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Certification or Licensing

Though not a requirement for employment, certification demonstrates to employers that a line installer has achieved a certain level of technical training and has been proven qualified to perform certain functions. The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers offers several certification designations to applicants who show technical knowledge and practical skills by passing both multiple-choice and essay-based examinations. The Fiber Optic Association offers the following voluntary certifications: certified fiber optic technician, certified premises cabling technician, certified fiber optic specialist, certified outside plant fiber optic specialist, certified fiber optic specialist/splicing, certified fiber optic specialist/connectors, certified fiber optic specialist/testing, certified fiber optic specialist/design, and certified fiber optic technician for FTTx. The Electronics Technicians Association International offers several certifications in fiber optics. The Telecommunications Industry Association offers a certification program for technicians working in convergence technologies, and iNARTE offers certification for technicians employed in the telecommunications industry. The Electrical Training ALLIANCE—an organization that is sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association—offers certification for cable splicers and other professionals.

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