Fiber certification means you can be confident we have the experience and training for your project.
To be a certified fiber optic splicing technician involves gaining several years of fiber optic installation experience to have basic knowledge of testing and splicing equipment, completing classroom coursework, going through hands-on training, and completing hands-on labs, as well as passing the certification exam. Not only is this a process that requires a huge time commitment, but it also entails significant costs. When you are putting your fiber optic project into the hands of someone with fiber certification, you can be confident that they have the experience and training to handle a variety of tasks.
At GP Associates, Inc. based in North Carolina and serving communities nearby such as Raleigh, North Carolina as well as areas in other states, our certified fiber splicing technicians complete the splicing and repairs of fiber optic cables, both underground and aerial, with attention to detail using the most effective techniques known in the industry.
Here are a few of the topics that are covered in a fiber certification course:
- Introduction: Fiber certification courses start with a firm understanding of fiber optics, including advantages, applications, manufacturing, cable types, selection criteria, single-mode and multi-mode characteristics, light propagation, history of fiber optics, and more.
- Connections/Terminations: Coursework includes performance specifications, connector loss issues, types of connections and terminations, mechanical considerations, environmental considerations, and performance specifications.
- Splicing: The two types of splicing are covered – mechanical and fusion.
- Enclosures/Panels: Topics include aerial and burial enclosures, panels, distribution, routing, and more.
- Installation: Course includes planning standards, premise, LAN, and outside plant methods, techniques for both burial and aerial installation, and understanding of the tools and equipment used.
- Test Equipment: Fiber certification also includes knowing how to test bandwidth, dispersion, return loss, and more.
- Maintenance/Repair: Couse covers practical applications, time saving techniques, documentation, tools, and equipment.
- Design: Fiber certification professionals gain knowledge of system components and how to design a system.
Education should not end with certification for a fiber optic technician. We believe that fiber certification is just the beginning and that our technicians should continually be trained as changes affect the industry. We monitor our team to be sure they follow through with what they have learned and always maintain our highest standards. Contact us today to learn more.
FAQs About Fiber Certification
We at GP Associates Inc. have been working in the fiber optic industry for over 33 years, and all of our staff members have earned their fiber certification. For those who don’t know what a fiber certification is or what it means, we have put together the answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions on the subject to provide an overview.
What is fiber certification?
A fiber certification is a credential that proves a technician has received the right training to work on fiber optic cables and networks and that the holder’s work has met certain quality standards. Some of the things taught in a fiber certification course include network connections and terminations, fiber optics splicing, maintenance and repair, and more.
Why should I hire technicians with fiber certification?
If you need any kind of work done on your fiber optic network, you should always hire a team with the proper fiber certification. As we explained above, technicians have to go through extensive training in all the aspects of fiber optic installation, repair, and maintenance in order to earn this credential, so it’s always wise to choose those with this certification.
Is a fiber certification a sufficient qualification?
While we believe that a fiber certification is a necessary qualification, we also believe that the certification by itself is not sufficient to make someone a great technician. In other words, while everyone in the industry should get fiber certified, we think that doing so should be the start of their training, not the end. Our team members receive continuous, ongoing training to ensure that we can stay up to date with the latest developments in fiber optic technology and deliver the top-notch results you deserve.