System Design Course

Inside Plant System Design

LEVEL 216 hours of online instruction


Before fiber optic networks can be constructed, they must be properly designed and, once constructed, they must be managed. Efficiencies in these processes translate into lower cost layout and construction, more productive system migration and field operations, lower optical loss budget, and greater business profitability by bringing fiber to the desk.

The fiber optic network layout design plays an important role in error-free system reliability. Choice of the proper type of network layout depends on the type of process controlled, the possible need for expansion, and the degree of failure immunity desired – all of which must be balanced with cost considerations.

This online course provides a detailed review of the major developments in basic layout network designs, including BUS, Star, Ring and Collapsed. System migrations and moving to future
networks are also described.



Available Certifications

Students must pass exam to be certified.

ISPD Course Completion $150

Call 877.529.9114



Certified Inside Plant System Design training will provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to:

  • Design standard-compliant, reliable, and cost-effective fiber optic networks.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fiber optic installations
  • Perform budget/loss analysis


  • Introduction to fiber optic design
  • Fiber Optic applications, current and future
  • Overview of Fiber Optic Installation: OSP and ISP
  • Practical considerations
  • Campus backbone design study
  • Building backbone design study
  • Planning a Fiber Optic Network
  • Choosing components
  • Design Review: Component compatibilities, Power budget, Environmental requirements
  • Determine requirements: cable, hardware and equipment
  • Design, installation and implementation considerations
  • Budget/loss analysis to insure correct network operation
  • Testing and documentation
  • Writing a Project Specification and other documentation


There are no labs associated with this course.

Prerequisites: Level 1

Knowledge or experience in the areas of Fiber Optic Advantages and Applications, Cables, Connectors and Terminations, Enclosures and Panels, and Test Equipment is required.

Target Audience

Certified Inside Plant System Design is designed for new or experienced personnel seeking a deeper understanding of the design of fiber optic networks.


This course is offered online through our Digital Chalk Virtual Learning Management Service. Call (877) 529-9114 or email for registration information.


Remember, if you have 5 or more students, we can bring our class to you at your own facility – saving you time and money!

Customized Training

Any of our courses can be customized to focus on your needs – like using specific equipment, or working in a particular situation.

Cancellation Policy

We reserve the right to cancel any course. A full refund will be provided unless the student elects to transfer to another course or time.

No refunds will be granted for student cancellation, but substitutions are permitted.