OTT Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA)

$4,250.00 +GST

Melbourne, AU: August 12th – 16th: AU3,950 per person


We offer the course to businesses for 4 to 8 people at your office/venue in New Zealand, Australia & Asia Pacific. NZ$3,750 + GST per person plus travel.


This course introduces optical networking and the types of systems that are in widespread commercial deployment. You will learn how to design, plan and implement cost effective, efficient, high capacity optical networks or interconnects.

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The 5-day Certified Optical Network Associate course is a foundation course in optical networking. It focuses on direct detection fibre optic networks which may use either a single channel per fibre, or multiple channels using CWDM and DWDM technology. These are found in applications such as metro networks, core networks, mobile backhaul, 5G backhaul, Fibre to the Antenna (FTTA) cell tower, Data Centre Interconnect (DCI), National Research and Education Networks (NREN), terrestrial Satcom links to and from Satellite earth stations, or other dark fibre links and also in some longer-haul systems using fibre amplifiers. You will learn what is required for the satisfactory system performance of these types of optical networks. You’ll discover how the performance can be affected by the properties and the quality of the physical fibre infrastructure, including such issues as attenuation, chromatic dispersion and polarisation mode dispersion (PMD).

This course uses a case study scenario to help provide context and let us look at the subject from a variety of perspectives. You’ll receive a comprehensive course manual which is a great reference resource, as well as access to additional online resources including review questions to help you revise. You’ll usually work with another delegate/s to complete a project assignment using OTT’s unique virtual optical network training system, WhizzieKit. And you’ll also need to pass a theory assessment to gain Certified Optical Network Associate (CONA) status.


This is a great course for those that need a broad foundation of knowledge of optical communications networks. It suits telecoms job roles such as: optical network planner, optical network operations staff, WAN Service Engineer, datacenter operations engineer, optical communications or fibre optic specialists for data centres. It is an ideal course for project teams to attend together as it promotes understanding of different roles in the process and the case study and assignment encourage discussion. It is a foundation for progression to the Certified Optical Network Engineer (CONE) course.


  • plan optical links that provide high capacity, typically up to 10 or 25Gb/s per channel and up to 80 channels per fibre
  • specify the components that are required to build a transmission link and explain how they should be configured
  • plan links for good performance and testability
  • calculate whether chromatic dispersion compensation is required for a link, and if so specify an appropriate DCM
  • verify that a link design is viable in terms of power levels, chromatic dispersion limits and PMD levels
  • assess the quality of existing fibre infrastructure and its suitability for different systems
  • decide when and where optical amplifiers are needed and identify suitable products
  • determine the optical power budget of different transmission systems
  • calculate the optical loss budget for a transmission link

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Date & Location

Sydney: July 1-5, Melbourne: Aug 12-16

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