Health and Safety Considerations
  • Wayleave’s
  • Quality
  • Pre-build Procedures
  • Camp Establishment / Holding Area
  • Trenching
  • Sludge Test
  • Trench Width
  • Pilot Holes
  • Location of Services
  • Trench Shoring
  • Notifications
  • Private Property
  • Suggested Trenching Practices
  • Barricading
  • Trenching near Paving, Guttering, etc.
  • Crossings, River, Bridge and Road
  • Duct Deviation
  • Trenching near Power Cables
  • Steep Gradient Trenching
  • Tree Roots
  • Surface material
  • Duct Un-Coiling Installation Process
  • Bedding, Padding and Backfill
  • OMC testing
  • Trench Compacting
  • DCP Test
  • Direct-Buried Installations
  • Earthing and Bonding
  • Markers
  • Manholes and Handholes
  • Directional Drilling
  • Reinstatements
  • Pre-installation Cable Testing and Inspections
  • Cable play-off
  • Air-Assisted Installation Practices
  • DIT Testing
  • Cable Blowing Lubricants
  • Cable Bend Radius
  • Figure-eighting
  • Micro Duct Tools and Accessories
  • Aerial Works
  • Pole Handling PPE
  • Transportation of Poles
  • Pole handling
  • Ladder lashing, climbing, safety belt, etc.
  • Survey Equipment and Tools
  • Survey - Gather Route Information
  • Checks to be undertaken
  • Wooden Pole Inspection
  • Hole-digging Tools
  • Pole Holes
  • Poles set in Concrete
  • Pole Spacing
  • Suggested Aerial Work Practices
  • Selection of Pole and Stay Positions
  • Types of Stays
  • Stay Guards
  • Struts
  • Stay Holes
  • Stay Spread/Height Ratio
  • Termination of Stay Wire
  • ADSS Installation
  • Power Crossings
  • Cable Clearance
  • ADSS Installation
  • Dead-End Sizes
  • ADSS Terminations and Support Types
  • Dynamometer
  • ADSS Sagging
  • Cables Cable Slack
  • Cable Hauling
  • Pre-Installation Checks
  • Duct Rodding
  • Duct Testing and Cleaning
  • Centre-Pulls and Back-feeding
  • Pulling Tension
  • Pulling Socks
  • Hauling Rope
  • Duct Fill Ratios
  • Access Build
  • Dolomite (hard rock)
ON-HAND ACTIVITIES
  • DCP Testing
  • Cable Hauling
  • ADSS Erecting
  • Figure-eighting
  • Sagging
  • True & false terminations, tangent supports
  • Ladder lashing and climbing
  • DIT Testing
  • Cable Floating
  • Retractable Fibre
  • Mid Spanning

CONTACT DETAILS:

Joe Botha
joebotha@telkomsa.net +27 (0) 33 345 4798
+27 (0) 82 464 0386 +27 (0) 86 627 7537

 

Fiber Testing Specialist Course (FTS)

Expansive theoretical coverage and all-encompassing hands-on activities, is the key focus of this advanced testing course. FTTH, PON, iOLM testing, setting up pass/fail thresholds, save test results, launch and receiver test leads, interpret pass/fail readings, OTDR testing, gainer and exaggerated loss, IL testing (source and power meter), etc.


Duration: 4 days | Time: 08h30 - 16h00
Booking: Please complete the Registration Form
Conditions: Registrations cannot be confirmed until payment is received in full.

Cancellation notice period Fees payable
7 or more days No cancellation fee payable
Less than 7 days A 10% cancellation fee applies

OVERVIEW:

Expansive theoretical coverage and all-encompassing hands-on activities, is the key focus of this advanced testing course.

  • FTTH, PON, iOLM testing
  • Setting up pass/fail thresholds
  • Save test results
  • Launch and receiver test leads
  • Interpret pass/fail readings for:
    • Splice loss
    • Connector loss
    • Splitter loss
    • Fibre attenuation
    • Reflectance
    • ORL
    • Macro and micro bends
  • OTDR testing
  • Gainer and exaggerated loss
  • IL testing (source and power meter)
  • Connector cleaning and inspection

PREREQUISITES:

  • Prerequisites for this course includes having a FOA Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) certification, and a minimum of 1-years testing experience.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONAL:

  • Resource material, test equipment, tools and consumables needed to complete classroom hands-on exercises, will be made available to attendees.
  • Lunch will be provided.


