ETA Fiber Optics and Data Cabling Certifications

Data Cabling Installer (DCI)

ETA Data Cabling Installers are expected to know the basic concepts of copper cabling installation and service—which are then applicable to all the procedures required to safely and competently install communications cabling. Basic electricity and safety; data communications basics; definitions, symbols and abbreviations; cable construction and types; cable performance characteristics; cabling standards; basic network topologies; basic network architectures; National Electrical Code (NEC®); cabling system components; DCIC installation tools; connectors and outlets; cabling system design; cabling installation; connector installation; cabling testing and certification; cabling troubleshooting; documentation.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

DCI Exam Info

Price: $155
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Fiber Optics Installer (FOI)

A Fiber Optics Installer has a general understanding of optical fiber installation, connectorization, splicing, and testing, is familiar with optical fiber, connector, and splice performance characteristics described in TIA-568, ITU-T G.671, ITU-T G.652 and Telcordia GR-326 A Fiber Optic Installer can perform connector endface evaluation as described in TIA/EIA-455-57B, is proficient in optical loss testing as described in TIA/EIA-526-14A, and understands the installation requirements described in articles 250 and 770 of the National Electrical Code (NEC®). A Fiber Optic Installer is proficient at the installation of connectors on various types of fiber optic cables using multiple types of connectors, and can perform mechanical and fusion splicing.




Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.


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FOI Exam Info

Price: $155
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Fiber Optics Technician (FOT)

A Fiber Optics Technician has a full understanding of inside plant optical fiber, connector, and splice performance characteristics as described in TIA-568 and can use these performance characteristics to create a worst case power budget for a fiber optic cable plant. An FOT can proficiently troubleshoot, perform optical loss testing as described in TIA/EIA-526-14A and perform connector endface evaluation as described in TIA-455. Using an OTDR an FOT can effectively locate faults in a fiber optic cable, mated connector pair, or splice as well as evaluate optical fiber performance, mated connector pair performance, or splice performance for compliance with TIA-568.


If you hold a Standalone FOT and later complete the Associate CET (CETa), then you are eligible to upgrade to a Journeyman CET! To apply for the Journeyman CET, you must have two or more years of training/experience. To upgrade, please fill out the Journeyman CET upgrade form. Journeyman upgrades are $55.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

FOT Exam Info

The prerequisite for the FOT is the Fiber Optics Installer (FOI) certification.

Price: $155
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Fiber Optics Technician-Inside Plant (FOT-ISP)

A Fiber Optics Technician – Inside Plant must be able to accurately install, terminate, test, and troubleshoot fiber optic communication systems used in premises, LANs, enterprise and data center installations. Included are various techniques applicable to gigabit multimode and single-mode systems consisting of unique test requirements in Ethernet and by Fibre Channel, but also pertinent to FTTx, security systems, and CATV networks. As many inside plant installations use multimode fiber, the FOT-ISP technician must recognize the various types - IEC defined OM2, 3, 4 & 5 multimode - and OS2 single-mode fibers along with the various proper launch conditions used when testing fiber spans as also defined by the TIA-568 and TIA-942 standards. Technicians must similarly comprehend various fiber optic cable connector types and termination used in these networks, using best practices for installing and testing fiber links. The FOT-ISP should have a basic understanding of the National Electrical Code (NEC®) and all safety conditions specific to the inside plant and campus applications.

If you hold a Standalone FOT-ISP and later complete the Associate CET (CETa), then you are eligible to upgrade to a Journeyman CET! To apply for the Journeyman CET, you must have two or more years of training/experience. To upgrade, please fill out the Journeyman CET upgrade form. Journeyman upgrades are $55.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

FOT-ISP Exam Info

Some prior experience in optical fiber cabling as well as a working knowledge of optical fiber transmission basics is recommended before attempting an ETA-approved Fiber Optic Technician-Inside Plant course.

Price: $155
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Fiber Optics Technician-Outside Plant (FOT-OSP)

A Fiber Optics Technician – Outside Plant must be able to properly terminate, test and troubleshoot single-mode fiber optic communication systems. This includes various types of termination techniques applicable to high speed laser based systems including SONET, DWDM, FTTx, CATV networks using ITU-T G.652 and G.655 single-mode fibers. Disciplines include mechanical and fusion splicing per the TIA-758, GR-765 and GR-20 standards, and the preparation of fiber optical cables and cable management products. Testing and troubleshooting roles of each element and span of the fiber optic communication system(s) include optical loss testing of transmission equipment per the TIA-526-7 standard along with an understanding of OTDR theory and skills required including acceptance testing.

The FOT-OSP understands optical loss budgets, not to exceed loss budgets and has the knowledge and skills required for troubleshooting single-mode OSP fiber optic communications systems addressing the roles of attenuation, dispersion and refection and how to identify and troubleshoot each. The FOT-OSP should have a basic understanding of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC®), National Electrical Code (NEC®), and all safety conditions specific to the outside plant environment and the applicable transmission equipment.


