Senior Project Manager, David Mayhew Upgrades with FOA


David-Mayhew-AxistechThe AxisTech Senior Project Manager, David Mayhew recently attended two training courses (CFI and Installer2) at The Fibre Optics Association, Inc. to upgrade and heighten the team’s collective intelligence in Fiber Optic Installations and Large-scale Communications Infrastructure.

The courses were held in Portland, USA, and Toronto, Canada, during the past calendar year.


According to FOA website:
The Fiber Optic Association Inc. (FOA) is the international professional society of fiber optics. FOA is chartered to promote fiber optics through education, certification and standards. The FOA has certified about 60,000 CFOTs (Certified Fiber Optic Technicians) through over 250 approved training organizations in 40 countries worldwide.

FOA_LogoFOA Certification
The FOA CFOT® is the certification for most fiber optic technicians. It is based on the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) deemed necessary for all technicians involved in the installation of fiber optic networks and is recommended for anyone involved in the design or management of fiber optic communications systems. The FOA also offers certification in premises cabling (CPCT,) which also includes copper wiring and wireless.



FOA also offers specialist certifications in three categories:
1. Skills-based certifications are for CFOTs and are available in splicing, connectors, testing, OSP installation and fiber characterization.
2. Applications-based certifications (FTTH, OLANs, FTTA, DAS and Data Centers) focus on the design and installation issues of each particular application and are aimed at a wider audience – users and managers overseeing these networks, designers and project managers, supervisors, as well as CFOTs involved in the installation. CFOTs are not a prerequisite for applications based certifications so a review of basic fiber optics needed for the course is available online or as an introduction to the course.
3. Fiber optic network design – This is a specialist application certification covering fiber optic network design intended for network owners, IT personnel, facilities managers, network designers, estimators or technicians involved in the design or installation of fiber networks. This course is especially recommended for network owners and planners who may not be familiar with the process of fiber optic network design as it can make their jobs easier and their projects better.



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