Certifications & Licensing

Fiber Optics Training Certificate

Course fees include all books and study materials. This program is offered in partnership with BDI datalynk. For more information, visit or call them at 512-785-9024. To register, call Westchester Community College at 914-606-6830 and press 1 or visit us online at

Certified Fiber Optics Technician Course (CFOT)
This introductory 3-day fiber optics course is designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optics Technician. This program prepares the student to take the CFOT (Certified Fiber Optics Technician) test, sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association), which is given and graded on the final class day. This course also introduces the student to industry standards governing FTTD (Fiber To The Desk), FTTH (Fiber To The Home, LAN/WAN fiber networks), and basic fusion and mechanical splicing. Students will learn how to identify fiber types; recognize various connectors used in fiber installation; and install, terminate, splice, and properly test installed fiber cable to existing standards. This program explores the history and future of fiber optics and fiber optics capabilities, and cost of installation. Standards covered: NECA/FOA-301-2004, EIA/TIA 568-B.3, ANSI/TIA/EIA 607-A, and NEC Article 770-50, upon successful completion, this program is recognized for BICSI CECs (Continuing Education Credits): RCDD 21, Installer Level/2 Technician 21 CECs.
Suggested Prerequisites: Basic working knowledge of computers. Able to see and identify small items and able to speak and understand the English language.
CE-TECH 2000, M/T/W, June 23-25, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, LIB-G36, $700. #5921

Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing & Maintenance (CFOS/T)
This 2-day program offers advanced training to anyone involved with the testing and maintenance of fiber optics networks. A focal point in the program is to offer a general, easy to understand, approach to fiber optics testing standards with little theory and considerable hands-on activities. This comprehensive program explains the variety of testing standards, equipment and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and splicing and how to choose among them. Subject matter includes a detailed study of ANSI/TIA/EIA-526-14(7)A, OTDR fundamentals and uses, OTDR vs. Insertion Loss Testing, Return Loss Testing, and Attenuation testing using the Power Source and Light Meter. This course is accredited by BICSI for 14 RCDD CECs and 12 Installation CECs.
Prerequisite: CFOT Course or another formal Fiber Optics Training Course within preceding 6 months or 1 year fiber optics related experience. Must have taken and passed the Basic CFOT Exam prior to registering for CFOS/T with the FOA.
CE-TECH 2001, Th/F, June 26 & 27, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, LIB-G36, $675 (fee also includes 1-year membership in the FOA). #5922

NEW! Certified Fiber Optics Specialist Outside Plant (CFOS/O)
For students who will be directly involved with installing Outside Plant (OSP) Fiber Optics Cabling. Further, it is an add-on course to their FOA portfolio once they have successfully completed the 3-day, basic CFOT course and can be taken concurrently with the CFOT course. This advanced Fiber Optic Training combines lecture sessions and 85% hands-on activities to prepare the student to take the CFOS/O, OSP hands on and written exams that are sanctioned by the FOA (Fiber Optics Association) and given and graded the final class day. This course introduces the student to industry standards governing the installation, testing, and troubleshooting of OSP fiber optics cable. Proper Mid-Span Access procedures will be demonstrated during class. Students will learn how to properly identify OSP fiber cabling types, recognize various outside plant closures used in OSP fiber installation, install, prepare, terminate, splice, and properly test and troubleshoot installed OSP fiber cable to existing standards. Course fee includes study materials, Text Book, CD, and exams and 1-year membership to the FOA. Note: The student must pass both the written and hands on exams to successfully pass this course. This course is accredited by BICSI for CECs (pending).
Prerequisite: CFOT Course or another Formal Fiber Optics Training Course within preceding 6 months, or 1 Year Fiber Optics Related Experience. Must have taken and passed the Basic CFOT Exam prior to registering Outside Plant Specialist Certification (CFOS/O) with the FOA. This course may be taken immediately after successfully completing the CFOT course.
CE-TECH 2029, S/Su, June 28 & 29, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, LIB-G36, $775. #5923

Home Inspection

In partnership with American Home Inspectors Training (AHIT), we now offer training to prepare for a career in Home Inspection. Get ready to both start and operate your own successful home inspection business or to be a significant contributor in an established company. For those new to the field, our classroom-based training program gets you started. For those already established and looking for professional development opportunities, our online classes make it easy!

Classroom-Based Home Inspection Training Program
Our hands-on program will show you how to succeed as a professional home inspector. The courses and field training provide you with a step-by-step process to execute a complete professional home inspection and produce a professional home inspection report. In addition, the classroom courses provide information on how to start, market, and build your own business. Perform actual inspections with our instructors. Curriculum approved by NYS. All classes held in the Valhalla campus library, LIB-G36 (within in the Academic Support Center).
CE-TECH 2005, Lecture: June 2-14, Field training: June 23-27. #5920

For additional course information on the home inspection licensing training programs, and to register, visit or contact American Home Inspectors Training Institute, N19 W24075 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188. Phone: 800-441-9411 or 262-754-3744. Fax: 262-754-3748. Registration through AHIT only.

