Following are answers to frequently asked questions about CONA:

What is CONA?

CONA is an intensive 5-day fiber optic training course for engineers and managers involved with the designing and planning of national fiber optic backbones, metro networks, fiber to the antenna, enterprise wide area networks and data centre interconnects. The course focuses on single channel, SWDM, CWDM and DWDM at 10Gbps and 25Gbps per channel (DCI). CONA is a pre-requisite for CONE which focuses on more advanced topics such as coherent detection, flexigrid, polarization multiplexing and other higher data rate related concepts.

Who certifies the course?

Those who successfully complete assignments and an exam at the end of the course will be certified.

CONA is developed and certified by UK based Optical Technology Training (OTT). OTT has been developing optical network training courses for 25 years. FiberGuide, like other OTT partners around the world, is licensed to deliver the course in Africa.

Are their hands-on activities like splicing in CONA?

The CONA course is aimed at network designers, project managers, infrastructure planners etc. Whilst these people need to have an appreciation of splicing techniques and resources required (included in the course), their job role will not involve the practical tasks of cable jointing and termination, so they do not need to master these skills. For the installers who need to perform this job role, OTT offers courses such as Certified Optical Fibre Installer (COFI) courses that are focused on the practical skills required to install, joint, terminate and test fiber optic cabling in different environments.

How does CONA differ from CFOT?

CONA is an intensive and specialized course primarily for engineers, managers and project managers who design or plan long haul, metro, fiber to the antenna and data center interconnect networks. OTT develops courses for other roles, including installers and characterization engineers.

Is course accredited?

CONA is accredited in South Africa by the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA).

What are the pre-requisite for taking course?

There are no specific prerequisites but the course is very technical and engineers or managers involved with networking will benefit the most. For those not working in the industry physical sciences or mathematics is helpful.

How do I register to take the course?

Please point your browser to the Certified Optical Network Associate page to see a list of scheduled courses and click the link to the registration page. You can also request a custom training session to be delivered at your location.

Can’t find a question? Contact FiberGuide with your question and visit the fiber optic training page for the courses.

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