The FIA believes that the expertise of the trainer is a key element of the quality of a training course and resulting qualification.
It is not the aim of the FIA to produce a ‘closed shop’ for new training providers coming into the industry, but rather to ensure they enter the industry to provide a quality service in a way that will not be to the detriment of the FIA Qualification Scheme or other training provider’s reputations.
Only trainers meeting FIA requirements for knowledge, training qualifications and experience will receive FIA Certified Trainer status, thereby being authorised to deliver and assess certain training courses for the purposes of the FIA Qualification Scheme.
Although it is recognised that these requirements may place a small additional burden on individuals and/or their organisation, it is felt that the benefits to the industry and the reputation of organisations delivering the FIA Qualification Scheme, will be substantial.
The FIA requirements will increase the value of Certified Trainers to their organisations, and will help to protect FIA Approved Training Providers from short-term opportunists seeing training as an easy option.
All trainers wishing to become FIA Certified Trainers must complete the Application Form detailing all relevant qualifications and experience and also submit the relevant fee. The FIA may request evidence of any details given on the Application Form.
The FIA require that Certified Trainers have some practical experience of fibre optics and/or cabling in field, factory or development laboratories. The FIA will not accept applications from trainers with less than one years’ experience in the fibre optics, cabling or a closely related industry.
The FIA requires that Certified Trainers are:
- Knowledgeable in all aspects of fibre optics to a level beyond that required to pass the City and Guilds 3666 scheme
- Qualified, trained or experienced as trainers
- Practically experienced in the field of fibre optics.