Online Professional Development Classes
An Introduction to Green Building
New Construction:
The Ins and Outs of Building and Inspecting New Homes and Understanding the Code
Report Writing for Risk Reduction
: Start Your Home Inspection Career Off Right!
Marketing: Get Into the Heads of Successful Realtors
Marketing: How to Be a Top Performing Home Inspector
Marketing: Marketing Solutions to Help Grow Your Home Inspection Career
Marketing: Relationship Selling Helps You Build Your Business Fast

For further information on these courses and to register, visit

Personal Training Programs

Personal Training Certification Orientation: Online
Never leave your home and get the most comprehensive information on one of the hottest jobs. Fortune magazine and ABC News have targeted this industry as one to thrive in. The pay for a national fitness trainers average $34 an hour. Meet one of our veteran teachers on WebEX. She can paint you a clear picture of what to expect in the course and what great rewards await you. This online WebEX is a great way to enjoy the fact finding mission from the comfort of your home or even on the go. You will be able to ask questions and participate in a live chat with our instructor.

Please register for the Personal Training as a SUPER Career info session:

May 8 at 12:00 noon EDT at
June 5 at 5:00 pm EDT at
Personal Training Certification
Whether a career move or for your own personal knowledge, get all the information you need to become a Certified Personal Trainer. Employers like 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness and Gold’s Gyms are just a few of the club groups that seek out our graduates. This challenging course is taught over a 5-week period for better retention and skill competency; the national exam is held on the 6th week. This 60-hour program has 15 hours of lecture, 15 hours of hands-on practical training, and a 30-hour internship that networks many graduates right into a job. Prepares you for success with key topics that include biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage, and health assessment. CPR/AED is needed to receive the certificate. W.I.T.S. is the only major certifying body in the country providing comprehensive practical training and internship components. Textbook is required and not included in course fees; call to order and start reading immediately 888-330-9487;
CE-CERTS 2018, 6 Sat., June 21-Aug. 2 (skip 7/5), 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Room TBD (morning lecture held on campus; afternoon practical held offsite), $675. #5924

Note: W.I.T.S. is an approved CEU provider for the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers (BOC), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), Veterans Training and Education, the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The American Council on Education has recommended 3 undergraduate academic credits for this course.


“Servsafe” Food Service Sanitation & Safety
Available at Valhalla campus, Mt. Vernon and Ossining Extension Centers, and Port Chester Middle School
. Mandatory for anyone who handles and/or distributes food. English and Spanish sections available. Prepare for the Dept. of Health Food Protection Certificate exam; also meets State Agriculture and Markets education requirements for food purveyors. Call 914-606-6830 (press 1) for schedule and registration form.
CE-CERTS 2000 at Valhalla campus, CE-CERTS 2000MV at Mt. Vernon, CE-CERTS 2000OS at Ossining.
Fee is $285 (+ textbook).

Pool Operator Safety
For both professional pool operators (complies with NYS Sanitary Code requirements) and homeowners with private pools. Topics include water chemistry, filtration, disinfection systems, whirlpool operations safety, and liability. Offered in cooperation with UYMCA and Westchester Department of Health.
CE-CERTS 2009, 5 Wed., June 4-July 2, 5:30-7:45 pm, Room TBD, $195 (+ textbook). F Guido. #5975

Tobacco Sales Training
NYS Department of Health approved coursework designed to prevent the sale of tobacco products to minors. For owners and employees of establishments licensed to sell tobacco; participation is encouraged by a penalty-reduction incentive, which allows for reduced penalty in case of violation. Certification valid for 3-year period. Call 914-606-6830 (press 1) for schedule and to register.
CE-CERTS 2003, $55.

Child Abuse Seminar
New York State approved coursework for educators and healthcare professionals. If already licensed, bring license to class.
At Valhalla Campus: CE-CERTS 2001, $60. D Flynn-Capalbo.
Sec. A: 1 Sat., June 28, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-3. #5917
Sec. B: 1 Wed., July 23, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-5. #5918
At Ossining Center: CE-CERTS 2001OS, 1 Sat., July 19, 9:00 am-12:00 noon. #5990

Life, Accident and Health Pre-Licensing
Approved by the NYS Insurance Department, 518-474-6630, as meeting the educational requirements under Sections 2103 & 2104 of the Insurance Law. Prepare for the State exam. Textbook is required and chapters 1-14 must be read prior to the first class. Register 1 week in advance.
CE-INS 2007, F/S/Su, June 27-June 29, 8:00 am-5:00 pm and Mon., June 30, 8:00 am-1:00 pm, KNC-4, $375 (+ textbook). J Sayour. #5969