Fundamentals of Fiber Optics: 3 PDH


Students Completed: 81

This online course is an introduction to concepts and theories of fiber optics and associated technologies. In this course you will learn about the history of fiber optics, its advantages & disadvantages, and the concepts of fiber optics including: the theory of light transmission through fiber optics, the structure of fiber optics, and properties of transmission.Instructor: Juan Pesante, PE


This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understand the history of fiber optics
  • Discuss basic fiber optics systems
  • Understand the nature of light propagation and the electromagnetic theory of light
  • Explain the properties of light reflection, refraction, diffusion, and absorption
  • Explain the basic optical fiber material properties and how optical fibers transmit light
  • Explain the ray and mode theories of light propagation along an optical fiber
  • Discuss the processes of light attenuation and dispersion
  • Understand the structure and components of fiber optic systems


You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a 15 question multiple-choice quiz. The quiz can be retaken unlimited times until a passing grade of 70% or better is earned. This course satisfies 3 professional development hours (PDH) of continuing education.

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