FOA is a "virtual organization" - we have no "brick and mortar" presence.
We know organizations that brag about how many fail their certification exams, thinking that indicates how hard their standards are, while we think that indicates that that do not know how to create curriculum, train instructors and deliver training properly.
In the FOA, we set high standards for our schools and instructors and they live up to them. We listen to our schools, CFOT®s and corporate members - they are generally the source of our new technical references, training programs and certifications.
We work with many other organizations and companies to provide the materials they need.
FOA has about 300 corporate members - companies in various aspects of the fiber optic industry worldwide that we list online and offer discounts on certifications and renewals.
FOA provides speakers for many conferences and even presentations for use by other organizations to educate people on the aspects of fiber optic communications.
FOA has a program to provide STEM teachers (science, technology, engineering and math) introducing K-12 students to fiber optics and creating science projects.In the last year, over 1million visitors downloaded about 4 million pages of technical information.FOA offers free online self-study programs at Fiber U.FOA offers its training programs to other organizations at no cost to help them train their members properly in fiber optics.For example, FOA has been working with the Electrical Training Alliance (IBEW/NECA) for over 20 years, training their instructors for their apprenticeship programs.We're tracing technologies as diverse as wireless, Io T, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, energy, or anywhere fiber is used to bring news to our readers.