Seminars

Gipson Fiber Optic Services, Inc. offers hands-on training seminars for IT professionals, contractors, and  telephone company technicians, conducted on site for the convenience of the client.  For our classroom seminars, we are excited to announce that we have partnered with BETA, Business Education and Training Analysis, A service of Butler Community College, and offer our training in classes at their Andover, KS (East of Wichita) training facility. BETA coordinates and schedules regular classes, and is responsible for your enrollment and registration.  To find out more information on our classes in Andover, or to discuss your on-site training needs, please contact them at 316-218-6118, or follow their link here:

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We offer classes custom designed for the client, with subjects such as splicing, testing, restoration, FTTH practices and other OSP subjects.  The classes are small, so that each technician can gain hands-on training from highly experienced instructors.  

Gipson Fiber Optic Services, is proud to to be approved by the The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. (school #337) to offer training and certification. The FOA is an international non-profit professional society for the fiber optic industry, and has to date certified over 50,000 CFOT's (Certified Fiber Optic Technicians) worldwide.  The FOA CFOT and the CFOS/O certifications  are recognized by the US Department of Labor.  To learn more about the FOA , visit their website at www.thefoa.org  


TRAINING CLASSES CURRENTLY OFFERED:

Fiber Optic Technology (CFOT class) 

This four day class will train IT technicians that are working on local area networks.  Students will receive training that will help them install and maintain fiber optics in networks used by businesses, manufacturers, schools, hospitals, utilities, government agencies, and any other facility using fiber optics. Topics covered in this class include: 

1. Safety with fiber optics in testing, construction, and splicing, cleaning of connectors

2. Cable considerations for inside LAN cable (fire safety ratings)  specialty cables, specifying cables, specialty cables, types of fiber, deciding on the right fiber for your application

3. Cable preparation hands-on labs for outside and indoor fiber, closure prep, buffer tube prep,  breakout kits for terminating fiber cables

4. Techniques for installing cables and cable preparation into LAN cabinets

5. Cable termination techniques, connector types with labs on epoxy connectors, pigtail connectors, and quick term connectors,

6. Mechanical and fusion splicing labs

7. Testing in the field-practical troubleshooting tips, demonstration of test gear, and labs with Power meters, Visual fault locators, OTDRs  finding and identifying problems with the optical fiber

8. Documentation of the fiber installation

9. Tips on buying tools and identifying useful gear that will help make the tech more productive.  this part of the seminar can save the student from buying expensive tools and gear with unneeded features, the savings often more than offsetting the price of the class.  Also discussion on buying items from on-line auctions.

All attendees have the opportunity to take the FOA Certified Fiber Optic Technician Exam. The exam is based on the information presented in this class. Upon successful completion of the examination and the lab exercises, the tech will receive a certificate of completion from Gipson Fiber Optics, a certificate from the FOA, then will be mailed a card from the Fiber Optic Association, with a certification number and one years membership in the Fiber Optics Association, all included in the price of the class. If the tech does not wish to take the exam, he will receive a certificate of completion from Gipson Fiber Optics.

Please contact BETA at 316-218-6118, or Wayne Gipson at 316-721-3096 for more information, pricing, and scheduling availability 

Fiber Optic Technology for Telephone Technicians (CFOT&CFOS/O) 

This five day class will train telephone company technicians and their contractors on outside plant practices. Complete hands-on training in cable and splice closure prep, grounding, splicing, testing, troubleshooting, and plant documentation.  This class will prepare the student to take the FOA CFOT & CFOS/O Examination.  Topics include:

1. Safety with fiber optics in testing, construction, and splicing

2. Cable types, color codes for cables and fibers, ribbon fiber, loose tube fiber, connector types

3. Cable preparation hands-on labs for outside plant, indoor fiber, closure prep, buffer tube prep,  breakout kits for terminating fiber cables, slitting buffer tubes for midspan access

4. Techniques for closure prep, NID prep, CO splicing techniques, terminating cables into LAN cabinets

5. Cable termination techniques, with labs on epoxy connectors, pigtail connectors, and quick term connectors,

6. Mechanical and fusion splicing labs and splice tray preparation and organization

7. Testing in the field-practical troubleshooting tips, demonstration of test gear, and labs with Power meters, Visual fault locators, correctly setting up OTDRs  finding and identifying problems with the optical fiber

8. OTDR expanded labs with troubleshooting case histories, locating a fiber break accurately, using an OTDR with splitters in the network,

9. Troubleshooting problems at the NID, at the CO

10. FTTH troubleshooting, splitters and how to test them,

11. CD/PMD/SA, and reflectance issues in the long distance fiber optic plant

12. Generators, splicing trailers, tents, tables, and other items needed to effectively work in the field.

13. Tips on buying tools and identifying useful gear that will help make the tech more productive 

All attendees have the opportunity to take the FOA Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Outside Plant Exam. The exam is based on the information presented in this class. Upon successful completion of the examination and the lab exercises, the tech will receive a certificate of completion from Gipson Fiber Optics, and certificates from the Fiber Optic Association for the CFOT and the CFOS/O, and will be mailed a card with a certification number and one years membership in the FOA from the Fiber Optics Association, all included in the price of the class. If the tech does not wish to take the exam, he will receive a certificate of completion from Gipson Fiber Optics. 

