Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I)

Fiber Optics Technician (FOT)


Credential: Fiber Optics Technician (FOT)  GI Bill resource  ICAC resource
Credentialing Agency: Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I)

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optics Technician (FOT) certification is an intermediate-level fiber optics professional credential. Candidates for the FOT certification are expected to have knowledge of fiber optics concepts pertaining to designing, configuring, installing, and maintaining fiber optics systems. FOTs test and troubleshoot Local Area Networks (LANs) with various faults. The FOT certification is designed for technicians, system analysts, design engineers, managers, telecommunications professionals, fusion splicers, mechanical splicers, end users, and others whose professions require fiber optics knowledge and skills. The prerequisite for the FOT certification is the ETA-I Fiber Optics Installer (FOI), or equivalent work experience. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Fiber Optics Technician (FOT)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite: Fiber Optic Installer (FOI) certification
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 4 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I)

5 Depot Street
Greencastle, IN  46135

Phone: (800) 288-3824

Fax: (765) 653-4287
Email: eta@eta-i.org

Candidates must hold ETA-I Fiber Optics Installer (FOI) certification to qualify for the Fiber Optics Technician certification.

The Fiber Optics Technician (FOT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must present documentation that he or she has completed one of the selected courses at an ETA approved training facility and has passed the Hands-On Skills Testing.

Written Exam

  • Principles of Fiber Optic Transmission
  • Basic Principles of Light
  • Optical Fiber Construction and Theory
  • Optical Fiber Characteristics
  • Safety
  • Fiber Optic Cables
  • Types of Splicing
  • Connectors
  • Sources
  • Dectectors and Receivers
  • Passive Components and Multiplexers
  • Passive Optical Networks
  • Cable Installation and Hardware
  • FIber Optic System Considerations
  • Test Equipment and Link/Cable Testing
  • Troubleshooting and Restoration

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Fiber Optics Technician (FOT) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Fiber Optics Technician (FOT)

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Fiber Optics Technician (FOT) credential has the following recertification information:

There are two options to renew the FOT certfication:

  1. Candidates that have been working in the industry that pertains to the certification must have their supervisor complete the Employer Verification Form and show proof of having received 24 hours of continuing education or retest to renew the certification.
  2. Candidates that have not been working in the industry that pertains to the certification are required to attend an ETA approved hands-on refresher course and show proof of 24 hours of continuing education or retest to renew the certification.

For additional information regarding recertfiication, please visit the ETA International recertification webpage.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

Additional considerations for the Fiber Optics Technician (FOT) include:

  • Candidates that hold a Standalone Fiber Optics Technician certification and later complete the Associate CET (CETa) are eligible to upgrade to a Journeyman CET.  Additional requirement includes two or more years of combined work and electronics training.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

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Low

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High

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