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With today’s increased need for all households to have high quality internet service, as well as the high level of automation in manufacturing, employees with technical networking technology skills are in high demand. Southwest Tech provides short-term technical certifications in fiber optics, broadband technologies, and industrial networking to meet local needs. Southwest Tech is the only public access certified Fiber Optic Association trainer in Wisconsin!


Fiber Optic Cabling Technician (CFOT)

24 hours, 1 credit
Prerequisite to CFOS/0
The FOA CFOT certification provides a broad knowledge in fiber optics that can be applied to almost any application—outside plant, premises, manufacturing, etc.

Typical jobs: broadband or fiber installer, line repair, cable technician, fiber tech.

Certified Premise Cabling Technician (CPCT)

54 hours, 2 credits (Inside plant)
The FOA CPCT premises cabling certification provides training in building cabling used for LANs, security systems, building management systems, distributed antenna systems, industrial systems, and electrical distribution management.

Typical jobs: cable, field and network techs, and broadband installers.

Certified Fiber Optic Specialist – Outside (CFOS-O)

24 hours, 1 credit. (Outside plant)
The FOA CFOS-O certification provides training in laying cable, (direct burial or aerial), splicing (or pigtails) testing, troubleshooting, repair, and restoration of communications cables and related electronic equipment in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Typical jobs: principle fiber optic engineer, splicer, installer and tech.


Cisco Certified Entry Technician (CCENT)

90 hours, 6 credits
The CCENT certification covers the basics of essential computer networking including security & threat mitigation, IP addressing, and routed & switched networks.

Typical jobs: network support and administrators, help desk tech.

CompTIA A+ (Computer Support Technician)

108 hours, 4 credits
CompTIA A+ certification validates entry-level skills in essential IT domains, including computer repair, software & operating systems, network administration, information security, cloud computing, and troubleshooting of both desktops and mobile devices.

Typical jobs: help desk, broadband installer, field tech, desktop support.

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  • Employer and Community Partners: Mount Horeb Telephone Company, Richland Grant Telephone Cooperative, Schreiber Foods, Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board

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Contact Darnell Wiegman
608.822.2651 or toll free 800.362.3322, extension 2651

FOA Lecture Series - Fiber Optics
Free Fiber U self-Study Programs
WSTA Website

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