Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE)

This OTT course, offered in partnership with Fiber Insight, is focused on mastering the fiber optic tests that are required to verify that your infrastructure can support high data rate applications (10 Gb/s, 40 Gb/s, 100 Gb/s) and Raman amplification as well as extended wavelength ranges for CWDM and DWDM systems. It is typically required to characterize fibers when dark fiber contracts are signed to prove that the fiber will operate properly.
This is an advanced level, five day course that assumes previous experience with fiber optics and testing. Tests include bidirectional loss, ORL, and OTDR testing, plus CD, PMD and spectral attenuation. Full documentation and reporting is also covered.

Learn how to:

  • Explain the significance of fiber specifications including G.652.A, B, C, and D, G.655, G.656 and G.657

  • Identify the characteristics of the infrastructure that can impair system performance

  • Design and implement test programs to meet customer and operational requirements

  • Interpret test specifications

  • Analyze OTDR traces and event tables

  • Perform full fiber characterization on installed fiber systems

  • Interpret the results of fiber characterization and map against application support criteria

Course Level


Course Length

Five days

Certification Options

OTT Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE)

Course Content

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