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The Fibre Optic Industry Association (FIA) is a UK organisation that was formed by industry experts, the organisation sits on various standardisation panels and supports the industry. Every year they have an Annual General Meeting and also a members yearly summer seminar, giving updates and presentations to all members. Individuals and corporations have memberships at different levels.
The FIA has an approved installer scheme, this means that the FIA installers work to a code of conduct and standards. The FIA have approved/certified trainers and training organisations that promote the FIA and City and Guilds qualifications as well as other schemes.
Approved FIA Training Provider
Total Network Solutions (Europe) Ltd has been officially approved as an FIA training provider, this involves our instructors sitting examinations and completing competency tests to gain approval from the FIA to deliver the City and Guilds 3667 qualifications.
We are one of only three centres to be officially approved, this demonstrates our ability to deliver quality training with the appropriate level of equipment. We have heard the horror stories about training organisations delivering training with 1 possibly 2 fusion splicers and very little test equipment and even just completing 2 fusion splices, this doesn't prepare delegates for the real world so choose wisely its your money you are throwing away, look for the FIA approved training providers like TNS.
FIA Approved Training Qualifications
For many years now the FIA have worked with awarding bodies like City and Guilds. It was the FIA that produced the framework for the City and Guilds 3667-02 Communications Network Cabling and 3667-03 Planning and Design of Network Infrastructure qualifications. Over the years the qualification content has changed, been updated and refreshed to reflect the advances in technology. However, the FIA recently announced plans to form a working party called the Technical Qualifications Committee (TQC) led by industry experts. The aim is to bring the qualification closer to industry requirements to ensure the skills gap is closed, this is one of the biggest changes, as technology has evolved it has left a skills gap within the telecommunications and data communications industry.
The committee works closely with the industry liaising with employers to ensure the future of the qualifications.
More information can be found on the FIA website.
Paul Forster the Managing Director of Total Network Solutions (Europe) Ltd is an FIA accredited trainer who has over 25 years experience within the industry and also holds many other approved trainer qualifications.