If you hold a Standalone FOT-OSP and later complete the Associate CET (CETa), then you are eligible to upgrade to a Journeyman CET! To apply for the Journeyman CET, you must have two or more years of training/experience. To upgrade, please fill out the Journeyman CET upgrade form. Journeyman upgrades are $55.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

FOT-OSP Exam Info

Price: $155
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Fiber To Any Antenna (FTAA)

The Fiber To Any Antenna standalone certification is for individuals who have been trained in the practice of installing fiber optic cabling at wireless and cellular facilities. These disciplines are applicable to all the functions required to safely and competently install pre-terminated fiber optic transmission cable assemblies and connection devices onto equipment and antenna(s), wherever the antenna system may be located. Included are how to inspect, clean and test the fiber plant along with how to identify and troubleshoot problems during and after installation.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

FTAA Exam Info

Price: $155
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Fiber Optics Designer (FOD)

The ETA 40—hour certified Fiber Optics Designer training program is an optical designer certification that will provide an indepth knowledge of optical local area networks. This certification covers all aspects of a successful fiber optic system design from network protocols, network configurations, optical cabling, industry communications standards, determination of fiber count, hardware selection, splicing/termination methods, and cable system testing and documentation. All that is learned in class is put into practice through multiple and intensive case studies. The ETA certified Fiber Optics Designer program provides detailed instruction and practice of Local Area Network fiber optic design.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

FOD Exam Info

Price: $155
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 80
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Termination and Testing Technician (TTT)

This certification is directed towards the education to properly, terminate, connect, test and troubleshoot IP-enabled voice/data/video cable and devices to each other. One of the key advantages to using Cat 5e/6/6A and fiber optic cables and connectors for electronic security and voice/video/data installations is that these cable connections can be readily built using the proper tools and techniques, which will be taught in the required course. This part of the training will emphasize the ETA challenge of being vendor-neutral and applying industry standards for terminations and cable performance. The knowledge gained by the examinees will be applicable to any vendor’s products within the scope of the technology studied.

One of the primary principles of the network cabling standards is that if a cable is properly terminated and tests satisfactory, that cable can be used to connect any proper device from any manufacturer. There are hundreds of vendors making thousands of different IP network devices, any and all of which can be readily connected to a network if the cable to be used is properly terminated and tested.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

TTT Exam Info

Price: $105
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 4 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

ETA Aerospace-based Fiber Optics Certifications

ARINC Fiber Optics Fundamentals Professional (AFOF)

ARINC is a division of the SAE Group along with SAE International. ARINC organizes aviation industry committees and participates in related industry activities that benefit aviation at large by providing technical leadership and guidance. These activities directly support aviation industry goals: promote safety, efficiency, regularity, and cost-effectiveness in aircraft operations. ARINC recognizes ETA International as the industry trained fiber optics certification entity in regards to the aerospace industry. The ARINC certifications are based on the ARINC 807-4 report and SAE International-recognized standards. The ARINC Aerospace Fiber Optic Fundamentals Professional is the aerospace fiber and connector identification and characteristics certification. Per ARINC, Fiber Optics Fundamentals is essential to provide familiarization training for buyers, planners, and management personnel working with aerospace fiber optic components.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

AFOF Exam Info

Price: $130
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 2 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 40
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

ARINC Fiber Optics Installer (AFI)

ARINC is a division of the SAE Group along with SAE International. ARINC organizes aviation industry committees and participates in related industry activities that benefit aviation at large by providing technical leadership and guidance. These activities directly support aviation industry goals: promote safety, efficiency, regularity, and cost-effectiveness in aircraft operations. ARINC recognizes ETA International as the industry trained fiber optics certification entity in regards to the aerospace industry. The ARINC certifications are based on the ARINC 807-4 report and SAE International-recognized standards. Per 807-4, "In order to maintain their proficiency, it is essential that individuals involved in the use and implementation of fiber optic technology are properly trained and kept current". The ARINC Installer is the aerospace fiber and connector installation certification.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

AFI Exam Info

Price: $180
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 1 Yr
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

ARINC Fiber Optics Technician (AFT)

ARINC is a division of the SAE Group along with SAE International. ARINC organizes aviation industry committees and participates in related industry activities that benefit aviation at large by providing technical leadership and guidance. These activities directly support aviation industry goals: promote safety, efficiency, regularity, and cost-effectiveness in aircraft operations. ARINC recognizes ETA International as the industry trained fiber optics certification entity in regards to the aerospace industry. The ARINC certifications are based on the ARINC 807-4 report and SAE International-recognized standards. Per 807-4, "In order to maintain their proficiency, it is essential that individuals involved in the use and implementation of fiber optic technology are properly trained and kept current". The ARINC technician includes the more advanced aerospace troubleshooting and repairing than the installer.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

