FTTx Splicer Specialist

The FTTx Splicer Specialist course will provide learners with the benefits of working with fiber to the premises (FTTP)/FTTx and Fiber Deep (Node + 0) networks to service cable customers. Learners will be able describe the types of passive optical networks (PON) used by cable operators and differentiate these networks from an HFC and Fiber Deep access network. The course also addresses the topics fiber prep, fusion / mechanical splicing, fiber cleaning and testing.


  • SCTE·ISBE Understanding Cable Technology or equivalent
  • SCTE·ISBE Broadband Premises Installation and Services or SCTE·ISBE Broadband Distribution Specialist
  • SCTE·ISBE Coax Splicer Specialist

Target Audience:

  • Fiber Splicers
  • Customer Facing Installers & Technicians
  • Service Technicians
  • Maintenance Technicians
  • Outside Plant Personnel
  • Plant Technicians
  • Field Operation Teams
  • Construction
  • Network Operation Center and related positions

Included in the Course:

  • Engaging and Interactive LightningMod™ to prepare learner for training 
  • In-depth interactive eBook modules 
  • CORTEX® mobile app to access content modules in the field 
  • Apply module knowledge with real life experiences in a simulated environment 
    • 3 NetworkSims Included
  • Module assessments
  • Course final exam
  • Fun VirtuGame™ to improve absorption and retention of competencies 
  • SCTE·ISBE course completion certificate
  • 2 recertification units (RUs) towards SCTE·ISBE certification renewal

Requirements for Successful Course Completion:

  • Module quizzes 70% or higher
  • Course final test 70% or higher

You may take the course final test up to 3 times.

Format and Schedule:

The course is delivered online via the SCTE·ISBE virtual classroom, or it may be completed in 2 days (16 hours) as an onsite.

Online learners interact with web-based course materials and complete assessments (quizzes & final exam) at a time that is convenient for them. Learners may also contact the instructor when they have questions.

SCTE·ISBE recommends learners spend approximately 2 - 3 hours per week over a 12-week period, on average, completing the various course activities in order to maximize the learning benefits. 100% of the schedule is determined by the learners (interacting with online materials, completing quizzes, taking NetworkSims and a final exam).

Upon Successful Course Completion Participants Will Receive

  • SCTE·ISBE Course Completion Certificate
  • 2 Recertification Units (RUs) toward SCTE·ISBE certification renewal

Course Modules:

  • Module 01: Foundations of Installing FTTP/FTTx
  • Module 02: FTTP/FTTx Planning and Design
  • Module 03: FTTP/FTTx Deployment
  • Module 04: FTTP/FTTx Installation
  • Module 05: Cable Prep
  • Moudle 06: Splices and Connectors
  • Module 07: FTTP/FTTx Measurements (Optical Measurements)
  • Module 08: Troubleshooting an FTTx Installation (Optical Troubleshooting)

Module 01: Foundations of Installing FTTP/FTTx

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Define the characteristics of optical links, fiber structure, and transmission properties
  • Define the characteristics of optical cable, along with categories and color coding
  • Select the types of amplifiers and LASERs used in optical networks
  • Differentiate the architectures (HFC, Fiber Deep) used with FTTP/FTTx access networks
  • Identify proper handling of fiber optics, PPE and related equipment to avoid common fiber safety hazards


CORNING Fiber Optic Fundamentals
Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand how optical fiber is constructed
  • Identify the different types of optical fiber
  • Describe where each type of optical fiber is best used
  • Understand what affects the performance of optical fiber

  • What is FTTP?
  • What is EPON?
  • What is Fiber Deep?
  • Fiber Deep Architecture
  • Light Characteristics through Fiber

Module 02: FTTP/FTTx Planning and Design

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between FTTP/FTTx technologies that may be deployed by MSOs (including Fiber Deep)
  • Define FTTP/FTTx and WDM, contrasting them against an HFC access network
  • Define, compare and contrast the different FTTP/FTTx technologies and architectures that may be deployed by MSOs
  • Differentiate working with FTTP/FTTx architecture versus other architectures such as HFC
  • Differentiate between HFC vs fiber deep powering
  • Define service group size reduction
  • Identify RFoG, EPON, and overlay options for FTTP/FTTx ODN designs
  • Recognize how DOCSIS provisioning over EPON (DPoE) allows operators to leverage their DOCSIS provisioning systems

  • Wavelength and Frequency
  • Powering a Fiber Deep Network
  • Mid-split Architecture

Module 03: FTTP/FTTx Deployment

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Compare the fiber prep tools, cleaners and splicing equipment used in a FTTP/FTTx architecture
  • Choose the proper instrument to measure the health of a FTTP/FTTx network
  • Identify the differences in an HFC system block diagram and FTTP/FTTx system block diagram
  • Differentiate the headend and subscriber equipment required to deploy an RFoG, EPON and GPON FTTP/FTTx architecture
  • LAB: Identify equipment and tools used in Fiber Networks

Module 04: FTTP/FTTx Installation

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate the various types of optical fiber connectors used by operators
  • Define the three main types of optical distribution network (ODN) architectures used to install FTTP/FTTx networks
  • Identify the steps in the process used to clean fiber optic connectors, ports and taps
  • Identify the steps to properly prepare, clean and splice fiber, along with connectors
    • Fusion and mechanical
  • Select proper ports at the RFoG ONU, EPON ONU and GPON ONT
  • LAB: Clean Optical Connectors and Perform Scoping

    CORNING Fiber to the Home

    Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Ask leading question when working with providers.
  • Determine the best solutions and products to meet providers’ needs as they move forward with their FTTH deployment.

  • Fiber Cable Handling
  • Optical Connector Cleaning
  • Fiber splicing

  • Installation of a PON

Module 05: Cable Prep

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the steps necessary to open a fiber cable.
  • Explain the functions of a fiber enclosure used to store and protect the exposed fiber.
  • LAB: Prepare and expose fiber for Splicing with proper PPE
  • LAB: Work with a fiber enclosure to protect fibers

Module 06: Splices and Connectors

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Compare splicing types.
  • Compare common connector types and polishes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly install mechanical and fusion splices on single-mode fiber.
  • LAB: Install a mechanical splice and mechanical connector
  • LAB: Perform a fusion splice and fusion splice connector
  • LAB: Verify a Splice or Connector Installation

Module 07: FTTP/FTTx Measurements

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between dBm, dB, dBmV, mV, mW and nW power levels
  • Estimate dBm, dB, dBmV, mV and mW power levels using the rules of 3's and 10's
  • Define passive optical network (PON) loss budgets
  • Recognize the metrics or optical power budget required for proper operation on each FTTP/FTTx standard
  • Identify the common measurement tools used to measure an RFoG, GPON and EPON
  • LAB: Use an Optical Power Meter to measure dBm and mW
  • LAB: Use an OTDR to Verify an Optical Connection
  • LAB: Calculate an Optical Power Budget

  • Power Levels in Optical Networks

  • Ensure proper optical signal quality

Module 08: Troubleshooting an FTTP/FTTx Installation

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Select the proper tool to troubleshoot FTTP issues
  • Understand the basic steps used during troubleshooting
  • Troubleshoot typical FTTP installation problems and scenarios

  • Measure and Troubleshoot Optical Power in an Access Network

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