Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA)

Certified Optical Network Associate

OTT Optical Network Certification From Fiber Guide

Developed by Optical Technology Training (OTT), CONA (Certified Optical Network Associate), is a great training program for recent graduates, technicians, and engineers interested in the design, planning, operation, and management of optical networks.There is no specific prerequisite for this introductory course to optical networking but your background in networking will be helpful. Delegates who successfully complete CONA have the option to enroll in the more advanced CONE (Certified Optical Network Engineer) course


In this intense, 5-day, introductory training course in optical networking, delegates learn the fundamentals of optical networking including the transmission of light through optical fiber and widely deployed commercial systems. They learn how to design and plan efficient and cost-effective high speed optical networks that meet todays and future capacity requirements. The course focuses on single or multiple channel systems using coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) or dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technologies. Systems based on direct detection for common applications such as national backbones, core networks, metro networks, National Research and Education Networks (NRENS), 5G x-haul, dark fiber, and data center interconnects (DCI) are studied in the course.

Fiber optic Infrastructure

In this section you will complete six modules on fiber optic infrastructure. You will learn different types of optical fiber for different applications and different fiber optic cables, their applications and how they are jointed, installed and terminated. Other components, such as connectors, required to install a fiber optic network are covered in detail in this section.


In this three module section, you will learn the mechanisms and impact of dispersion in optical systems. Chromatic dispersion and Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD) are covered in detail. A module is dedicated to the management of chromatic dispersion using optical (dispersion compensating fiber and Bragg Gratings) or electronic.


In this section you will learn how to quantify the performance of communication networks. You will be able to understand concepts associated with signal quality such as Bit Error Ratio (BER), Q-factor, Optical Signal to Noise Ratio (OSNR) and loss budgets. You will be able to understand different types of optical amplifiers, especially EDFA and Raman, and how they are used. A module on transceivers is also included in this section.

Optical networking

You will learn how to put the infrastructure and systems together to develop an optical network. You will understand different photonic network topologies and the use of multiplexers, add/drop technologies and Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs) in optical networks. You will learn to choose the right type of fiber, components, modules and systems for different network scenarios.

Case study

To consolidate your understanding of optical networks, you will complete a project assignment based on a case study. Using Whizziekit, which consists of models of communication network cards, you will put together an optical network based on DWDM or CWDM technology. Successful completion of the assignment is required to be CONA certified.

Light in optical communication networks

You will learn the fundamentals of light as a wave, including wavelengths or frequencies used in optical communication. The propagation of light in optical fiber and associated attributes such as attenuation, and dispersion are covered in detail. You will also get in-depth understanding of the passive components used to manage light such as directional couplers, splitters, attenuators and multiplexers

CONA course content summary

This is a brief summary of what delegates should expect to cover in the CONA certification course. For a detailed course content brochure, complete the form below for a copy to be emailed to you.