BICSI IN250: Installer 2, Optical Fiber

This course is a hands-on/application-focused course that prepares installers to pull, terminate, splice, and test fiber cabling as part of an information and communications technology (ICT) system. The course includes topics on fiber transmission principles and general safety practices associated with working with fiber cabling. A significant amount of course time is spent on BICSI best practices for installing, terminating, splicing, and testing fiber cable as outlined in the 8th edition of the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM).

IN250 Course Information

  • Why Should I 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 Skill 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 Prerequisites and Preparation are 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 exam after the class, please click here to read more about the INSTF exam eligibility requirements.

    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?

  • 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 separate 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 days if the credential exam is desired. The exam is conducted in two parts: the hands-on exam (typically on a Friday afternoon) and the written exam is conducted at a Pearson VUE Testing Center of the examinee’s choosing.

    Apply for the Installer 2, Optical Fiber (INSTF) certification!

I Registered for the IN250 Course. What Happens Next?

  • Review Confirmation Email

    Immediately after completing your enrollment in this course, a confirmation email is sent to your email on file. This email provides a comprehensive at-a-glance overview of everything you need to know to successfully prepare for your upcoming training. This includes:

    • Class dates, times, and delivery methods confirmed.
    • Pre-Class preparations
    • Course materials needed
    • Exam information
    • All cancellation policies

    If you did not receive this email, please check your SPAM filters first. If you still didn’t receive it, then email and we will resend it.

  • Review Cancellation Policies

    To ensure you protect your investment, we recommend you pay close attention to all the applicable cancellation policies for BICSI Courses.  Review the Course Cancellation Policy here.
  • Purchase the Required Manual

    All students must purchase the Information Technology Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM), 8th Edition, print or electronic, prior to attending class. If you have not already purchased it, click here to purchase today.
  • Apply to Take the Exam

    Because hands-on exams are proctored on the last day of class, we encourage you to complete your exam application here at least two weeks before arriving in Tampa, FL for your class. This will ensure that we can prepare the necessary testing materials for you to complete your testing.

“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

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