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 FOA Approved Training Programs

About 48,000 students have become CFOT® certified through FOA-Approved Schools! (June, 2014)


Note: ONLY schools which are listed here are FOA-Approved and authorized to offer FOA certifications. Some schools claim to be FOA-Approved but are not. For example, Fiber-One, Fiberoptic.com, Teralight and BTS-BreakThru Training Solutions are not FOA-Approved schools! If you have any questions regarding a school's status with the FOA, contact the FOA staff.

Notice: The training organization known as FIBER-ONE has been terminated as an FOA-Approved School for repeated violations of FOA policy and procedures. This organization has refused to remove FOA references from their website, http://foaschool240.com, which itself is a violation of FOA policy. The website indicates they continue to offer courses which may be marketed as FOA-approved, which they are not. The school primarily operates in the Middle East under contract to US military and contractors. If you are familiar with this organization, have signed up for one of their courses or attended one of their courses in the past, please contact FOA immediately. It appears than many of their students were told they were FOA certified but the applications were never filed with FOA, meaning those certifications are worthless.

Schools listed here are required to offer FOA certifications to all students. 

Certified Fiber Optic Technician Training
The Fiber Optic Association has developed guidelines for training course approval and approves schools meeting our standards. Schools which offer training meeting FOA standards are listed on this website and are authorized to offer FOA certifications.

FOA certifications are widely respected for their comprehensive coverage of the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) they cover, a result of the FOA having access to the most experienced and knowledgeable people in fiber optics to help develop FOA programs. FOA certifications are approved by the US Department of Labor and listed on the DoL Career One Stop website. FOA Certifications Listed By US Department of Labor - Career OneStop  .
The FOA guidelines for course approval require schools to cover subjects appropriate to the course description, provide proper course materials, have well-equipped labs for hands-on training and instructors who are FOA-certified as instructors. All courses are reviewed and approved by the FOA and all instructors are FOA-certified instructors. 
Students at FOA approved courses are offered FOA membership and certification testing at special student rates.
 
Apprenticeship Programs
Through the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC), the IBEW/NECA Apprenticeship Programs offer the FOA Certifications as part of their programs at locations which are listed here. JATC training is available to IBEW/NECA members only. Contact the NJATC for more information.
  
Advanced/Specialist Training
Some schools also offer specialist courses leading to the FOA CPCT, CFOS/H (FTTx) or CFOS certification. Such courses are noted in the school information. Try the new Sortable Table to search for schools by certifications offered.

Find a FOA-Approved School on our two listing formats:



FAO-Approved Schools sortable table  
                   
Sortable Table : Click on column heading to find a school by location, certifications offered, etc.
Click on the school name to link to a website with full information on the school.


FAO-Approved Schools  Google Map


Google Map: Find the nearest FOA-Approved School on a Google Map.
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Click on the locator for school information.  Click on the school name to link to a website with full information on the school.



Information for schools interesting in obtaining FOA Approval for their training courses.  

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