Fibre Optic Technician Training

Course Overview:

This training module gives a complete overview of the different types of fibre optic cable, connector & accessories types and their design integration & termination techniques.

This training module covers the theoretical & practical aspects of fibre optics & provides hands on experience in fibre connections, splicing & testing thereby giving an all-round view on the various aspects of fibre optic cabling.

  Fig. A Previous Fibre Optic Open Course Training

Course Objectives:

The following are the key topics and areas to be covered in the course:

  • Introduction to Fibre Optics
  • The Principles of Light
  • Fibre Optic Installation
  • Fibre Optic Systems
  • Optical Fibre & it’s characteristics
  • Optical Sources & Detectors
  • Optical Transmitters, Receivers & Couplers
  • Fibre Optic Termination
  • Fusion Splicing and Mechanical splicing
  • Fibre Optic Maintenance Procedures
  • OTDR Testing
  • Basic design principles
  • Fibre for Wireless
  • Transmission Equipment
  • Optical LANs
  • Fibre Optic Network Designing

After completion the participants will be able to proficiently do the following:

  • Use an OTDR and other specialist testers
  • Identify faults
  • Use continuity testers
  • Carry out optical budget calculations
  • Certify cabling to the correct industry standard
  • Correctly terminate a variety of optical connectors
  • Terminate and Splice fibre optic cabling
  • Identify and terminate the correct optical fibres
  • Carry out site survey and estimate costings for an installation
  • Compile test results
  • Carry out basic design of an fibre optic infrastructure
  • Clearly understand FTTx (Fibre to the Office/Desk)
  • Do proper premise cabling
  • Carry out Testing and Troubleshooting of fibre optic systems
  • Properly configure transmission equipment.

FOT Course Delivery:

The training will have a mixed of practical and theoretical training and shall include modules that gives advice on the industrial safety, industry best practice & standards and modern applications of fibre.

Viscar’s trainers shall use a variety of methods to deliver the course including:

  • lectures
  • discussions
  • simulation exercises
  • case studies
  • group exercises
  • brainstorming
  • demonstration

Overall, the didactic methodology of Business, Technology and People aims to promote a comprehensive and coordinated view of fibre optics in which students take part by integrating scientific, technological and organizational aspects. Likewise, it should encourage students’ ability to learn on their own and to work as part of a team.

Assessment: A system of continuous assessment shall be used which will be both practical and theoretical. The assessments shall bears in mind the vocational skills related to the qualification and the objectives or skills aimed at in each module leading to the qualification.

A final assessment shall also be administered to the candidates testing on the following areas:


  • Fiber Optics as a solution concept (Introduction)
    • Fiber Optic advantages and applications
    • Characteristics of Singlemode and Multimode fiber
    • Fiber bandwidth
    • Fiber manufacturing
  • Identification of Cables
    • Cable types and construction
    • Selection criteria
  • Identification of Connectors and Terminations
    • Temporary and permanent connections
    • Connector types
    • Connector loss issues
    • Splicing applications
  • Splicing Techniques: Fusion and Mechanical
    • Fusion splicing
    • Mechanical splicing
  • Identification of Enclosures & Panels
    • Fiber optic panels: distribution, patch and splice types
  • Plans and Specifications
    • Loss Budgets
    • EIA/TIA Standards
    • Premise Networks
    • Outside Plant & Methods
  • Identification of Test Equipment
    • Power Meter and Light Sources
    • Tools & Equipment
    • Standards & Methods
    • OTDR
  • Equipment Operating
    • Fusion Splicing techniques
    • Optical Loss Testing
    • OTDR Operation


Practical assessments will cover the following:

  • Assemble a Patch Cord to EIA\TIA 568 B.3 Standards
  • Inspect a connector end face
  • Assemble a mechanical splice that meets or exceeds EIA\TIA 568 B.3 Standards
  • Measure the bi-directional loss in a splice with a light source and power meter
  • Set up and select proper parameters on a fusion splicer
  • Prepare fibers for fusion and/or mechanical splicing
  • Perform an arc test and calibrate a fusion splicer
  • Perform a fusion splice
  • Measure the bi-directional loss in a fiber optic link with a power meter and light source
  • Measure the bi-directional in a fiber optic mated connector pair with a power meter and light source
  • Set up and select proper parameters on a OTDR
  • Evaluate an OTDR trace
  • Successfully identify selected fiber optic system components.

A certificate of participation has to be awarded in all the individual modules making up the training course in order to successfully complete the training course as a whole.

Tools and Equipment to be used

  • OTDR – The optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) is an optoelectronic instrument used to characterize an optical fiber. The delegates will learn how to use an OTDR in various testing scenarios including new technologies such as FTTx, PMD, plus conventional LAN and OSP.
  • Splicing Machine – This equipment is responsible for ensuring efficient splicing of the optical fibre cables and supports in optical fibre installation and in carrying out fibre testing using OTDR and power meter. The equipment shall be used in demonstration of the various methods of splicing both singlemode and multimode fiber optic cables for OSP, FTTx, premise applications, etc.
  • Optical talk set – The fiber-optic talk sets is specifically designed for voice communications over fiber-optic cable. This full-duplex talk-set line will demonstrate testing fibre optic links in the point-to-point test environment.
  • Optical power meter – This handheld device is particularly those using FTTx/PON technology for analysis & maintenance. The device has functions such as attenuation test, loss test and datalogging. It incorporates a visual fault locator with a visible laser light that can be configured continuous or intermittent. It shall be used to show how to troubleshoot the following:
    • identify optical fibers
    • measure optical attenuation
    • verify continuity and evaluate fiber link transmission quality
  • Other handheld tools to be used for practicals:
  • Cable Cutters
  • Adjustable Jacket Stripper
  • Tri-Hole Fibre Stripper
  • Kevlar Scissors
  • Universal Crimp Tool
  • Carbide Scribe
  • Cleaving Tile
  • 5mm Polishing Puck
  • 25mm Polishing Puck

Who Should Attend

This course has been designed for anyone who may or may not have on the job experience working with fibre optic network and equipment. The job descriptions may include but not limited to:

  • Technicians/Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Electricians
  • IT Managers

Training Details

Dates: 13TH TO 17TH August 2018

Cost: Kshs 50,000 + VAT (DISCOUNTS: 3 Nominees 3%, 5 Nominees 5%, 5 and Above Nominees 10%)

Duration: 5 Days

Venue: Viscar Knowledge Room – Ngong Road, Nairobi

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