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Fiber Optic Training Courses

BDI DataLynk provides low cost, Advanced, and
Basic fiber optics network technician training.  
These courses are for anyone interested in fiber
optics training.
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Our basic CFOT training
equipment and fixtures are
easy to use and understand.

We are a Standards-Based
Company.  We teach
Procedures. . . NOT OPINIONS
Prepare to Learn.
We Teach Procedures
Not Opinions
Since 1999 -
Prepare to Learn.
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Our Students Say It . . .
Our Training Proves It.
You WILL NOT Receive Better
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Anywhere Else.
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BDI DataLynk Fiber Optics Training
the only fiber optic network
instruction you will ever need.
Teaching Procedures
Not Opinions
Since 1999.
Prepare to Learn.
Our courses are sanctioned
by a Fiber Optic Association
(FOA) -
NOT an Electronics
Association (ETA).
Because we believe in KSA's -
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities,
we are sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA),
the largest Fiber Optics Related Organization in the world
NOT electronics (ETA) people, but fiber optics people.
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A few of our satisfied customers
Naval Air Warfare Center
Crown Castle
Wyoming Air National Guard
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Time Warner Cable
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US Army
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Enbridge Energy
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Veterans Administration
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We do not transfer
knowledge for free.

Your Options:
1.) Contact any one of our Campus
Partners for a referral.
2.) Contact the Fiber Optic
Association for a referral.
3.) Contact any of our thousands of
students for a referral.
4.) Read our Course Descriptions.
5.) Read about our company on the
6.) Pay for the transfer of
knowledge like everyone else
7.) Contact the owner, Bob Ballard,
and discuss the specific items
covered in each class.
8.) Have Bob develop a course
tailored to meet your needs.
Owner Comments:

If you want to know what we teach, how we teach it, and
what results we expect, call us. We will be happy to tell
you.  Audit our courses?  No - please do not ask. --- Bob
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The CFOT course is now a prerequisite for all other courses  One must have successfully
completed this course before attending any of the "Specialists" Courses.
For more information contact our office.

Suggestion # 1
If you are primarily interested in obtaining basic fiber optic networking knowledge then the CFOT
course will suffice.

Suggestion # 2
If your mission is primarily inside plant installations, with testing and maintenance with some fusion
splicing, we recommend the CFOT, CFOS/T, and the CFOS/S courses.

Suggestion # 3
If your mission is primarily outside plant installations, we recommend the CFOT and the
CFOS/O courses.

Suggestion # 4
If you plan to do all aspects of fiber optics networking for both inside and outside
applications, we recommend all of the courses.  Because it is difficult to attend all courses
at once, you should consider the CFOT followed by the CFOS/T and attend the others
at a later date if possible.
 Note: Seldom do we offer all four courses together
unless by special request.  But, if we do, you should take advantage of this opportunity
receive all 4 certifications.

Does the 3-day* CFOT teach me everything I need to know?
No.  The CFOT course is a basic introductory course with a brief overview of fiber
optics networking including fusion splicing, installation, testing and troubleshooting.   Hands -on
activities requires the student to install, terminate, test, and troubleshoot a MM network.

What are the costs for the courses (most locations)?
CFOT (3-day*) - $700.00/student - Basic Course
CFOS/T (2-day*) - $675.00/student - Testing Specialist Course
CFOS/S (2-day*) - $675.00/student - Splicing Specialist Course
CFOS/O (2-day*) - $775.00/student - OSP Specialist Course

If I want to have an on site, private session what are the minimum number of  
Depending on where you are located, the minimum is 6 students with a two course
minimum.  We usually do not charge for travel.  But, check with our office for specifics.
Call us at 512-785-9024 or email us at

Where are your courses located?
Simply click on the state of your choice above.  If your state or city is not listed, these
locations are not on the schedule.  Even if your state is listed, we may not have courses
scheduled.  Again, if you would like to have a private session, we would be happy
to talk with you.  Call us at 512-785-9024.
Are you a company looking for a fiber tech?
Give us a call or click the state of your choice.
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  • BDI DataLynk is the largest Campus-Partner provider of Fiber Optic
    Training in the world.  There is no better training available -
  • Course tuition includes industry recognized written/hands-on
    exams and, upon successful course completion, formal certification
    from the Fiber Optic Association, plus 1-year membership.
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Thus I am inclined to recommend simple test equipment such as OWL (Optical Wavelength
Laboratories) rather than complex solutions offered by Anritsu or Fluke.  It is simply a matter
of adequate performance at an affordable price.  Read complete article
Prerequisites For Our FOA Specialist Courses

After January 1, 2015, the student MUST have successfully passed the
basic CFOT course within the preceding 12 months or have renewed their
FOA membership within that time frame prior to attending the CFOS/T,
CFOS/S, and/or the CFOS/O FOA Specialist courses offered by BDI
We highly recommend that the student attend all courses
offered during the session starting with the basic CFOT Course.
 To help
you decide which "Specialist" course is right for you, see the "Questions
on Your Mind" block below or contact our office.

For more information contact BDI DataLynk at 512-785-9024.
When it comes to buying fiber optic test equipment for use in local networks and
LANs, prefer simple to complex. Paying tens of thousands of dollars for “Mighty
Wurlitzers” can be problematic if the equipment has to be returned for factory
servicing.  Simple fiber optic test equipment is now so inexpensive one can afford
to buy redundant units to ensure that testing capability is maintained at all times.    
Bob Ballard
I get these types of questions via email, phone, and directly from students in the
classroom all of the time.  Here are some examples: Will I be able to install a fiber
optics network once I complete your classes?  If I only attend the basic, 3-day
CFOT course, will that provide enough knowledge for me to go out and get a job?  
Why do some companies offer a basic, FOA CFOT course and it takes two weeks
when the BDI course is only 3 days?  Will I get to build an actual fiber optics
network during the BDI class, or are your courses just "table top" training with all
types of fiber optics equipment set up for demonstration purposes?
For almost 15 years BDI Datalynk has been offering FOA approved courses all across the US.  We
believe that for a student to be properly certified as a Fiber Optics Technician he/she must know how
to properly install, test, troubleshoot, and repair fiber optics networks to existing standards.  When
you come to our classroom, you can expect very little "seat/table" time and lots of time standing up
along side actual patch panels, similar or equal to those used in the field.  
Read more. . .
Will I get to build an actual fiber optics network in your classes?
Paying big BUCKS for Fiber Optic test equipment?  Better not!
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FOT "UniTest" Test Kits Are Now
These" Universal MM/SM test kits provides the
technician with the basic tools necessary to test
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Click the "Tool Box" to access the FOT Test
Equipment Index.  
Build it right. Test it right!
Bob Ballard
Bob Ballard, Owner, Scuba Diver,
FOA Master Instructor, Treasure
"Are you looking at another fiber
optics training company?  Be sure
to talk directly to the instructor and
ask these questions ---"

1.) Do I get to build an actual
fiber optics network in each
of my classes?

2.) Do I get to troubleshoot
and repair the network?

3.) Do I get to test the
repaired network to existing
cabling standards?  


4.) Do I have to sit
at a table all day
and take notes?
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Established as a division of Century Manufacturing
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products for wall mount, rack mount, and OSP
(Outside Plant) applications.

Wall Mount fiber counts range from 6 to 576 fibers
Rack Mount fiber counts range from 6 to 864 fiber
OSP (Outside Plant) fiber counts range from 6 to 576
and are Nema 4X Equivalent