Certified Installer Course

Fiber to the Antenna Specialized Installer

LEVEL 13 DAY COURSE +16 hours of online instruction


Certified fiber to the antenna/tower installer training course is designed for those who install and test fiber optic cables installed within antenna towers. It identifies you as a tower installer with practical knowledge of fiber optic theory, codes, standards and practices widely accepted in the wireless telecommunications industry. In addition, this training incorporates two days of individual hands-on training validating installer skills, including fiber cable installation, OTDR testing, connector cleaning, and loss prevention.  These skills are applicable to all the requirements to safely and competently install, maintain and test fiber optic antenna systems.

In this course, we discuss various designs, installations, maintenance, and testing and troubleshooting techniques. This course gives students a practical understanding of fiber optic technology and the skills needed to install, test, and maintain fiber optics in Antenna and Tower applications.



Available Certifications

Students must pass exam to be certified.

ETA FOI Certification $150

ETA International - The Fiber School


FTAI Course Completion

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This fiber optics for the Antenna/Tower Installer training prepares the installer for installing and maintaining high-performance optical networks and cabling components in the antenna and tower environment.


In addition to the lecture topics included in the Certified Fiber Optic Installer course, students will also learn the following industry-specific topics:


  • Section 1 
    • Introduction
    • About OSHA and NATE
    • How Cell Towers Work: A basic example
    • What, Where and How
    • Radio Access Network (RAN)
    • Frequency
    • Why deploy Fiber Optics?
    • Increased energy efficiency
    • Increased capacity and coverage
    • Smaller footprint
    • Guarding against the weather
  • Section 2
    • Cabling Architectures
    • Hybrid Fiber/Power Cables
    • FTTA Trunking
    • Basic FTTA – Cable & Components
    • Composite Cable
    • Bend Radius
    • Cable Tensile Strength
    • Pulling and Hoisting
    • Tower Clamps
    • Fiber Slack
    • Fusion vs. Mechanical Splicing
    • Fusion vs. Field Mount Connectors
    • Connectors: Tower to Shelter
    • Connectors: Tower to Shelter/Cabinet
    • Fiber Optic Cell Acceptance Test (FOCAT)
    • Macrocell Tower and Network Elements
    • Troubleshooting: “Inspect before you Connect”
    • Connectors
    • Connector Inspection
    • Loss or Attenuation of fiber links
    • Troubleshooting: Losses
    • Testing Fiber Continuity
    • Absolute Power Level Measurement (Tier 1)
    • Attenuation Measurement
    • Test Reference Power Measurement
    • Tier 2 Certification (OTDR)
    • Macrocell Tower and Network Elements
    • Testing with an OTDR
    • Tier 2 – OTDR Summary Results

TL-01B – OSP Loose Tube Armored Cable Preparation

  • Understand cable jacket markings.
  • Properly prepare an OSP cable for jacket removal.
  • Properly use a jacket stripper or ringing tool.
  • Strip off the jacket using the pull strings.
  • Strip off all inner binders using a seam ripper.
  • Handle the buffer without damaging the fiber within.

TL-01E – Buffer Tube Fan Out Kit (BTFO)

  • Set up and position an OSP cable in preparation for the BFTO assembly.
  • Strip off the buffer tube using a ring cut tool.
  • Clean the gel off all fibers within a buffer tube without damaging any of the fibers.
  • Properly insert the individual fibers into the BFTO furcation tube module.
  • Properly assembly and secure the completed BFTO housing onto the buffer tube.

 TL-02A – Fusion Splicing 

  • Properly prepare an inside plant cable for mounting into a splice tray.
  • Demonstrate the proper way to strip, clean, cleave, and fusion splice 900µm fiber.
  • Properly pre-trim the individual fibers into the splice tray before fusion splicing.
  • Properly set up and fusion splice the individual fibers together.
  • Properly wrap (form & dress) the individual fibers back into the tray.

TL-03A – Mechanical Splice Connector

  • Properly prepare a simplex cable for this connector termination method.
  • Properly use a precision cleaver for this termination method.
  • Successfully mate a cleaved cable end into a mechanical splice-on connector.
  • Test the assembly to TIA Tier 1 standard.

TL-03F – Splice-On Connector (Single Mode)

  • To understand how to adapt a fusion splicer for a generic fuse-on connector.
  • To demonstrate the ability to adapt fiber strip measurements to any fusion splicer.
  • To perform a visual inspection when completed and properly test to TIA Tier 1 standard.

TL-04A – Mechanical Splice

  • Perform a mechanical splice with < .3 dB of attenuation.
  • Explain the benefits of Index Matching Gel.
  • Use a precision cleaver to prepare fibers for splicing.
  • Calculate A-B and B-A loss.

TL-05A – Pigtail Fusion Splice

  • Perform a fusion splice with ≤ .1 dB of attenuation.
  • Use a precision cleaver to prepare fibers for splicing.
  • Calculate A-B and B-A loss.

TL-06A – Power Meter & Light Source Testing

  • Use a VFL (Visual Fault Locator).
  • Understand the functions of Light Source & Power Meters.
  • Properly calibrate or reference the instruments prior to testing.
  • Test fiber optic segments and record the results.
  • Know the purpose of and how to connect reference patch cords.
  • Make accurate loss measurements.
  • Perform Bi-Directional Testing.
  • Know storage and download capabilities for reporting.

TL-07A – Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) Testing

  • Make a reliable connection from the OTDR to the Fiber Under Test. (FUT).
  • Use a USB optical probe to inspect the connectors.
  • Be familiar with launch or pulse suppressor boxes and cables.
  • Determine parameters to set up classic OTDR.
  • Interpret typical reflective events in an OTDR trace test.
  • Know parameters that help make more accurate location of breaks.
  • Use an OTDR in a real-time mode during cable installation and splicing.
  • Save and print OTDR trace reports.

TL-12A Wall Mount Segment Assembly (Pigtails) & Testing

  • Properly prepare a 12F distribution cable for installation to wall mount enclosures.
  • Properly perform one of the most basic splicers’ tasks, fusion splicing of “Pigtails”.
  • Demonstrate the proper way to strip, clean, cleave, and fusion splice 900µm fiber.
  • Properly wrap (form & dress) the fused fibers back into the splice holders.
  • Test the completed assembly to TIA Tier 1 standard.

TL20-A – Determining Power and Loss Budgets

  • The student will learn to evaluate a simple campus fiber segment.
  • The student will learn to determine if a fiber segment will perform properly.

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 to the Antenna / Tower Installer is designed for new or experienced tower technicians seeking a deeper understanding of the installation of fiber optic cabling systems.


 Available Dates & Locations


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.