AFT Exam Info

Price: $180
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 1 Yr
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

Fiber Optics Evaluation & Endface Cleaning (FEEC)

ARINC organizes aviation industry committees and participates in related industry activities that benefit aviation at large by providing technical leadership and guidance. These activities directly support aviation industry goals: promote safety, efficiency, regularity, and cost-effectiveness in aircraft operations. ARINC recognizes ETA International as the fiber optics industry training certification entity in regards to the aerospace industry. This ARINC FEEC certification is based mainly on the ARINC REPORT 805-5, with aspects of 803-3, 806-7.2.1, and 807-4 of the SAE International-recognized standards.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

FEEC Exam Info

Price: $130
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 2 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 25
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours

SAE Fiber Optics Fabricator (SFF) and SAE-ARINC Fiber Optics Fabricator (SAFF)

For individuals involved in the manufacturing, installation, support, integration and testing of fiber optics systems. Intended for managers, engineers, technicians, trainers/instructors, third party maintenance organizations, quality assurance and personal production. Both the SAE and ARINC certifications are based on the SAE International standards.

The Aerospace industry has always required the highest standards of workmanship to be maintained. This certification is universally recognized for competency, ability, and knowledge as an Aerospace Fiber Optics Fabricator (FAB). ETA worked with the SAE International's Fiber Optics and Applied Photonics Committee to develop the certification. To be recognized for this honor, practicing fabricators must demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge verifying their proficiency in Aerospace Fiber Optics Fabrication procedures and technology as defined in the SAE International Aerospace ARP5602/3 and ARP5602/4 competencies. Additional SAE documentation in addition to the prior “slash sheets” is the ARP5602/14 recertification guideline.

The SAFF has the above SAE certification content and enhances with ARINC content also. The ARINC 807-3 and updated ARINC 807-4 content is derived from the SAE AS-3B Committee work.


Additional Information

*Does not apply to FCC exams. Retakes must be completed within one year of the first exam session.

SFF/SAFF Exam Info

Price: $180
Type of Certification:
Maintenance Required:
Certification Term: 2 Yrs
Hands-On Required:
Questions on Exam: 75
Passing Score: 75%
Time Allowed to Test: 2 hours


Taking an ETA Certification Exam

Why Choose ETA® International?

Founded in 1978, ETA represents many different technical areas, from the technician and educator to the corporate institution.

Widely known for our vendor-neutral programs, and accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC), ETA helps you validate your knowledge and excel in your field.

ETA has issued over 200,000 technical certifications covering more than 80 certification programs in a variety of technology fields. You can find ETA-certified professionals working for many well-known companies such as Motorola, Google, ESPN, and the United States Armed Forces.

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Prepare For An Exam

Certification competencies are a well-ordered categorized structural listing of knowledge, standards reference, industry best practices, testing, and troubleshooting subject items necessary to be proficient in a given technology. You can find the corresponding competency to each ETA certification in their respective information box, located to the right of the certification description. Certification examination questions are derived from their respective competencies. ETA subject matter experts (SMEs) are vital proponents developing and improving each competency.

ETA offers many of the suggested study materials (listed at the end of each of our competencies) in the ETA online store. If you don't see the specific book you are looking for, then please check online or at your local bookstore.

ETA understands each individual is different in regards to their experiences, education, and skill sets. That's why ETA does not require examinees to purchase study materials. By knowing the topics listed on the corresponding competency, an examinee can feel confident that they will succeed on the exam.

ETA publishes two books in-house for the popular Associate CET (CETa) basic electronics and Customer Service Specialist (CSS) workforce readiness certifications. Each of these study guides are written by industry professionals, and feature chapter quizzes and practice exams (actual certification examination questions are derived from their respective competencies). ETA members receive a discount on the ETA study guides. Bulk discounts are also available.

Take An Exam

Once you have decided which ETA certification exam(s) you need to take, you will need to find an ETA test site near you to take the exam by using the ETA CA Locator.

Decide whether to take the exam online with Trapeza, ETA's online testing site, or on paper. A Certification Administrator must be present no matter which method of testing you select. You will then need to schedule a time to take the exam with your chosen Certification Administrator.

As provided for under the ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act), if you require special accommodations in order to complete the certification process, then please notify your Certification Administrator when scheduling your exam.

Maintaining Your Certification

Rapid changes in technology and products have also changed the methods used in servicing them. ETA supports certification maintenance and aligns to the ISO 17024 standard. Certification maintenance is also required by ETA's accrediting body, the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC).

By maintaining your ETA certification, you provide verification that as a certified technician, you are keeping up with current technology and enhancing your abilities and knowledge.