CAI training course


ASTRA-sponsored CAI Fibre Integrated Reception System (IRS) Distribution Course

Fibre Integrated Reception System (Fibre IRS) is an innovative and cost-effective solution to providing broadcast signals to communal buildings. Fibre IRS can distribute the signals from the communal antennae to each home in a block of flats, providing all with access to digital satellite TV and radio, digital terrestrial TV, FM and DAB radio.


Aims of the course

To explore and investigate the techniques involved in Fibre Optic (F.O.) Communications installations with particular relevance to TV distribution in communal buildings. On completion of the one day course candidates will be able to carry out basic design, assembly and the test of basic Fibre to the home (FTTH) systems.

This course should satisfy reasonable prerequisites for the City and Guilds 3667-02 Level 2.



History and development of F.O. technology, Optical Windows, Parameters & Types.

Health and Safety when working with F.O. Safe Working Practices BS7718.

Types of cables and connectors used in the F.O. industry. Types, connectorisation and losses.

Applications of F.O. with an understanding of the technology. Types, plugs, sockets, patching and coding of stranded cables.

Components contained within the systems. Abbreviations, acronyms. Main manufacturer examples are given and explained. Typical F.O. systems and calculations of signal losses and gains within them. Practical session Point to Point and spilt system.

Fusion splicing and termination of F.O. cables and connectors. Practical session. Preparation, Fusion Splicing, ‘Pot & Polish’.

Installation and fault find on F.O. Systems in the TV industry. Practical sessions. Attenuation, Loss budget workings in a pre-built system.


Learning style

A mix of theory and practical exercises encouraging positive and constructive feedback throughout. Visual, Audio and Kinaesthetic styles will be employed throughout to enable all students the opportunity to learn the subject effectively. Continual informal and formal assessments will monitor the learner’s progress throughout the day.


Who should attend?

Installers, Architects, Designers, Engineers and Consultants involved in the RF Distribution industry with a desire to learn the developments of F.O. technology and associated equipment. The course is designed to form part of an individuals Continual Professional Development (CPD) portfolio. A reasonable understanding of current Integrated Reception systems (IRS) would be desirable but not absolutely necessary.


Duration - 1 day

Venue - Watford, Hertfordshire

Certification - Successful delegates will receive a CAI Fibre Optic Technology Applied - FTTH Certificate.

Cost - £180.00 for CAI Members / £250.00 for Non CAI Members