CONTACT DETAILS:

Joe Botha
joebotha@telkomsa.net +27 (0) 33 345 4798
+27 (0) 82 464 0386 +27 (0) 86 627 7537

 

Aerial Shared Pole Route Training

This course provides learners with a comprehensive coverage on the best practices for the deployment of optical fibre aerial cables in close proximity to power lines, such as on shared poles, or other infrastructure also carrying electricity


Duration: 4 days | Time: 09h00 - 16h30
Booking: Please complete the Registration Form
Conditions: Registrations cannot be confirmed until payment is received in full.

Cancellation notice period Fees payable
7 or more days No cancellation fee payable
Less than 7 days A 10% cancellation fee applies

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • The primary focus of this course is to provide a comprehensive coverage of the best practices for the deployment of optical communication networks.
  • Trenching, duct installation, air-assisted installation practices, hauling, aerial work practices, acceptance testing, troubleshooting and much more is taught with lots of hands-on practice.
  • Comprehensive hands-on activities and the underlying theory are combined to provide a firm understanding of the concepts underpinning the deployment of optical communication networks.
  • Also provided is coverage on wayleave applications, health and safety guidelines and environmental management.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • No previous experience is necessary. This training program is not limited to contractors, installers or technicians - it is an excellent credential for network planners.

THE INSTRUCTORS:

  • Teaching is provided through a mixture of lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions.
  • Each of the instructors involved with this course have nearly three decades of optical fibre experience and we welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge, insight and experience with you.

COURSE CONTENT - SUMMARY

SAFE WORKING PROCEDURES
  • Who may work on Share Pole Routes?
  • Overview (Code of Practice)
  • Introduction
  • Code of Practice
  • Liability
  • Performance Objective
  • Standard Test
  • Regulations
  • Legal Requirements
  • Regulation GMR 5 (1)
  • Regulation GMR 5 (2)
  • Planning and Consent
  • Electrical Machinery Regulation 15 (2)
  • Offence of Regulations Section 38 (1)
  • Offence of Regulations Section 38 (2)
  • Duties of the Employee
  • Safety Precautions (Safe work Practice)
  • Safety Precautions (Danger levels, hazards etc.)
  • Electricity (Hazards and Dangers)
  • Types of Power Lines
  • Characteristics of Electricity
  • Conduction
  • Electrical Shock (Action and Treatment)
  • Pole Inspections
  • Choose the right Ladder
  • Basic points to secure a Ladder
  • Ladder Lashing
  • Handling and Loading of poles
  • Transportation Poles
  • Safety Precautions (Personal safety)
  • Construction Regulations 2014
  • Structures (Construction regulations)
SITE PREPARATION
  • Risk Assessment
  • Non-conformance Report
  • Fibre Cable Design (Positive)
  • Fibre Cable (Precautions)
  • Pre-Design Route Assessment
  • Survey of the Fibre Route (Planning)
  • Documentation (Topographic)
  • Plan Layout (Legends)
  • Pre-Planning of the route
  • Fibre Installation Plan / Obstacles
  • Boundary lines
  • Collecting / Storing of material
  • Survey of the Fibre Route
  • Survey of the Fibre Route over a hill
  • Preparation / Survey of the Fibre Route
  • Survey of the Fibre Route (Pegs)
  • Layout of an Overhead Route
  • Preparation on new poles
  • Module 2 Part 2 Site Preparation
  • Vertical Clearances / Horizontal Clearances
  • Mid Span Clearance Over Incline
  • Mid span Clearance around Bends
  • Aerial stays the 8-types
  • Aerial Stays Calculations (Spread, Height, Length)
  • Stay wire load Calculations
  • Dimensions and strength Values for poles
  • Aerial Stays Layout
  • Strut excavation
  • Retaining Walls
  • Bend Radius
  • Aerial Stays Calculations
SHARED POLE ROUTINE
  • Power Line Layout
  • Sag level on an Overhead Fibre Cable
  • Separation distances
  • Mid Span Clearances
  • Crossing Roads
  • Measuring the height of Power lines
  • Clearance between power equipment
  • Clearance between LV power lines
  • Measuring Tools
  • Material needed
  • Equipment needed for aerial installations
  • Road Safety Precautions
  • Planting of the Poles (Process)
  • Stay excavations
  • Erecting of the Aerial Fibre Cable
  • Termination process
  • Cleating Process
AERIAL ROUTE CONSTRUCTION
  • Dynamometers and Breakaway swivels
  • True and False terminations
  • Slack Management
  • Testing for voltage on a Structure
  • General precautions

CONTACT DETAILS:

Joe Botha
joebotha@telkomsa.net +27 (0) 33 345 4798
+27 (0) 82 464 0386 +27 (0) 86 627 7537