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The June 2020Issue Of The FOA Newsletter Is Now OnlineAs theworld goes back to work, FOA Approved training organizationsare starting to offer classes at their facilities again. Inthis issue of the FOA Newsletter, we show you how two ofthese schools have adapted to social distancing in theclassroom. We also discuss a new Fiber U Basic Skills Labthat uses inexpensive equipment available online andsimulators to allow do-it-yourself learning.
Read more about it in the FOA Newsletter for June 2020.
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TrainingIs Back - Made Safer
Remote Labs - DIY
Online Learning Update
Changing Times (Technology)
Role of Coops In Connecting Rural America
Aerial Cable Installation Done Right
The Right Hardware Makes It Better
FOA Loss Budget Caculator
The Cable Plant Project Deliverables
dB Is Still Confusing
FOA Helps Teachers Worldwide
Problems With Fiber Curl
Question On Safety
Recognizing The FOA Founders
Plussome really interesting technicalquestions from our readers
Areyou experienced in fiber optics but not yet FOA CFOT?certified? FOA's"WorkTo Cert" program is just for you.
More FOA YouTube Lectures - >100 total !
FOAGuide "Basics Of Fiber Optics" Now Available in PortugueseFOA hasnow translated the Basics of Fiber Optics textbook in ourOnline Guide into Portuguese, joining Spanish and Frenchtranslations. For those speaking Portuguese, we have thetechnical information and for schools we also havecurriculum available.
TryThe FOA's New Online Loss Budget Calculator
FOA haswritten many articles about loss budgets, something everyoneinvolved in fiber optics needs to know and needs to know howto calculate. We've created a online Loss Budget Calculatorthat does the work for you. Just input your cable plant dataand it calculates the loss budget. It works on any device,especially smartphones and tablets for field use and evenallows printing the results.
Bookmarkthis page (especially on your smartphone: FOALoss Budget Calculator Online
LennieLightwave's Guide - 25th Anniversary Edition
FOA hasreprinted "LennieLightwave's Guide" on its 25th anniversary in aspecial print edition.
Manyof you have used the current online version of Lennie'sGuide on the FOA website. Now you can have a slick printedversion - real paper - you can hold in your hand and read.Leave a copy on your desktop to impress your friends, or onthe table in your company's reception area instead ofout-of-date magazines. Give them to your customers andemployees to help them learn fiber optics. Use it to preparefor FOA certifications. FOA will be giving them away atconferences like the IMSA Annual Conference or the IBEW/eTANational Training Institute later this summer.
You can get your own copies of LennieLightwave's Guide at Amazon.com, only $9.95each US$.
Or visit FOA at a trade show. We'll be at NTI in AnnArbor and IMSA in New Orleans this summer.
FOACertifications Now Last For 3-YearsBeginningon January 1, 2019, all FOA certifications issued or renewedare for 3 years. As part of our program to adhere tointernational standards for certifying bodies and to ensureFOA certified techs are up to date on the latesttechnologies and applications, FOA is also consideringadding a short online course called "Fiber Update" as afuture requirement for renewal. This course would cover newtechnology and applications that FOA thinks all techniciansshould be familiar with. Over the next year we will betesting this concept by offering it to selected individuals.You may be one of those selected!
SPECIALOFFER - Save 1/3 On Your Certification Renewal Cost
In thenear future, there will be a requirement for continuingeducation to renew your FOA certifications. We'll explainwhy soon, but for now FOA is testing an option for renewalswhere you take a short Fiber U online self-study course withcertificate of completion exam and pay for renewal whentaking the exam.
If you would like to help FOA test this option, you can save1/3 the cost of your renewal. Gohere to take the Fiber U CFOT Renewal Course:
NewSections In FOA GuideFOAGuide section to OSP Construction? Most CFOTs dealwith fiber after installation - splicing, terminating anstestingyou, so this section tells what happens beforethe CFOTs arrive. It's a great lesson for managers andsupervisors too!
There is a new page on coherentcommunications too - how fiber goes farther andfaster.
There is a new free Fiber U course on OSPConstruction based on this FOAGuide section .
Also new - FOAGuide section on inspecting and cleaning connectors.
