Certified Technician Course

Outside Plant Technician

LEVEL 25 DAY COURSE +16 hours of online instruction


Now that you have completed our Certified Fiber Optic Installer course what is next? The fiber optic market size was valued at 5.41 billion dollars in 2015. This market size is expected to double by 2025. This growth will impact all industries from telecom, Oil & Gas, Military and Aerospace, medical and rail systems. And all of these industries will need trained specialized technicians.

Our technician level courses are the next step in your training. These courses will better position you to be able to advance in your career in the fiber industry. The technician courses are intense and consist of five days of real-world hands-on lab exercises that will build upon the knowledge you have gained in the installer level courses and prepare you for more advanced splicing and testing installations.

The Fiber Optic Outside Plant Technician course is similar to the Fiber Optic Technician (TR-FOT) course in that it is designed for workers with fundamental fiber optic knowledge or Installer Certification.  It focuses specifically on outside plant installations (OSP). OSP includes communications such as building to building or long haul telecommunications (including customer-owned OSP.)

Emphasis is on single mode fiber optic installation and the associated international standards, theory, and practices. This specialized course is a must for any OSP professional. This course also includes an overview of FTTx (“Fiber to the x”) applications (but there is another course specifically for FTTx specialists – TR-FTTX.)

The industry may never see growth like this again, so don’t put off your career. It all starts with a phone call or an email to 877-529-9114



Available Certifications

Students must pass exam to be certified.

ETA OSP Certification $150

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Fiber Optic Outside Plant Technician training is designed with special emphasis on outside plant applications and standards.

TR-OSP students are expected to obtain knowledge of fiber optic concepts that will allow them to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to:

  • Configure, install, and maintain fiber optic systems specific to outside plant applications.
  • Become familiar with hands-on skills including:
    • Building up and splicing into a splice closure
    • Building a fan-out kit and a break-out kit
    • Measuring bi-directional loss and return loss for a mechanical splice per TIA/EIA 758.
    • Measuring bi-directional splice loss for a fusion splice per TIA/EIA 758
    • Single fusion splicing and ribbon fusion splicing.
    • Preparing splice closures for mid-span entry
    • Understanding optical loss test set basics
    • Building a system, and testing and documenting the results


  • Introduction to Fiber Optics
    • Fiber Optic Advantages and Applications
    • Terminology and History
    • The Fundamentals of Light Propagation
    • Scales of Measurement and the Spectrum
  • Fiber Theory
    • 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 and Fusion and Mechanical
    • Fusion Splicing
    • 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 and Methods
    • Outside Plant and 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


  • Buffer Tube Fan-out Kit
  • Cable Preparation
  • Fusion Splicing / Mechanical Splicing
  • Termination / Connectorization
  • Optical Loss Testing
  • OTDR Operation
  • Mid-span Entry of Loose Tube Fiber Optic Cable
  • Splice Closure and Wall-mounted Enclosures
  • Mid-span Access/Drop Closure

Prerequisites: Level 1 Installer Course or 1-3 years of field experience

A Level 1 Installer Course (like CFI) or 1-3 years of field experience in the areas of Fiber Optic Advantages and Applications, Cables, Connectors and Terminations, Enclosures and Panels, and Test Equipment is required to take this course.

Target Audience

Students that want to learn advanced techniques of fiber networks installed on poles or underground.


 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.