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Certified Fibre Characterisation Engineer (CFCE)


Written and developed by Optical Technology Training Ltd and licensed to CrossConnect Training.


Available as a public course or an onsite course.

Duration: 5 days



As data rates increase and systems become more complex there are more factors that can impair system performance. This course is designed to help you master the fibre optic tests that are required to prove that advanced fibre infrastructures can support high data rate applications (10Gb/s, 40Gb/s, 100Gb/s) as well as extended wavelength range operation for DWDM and CWDM systems. Typically it is necessary to characterise fibres when dark fibre contracts are signed, to prove that the fibres will operate satisfactorily for the duration of the contract period.


You will learn to apply the full power of modern multi-purpose test platforms with their powerful array of measurement capabilities to carry out these tests including bi-directional OTDR testing, chromatic dispersion, Polarisation Mode Dispersion (PMD) and spectral attenuation. You'll be able to process the results swiftly and efficiently, using test report software, to provide full system documentation. By appreciating the issues behind the tests you will be able to assess link performance intelligently against application support criteria.

  • Hands-on experience

    A practical hands-on experience using specially constructed test rigs.

  • Electronic resources

    Receive a USB drive with extra resources including reference information and review exercises.

  • Comprehensive manual

    Receive a comprehensive, up-to-date, indexed course manual.

  • CFCE status

    Pass the assessment to gain Certified Fibre Characterisation Engineer (CFCE) status.

  • explain the significance of fibre specifications including G.652.A, B, C & D, G.655.x, G.656 and G.657

  • identify the characteristics of the infrastructure that can impair system performance

  • design and plan test programmes to meet customer and operational requirements

  • interpret test specifications

  • describe the purpose of OTDR & OSA testing

  • analyse OTDR traces and event tables

  • analyse OSA scans and tables

  • explain what chromatic dispersion is and how it is measured

  • master PMD and explain how it can be measured

  • perform full fibre characterisation on installed fibre systems

  • interpret the results of fibre characterisation and map against application support criteria

This course assumes that you have some previous experience of basic OTDR testing.


Typical job roles of attendees include: fibre optic test engineer; technical support; project supervisor.


If you would like your team to focus on how to carry out the tests efficiently, and how to verify that the acquired data is valid, then have a look at the task based, technician level CFCT course.

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