FTTH Council to Offer Professional Certification

  • FTTH
  • Light Brigade
  • Training
WASHINGTON, DC - The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is developing the first certification program aimed at professionals who design, administer and manage FTTH systems. The Council, an industry association promoting the expansion of all-fiber networks, made the announcement at the OFC/NFOEC optical communications conference taking place this week.

The Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) program to be launched later this year will consist of a curriculum and examination program to determine and certify competence in FTTH design, architecture, deployment and administration technologies. The Council will sponsor and operate the certification and testing platforms. The program will permit accomplished professionals to obtain industry certification of their skills, and help others upgrade their skills and knowledge in order to achieve certification. For the latter group, the Council is partnering with training organization The Light Brigade to develop a curriculum and study materials.

The course and the certification examination will address topics critical to FTTH design and planning, including physical network architecture services and topologies, the impact of bandwidth on FTTH systems, standards and building codes, Ethernet networks and future migration considerations. Also covered will be video topics, including RF and IPTV, compression techniques, RFoG and return paths.

The program is intended to certify competence in overall FTTH theory, terminology, topology, equipment and system cost estimation, and is not intended to involve competency in a particular vendor's equipment.

"The need for this kind of program has arisen because of the rapidly growing number of telecommunications providers that are now planning or building fiber-to-the-home networks," says Joe Savage, President of the FTTH Council. "It makes sense for our organization to establish a credible certification program for those individuals who are going to be building North America's next-generation networks. And we are delighted that The Light Brigade is going to contribute its expertise in fiber optic training to make this happen."

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