FAQs

HOW CAN I GET A LIST OF THE FIA MEMBERS?

The full list is held on this web site – there is search facility which details our members, their products and services.

WHAT CRITERIA DO YOU HAVE TO MEET TO BECOME AN FIA CORPORATE MEMBER?

Corporate membership is open to companies who are directly involved in the fibre optics/communications industry and are manufacturers, distributors, re-sellers, consultants, installers, system integrators, training providers etc. in the field. The annual membership fee depends on company turnover.

WHAT CRITERIA DO YOU HAVE TO MEET TO BECOME AN FIA ASSOCIATE MEMBER?

Associate membership is open to of fibre optic products , systems or services in the sense that they buy-in these facilities for their own networks, e.g. banks, commercial organisations, universities etc.

WHAT CRITERIA DO YOU HAVE TO MEET TO BECOME AN FIA PERSONAL MEMBER?

Personal membership is open to any individual in the UK wishing to join the FIA.

WHAT CRITERIA DO YOU HAVE TO MEET TO BECOME AN FIA STUDENT MEMBER?

Student membership is open to students undergoing a regular course of further education in the UK on a subject of relevance to the fibre optic industry. Such students must be a minimum of 17 years old.

IF MY COMPANY BECOMES A CORPORATE MEMBER CAN I USE THE FIA LOGO ON MY LETTERHEADS ETC.?

Yes, you can use the logo on all your promotional material etc. – we can send a copy of the logo to you either in hard copy or via email.

IF I BECOME A MEMBER WILL MY DETAILS APPEAR ON THE FIA WEB-SITE?

Yes -as a benefit of membership (except for Personal and Student status) we will list your company together with it’s products and services, where relevant, on the web-site. We can also include a link to your web site from our FIA Members search facility.

AS AN FIA MEMBER, CAN I GET TECHNICAL ADVICE VIA THE FIA?

Yes – You can either use our member forum to ask a question or contact us, and our Secretariat will forward your query to the correct technical person on our Council.

IS THERE AN FIA NEWSLETTER?

Yes – FIA e-Newsletters are distributed to nominated personnel within our membership by email . Hard-copy versions are sent on request only.

I AM LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON TRAINING IN FIBRE OPTICS - CAN YOU HELP?

Please check our Training Providers Listing. In addition, a number of our member companies meet the stringent criteria allowing them to be ‘FIA Approved Training Providers’ and they will be able to give you advice on various training courses etc.

I AM NOW LOOKING FOR EMPLOYMENT IN FIBRE OPTICS - WHICH QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?

There is no guaranteed solution – employment success depends upon many factors of which your qualifications are only one – albeit an important one. City & Guilds 3466/3666 certificates provide a good base as do other recognized qualifications such as NVQs. More advanced courses such as those covering OTDR testing are a useful addition.

NOTE: The City & Guilds 3666 scheme replaced the previous City & Guilds 3466 scheme as the industry standard qualification for optical fibre cable installers. The FIA Qualification Scheme accepts either the current 3666 award or the earlier 3466 certificates as the Level 1 foundation qualification.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN INSTALLATION COMPANY TO CARRY OUT A FIBRE OPTIC PROJECT - CAN YOU OFFER ANY GUIDANCE?

Please search our ‘FIA Accredited Installers’ list.

WHERE CAN WE GET ADVICE ON STANDARDS?

FIA members are allowed free access to our ‘Standards Forum’ – for more information please contact our Technical Director.

HOW CAN I MEET OTHER FIA MEMBERS?

You can attend our regular events and you can attend our Annual General meeting – held in December each year.

Whilst we're migrating content, you can still access the old FIA website.