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Stay informed with the latest news and information about the Optical Network Certification (ONC) program. Just click on any of the news items below to view the latest information.

We Are Simplifying How You Schedule Exams
(May 13, 2019)

Nokia is simplifying its written exam scheduling and management services.  Nokia uses the Pearson VUE test delivery service to provide our candidates with global access to schedule and complete our written exams supporting the Optical Network Certification (ONC) program.  As of July 17, 2019, candidates will be able to schedule written exams via the Student Portal.  You will no longer need two separate accounts to manage your written exam scheduling and to view your certification status.  You will be able to use your Student Portal account to complete all of your written exam and certification tracking activities from a single tool, all connected to your Nokia Extranet Portal Login profile.

The ONC Student Portal provides all of the following functionality:

  • View the current status of all of your certifications
  • Quickly see a summary of remaining requirements to achieve additional certifications 
  • Confirm your recertification requirements to keep your hard earned certifications active
  • View completed written exams
  • Schedule or reschedule upcoming written exams
  • See upcoming program news from Nokia on new programs and program updates
  • Purchase soft copy ONC courseware for our full suite of courses
  • Open an inquiry and connect with a program certification specialist to answer all of your questions about our certification programs

Shaping you for the future of optical networking...ONC 2.0!
(April 10th, 2018)

The ONC Program expands with release 2.0! Two new certifications with a focus on network design and optical services join the ONC portfolio. Through the Nokia Optical Network Design Expert certification, you will develop expert level knowledge, best practices and practical skills required to design optimized and resilient Nokia 1830 PSS based WDM networks. And, with the Nokia Optical Network Services Expert certification will learn the technologies, skills and best practices required to configure, manage and deploy differentiated services on a Nokia optical based network.

The ONC 2.0 curriculum is profiled in the table below. Learn more about these new certifications and the individual courses in the certification overviews and course outlines.


Practice Exams Available
(December 15th, 2017)

Practice exams are available with hundreds of questions that will test your knowledge and help prepare you for ONC written exams.

New Test Service Provider Pearson VUE
(June 15th, 2017)

Please see our FAQs for more information on how to register for exams with our new external partner, Pearson VUE.

ONC in action. On Location from Vimercate, Italy!
(March 11th, 2017)

Watch the video here!

Introducing the Nokia Optical Network Certification Program
(November 28th, 2016)

The Nokia Optical Network Certification (ONC) program is designed to provide industry professionals with the training and skills needed to design, manage, and troubleshoot optical networks based on the Nokia 1830 PSS and NFM-T. The first certification track planned for the program is the ONC-Architect track.  Other certification tracks will be added in the future.  The focus of ONC-Architect is on advanced-level topics in the areas of network design, management, and troubleshooting.  The certification consists of four courses, four written exams, and one practical lab exam.  All four courses have a strong focus on hands-on lab training to ensure participants gain working-level knowledge in each subject area. 

For more information and to register, visit