Installer Course

RCT Fiber Optic Installer Option 2

LEVEL 140 hours of online instruction


This fiber optic installation training course is designed for those who layout, install or maintain fiber optic cabling systems. It identifies you as a fiber optic installer able to demonstrate a practical knowledge of fiber optic theory, codes, standards and practices widely accepted in the fiber optics industry. In addition, this training incorporates two days of individual hands-on training validating fiber optic installer skills, including fiber terminations, cable preparations, fusion splicing, OTDR and optical loss testing. These skills are applicable to all the requirements to safely and competently install, maintain and test fiber optic cabling systems.

RCT tools


  • 3-hole stripper
  • Kevlar Scissors
  • Telecom Long Nose Plyers
  • Jacket Stripper
  • Buffer Tube Stripper
  • Round Cable Slitter
  • Tweezers
  • Black Marker
  • Safety Glasses

  • Electrical Tape
  • Utility Knife
  • Ruler – 6” with mm markings
  • Screwdriver
  • Seam Ripper
  • Fiber Disposal Can
  • Work Mat (Black) (22 x 14)
  • Power Meter
  • Light Source (Singlemode)*

  • Fusion Splicer
  • Inspection Scope
  • Visual Fault Locator (VFL)
  • Test Cables & Mating Sleeves (Singlemode)*
  • Cleaning Supplies (cleaning fluid, cleaning cassette for connectors, lint free fiber wipes

* The standard course uses singlemode test equipment. Please contact us if you wish to use multimode instead.



Available Certifications

Students must pass exam to be certified.

CFI RCT OP 2 Course Completion $150

Call 877.529.9114



Provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to:

  • Layout, install or maintain fiber optic cabling systems
  • Demonstrate a practical knowledge of fiber optic theory, codes, standards and installation practices
  • Demonstrate a practical knowledge of individual hands-on skills including:
    • Performing industry standard fiber optic terminations
    • Preparing cables for inside and outside applications
    • Performing fusion splicing and splice tray preparation
    • Testing with the OTDR and optical loss test equipment


Lectures (Self-Paced Online Training Modules – Must be completed before the student gets to class for the hands-on portion of the training.)
Approximate time needed to complete lectures: 16 hours.

  • Introduction to Fiber Optics
    • Fiber Optic Advantages and Applications
    • Terminology and History
    • The Fundamentals of Light Propagation
    • Scales of Measurement and the Spectrum
    • Characteristics of Singlemode and Multimode
    • Manufacturing, Bandwidth and Linear Effects
  • Cables
    • Cable Types, Construction and Specifications
    • Cable Marking
    • Selection Criteria
  • Connectors and Terminations
    • Temporary and Permanent Connections
    • Connector Types
    • Mechanical and Environmental Considerations
    • Performance Specifications
    • Connector Loss Issues
    • Splicing Applications
  • Splicing
    • Fusion and Mechanical
    • Fusion Splicing
    • Cable Marking
    • Mechanical Splicing
  • Enclosures and Panels
    • Panels
    • Distribution, Patch and Splice Types
    • Application Issues and Selection Criteria
    • Aerial and Burial Enclosures
    • Re-Entry and Expansion Capabilities
    • Routing and Preparation
  • Installation
    • Planning and Standards
    • Premise/LAN Methods
    • Outside Plant Methods
    • Aerial and Burial Techniques
    • Installation Tools and Equipment
  • Test Equipment
    • Loss Testing Tools and Equipment
    • Standards and Methods
    • Return Loss, Bandwidth and Dispersion
    • OTDR Theory and Applications
    • Loss and System Budget Calculations
  • Restoration and Maintenance
    • Tools and Equipment
    • Practical Applications
    • Time Saving Techniques
    • Record Keeping and Documentation
  • System Components and Design Issues
    • Transmitters and Receivers
    • Passive Optical Components
    • Couplers and Splitters
    • WDM and DWDM Issues
  • System Design Exercise
    • Tools and Equipment
    • Practical Applications
    • Time Saving Techniques
  • What does an OTDR do?
    • OTDR basics: What does an OTDR measure?
    • How does an OTDR create a trace?
    • Setting parameters and their effects on a trace: Range, Pulse Width, Index of Refraction, Sampling Time
    • Understanding events: Non-reflective, Reflective, Gainers, Ghosts
    • Optical return loss
    • Effects of a launch and/or Landing box


  • Cable preparation, cleaning and cleaving
  • Prepare, splice and assemble a splice closure
  • Prepare, splice and assemble a multimode fiber LAN link
  • Fusion and mechanical splicing
  • Perform optical loss testing using an OTDR
  • Perform loss and system budget calculations

Prerequisites: None

Knowledge or experience in the areas of Fiber Optic Advantages and Applications, Cables, Connectors and Terminations, Enclosures and Panels, and Test Equipment would be helpful, but is not required.

Target Audience

Certified Fiber Installer is designed for new or experienced personnel seeking a deeper understanding of the installation of fiber optic cabling systems. This course is excellent for anyone involved in the construction, education, commercial, industrial, or utility markets and anyone who designs, installs, maintains, or tests fiber optic cabling systems.


This course is offered online through our Digital Chalk Virtual Learning Management Service. Call (877) 529-9114 or email for registration information.


Remember, if you have 5 or more students, we can bring our class to you at your own facility – saving you time and money!

Customized Training

Any of our courses can be customized to focus on your needs – like using specific equipment, or working in a particular situation.

Cancellation Policy

We reserve the right to cancel any course. A full refund will be provided unless the student elects to transfer to another course or time.

No refunds will be granted for student cancellation, but substitutions are permitted.