Fiber Optic Training | Certified Optical Network Training


With CONA, delegates gain in-depth knowledge of single channel fiber optic networks, CWDM and DWDM networks. Planners, designers and operation engineers focusing on metro networks, fiber to the antenna, mobile backhauls and data center interconnects and other long distance networks will benefit the most from this course.

The advanced training course in optical networking focuses on higher speed transmission networks. The course enables you to understand trends in higher speed transmission or 40Gbps, 100Gbps and beyond in core networks. This will help them determine how higher speed transmission requirements can be met by the systems you design.

The Certified Fiber Characterization Engineer (CFCE) training program is designed for test engineers, and others in related roles. Delegates learn how to carry out complete fiber optic characterization including, bi-directional OTDR testing, Chromatic Dispersion (CD), Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD) and spectral attenuation.

Fiber optic training preamble

Developments in video streaming, 5G, autonomous vehicles, Internet of Things (IoT) and others drive demand for bandwidth which in turn puts a tremendous amount of pressure on different types of optical networks. 5G optical transport networks, carrier Ethernet, access networks such as Fiber To The Home (FTTH), metropolitan networks, terrestrial long haul networks and transoceanic networks all require changes to accommodate higher transmission rates. These changes have seen a rapid evolution of transmission technologies from SONET/SDH to Optical Transport Networks (OTN) capable of up to 1Tbps in a single wavelength channel. These developments are compelling engineers in different roles to seek additional skills by taking certified fiber optic training or optical network training.

Optical Technology Training (OTT) offers a range of certificate programs in optical communications for different roles and levels of complexity. Installers, designers, planners, and maintainers have benefited from one or more of the certified courses from OTT. Below, more details on one of the courses, Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA), are provided.

CONA is the first of two training courses in optical networking. It is an intense 5-day program which focuses on the fundamentals of Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) including Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM), Course Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM), and Shortwave Wavelength Division Multiplexing (SWDM). Emphasis for this course is on 10Gbps and 25Gbps for up to 88 channels (DWDM) and four channels (SWDM), respectively. Delegates who successfully complete CONA are awarded the OTT CONA certificates and IEEE Continuing Education Units (CEU) certificates and have the option to enroll in a more advanced Next Generation Certified Optical Network Engineer (NG-CONE) program that addresses complex concepts in higher transmission of up to 1Tbps.

Who should attend?

Our fiber optic training courses prepare those seeking career opportunities in optical networking or those already on the job needing to upgrade their knowledge. With a valuable OTT certificate and continuing education units from IEEE, successful candidates are more marketable in the optical communication industry in any of the following positions:

  • Optical network architect
  • Network engineer – Optical networking
  • Submarine network engineer
  • Long haul fiber engineer
  • Metro fiber engineer
  • Optical communications engineer
  • Optical transport engineer
  • Optical transport engineer, operations
  • Optical/Transport resident engineer
  • Optical network planner
  • Optical operation engineer
  • Optical DWDM engineer
  • Optical network deployment engineer
  • Optical network consultant

Our fiber optic training courses cover the following topics: (See the individual courses for more details).

  • Fundamentals of light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Management of light
  • Introduction to multiplexing and demultiplexing – DWDM, CWDM and SWDM
  • Light in optical fibers
  • Optical fibers for telecoms and datacom
  • Specifying optical fiber cables
  • Jointing external cables
  • Terminating external cables
  • Connectors and other passive components
  • Infrastructure testing
  • Introduction to system performance
  • Power levels in loss limited systems
  • Optical amplifiers – EDFA and Raman
  • Transceivers
  • Chromatic dispersion and dispersion management
  • Polarization mode dispersion
  • Photonic networks including ROADM systems
  • Coherent systems
  • Higher transmission systems – 100G+
  • Flexi grid
  • Modulation formats
  • Coherent detection and polarization multiplexing
  • Low latency networking

Training format

At FiberGuide, we conduct most of our open enrollment classes in Washington, D.C., and other locations in the United States.  In response to COVID-19, we have also introduced virtual training classes delivered by video conference and accessible from anywhere. Our virtual training events are designed to mimic, as much as possible, our in person training classes. Visit our training request page for a list of scheduled classes in Washington. In North America, optical network classes are also scheduled in Washington State, Hawaii and Massachusetts by Fiber Insight – an OTT partner. For regions outside North America, please contact us to be connected with relevant partners.

In addition to open enrollment classes, we offer training for corporations at their locations. Contact us to discuss your company’s training requirements.

Training instructors

OTT optical network training courses are delivered by industry skilled and experienced trainers. In addition to their strong background in optical networking, and/or fiber optics, training instructors undergo rigorous train-the-trainer programs at OTT.

Training resources

OTT and their training partners offer a lot of resources to support our delegates after registration, during training and even after the training. These resources are not only intended to aid the training process but also to support our delegates’ carrier growth. Resources include the following:

Course manuals:

The 600+ page manuals, typically in digital format, with detailed course content is for use during the training. It is also a valuable resource for reference long after the training.


Whizziekit, created by OTT, is a training aid for optical network trainining. It constitutes a wide range of models that represent optical network modules and components such as transceivers, transponders, EDFAs, DCMs and more. Whizziekit mimics an optical network product line and is used in project design excersises. Students can explore different network configurations by organizing whizziekit components and modules.

Online resources

OTT maintains a rich repository of online resources for registered deligates. Resources include a set of practice excersises, information about fiber optic and optical networking as well as international standards. Whether you are planning to take a class, preparing for an examination or you need resources to help you on your job, OTT resources will make a huge difference.

 Linkedin page

OTT maintains a LinkedIn page for their alumni. Graduates can use the platform to share experiences, ask each other questions and interact with instructors.

Frequently asked questions

Why fiber optic training courses?

