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FTTx Outside Plant Design Program (OSP)

The Outside Plant Design (FTTx-OSP Design) certification program is sponsored and operated by the Fiber Broadband Association. Certification at the FTTx-OSP Design level indicates a professional level of technical competence in FTTH outside plant design for both FTTH and FTTB installations.

The certification consists of demonstrating knowledge and familiarity with FTTH Passive Optical Network (PON) and Active Ethernet (AE) architectures, Outside Plant design, and deployment technologies. Certification is not directed at specific vendors’ products or equipment, but rather to certify professional competencies.

This preparatory training course is geared toward Network design, operation, and administration personnel, and is run by The Light Brigade. The course level is intermediate to expert. This class requires knowledge of fiber optic theory and terminology, as well as field experience, and equivalent formal training such as the FTTx OSP Design course.

A three-day FTTx-OSP Design course has been developed with 16 hours of classroom lecture and 8 hours of hands-on design exercises to teach attendees to apply critical issues such as customer take rate and density to outside plant design. This course will prepare industry professionals to take the Association’s FTTx-OSP Design examination.

The goal of the FTTx-OSP Design program covers FTTH network field configurations, design benchmarks, and installation parameters for high-rise buildings, campus style apartments, single family urban residential areas, and rural areas for active Ethernet and PON systems. The “hands-on” portion of the course allows attendees to create their own FTTx network designs in classroom break-out sessions, applying the learned objectives to distributed split, centralized split, home run, and point-to-point systems.

Chapters and topics included in the course manual:

  • Chapter 1 — Introduction to FTTx
  • Chapter 2 — Optical Fiber
  • Chapter 3 — Optical Cables
  • Chapter 4 — Connectors and Splitters
  • Chapter 5 — Active Ethernet versus Passive Optical Network
  • Chapter 6 — Fundamental Fiber Planning
  • Chapter 7 — Futureproofing
  • Chapter 8 — PON Design Options
  • Chapter 9 — Fiber to the Building
  • Chapter 10 —Single-family Residential Area Design Options
  • Chapter 11 — Connectorization Options
  • Chapter 12 — Rural Areas
  • Chapter 13 — WDM-PON
  • Chapter 14 — Design Steps
  • Chapter 15 — Specifications
  • Chapter 16 — Miscellaneous

The training course and the examination process are two separate events. It is possible for those who feel they already know the material and wish to only pursue the certification designation to only take the FTTx-OSP Design exam.

FTTx OSP Exam and Certification

Certification indicates a professional level of technical competence in FTTx-OSP Design. The certification fee is $150 for a 3-year period and can be purchased by clicking the link below.


How to Purchase the exam

Once you are on the exam purchase page, click the grey box at the bottom of the page.
You will receive a link for the test software, along with a username and password, usually within 24 hours. You can take the test at any time, but once you begin, you will have 90 minutes to complete it. There are two parts to the exam, and once you hit the SUBMIT button on a given page of answers, you cannot return to that page. Correct answers receive 1 point, incorrect answers receive 0 points, and skipped questions receive -1 point.

If you pass with a score of 80% or greater, you will receive a certificate via email good for three years stating that you are an Fiber Broadband Association FTTx OSP Accredited Professional. You will also be listed on our website as a Certified Fiber to the Home Council FTTx OSP Professional.

If you do not pass, you will receive a new username and password to use for a free re-take. The re-take must be taken within two weeks after receipt of the username.

If you do not pass the free re-take, the last option is to purchase another re-take on our website for $50. You will need to gain access to the re-take and it will require you to email

Renewing Your Certification

At the end of the 3-year period, within 3 months post expiration, if you wish to renew your certification, please email with your name and company name. You will then be enabled to purchase a renewal exam for $75.

FTTx OSP Certification Database