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Personal Trainer

This challenging course is taught over a 5-week period, with the National Exam held on the 6th week. Each week consists of 3 hours of in-class learning, followed by 3 hours of hands-on training. Proof of CPR and a 30-hour internship (upon successful completion of the course) will prepare you to work successfully in the fitness field. Textbook required (not included in course fees).
Saturdays, 10/11-11/15, 9am-4pm, $749 Richland, CED 546
Required Textbook: Fitness Professional's Handbook (6th Edition), ISBN: 978-1450411172


One-Day ServSafe Certification

This one-day course is recommended for people in occupations where food is handled and meets PA licensure guidelines. The length of the entire course is 15 hours, which includes 7.5 hours of self/home study prior to the date of the one-day seminar. Participants must sign an affidavit the day of the course stating that they have participated in 7.5 hours of home study prior to taking the course. A textbook must be purchased and is available at the College book store. Registration is necessary two weeks prior to the start date of this course. A valid photo ID is needed for the exam. *If you require a non-English exam you MUST request this at registration.
Monday, 07/21, 8am-4pm, Richland, $90, CED 135.01
Saturday, 09/13, 8am-4pm, Richland, $90, CED 135.02
Monday, 09/29, 8:30am-4:30pm, Richland, $90, CED 135.03
Monday, 10/13, 8:30am-4:30pm, Somerset, $90 CED 135.04
Monday, 11/03, 8:30am-4:30pm, Blair, $90, CED 135.05
Saturday, 11/15, 8am-4pm, Richland, $90, CED 135.06
Monday, 11/17, 8:30am-4:30pm, Richland, $90, CED 135.07
Monday, 12/01, 8:30am-4:30pm, Ebensburg, $90, CED 135.08
Monday, 12/15, 8:30am-4:30pm, Richland, $90, CED 135.09
Required Textbook: ServSafe Manager with Answer Sheet (6th Edition), ISBN: 978-0133908374


Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT)

This introductory 3-day fiber optic tech course is designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician. This Fiber Optic Training combines theory and 85% hands-on activities to prepare you to take the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optic Technician) test that is sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day.  This course also introduces you to industry standards governing FTTD (Fiber To The Desk), FTTH (Fiber To The Home), and Distribution Cabling. Learn how to identify fiber types, recognize various connectors used in fiber installation; and install, terminate, splice, and properly test installed fiber cable to existing standards. This program explores the history and future of fiber optics and fiber optics capabilities, and basic testing and troubleshooting.  This course is recommended for those interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optics Technician. Course fee includes study materials, Text Book and CD. Note: You must pass both the written and hands on exams to successfully pass this course.
Monday – Wednesday, 08/18-08/20, 8am-5pm, Richland, $700, CED 082.01
Monday – Wednesday, 10/20-10/22, 8am-5pm, Richland, $700, CED 082.02


Certified Fiber Optics Specialist/Testing & Maintenance (CFOS/T)

This 2-day program is designed to offer specialist fiber optics training to anyone involved with the testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks. This advanced fiber optics training is a practical course, but includes more background information than is typical of basic courses to allow you to understand what you are testing and how to troubleshoot problems in long-haul and short-haul fiber optics networks. Specific procedures to use when testing both multimode and single mode fiber optic networks as well as the proper maintenance of both inside and outside plant fiber optic networks are discussed in detail. In addition, we will explain the variety of testing standards, equipment and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and how to choose among them. Subject matter includes a detailed study of ANSI/TIA/EIA-526-14A, OTDR Fundamentals and Uses, OTDR vs. Insertion Loss Testing, Return Loss Testing, and Proper Maintenance of High-Performance Fiber Networks.  The Certified Fiber Optics Specialist/Testing Exam is given and graded the final day of class. Course fee includes all study materials, and PC-Based OTDR Simulator. Program provides for 85% hands-on activities. Prerequisite: CFOT course any other formal Fiber Optics Training course within the past 6 months, or 1 year of fiber optics-related experience.
Thursday & Friday, 10/23-10/24, 8am-5pm, Richland, $675, CED 083


Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Outside Plant (CFOS/O)

This 2-day fiber optic specialist course is for students who will be directly involved with installing Outside Plant (OSP) Fiber Optics Cabling. Further, it is an add-on course to your FOA portfolio once you have successfully completed the 3-day, basic CFOT course and can be taken concurrently with the CFOT course. This advanced Fiber Optic Training combines lecture sessions and 85% hands-on activities to prepare you to take the CFOS/O, OSP hands-on and written exams that are sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day. This course introduces you to industry standards governing the installation, testing, and troubleshooting of OSP fiber optics cable. Proper Mid-Span Access procedures will be demonstrated during class. Learn to properly identify OSP fiber cabling types, recognize various outside plant closures used in OSP fiber installation, install, prepare, terminate, splice, and properly test and troubleshoot installed OSP fiber cable to existing standards. Course fee includes study materials, textbook, CD, exams and 1-year membership to the FOA. Note: You must pass both the written and hands-on exams to successfully pass this course. Prerequisites: CFOT Course or any other Formal Fiber Optics Training Course within previous 6 months, or 1 Year Fiber Optics Related Experience.
Thursday & Friday, 08/21-08/22, 8am-5pm, Richland, $775, CED 117.01
Monday & Tuesday, 10/27-10/28, 8am-5pm, Richland, $775, CED 117.02

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