The unique CFCE (Certified Fibre Characterisation Engineer) certification was launched by Optical Technology Training (OTT) in November 2005.
The certification is designed to meet the requirements for comprehensive fibre characterisation to be performed by competent test engineers who can apply the correct test methods, validate the results on-site and then analyse them, assess the capabilities of the infrastructure and then present the conclusions in an easy to understand format.
To achieve certification delegates attend a demanding five day training programme Certified Fibre Characterisation Engineer (CFCE) and must pass challenging theory and practical assessments.
The CFCE course provides test engineers with the knowledge and skills required to characterise advanced telecom fibre infrastructures in order to assess their ability to support modern high performance communications systems.
The course includes plenty of practical hands-on sessions using current test equipment on specially constructed test rigs, as well as analysis exercises drawn from experience of real-world fibre characterisation.
At the end of the course there is a practical project assignmment to complete and also a challenging written paper to assure competence has been achieved. Successful candidates are then awarded Certified Fibre Characterisation Engineer (CFCE) status.
The CFCE certification was developed and is up-dated and maintained by OTT Technical Director Richard Ednay, who has over 30 years experience of fibre testing and fibre characterisation. Richard was deeply involved with the standards bodies that defined fibre characterisation and the tests required to perform it. He wrote the definition of fibre characterisation in ITU G.650.3, was project leader for the international IEC standards for loss measurement and for PMD on installed links. He is the chairman of the British Standards committees on fibre optics and fibre optic systems.
The CFCE course is now delivered under licence by OTT's approved training delivery partners who must meet strict criteria for the competence of trainers, the availability of fibre characterisation equipment, fibre infrastructure and resources to deliver the courses. See what makes a good course here.
Every course is verified by OTT before awarding the CFCE certificates. All courses use the training materials that have been developed by OTT and are regularly updated to reflect the latest developments. This direct control of the quality of the training by the world's leading technical authority on fibre characterisation guarantees the best possible quality of training in fibre characterisation.