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Training from the best in the business

AFL offers technology and applications training through our training division, Light Brigade. Since 1987, Light Brigade has trained more than 55,000 field technicians, installers, engineers and designers from a wide variety of industries.
Instructor-led, hands-on training is the best way to learn about the products and best practices used in fiber optic networks. Education and training leads to lower operating costs and improved installation efficiency, while the investment in employees helps greatly with retention. Light Brigade provides training for all types of broadband providers, contractors, municipalities and regional utilities, data centers, campus networks and beyond.
Any Light Brigade course can be customized and/or taught at a customer location. Standard training options cover a wide range of applications:

  • Fiber Optics 1-2-3
    • Learn the fundamentals of multimode and single-mode technology and the products involved in common applications. This course covers general knowledge and skills for anyone working with fiber optics in the field or in a company involved in fiber optic communication products. This course is preparation for the ETA's FOI (Fiber Optic Installer) certification as well.
  • Advanced Hands-on Training
    • This course reviews the fundamentals and gives experienced installers and technicians an extra level of hands-on skills training in order to increase their expertise with cable preparation, fiber routing, splicing and testing. Provides preparation for the ETA's FOT-OSP certification.
  • Fiber to the User (FTTx) Applications
  • Fiber Characterization
    • These courses can be tailored specifically to your application and requirements. Whether you need a short 'basics' course or a deep dive with certification, we have an option for those looking at higher speed network support.
  • Restoration/Maintenance
    • Prepare your staff to handle emergency restoration scenarios in this course, which features a simulated network outage that attendees must diagnose and resolve in class.
  • Premises/Enterprise Networks
    • Learn about the key products and best practices for today's high speed data center and enterprise networks. Understand why single-mode or multimode are used, how to test and certify installations, MPO connections and polarity options and much more.
  • Fiber to the Antenna
    • For those working on extending fiber to equipment on towers and rooftops or even for DAS applications, there are a few uniques challenges. This course provides a good understanding of fiber optic technology and the best practices for integration and installation of optical components in these applications. This course provides preparation for ETA's FTTA technician certification.


Light Brigade offers several other specialty courses, including:

For dates and locations of our 120+ pre-scheduled training classes, visit Light Brigade.

"The best instructor I've ever dealt with. I learned more in four days than I ever did in college."

- Jeremy Warren, Windstream

"Very beneficial. It has helped bring the theoretical to life and improve my communications designs."

- M. Davis, Traffic Engineer, Baton Rouge, LA


Out of classroom training

For instances when classroom training is not a convenient option, Light Brigade has created 13 professional-quality DVDs, as well as some online training options. 

Custom development and training options

Light Brigade provides learning and development services for companies that want to have their own, internal fiber optic training courses. Content development and train-the-trainer programs are available for a wide range of optical technologies and applications.

In addition to our traditional courses, Light Brigade can develop and deliver customized fiber optic training to meet your specific needs and application. For more information, contact Light Brigade directly. 

Register for Light Brigade training now and receive a 10% discount using AFL's discount code TRN-AFL