Basic Testing Course

1 Day Basic Fibre Optic Testing Course
Short Courses Beginner Level Online Courses

£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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  • “Very friendly and knowledgeable staff
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  • “I can honestly say one of the best courses I have been on. Course content very good. Staff very helpful and knowledgeable. I will be returning to study further courses with fibre plus. Shout out to 'Jamie' whom I thought was most helpful thought out my time at fibre plus.
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  • “The course was a great way to get into fibre and to further my knowledge on copper. I will feel more confident at work once i return with the knowledge ive learnt. There is alot of information to take in but I found the course enjoyable and educational.
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  • “A great training provider. Did the 1 week fibre course and really enjoyed it. The tutor was very knowledgeable and was a great teacher. The equipment we used was all top grade, was a lot of hands on practical work which helped break up the day from the theory stuff. Would certainly recommend Fiberplus to anyone looking for training in this field.
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