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IN250: BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training

This course sets the groundwork for optical fiber-based structured cabling system installation. The course will open with an overview of professionalism, fiber transmission principles and the general safety practices related to optical fiber cabling. A significant amount of course time will then be spent on installation, splicing, termination and testing of optical fiber cable.


IN250 Course Information

  • Why Should You Attend?

    As optical fiber systems become more common, your need to be recognized for your knowledge and expertise of  emerging installation practices.

    This course offers multiple opportunities for hands-on practice. Activities include learning to: 

    • Install a cleave-and-crimp-style optical fiber connector
    • Install a scribe-and-polish-style optical fiber connector
    • Perform a fusion splice
    • Perform a mechanical splice
    • Test an optical fiber link
    • Evaluate an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) trace
    Please note: The Installer 2, Optical Fiber (INSTF) exam is not included in the course fee. You must register for the exam separately.

    Apply for the INSTF Exam!
  • Who Should Attend?

    This program is ideal for:

    • ICT installers with at least two years of verifiable cabling experience.

    • Anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge of the industry, learn new (optical fiber) skills and continue to advance professionally.

    • BICSI Installer 2, Copper (INSTC) credential holders seeking the Installer 2, Optical Fiber (INSTF) credential.

    • Individuals planning to sit for the BICSI Installer 2, Optical Fiber (INSTF) exam (you must apply for the exam separately from the course).
  • What Are the Knowledge and Skills Requirements?

    Participants must be able to:

    • Distinguish between different colors
    • Possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks
    • Stand for extended periods of time (e.g., 30 minutes)
    • Climb ladders
    • Lift and carry items weighing ≈22.7 kg (50 lb)
  • What Are the Prerequisites and Preparation Required?

    BICSI recommends that all students who take this class have at least two years of current ICT industry installation experience within the last five years.

    For all individuals who plan to take the INSTF exam after the class, this two years of experience is a requirement for the exam, not a recommendation.

    Because the skills in this course build on the basic skills and knowledge that an installer is likely to acquire during the first two years on the job, students will be expected to have basic knowledge of optical fiber cabling media and to know how to perform entry-level cable installation tasks prior to enrolling in this class.

    If you feel that you may not be fully prepared for this course, BICSI recommends that you complete the IN101: Installer 1 and/or IN225: Installer 2, Copper Training courses prior to attending this class. IN101 covers the basic cable installation concepts and skills that will help you to succeed in the Installer 2, Optical Fiber Cable class.

    BICSI strongly recommends reading the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) before coming to class and/or taking the exam.

    For students who plan to take the exam, BICSI recommends that examinees spend at least 50 hours studying the ITSIMM.

    Order the ITSIMM before class!

  • What Course Materials Are Required?

    Students must bring the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) to class (hard copy and/or electronic) and a laptop or mobile device.

    Please reference the course confirmation letter as to which edition is appropriate. The manual is not included in the course fee.

    Personal or prescription safety glasses are also recommended.

  • Can I Earn Credit?

    Yes, you can earn 35 continuing education credits (CECs) toward an existing BICSI credential recertification requirement, upon successfully completing this program.
  • What Is the Attendance Policy?

    Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and 35 CECs.

    Participants who fulfill the attendance requirement will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the program. Please note that this is not the INSTF Certification, which requires a special exam application (apply by clicking on link below). 

    Apply for the INSTF Exam

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  • How Long Is This Course?

    This class takes place over a period of 4.5 days; 5.5 days for students planning to take the exam to earn the Installer 2, Optical Fiber (INSTF) certification.

“The [IN250] instructor [in Uganda] was well prepared, knowledge and practical. He is social and interactive, and he fits in well with a new environment.”

– Allan Sabiiti
United Nations (UNAMID)
Entebbe, Uganda

“I can honestly say that after taking the Installer 2, Optical Fiber course and being promoted to an Information Systems Specialist 2, I saw a $10,000 annual increase in pay. Today, I’m the only Fiber Technician employed by the state of West Virginia.”

– James R. Bowles, INST1, INSTC, INSTF, TECH, Information Systems Specialist 2
State of West Virginia Office of Technology
Charleston, West Virginia, USA


Qualify for a 10 percent discount when:

  • Three or more students from the same company preregister for the same class at the same time.
  • A student preregisters for three or more classes at the same time.

Please contact the Customer Care Department to redeem this discount, +1 813.979.1991 or 800.242.7405.

Qualify for a 5 percent discount when:

  • A student preregisters for a course at least 45 days in advance.

BICSI CONNECT courses and training provided by companies outside of BICSI are not eligible for these discounts.



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