What Is The Value Of Industry-Based Certifications Like The FOA CFOT? . . .
Quoted from a Georgetown University study on career and technical education:Industry-based Certifications (IBCs)
As alternative models in higher education—such as do-it-yourself (DIY) education, competency-based education, and e-learning a.k.a. online education—are becoming more prevalent, the need for a reliable credentialing system has risen in tandem. This need arises because of the difficulty in evaluating the reliability of the credentials established by these alternative systems to ensure that workers have the knowledge and skills necessary to perform proficiently on the job.
Industry-based certifications (IBCs) are one model that is being embraced by educators, employers, and policymakers. Market forces, not the educational system, drove the creation of IBCs. They differ greatly from other kinds of postsecondary credentials and awards in that they are exam-based, administered and accredited by third parties, and developed by the private sector with little to no involvement from public institutions. They are not tied to particular programs of study, but can serve as both alternatives and supplements to traditional postsecondary awards, such as college degrees and certificates.Industry-based certifications address several problems that postsecondary credentials currently face: relevance, accountability, consistency, and portability. Because industry-based certifications are more flexible than traditional degrees, they better reflect current industry standards and competencies, which are in constant flux."
What about getting a BICSI certification? . . .
BICSI is a great organization with a strong focus on the low voltage industry. Where as FOA’s focus is on the fiber optic industry and FOA certification are recognized internationally.
Why are there minimums and maximums for students in your classes? . . .
We have minimums so that we can cover the expenses of traveling to the teaching locations and facilitate a group learning enviroment. We have maximums so we can give each student the amount of attention that is needed to become proficient at the skills needed to preform fiber optic technics.
What is your refund policy? . . .
We will give a full refund 48 hours before class scheduled start. Less than 48 hours we will not be able to reschedule our travel and must charge $250 per student for Materials and handling.