Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE)

“Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE)

is a must have for fiber optic test engineers”


The growing complexity of optical networks demands well trained, competent, and experienced fiber characterization engineers.  As data rates evolve so is the need for test engineers who can accurately characterize important fiber parameters.  Rigorous network characterization is required in the following scenarios:

  • After an optical network or link is installed – it is important to test and verify network performance against expected performance, customer (internal or external) requirements and international standards.
  • Before system upgrade – before a network is upgraded to a higher data rate, say 10Gb/s to 100Gb/s, fiber characterization is required to verify the ability of the network to operate at the higher data rate. Some early networks designed for 2.5Gb/s, for example, were found to be unsuitable for 10Gb/s transmission after testing revealed higher levels of PMD beyond the tolerance at the higher data rate.
  • Before dark fiber contracts are signed – before dark fiber is leased, it is important to test and verify performance of the dark fiber.

About Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE)

Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE) was first launched in 2005 by Optical Technology Training (OTT) and since then it has been continuously updated to meet the ever-changing optical networks and evolving characterization requirements and test methods. The CFCE training program is designed for engineers, technicians and others interested in learning the ins and outs of fiber optic characterization.  The 5-day CFCE program focuses on complete fiber optic characterization including, but not limited to, bi-directional OTDR testing, Chromatic Dispersion (CD) testing, Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD) testing and spectral attenuation testing.

In the Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer course, delegates learn how to use complete test platforms to carry out all the important fiber characterization tests for telecommunication networks. This includes telecommunication networks operating at extended wavelengths and delegates should be able to deal with the impact of testing of technologies such as ROADMs and Raman amplifiers. Delegates will be able to efficiently process and interpret test results using test report software and provide complete documentation rapidly and efficiently.

Following are the features of the Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE) training program:

  • Hands on testing experience using specially designed test rigs
  • Comprehensive program manual which is great for reference during and long after training
  • Well structured, modern, and engaging visual aids
  • A trove of online resources including revision materials, practice questions and links to international standards
  • Delegates must pass a practical and theory assessments to gain the Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE) status


Who should attend Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE) training?

Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE) is suitable for practicing or aspiring fiber optic test engineers. Professionals in the following roles will benefit the most from the training: fiber optic test engineer, fiber optic test technician, optical fiber test support, fiber network project supervisor, NOC engineer, NOC technician and other closely related roles.

What are the pre-requisites for Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE)

This course is designed to develop advanced fiber optic characterization engineers so some basic experience with OTDR testing is required. If in doubt about the suitability of your background, please contact us.

Key outcomes

After the training, delegates are expected to:

  • Explain the significance of the specifications for optical fiber mostly used in telecommunication, including G.652.A, G.652.B. G.652.C, G.652.D, G.654, G.655.x, G.656 and G.657.
  • Identify the characteristics of all major infrastructure that can contribute to the impairment of system performance
  • Design and plan test programs to meet customer (internal and external) and operational requirements.
  • Interpret test specifications
  • Explain the purpose of OTDR testing
  • Analyze and interpret OTDR traces and event tables
  • Explain the meaning of chromatic dispersion and how it can be measured
  • Describe PMD and explain how it can be measured
  • Perform full fiber characterization on installed fiber optic networks
  • Interpret the results of fiber characterization and map against application support criteria


Training models

We offer two training models – prescheduled open enrollment classes in which individuals can enroll and register or custom classes where companies arrange for training at their locations. A minimum of six delegates are required to schedule a class at a company location.

More information

If you need to inquire about training at your location, to get a detailed course brochure or to find out about other OTT training programs offered by FiberGuide, complete our class request form.

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