About Light Brigade

About

Who We Are - Light Brigade

The Light Brigade, AFL's education and training division, provides fiber optic training and certification, including hands-on courses, instructional DVDs, books, and online training as well as customized fiber optic training materials for specific industries or subject matter. Over the past quarter century we have trained tens of thousands of individuals, giving them the skills they need to move forward in their careers.

Our instructors are technically skilled and have a wide variety of practical experience with fiber optic systems. Many have taught collegiate-level courses in electronics and telecommunications while others have built and operated fiber-optic networks or served as consultants for international companies. Light Brigade instructors constantly evaluate new products and learn new techniques to maintain leading-edge awareness in numerous industries. Our courses are continually updated with the latest standards, equipment and best safety practices to ensure our students have the latest knowledge in their field.

Who We Teach - Light Brigade

Our students and clients use, or plan to use, optical systems and permeate the fiber optic workplace as technicians, engineers, installers, supervisors, network designers, managers and consultants from all industries. Industries we serve include:

Industries we train

What We Teach - Light Brigade

Light Brigade's courses are technology-based with techniques applicable to any product or industry using the best available equipment and supplies regardless of manufacturer. Course content includes, but not limited to:

  • Basic Fiber Optics
  • Advanced Hands On Training
  • Cable Prep, Splicing, Building Connectors and Proper Termination
  • Fiber to the User (FTTx)
  • Fiber Characterization
  • Fiber and Cable Management
  • Premises/enterprise/LAN Networks
  • Network installation, Maintenance, and Design
  • Emergency Restoration
  • Testing and Test Equipment
  • Optical Loss Testing and Planning a Loss Budget

We offer certification training for leading industry organizations including Fiber to the Home Council, International Municipal Signal Association, Electronic Technicians Association, Utilities Telecom Council, the Fiber Optic Association, and continuing education credits with BICSI, SCTE and InfoComm.

Standardized courses are offered and scheduled at one of three Light Brigade's state-of-the-art training facilities in Tukwila (Seattle), WA, Duncan, SC, and Lowell, MA. We also hold our standard classes offsite at hotels, convention centers, customer facilities and partner locations throughout the world. In addition to our standard programs, the Light Brigade offers educational development services in which courses can be customized to a desired skill level, specific subject matter, or to take place at a special location that might better fit our customer’s needs.

When classroom training is not an option, the Light Brigade has created twelve professional quality DVDs that together, offer the equivalent of 20 hours of classroom training. Individually, they can also be used as refresher training on key fiber topics or provide more focus on a specific area of concern. We have also created a complete Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) online training program that you can take at your own pace and at a time convenient for you.