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Fiber Optic Training Courses

BDI DataLynk provides low cost, Advanced, and
Basic fiber optics network technician training.  
These courses are for anyone interested in fiber
optics training.
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Our basic CFOT training
equipment and fixtures are
easy to use and understand.

We are a Standards-Based
Company.  We teach
Procedures. . . NOT OPINIONS
Prepare to Learn.
We Teach Procedures
Not Opinions
Since 1999 -
Prepare to Learn.
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Our Students Say It . . . Our
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You WILL NOT Receive Better
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Anywhere Else.
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BDI DataLynk Fiber Optics Training
the only fiber optic network
instruction you will ever need.
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Teaching Procedures
Not Opinions
Since 1999.
Prepare to Learn.
Our courses are sanctioned
by a Fiber Optic Association
(FOA) -
NOT an Electronics
Association (ETA).
Because we believe in KSA's -
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities,
we are sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA),
the largest Fiber Optics Related Organization in the world
NOT electronics (ETA) people, but fiber optics people.
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We do not transfer
knowledge for free.

Your Options:
1.) Contact any one of our Campus
Partners for a referral.
2.) Contact the Fiber Optic
Association for a referral.
3.) Contact any of our thousands of
students for a referral.
4.) Read our Course Descriptions.
5.) Read about our company on the
6.) Pay for the transfer of
knowledge like everyone else
7.) Contact the owner, Bob Ballard,
and discuss the specific items
covered in each class.
8.) Have Bob develop a course
tailored to meet your needs.
Owner Comments:

If you want to know what we teach, how we teach it, and
what results we expect, call us. We will be happy to tell
you.  Audit our courses?  No - please do not ask. --- Bob
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The CFOT course is a prerequisite for all other courses  One must have successfully
completed this course or have tested out of the course by passing the written and
hands-on exams.  For more information on testing out of this course, contact our office.

If your mission is primarily inside plant installations, with some fusion splicing, we
recommend the CFOT, CFOS/T, and the CFOS/S courses.
If your mission is primarily outside plant installations, we recommend the CFOT and the
CFOS/O courses.

If you plan to do all aspects of fiber optics networking for both inside and outside
applications, we recommend all of the courses.  Because it is difficult to attend all courses
at once, you should consider the CFOT followed by the CFOS/T and attend the others
at a later date if possible.
 Note: Seldom do we offer all four courses together
unless by special request.

  • Does the 3-day* CFOT teach me everything I need to know?
No.  The CFOT course is a basic introductory course with a brief overview of fiber
optics networking including fusion splicing, installation, testing and troubleshooting.   Hands -on
activities requires the student to install, terminate, test, and troubleshoot a MM network.

  • What are the costs for the courses?
CFOT (3-day*) - $700.00/student - Basic Course
CFOS/T (2-day*) - $675.00/student - Testing Specialist Course
CFOS/S (2-day*) - $675.00/student - Splicing Specialist Course
CFOS/O (2-day*) - $775.00/student - OSP Specialist Course
CFOS/L (2-day*) - $675.00/student (Coming) OLAN Specialist Course
CFOS/D (2-day*) - $675.00/student (Coming) Design Specialist Course

  • If I want to have an on site, private session what are the minimum number of  
Depending on where you are located, the minimum is 5 students with a two course
minimum.  We usually do not charge for travel.  But, check with our office for specifics.
Call us at 512-785-9024 or email us at

  • Where are your courses located?
Simply click on the state of your choice above.  If your state or city is not listed, these
locations are not on the schedule.  Even if your state is listed, we may not have courses
scheduled.  Again, if you would like to have a private session, we would be happy
to talk with you.  Call us at 512-785-9024.

  • BICSI Members
Note:  BICSI Members wishing to attend any course to obtain CEC's must participate in class
must successfully pass both hands-on and written exams to receive the necessary
Certificate of Completion required to obtain these BICSI Credits.  Further, it is not advisable
to simply show up at a "Specialist" course without bringing with you basic knowledge of
fiber optics networking.  If you do, you will be wasting your time, our time, and your money.  
A good test of your knowledge, should you wish to only attend a "Specialist" course is to go
here and see if you can answer each of the 10 questions.  If you cannot, you will have a hard
time successfully passing these courses.  Also, a good way to "brush up" on your knowledge,
would be to go
here to the FOA Student Study Site for some pre-class study activities.

Good luck and we hope to see you in one of our classes. -- Bob Ballard
Are you a company looking for a fiber tech?
Give us a call or click the state of your choice.
* Note:  Actual hours
may vary depending
on number of
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  • BDI DataLynk is the largest Campus-Partner provider of Fiber Optic
    Training in the world.  There is no better training available -
  • Course tuition includes industry recognized written/hands-on
    exams and, upon successful course completion, formal certification
    from the Fiber Optic Association, plus 1-year membership.
Note:  BICSI Members wishing to attend this course to obtain CEC's must participate
in class and
must successfully pass both hands-on and written exams to receive the
necessary Certificate of Completion required to obtain these BICSI Credits.
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BDI Datalynk, LLC Announces It's NEWEST FOA
Certified Consulting/Installation Firm with Home Base
in Pennsylvania.
W.D. Wright Contracting, Inc. provides excavation, restoration services and fusion
splicing. Our technicians are all certified to use "state of the art" fiber optic splicing and
test equipment.

In addition to fiber splicing, W.D. Wright Contracting, Inc. general contractor construction
background brings together the full complement of services relating to fiber optic
construction projects. Street cutting, duct installation, manhole installation and
restoration services complete the array of our "turnkey" service package.  
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When it comes to buying fiber optic test equipment for use in local
networks and LANs I prefer simple to complex.  Paying tens of
thousands of dollars for “Mighty Wurlitzers” can be problematic if the
equipment has to be returned for factory servicing.

Simple fiber optic test equipment is now so inexpensive one can afford
to buy redundant units to ensure that testing capability is maintained at
all times.    
Thus I am inclined to recommend simple test equipment such as OWL (Optical
WavelengthLaboratories) rather than complex solutions offered by Anritsu or Fluke.  It is
simply a matter of adequate performance at an affordable price.  Read complete article
Prerequisites For Our FOA Specialist Courses
After January 1, 2015, the student MUST have successfully passed the basic CFOT
course within the preceding 12 months prior to attending the CFOS/T, CFOS/S,
and/or the CFOS/O FOA Specialist courses offered by BDI Datalynk. There are no
exceptions. Further, the attending student MUST be a member in good standing
with the FOA as a CFOT prior to attending any of these courses.  All Exams are
closed book.

Most students register for all of the classes offered during any one session.  No
problem as the CFOT course is always first and we handle the FOA registration for

For more information contact BDI DataLynk at 512-785-9024.