What Is The FOA Doing For You?
When you join the FOA or renew your certification, do you ever think about what the FOA is doing to help you? We get that question here at the office occasionally, especially when some of our early CFOTs ask what happened to the newsletter we used to mail. So we thought this newsletter was a good way to let you know what we're doing here at the FOA.
What is the FOA up to?
We're here to promote professionalism in fiber optics by training and certification and to promote the use of fiber optics in general. That means we're helping schools train their instructors and offering certifications. We're also working with TIA and NECA on standards that help others use fiber optics successfully. We co-sponsor tradeshows and seminars like the VDV Expo. We write about fiber optics to increase the awareness among potential users. We even developed a science fair project which is posted in Tech Topics on the FOA Website.
Perhaps most importantly to our members, we keep a database of CFOTs and provide ID cards to our members so they can assure their customers that they have been certified by the FOA. With over 12,000 CFOTs, the FOA CFOT represents the world's largest pool of qualified technicians in fiber optics.
And for all you who have your CFOT, we're scouting the news and industry for interesting and useful information that will help you keep up to date on the technology and hopefully find more jobs. Some of that information is on the Tech Topics page of our website. Some is linked from our Links page. And every month, our newsletter is updated with the latest technology, rumors, jobs, etc.
Where do your annual renewal
You renewal pays for the FOA to maintain a database of CFOTs so if you need verification of your certification, a quick call, email or fax to our office is all that's needed. We also process ID card replacements at no charge for our CFOTs.
You also support our staff to produce the monthly newsletter, work on standards, provide seminars or sessions at trade shows, etc., all of which enhances the stature of the FOA and thereby the value of your certification.
In recent uncertain economic times, the FOA decided to change from a mailed newsletter to an online version to keep costs low and renewal fees low. This saved a lot of money and allowed us to change its frequency from quarterly to monthly. We suggest you note on your calendar to check it once a month. We think you will find it very useful.
|Description||SMF Type||ITU Spec.|
|Standard Singlemode Fiber||B1.1||G.652|
|Cutoff Shifted Fiber||B1.2||G.654|
|Low Water Peak Fiber||B1.3||G.652|
|Dispersion Shifted Fiber||B2||G.653|
|Non-Zero Dispersion Shifted Fiber||B4||G.655|
Plastic optical fiber (POF) is finally making inroads into the fiber optic industry, riding on the rapid adoption of automotive networks like MOST and Flexray and consumer electronics applications like 1394. This summer, IGI will offer a POF conference, POF World (http://www.pofworld.com/) and the FOA will be presenting a half-day seminar on POF technology and installation. Check out the program and come see how POF is impacting the fiber optic market.
New Tech Topics
Plastic Optical Fibers (POF)
Eric Pearson's Newsletters - with some tests on connectors.
New sections of "Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics" covers loss testing of fiber optic cables and OTDRs.
Interested In Advanced Certification?
If you think you might, download and print yourself a FOA Logbook to keep track of your experience and traning. It will help you qualify for the CFOS certifications.
Your Name, CFOT - It pays to advertise!
The FOA encourages CFOTs to use the logo on their business cards, letterhead, truck or van, etc. and provides logo files on this site for that purpose. But we are also asked about how to use the CFOT or CFOS certifications. Easy, you can refer to yourself as "Your Name, CFOT" or "Your Name, CFOS/T" for example.
Feel free to use the logo and designations to promote your achievements and professionalism!
Remember To Renew Your Certification !
Remember to renew your FOA certification. All current CFOTs have a ID Card with their certification data and we keep a database of current CFOTs to answer inquiries regarding your qualifications if needed. If you forgot to renew, use the online application form or the FOA online store to renew NOW!
Want To Get FOA Email?
We have been asked if we could send the FOA newsletter by email or post it on the website. We are looking into that and will definitely get one started soon. When you renew your certification, you will be asked if you are interested in email newsletters and if so, you will be asked to give your email address for us to use in a mailing list. If you want to get started now, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "eMail List"
Note that The FOA never releases its mailing lists for any use! Your data is always safe with us.
Want to write for the FOA Newsletter? Send us articles, news, anything you think might be interesting to the rest of the membership!
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