We are licensed to deliver globally-recognized CFCE, CONA, & CONE in North America by course developer Optical Technology Training (OTT). All courses are live, five-day, & instructor-led with hands-on labs. All classes conclude with a final project and certification exam. Click on the images below to see upcoming course dates.
This comprehensive course begins with all fiber types you might encounter & how they interact. While fiber characterization goals vary, we focus on advanced infrastructure requirements. We explore what enables links to support different network demands—from single channel 1310nm to DWDM C-band long-haul amplified routes. We discuss limitations, management techniques & tests needed to determine IL, ORL, OTDR, CD, PMD, & SA. We apply this to fully characterize, document & analyze a fiber route.
CONA introduces optical networking & covers network infrastructure & transmission systems using direct detection. It is ideal for optical network planners, network operations staff & related roles. Direct detection supports applications from low data rates to up to 1.6Tb/s. CONA applies to a range of applications from single channel to DWDM, OTN & Ethernet. Multiple case studies are discussed leading to a network design assignment. CONA lays the foundation for & is a prerequisite for CONE.
To meet challenges of increasing data capacity & extending reach, network complexity has increased dramatically. Moving to higher data rates of 100/400/800 Gb/s requires a combination of advanced modulation formats (DP-QPSK, xQAM) & coherent detection with digital signal processing. With these optical advancements comes even more complex network impairments, system complexities (ROADMs) & environmental challenges. CONE covers all these topics in detail, and incorporates real-world case studies
“CFCE has delivered more information than I knew was possible regarding fiber characterization and then some… It has made me an infinitely more confident and, I believe, competent engineer.”
Dan W. Network Engineer, Telecom Service Provider
“"I would recommend this course to anyone who is managing fiber optic crews, as well as anyone who is involved in testing or turning up fiber optic networks."
"I have learned a great deal and highly recommend this course AND instructor…" "This course is a deep dive into the next level beyond OTDR applied to fiber characterization and how that is accomplished."
Tom C., Communications Technician – UT/AZ Power Utility Cooperative
"I learned a lot. Not only about what I didn't know, but even on the topics I thought I did know."
Charles W., Network Infrastructure Manager - State Turnpike Authority
CONA has enabled … ”detailed discussions with our optical partner teams in regards to the physical plant that we are responsible for building and maintaining.”
Matt, Network Engineer, Hyperscaler
“Great training and great preparation for the CONE class. Thanks for the great teaching and the awesome documentation.”
Jean, Sr. Design Specialist,
Telecom Service Provider
”I have a better understanding of the fiber we work with and will look to dig deeper on the technical side of fiber characteristics and the networking side of our business. “
Brian, Deployment Mgr, Hyperscaler
”I learned a tremendous amount about
new technologies of high speed data signaling. This course was extremely useful. “
Tom, Senior Broadband Network Engineer, Municipal Service Provider
“CONE exceeded expectations!…”I would recommend to my colleagues and friends.”
SRB, Network Engineer, Hyperscaler
"…builds on what we learned in the CONA course and learn more about 100G/400G/800G”
Ash, Network Engineer, Financial Trader