Fiber UOffers Free Online Self-Study Programs, and "Fiber UCertificate of Completion" For All FOA CertificationCourses.
New FiberU Basic Skills Labs - Updates on the FiberOptic Basic Skills Lab and new CopperPremises Cabling Basic Skills Lab.
There is a new free Fiber U course on OSPConstruction based on this FOAGuide section .
Readmore at FiberU.
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Ifyou are a current FOA Approved School, here is the SchoolUpdate/Renewal Form.
ClassroomResources For STEM Teachers In K-12 And Technical Schools
Teachers in all grades can introduce their students to fiberoptic technology with some simple demonstrations. FOA hascreated a page for STEM or STEAM (science, technology,engineering, artsand math) teachers with materials appropriate to theirclasses. FiberOptic Resources For STEM Teachers.
FOAalso has a new YouTubeVideo on "Careersin Fiber Optics" and a "CareersIn Fiber Optics" Website.See below.
HowFiber Works - Live!
FOAoffers corporate memberships to companies involved in fiberoptics as manufacturers, contractors, installers, etc. FOACorporate Members get substantial discounts onmembership/certification renewals and directcertifications. Other benefits include access totraining and direct certifications. Readmore.
FOA has a new YouTubeVideo on "Careersin Fiber Optics" and a "CareersIn Fiber Optics" Website.
Interested in exploring a career in fiber optics? FOAhas created a YouTube Video and a webpage that describeswhat a fiber optic worker does, where they work and how toget started. It's mainly aimed at high school students butit's relevant to anyone interested in changing careers also.Go here for the YouTubeVideo on "Careersin Fiber Optics" or the FOACareers In Fiber Optics webpage.
FOA"Finding A Job"Website
We getmany questions from CFOTs, students at FOA-Approved schoolsand others contemplating getting into the fiber opticbusiness regarding jobs in fiber optics - and how to findthem - so we’ve created a new web page to share someinformation we've gathered about jobs in our industry. Theinformation is designed to help you understand what jobs areavailable in fiber optics, how to find them and apply forthem.
Looking For A Job In FiberOptics?
If youhave job openings, let us post them on .
FOA Standards For Contractors, Installers and NetworkUsers
Most industry standards are written for manufacturers sothey can build products that are interoperable to allowmultiple sources in the marketplace. These manufacturers areresponsible for interpreting these standards for theircustomers. FOA has been requested to create standards forcontractors, installers and network users, providing ageneric interpretation of these standards. We've created afew already on testing, one of the most confusing issues infiber optics. Furthermore, we've provided them in a 1 pagesummary format, making understanding them much easier.
Gohere for more information.
Free From FOA: NECA/FOA 301 Fiber Optic InstallationStandard
Because of its importance to users, contractors andinstallers of fiber optic networks, The FOA and NECA haveagreed to make the NECA/FOA301 Fiber Optic Installation Standard available freefrom FOA.
Standards usually cover components and systems and how totest them, but rarely get into installation issues. Thisstandard is derived from FOA educational material put instandards form and approved by ANSI as an American NationalStandard. It's specifically written to be used in contractsto define "installation in a neat and workmanlikemanner." Go to NECA/FOA301 Fiber Optic Installation Standard to learn moreand download your free copy.
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Lennie Lightwave and Fiber U are back! Learn the basics offiber optics in preparation for taking a trainingcourse, refresh your knowledge or prepare for the CFOT examonline at FiberU online.
New: Self-Study programs on outside plant (OSP) fiber opticsand OTDRs (with a free OTDR simulator to download)
FOA- official company page on LinkedIn
FOA- covers FOA, technology and jobs in the fiber opticmarketplace
FOAFiber Optic Training - open to everyone, covers fiberoptic technology and training topics
FOASchool Instructors - a closed group for instructorsand administrators at FOA-approved schools
FOA Reference Books (Printed or eBooks!)
The Basic Fiber and Outside Plant books wereupdated for 2019
Clickon any book for more information about it.
Thesetwo guides are simple introductions to the subjects. Theywill explain the applications, jargon, components andinstallation in a quick overview.
LennieLightwave's Guide to Fiber Optics (online) andavailable as PDFdownload or a freeiBook on iTunes
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