Preview the new Fiber Technician Apprenticeship Program offered by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives and S&N Communications at an informational meeting on Dec. 2 at the Association’s training facility in Palmyra, Va. An email invitation was sent out earlier this month. But, there’s still time to register.

Registration ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.

In collaboration with The Rural Fiber Association, Fiber Broadband Association and S&N Communications, the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives is excited to offer instruction for fiber technicians actively working and seeking to develop their skills and obtain industry certification.

The informational meeting will feature the FTAP curriculum, time for questions and answers, and demonstrations. Lunch will be provided.

The Fiber Broadband Association OpTIC certification was developed by the major stakeholders who created and grew the fiber industry. They saw a need for a qualified workforce to enable the unprecedented broadband funding and implementation to be successful. To help create a well-trained workforce to properly install and maintaining the networks, a highly trusted and respected certification program was developed.

The FBA OpTIC Path program has garnered nationwide and industry-wide acceptance. Several factors make this certification able to be trusted by network operators and employers. Instruction is designed around the needs of technicians already working daily on a network. The same content and certification is available in a pre-service format, as well, offered separately. Classes have been designed to maximize on-the-job training delivery, combined with periodic delivery of classroom instruction.

Click here or visit to RSVP by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.

– Report by VMD Association