Please contact BETA at 316-218-6118, or Wayne Gipson at 316-721-3096 for more information, pricing, and scheduling availability




Gipson Fiber Optic Services, is proud to to be approved by the The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. (school #337) to offer training and certification. The FOA is an international non-profit professional society for the fiber optic industry.  The FOA CFOT and the CFOS/O certifications  are recognized by the US Department of Labor.  To learn more about the FOA , visit their website at
www.thefoa.org  



The following classes are not FOA certification classes, but are specialized classes for telephone company technicians and telecom contractors that address specific subjects, and are 1-3 days in length, depending on the number of technicians attending, and the content.  These are custom designed for each client by Gipson Fiber Optics. Call Wayne Gipson at 316-721-3096 for pricing and scheduling

FIBER OPTIC RESTORATION COURSE

A one day class conducted at the client's facility to give technicians hand's on training on how to restore a cut or damaged cable.  We can use the equipment the client already owns and give the techs training on the cable and gear they will actually be using.  If no equipment is owned by the client, we will bring all the gear necessary for training.  Certificate awarded.

  • Fiber Optic Safety
  • Determining where the damage is-using maps and documentation
  • Connector troubleshooting and cleaning
  • Repairing damaged trunk cable
  • Repairing damaged pedestal (if applicable to company)
  • Repairing damaged drop cable
  • Cable prep hands-on training
  • Mechanical splicing hands-on training
  • Mistakes to avoid and tips to ensure a trouble free permanent repair

TESTING FIBER OPTICS

A one or two day class conducted on site at the client's facility, or at locations advertised throughout the year.  If conducted on-site, we can use the equipment the client already owns and give the techs training on the gear they will actually be using.  If no equipment is owned by the client, we will bring all the gear necessary for training, OTDRs, and other test equipment. Certificate awarded.

  • Fiber Optic Safety
  • Connector care and cleaning
  • Testing terminology and practices
  • Troubleshooting tips and guidelines
  • Hands-on testing with a VFL
  • Hands-on testing with a power meter
  • Hands-on testing with a fiber identifier
  • Hands-on setup and using an OTDR
  • using a launch cable in troubleshooting
  • Interpreting OTDR traces, event identification 

In the two day class, we do additional training on the clients actual cable plant, hands on testing in the field, examining their test documentation and interpreting what that information means, instruction and counsel on selection of test equipment that they might wish to purchase, buying used equipment advantages and cautions, and other subjects that the client wants addressed. Certificate awarded.

FIBER OPTIC TECHNICIAN REQUALIFICATION COURSE

Designed to keep the technician refreshed and up-to-date, this course is a two or three day visit to the Client's site, during which we review the following subjects

  • Fiber Optic Safety review
  • Hands-on Cable prep update and review
  • Slitting buffer tubes
  • Hands-on Splicing procedures and tray management
  • Maintenance of the splicer and cleaver instruction
  • Review of Testing procedures using the companies equipment
  • Hands-on Testing with VFL and power meter
  • Using launch cable with OTDR for troubleshooting connectors
  • Troubleshooting basics and review

The class for the technicians lasts one day, with a certificate awarded.  If there are several technicians, then another day is added.  The technicians are then divided into two groups, one team going through the course the first day, with the second group handling trouble tickets, allowing the training group to totally focus on the training.  The second day is for training the second group. 

Day 3 (or 2 if only 1 group of technicians) is spent evaluating the tools, splicing gear, test instruments, hand tools, test jumpers, splicing trailers, vans, tents, and all the other items used by the fiber team.  Suggestions will be made about maintenance, calibration, replacement, and additions to the equipment.  Routine maintenance might be done on some of the items at the time of evaluation. This evaluation will take place with the instructor and the lead tech responsible for the fiber cable, or the outside plant manager.  A written report will be created that can be shared with management in order to facilitate possible improvements. 

Please note: Our classes are strictly non-vendor specific.  We offer professional instruction and non-biased information, not sales pitches, and we do not sell equipment or tools.  We are happy to help you with any purchasing decisions free of ties to any one manufacturer or brand.  We work for you.

Our small class size and emphasis on hands-on instruction makes the most of your training investment.  Cost effective on site training helps you improve your whole team while maintaining your customer service!

Thank you for your interest!


Student Comments

"Extremely impressed with instructor's knowledge and ability to articulate that knowledge.  The class was very valuable and informative."  Monroe, LA

"The class was very good, complete...especially liked the hands-on"    Kearney, NE

"The information provided was very consistent with what I expected and more!  The training was easy to follow and very helpful when I return to work.  It was great that you were all very helpful and patient." Poteau, OK

"Hands on was great... learned a lot of shortcuts and tips" Burlington, KS

"The instructor presented the material in easy to understand ways and was right to the point." Jackson, MS

"I was very impressed and learned a lot.  Thanks for a super job."            Little Rock, AR