Basic Testing Course

1 Day Basic Fibre Optic Testing Course
Fibre Optics

£375exc. VAT (w. VAT: £450)

What is the Basic Testing Course?

The Basic Testing Course is a one-day Fibreplus course that covers all the knowledge engineers need to test fibre optics accurately and safely.

Who should attend and what are the requirements?

Our Basic Testing Course is suitable for engineers who already have knowledge of testing within the Telecommunication industry or anyone who would like to gain knowledge of fibre testing at a basic level. There are no requirements for this course, it is open to anyone who is interested in learning about fibre optic testing.

What does the course cover?

The Basic Testing Course covers: Health and safety, Cleaning, Visual Fault Locator Testing, Inspecting Connector End Faces, Insertion Loss Testing with Light Source and Power Metre, An Introduction to OTDR Testing, and OTDR Set Up.

How do you complete the course?

Before coming to our facility students will be given up to 4 weeks of access to our online preparation content, which consists of video lessons and demonstrations. Students will then come to our training centre in Melksham for a day to complete a practical workshop and theory assessment.

Practical details:

Our Telecommunications Training Centre is based in Melksham, Wiltshire.

Students will be required to come to our facility for one day to complete a practical workshop and a 25 question multiple-choice theory assessment.

The workshop involves conducting a risk assessment, testing a 4 fibre system using a VFL, FIP and LS&PM, conducting a pass/fail and fault identification analysis, Conducting an OTDR on the system and analysing the total length, loss and identifying possible issues.

When you come to us, you will need to bring a form of ID with you. Other than this we provide you with everything you need.

Extended Support and Aftercare

At Fibreplus Telecommunications College we pride ourselves on our extended support once our students have completed their course. Our Support Team and Trainers are only a phone call away to answer any questions you have once you leave us.





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    • Safety considerations when testing
    • The importance of cleaning end-faces
    • Cleaning methods: Wet/Dry/Hybrid
    • What is a VFL
    • Testing continuity and connector polarity
    • Visual faults in panels and enclosures
    • Microscopes and Fibre Inspection Probes (FIP)
    • The importance of end-face inspection
    • End-face issues
    • What is insertion loss and the importance of its measurement
    • Setting a '0dB' reference
    • 1 lead and 2 lead methods of setting a reference
    • Calculating a Optical Loss Budget (OLB)
    • Pass/Fail & basic fault identification
    • What is an OTDR and how it tests fibre
    • Launch and receive leads
    • Reading a system "trace"
    • Reflective & Non-reflective events
    • Reading the events table
    • 2 point measurement
    • Examples of common detectable issues e.g. bad splices, macro bends etc.
    • IOR
    • Wavelength
    • Pulse width
    • Range
    • Conduct a risk assessment of the testing process
    • Test a 4 fibre system using a VFL, FIP and LS&PM
    • Conduct a pass/fail and fault identification analysis
    • OTDR the system and conduct a basic analysis including total length, loss and identify any possible issues

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Step 1

Select your course and available date with a member of the Fibreplus Training team

Step 2

Complete the Course Registration Form Online

Step 3

Once your deposit is paid, you will receive a registration letter and we will see you on your course

Fibreplus Ltd

Caithness House, Western Way
Melksham, Wiltshire, England
SN12 8DZ

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri 8:00 - 16:30

Call Us

01225 636041

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  • “I recently attended Fibreplus for the Fibre Optics City and Guilds 3667-02 5 day Course and left on the Friday extremely happy with everything they provided. The Course was great with all contents fulfilling my expectations. I would highly recommend this Course and provider to anyone interested in getting into Fibre Optics or using it as a refresher. All staff at Fibreplus were great and not only did they provide a good, in-depth course on Fibre Optics they also provided a rapid and very professional service for supplying Hire Test Equipment. I will definitely be using Fibreplus in the future and will also be passing on their details and services to my network within the Oil and Gas Industry.
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