MARCH 18, 2008 -- The Fiber Optic Association (search for FOA) has created a new certification program, "Fiber Optic Network Design," which covers the particulars of how fiber-optic networks are designed within the context of complete communications systems or construction projects. It is intended for contractors, installers, architects and engineers, project managers, and all others who are involved with projects that include fiber optics.
The FOA has certified almost 24,000 fiber-optic technicians in the last decade who have been instrumental in the explosive expansion of fiber-optic network usage. Many of those technicians have also been designers of the networks they install, and they have asked the FOA to create standards for fiber-optic network design and offer a specialist certification in the field.
The FOA Certification is focused on the unique aspects of fiber-optic network design, assuming the fiber-optic designer works with project managers overseeing the complete project design. Prerequisites for the certification include having a FOA CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician) certification to ensure knowledge and experience in fiber-optic technology and installation.
The certification is offered through many of the 200+ FOA-approved schools, which will provide appropriate training. Industry professionals with appropriate experience may apply directly to The FOA.