Certified Technician Course

Optical Ground Wire

LEVEL 23 DAY COURSE +16 hours of online instruction


This fiber optic training course is designed for those who specify, design, install, construct or maintain aerial Optical Power Ground wire systems in investor-owned, Electric Power Utilities, REAs, Co-operatives, and municipal power networks. Students will learn about the latest construction methods and procedures associated with OPGW fiber optic technology including cable and equipment, as well as how to splicing, termination, test, and troubleshooting fiber optic-based utility networks

Upon successful completion of these instructor-led lectures, Hands-on Labs, and exams, the student can achieve the TFS OPGW Certification.




Available Certifications

Students must pass exam to be certified.

OPGW Course Completion $150

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The Optical Ground Wire fiber optic training will 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 installation practices
  • Demonstrate a practical knowledge of individual hands-on skills including:
    • Perform OPGW cable handling and Preparation tasks
    • Installing OPGW Installation Hardware
    • Perform OPGW aerial Splice Enclosure task
    • Perform fusion splicing and splice tray preparation
    • Test with the OTDR


  • Introduction
  • Precautions
  • Cable Installation
  • OPGW Installation Hardware
  • Stringing Procedures
  • Sagging Methods
  • Deadending and Clipping in
  • Spice Points
  • Anchoring Optical Units in the Splice Enclosure
  • Stringing and Handling
  • OPGW Diameters
  • Bending Radius
  • Splicing
    • Fusion Splicing
  • Enclosures
    • OPGW Aerial Enclosures
    • Fiber routing and Preparation
  • Installation
    • Planning and Standards
    • OPGW Installation Methods
    • OPGW Hardware and Components
    • Installation Tools and Equipment

Test Equipment

  • Testing Tools and Equipment


  • OPGW Cable preparation
  • Comealong Installation
  • Deadend Installation
  • Mechanical Suspension Unit
  • OPGW Suspension Installation
  • OPGW Splice Closure
    • Prepare, splice and assemble a splice closure
  • Perform optical loss testing using an OTDR

Prerequisites: Level 1

Candidates for this course need to have knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Fiber Optic Theory
  • Network Systems and Applications
  • Cables
  • Fusion Splicing
  • Test Equipment

Target Audience

The Construction Methods and Procedures – Optical Ground Wire training is designed for experienced personnel seeking a deeper understanding of the installation of fiber optic cabling as deployed in investor-owned, Electric Power Utilities, REAs, Co-operatives, and municipal power networks.


 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.