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Instructors of The NJATC Apprenticeship Program:
Fiber Optic Association's partnership with NJATC means that Your
Apprenticeship Program is "FOA Approved" and you can now offer FOA
certification to all your Apprentices (and local journeymen.)
Each local can offer the FOA CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician )
Certification program, which tests knowledge, training and practical
experience in fiber optics to all apprentices.
Can Take The FOA CFOT Exam?
your apprentices may take the FOA CFOT exam once they complete the
fiber optic portions of the apprenticeship program. The FOA will also
allow locals to administer the exam to properly experienced journeymen
wishing to stand for the CFOT Certification
do you need to do to get started offering CFOT Certification?
Step: Register with the FOA.
NJATC locations have been "pre-approved" so you only need to register
your local with the FOA. Download
this form and submit it to the FOA.
Step: Your Instructors must be FOA Certified (CFOT)
NJATC instructors teaching fiber optics will need to pass the basic FOA
Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) certification exam for their
location to be approved.
FOA training program and the CFOT exam will be given prior to NTI 2005
and at other FOA registered sites. These classes may also be offered at
other times and places at NJATC's request.
The FOA CFOT exam is a test of basic knowledge based on the FOA
textbook, The Fiber Optic Technicians Manual (FOTM),
which can be purchased directly from the FOA.
already experienced in fiber optics should review the FOTM text
and study guide but should have no problem passing the exam.
who are not as experienced in fiber optics, the FOA will be offering a
preparation class for the exam covering "hands-on" fiber optics and the
FOA's "Train the Trainer" seminar at NTI 2005.
FOA will also create a guide for NJATC instructors and online study
aids for those studying for the exam or teaching courses
instructors must renew their membership annually to maintain their CFOT
- FOA's Fiber Optic
FOA Instructor Certification the
first in the industry - and the NJATC members have be among the first
to take advantage of it. NTI graduates qualify for FOA Instructor Certification. (here are
FOA Approved School Website
All FOA Approved Schools are listed on the website and insure potential
students can contact you
to view the list of FOA Approved Schools.
is the Cost?
is no cost for you to administer the FOA CFOT program
CFOT certification fee must be paid for every student taking the exam.
How the Program Works:
- Download this form and submit
it to the FOA. Each JATC will be provided
with a CD-ROM with all the materials you will need to administer the
CFOT test to your students.
the CD-ROM you will find:
CFOT Test: This is the
key folder you will need it contains two versions of the CFOT test of
100 multiple choice questions, answer sheets for students and a grading
masters for the instructor
- Certificate: This folder contains samples
of how your certificates should look.
- FOA Logos: FOA, FOA-Approved, CFOT,
CFOI and CFOS Logos to include on your own certificates. Letterhead,
- FOA Brochure: A copy of the FOA brochure
which explains all the FOA programs. You can print these yourself and
hand to to students, use to recruit students or simply as handout
material on fiber optics
- CFOS Advanced Tests: Advanced CFOS certification
requirements, application, tests and answers When you have your CFOT
program up and running, you can add this more advanced program
Your Own Materials
print your own applications, exams and certificates. We have included
exams in both MS Word and PDF formats to insure compatibility with your
computer and printer.
FOA does not provide certificates. When you pass on the student
applications, we send each CFOT an ID card confirming their
certificates, you should add the appropriate FOA logo, included in the
CD-Rom, and follow the samples we have provided for CFOT or CFOS
is a closed book exam with no specified time limit. There are 100
questions and you can expect the students to take approximately an hour
to complete the exam.
are 2 versions of the CFOT test. This allows you to assign different
tests to a group of students.
Each Student with the FOA
you become an Approved School, you will receive a 3-digit code.
create an FOA CFOT number for each student, always 7 digits long,
starting with the 3 digit school code.
you create certificates, each student has their own number. This number
stays with the student, each certification the student receives has the
Information And Payment To The FOA
each class, compile all the applications, with the assigned member/CFOT
number and a check for the number of students times the $25 student
member fee and send to the FOA. (One check for the batch, not
individual student checks, please). You can also pay by credit card if
Please print clearly
submit student information correctly. We need valid addresses
for each student so we can send them an ID card and confirmation of
should be told that they need to send us address corrections so we can
keep their certifications up-to-date Please include e-mail addresses
Is A Passing Grade?
pass the CFOT exam, the student must answer 70% of questions correctly.
they fail the exam, they have two more opportunities to pass it.
Encourage them to study the FOA textbook, The Fiber Optic
Technicians Manual, on which the exam is based, before taking
retesting, use a different exam (A or B) from the one the student used
the first time.
Approval And Renewal
is an annual Approved School renewal process to insure the course and
instructors continue to meet FOA requirements. (There is no charge for
you change any contact information at your training facility address,
phone, fax, email, website or instructor PLEASE notify us of the
changes immediately. We will update the FOA Approved Schools listing on
the website and insure potential students can contact you!
We will be sending you an annual questionaire to confirm you are still
offering the course, how it may have changed and who your current
questionaire will also ask for material we can post on the FOA website.
e-mail your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, call
1-760-451-3655 or fax: 1-781-207-2421
- Note the office is in California and the hours are
look forward to meeting you at NTI when we will offer a TTT course
during NTI week and a CFOT hands-on prep course the weekend before!
out the resources in the column to the left.