We provide our students with a thorough understanding of fiber installation standards. BDI DataLynk is a Standards-Based Company offering FOA Sanctioned, Fiber Optics Training Courses. Each of our courses consists of hands on skills labs paired with lecture and book learning to prepare for the respective FOA Certification Exam. For example; in our CFOT Basics class, we teach long distance (Single Mode) fiber installation, testing and troubleshooting along with information on how and when to use the OTDR and Power Source and Light Meter. Students are able to use and practice with field equipment in class through hands on skills labs. Students are taught the 3-step polishing process using 12, 3 and .3 micron polishing film. This process yields the highest quality, lowest loss, anaerobic or epoxy polish ceramic ferrule connector in the industry. Our students have been able to obtain between 0dB and .3dB across two connectors, single or multi-mode, on a consistent basis. Per standards, each connector must meet certain requirements for retention, back reflection, and attenuation. We teach our students these standards. As a result, our students are familiar with the minimum industry requirements no matter what connector system is used.
DO NOT BE FOOLED! Many manufacturers offer free fiber optics training certifications. These 1-2 day programs teach the technician how to install the manufacturer’s products for warranty purposes. When asked specific questions about fiber network installation, testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance it is evident that these students will not have learned what we teach in our courses, but rather only manufacturer specific material.
OUR PROGRAMS ARE LOW COST: BDI DataLynk is proud to offer a low cost, content rich solution to an industry running amuck with high priced installations and low quality workmanship.
We offer 5 high quality courses to prepare you and your team to succeed in the field:
- Certified Fiber Optics Technician Course (CFOT) Basic Course
- Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing (CFOS/T) Specialist Course
- Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist Certification (CFOS/S) Specialist Course
- Certified Fiber Optic Specialist/Outside Plant (CFOS/O) Course
- Certified Fiber Optic Specialist/FTTH (CFOS/H) Course
|Patrick S. Pittard
FOA Master Instructor
Take a look at some of the neat tools we share with our CFOT Students:
Are Your Fiber Optics Technicians Familiar With These Tools?
Do They Know How to Use Them Properly?
|Bi-Directional Jack Slitter||Is your technician using his pocket knife, or side cutters, hack saw, an RPG, or High Explosives to “properly” remove the jacket from cable – especially Black PE OSP Cable? Ask one of our students for a demo of this tool!|
|VFL||Does your technician know how to use a VFL and Bare Fiber Adapter to spot check the continuity of optical fiber before he/she spends all day pulling in bad cable? Our students do!|
|Bare Fiber Adapter||Is your “experienced” technician knowledgeable about how to use a VFL to locate faults in an accessable LAN fiber Optics network too close for an OTDR to see? Our students can!|
Can your 30 year fiber optics technician use a Power Source and Light Meter along with Method B to identify which connector has the highest loss. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between a .75dB and a 1.75dB connector. This process would avoid cutting off both connectors and re-terminating each one hoping to get the right one. Our students can!