Whether you are a manager, engineer or technician involved with the deployment of fiber optic infrastructure, designing, planning or maintaining of optical communication networks, you will require some fiber optic training or optical network training.

Unfortunately, your college education alone cannot adequately prepare you for a career in fiber optics or optical networking. Engineers must augment their academic training with more specific fiber optic training courses.

Fiber optics or optical communication technologies evolve rapidly. Communication systems have evolved from as low as 155Mbps in the long-haul back in the 80s to delivering 100Gbps and more per channel today. The optical fibers, optical components and transmission systems used in these networks are becoming more and more complex. Even the most experienced of optical engineers need periodic refresher training in fiber optics to keep themselves up to date with the rapid changes.

There is a wide range of courses designed for different purposes and roles. There are training courses for installers, measurement engineers, planners and designers. Training can also be classified as vendor neutral of vendor specific.

Vendor neutral fiber optic training courses

Whether you are still on the job market or you just landed a new job, you must take a vendor neutral fiber optic training course closely related to your job function. Vendor neutral courses are developed and facilitated by organizations that are independent of fiber optic or optical system equipment suppliers. Such courses offer unbiased and deliver comprehensive content that provides the basic knowledge required of successful optical communication engineers.

For those still looking for a position, a vendor neutral certificate in optical networking will not only show your commitment to the field but will also demonstrate your depth of subject matter knowledge to prospective employers. You can therefore give yourself a competitive advantage over your peers going after the same positions.

If you are already on the job, a vendor neutral course will prepare you to be more efficient in your job. In many cases, employers will sponsor the training for you. However, in the event that the training department at your company is not aware of some of the courses available in your field, the onus is on you to point them to the right courses. You are probably more knowledgeable of the courses in your area than the HR department.

Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA) and Certified Optical Network Engineer (CONE) from OTT are the two leading vendor neutral course offerings for optical network engineers. OTT also offers fiber optic training courses for installers and characterization engineers. Visit OTT for more details.

Vendor specific fiber optic training courses

In order to be efficient in using equipment or systems from a given vendor, employers will endeavor to get you trained in the specific equipment. Vendors supplying different types of fiber optic related equipment develop relevant courses for that purpose. We will soon be adding Cisco Optical Technology Intermediate (OPT200), one of the vendor specific fiber optic system training courses to our offerings.

Why fiber optic training classes with FiberGuide?

At FiberGuide, we are very passionate about optical communications and fiber optic training. Through our consulting services in wide area network services, we deal with different challenges and interact with multiple global carriers. This gives us ongoing real-world experience that benefits our delegates.

While for many people, fiber optic training is about splicing and installation, our fiber optic and optical network training classes go deeper into the intricacies of optical communications for designers, planners and operation staff of today’s networks and next generation networks. Of course, we collaborate with others with many years of experience in fiber optic installation training to bring such training to those whose roles focus on fiber optic installation.

FiberGuide collaborates with Optical Technology Training (OTT) to leverage their optical network training content development expertise.

Our certified optical network training does not end with the 5-day training sessions. We encourage our trainees to join our trainee forums and to contact us to discuss issues they may be running into. We endeavor to write articles relevant to our trainees to address the ever-changing industry.

Why did FiberGuide partner with OTT to deliver fiber optic training?

OTT has been developing and delivering certified training programs in fiber optics and optical networking for almost two decades. FiberGuide was interested in a partner who has the experience and can develop fiber optic training content, manuals and offer certifications that meet the level of quality and depth that we are accustomed to. OTT is exactly what we were looking for. This partnership allows us to focus on delivering rich fiber optic training content while leveraging OTT’s experience and passion in developing up to date, high quality training presentations and trainee manuals.

OTT fiber optic training and optical networking content is well regarded all over the world. In Africa, the program is accredited by the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA).

Are there hands-on activities during the fiber optic training sessions?

OTT fiber training courses are well designed for professionals in different optical communication roles. CONA and CONE courses primarily target those professionals responsible for the design, planning and operation of optical communication networks. The objective of these courses is to go deeper into the advanced concepts of optical networking. While scenario based exercises and demo units (such as Whizziekit and loss test sets) are used to demonstrate these concepts, most time is spent discussing the concepts.

Other courses such as COFI and CFCE designed for installers, testers and network maintainers are mostly hands on.

How does FiberGuide evaluate their training in fiber optics?

Trainees will work on assignments in class that may include fiber and system component specification and the design of a network scenario. Attendees are also required to take an examination at the end of the 5-day class. Assignment and examination documentations are sent to OTT for evaluation before certificates can be issued.

Are your fiber optical training courses industry recognized?

OTT has been approved as a preferred provider for the IEEE Certificates Program.  Being part of the program allows our training partners to offer IEEE Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs) certificates for all 5-day fiber optic training courses  – CONA and CONE. The CEUs and PDHs may be used by professional engineers to contribute towards their continuing professional development (CPD) goals.

Where do I find my fiber optic training program of choice?

At the top of the page there are three programs including CONA, CONE and COFI which is offered in collaboration with our partners. If you are looking for a different program, please visit the OTT web page.

Why has a class not been scheduled near me?

FiberGuide has two training models, open enrollment and custom corporate training. In open enrollment, a class is scheduled and anyone interested in the course can register and attend. We can only schedule these classes in limited regions based on our understanding demand for the course in that region. Complete our fiber optic training course request form to be notified when a class is scheduled near you.

In custom corporate training, we offer training to companies with teams that need to be trained. We will endeavor to have our instructor plan to visit the company and deliver the training. Interested companies should also complete the CONA course request form.

Contact FiberGuide to let us know if you are interested in a course

If you are interested in the CONA training, let us know by completing our contact us form. This will help guide us on where we should be scheduling our classes.

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