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Fiber and Data Cabling Installation

Career Studies Certificate

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Wire for a career in fiber/data cabling

Prepare to be a Certified Data Cabling/Fiber Optic Installer and for SBCA Residential Satellite certification

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Highly-trained fiber and data cabling installers are critical to the completion of nearly all modern construction projects, as well as to the re-wiring of existing structures.

The Career Studies Certificate in Fiber and Data Cabling Installation at Tidewater Community College will prepare you for a career in the maintenance, testing, troubleshooting and repair of fiber, data and video network systems.

You’ll be grounded in the National Electrical Code and the basics of alternating and direct current, along with:

  • installation techniques and hardware of fiber optic systems
  • construction, testing and repair of copper cables


Go further

Apply all your credits in this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the Electronics Technicians Association.

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What does this program cost?

TCC's Career Studies Certificate in Fiber and Data Cabling Installation consists of 2 semesters of part-time study on the Chesapeake Campus.

Estimated Program Cost*:
16 credits x $185.35 per credit = $2,965.60 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

While many students may find immediate employment or gain promotion with the Fiber and Data Cabling Installation Career Studies Certificate, you can also transfer to a four-year school to work toward your bachelor of science in electrical engineering or related field. You can also apply your credits toward other electrical credentials or the Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • like hands-on work
  • enjoy working with the latest technology
  • enjoy problem-solving
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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Flexible day and evening classes fit your busy schedule

Gain certification in the field

Students will experience extensive, practical hands-on experience and trouble-shooting techniques

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field pay a median annual salary of $43,326*

Industry certification

Military-related students: Earn certification from C-Tech, one of the nation’s leading technology training companies, in this program at the Center for Military and Veterans Education.

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* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.