About this course

Course code TPCNID-C
Duration 5 Days
Special Notices

  • Delegates are required to bring a laptop with a CD-ROM drive to this training course

The Certified Network Infrastructure Design Professional (CNIDP®) program is designed to arm telecommunications and data communications engineers with the full skill-sets, knowledge and industry recognised certification to complete detailed design and well-planned telecommunications and data communications design projects.

The program explores the complex issues involved when designing whilst planning for both internal (ISP) and external (OSP) cabling infrastructures examining the role of the designer and the multitude of disciplines required for a multifaceted design to meet the respective customer requirements.

Students benefit from a clear and detailed understanding of the design principles (from inception to commissioning and customer hand-over), including the analysis of the customer needs assessment and understanding the site survey process, thereby allowing them to comprehend and implement the design scope in addition to understanding the RFP/RFQ process for successful vendor selection.

The importance of working hand-in-hand with the architect and customer is also emphasised in relation to planning the optimal internal and external cabling infrastructure solutions to deliver flexibility and resilience across a wide range of services. This includes understanding the roles of the Design Team personnel, Architect, Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) Engineers, Consultants and Key Stakeholders. Whilst appreciating Building Automation Systems (BAS), Building Information Modelling (BIM), plus considerations of Fire and Security Systems.

The program also introduces the complexity of conducting client interviews with all relevant Key Stakeholders to obtain the vital information regarding the project requirements allowing the formulation of the appropriate design solution. It also incorporates areas of inspection during the site surveys, in-depth examining of the physical limitations or constraints of the building, documentation and design process considerations.

The student will also gain the ability to analyse key issues surrounding the expected performance criteria for the immediate and future requirements whilst considering and evaluating the structured cabling and component performance capabilities.

Throughout the program students will also learn and appreciate the perspective of being both on a design team, working on behalf of the customer, and being an installation design professional who provides design/build services to a wide range of customers across numerous industry platforms. They will also examine the benefits of various design solutions, types of 'Request for Tender' methodologies, such as 'Request for Proposal' (RFP) and 'Request for Quotation' (RFQ). In addition, students will understand the importance of the bid evaluation process and appreciate the need for thorough, detailed and accurate submittals to the client's project team.

The program also emphasises the importance of consistency throughout the project lifecycle of cable installation project, from execution and commissioning through to hand-over and closure and teaches how to manage the design right through to bid evaluation and vendor selection stages.

The CNIDP® forms part of the Global Network Infrastructure and Data Centre Education Framework which allows students to progress their knowledge, education and skills in line with their career within these fast moving industries.

Program Duration

The Certified Network Infrastructure Design Professional (CNIDP®) training program is 8 days in duration, split into a 5 day core unit (CNID®) and a 3 day professional unit (CNIDP®).


To attend this program 5 years of verifiable cabling installation and design experience is necessary in addition to knowledge of the current cabling and networking standards. Students are required to bring a laptop with Internet Explorer (v.11) browser.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for telecommunications and data communications engineers with at least 5 years' experience within the network cabling installation environment, and those wishing to extend their skills, knowledge, qualifications and certifications in relation to the planning and design of cable systems within different environments. Students will have good knowledge of copper and fibre optic cabling infrastructure and awareness of networks, inside plant and outside plant and supporting enterprise networks. They will also have explored design considerations of relevant standards.

Delegates will learn how to

Program Objectives

Successful students will have in-depth knowledge and skills to confidently understand the design teams' relationship with the client, prime contractors and consultants. They will also have an understanding of the common contracts used for professional services and projects, be able to determine space considerations for work areas, equipment room and telecommunications rooms and understand the required details necessary to compile a RFQ or RFP for structured cabling. Students will know how to evaluate vendor submittals for contract award and be confident when closing a project using the appropriate handoff techniques to ensure customer satisfaction.

You will also gain the following:

  • The Certified Network Infrastructure Design Professional (CNIDP®) Certification
  • A Level 5 BTEC Advanced Professional Qualification
  • The use of a post nominal title after your name e.g. Martin Smith CNIDP
  • Use of the CNIDP® logo to highlight your new skills


CNID Core Unit

Design Principles

  • Twisted pair transmission
  • Fibre optic transmission
  • Analogue and digital signalling
  • ISDN, DSL, SDH and PDH
  • Performance specification


  • Standards organisations
  • Cabling standards
  • Installation standards
  • Electrical standards
  • Network and application standards

Spaces & Working Areas

  • Building Entrance Facility (BEF)
  • Main Equipment Room (MER)
  • Building Distributor (BD)
  • Floor Distributor (FD)
  • Horizontal/work area distribution

Cabling Sub-systems (ISP & OSP)

  • OSP cabling
  • Backbone cabling
  • Horizontal cabling
  • Network cabling

Network Topologies

  • ISO model
  • Network architecture
  • Network hardware and applications
  • Topologies

Distribution Building System

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Building Automated Systems (BAS)
  • CCTV
  • Security access control
  • Environmental monitoring systems
  • Fire alarm and detection systems

Pathways & Containment

  • Cable distribution systems
  • Raised access floor
  • Confined spaces
  • OSP cable duct systems

Fire Stopping

  • Types & specifications
  • Mechanical and non-mechanical
  • Regulations and testing

Bonding & Earthing

  • Regulations
  • Protective Earth (PE)
  • Equipotential bonding
  • Common bonding network

Test & Commission Specification

  • Commissioning process
  • Certification test methods
  • Testing standards

Administration, Documentation & Plans

  • Identification systems
  • Test results and reports
  • As-built documentation
  • Hand-over process
  • Warranty compliance

There are a number of group and individual case studies throughout this program.

5 Days


This is a QA approved partner course

Delivery Method

Delivery method


Face-to-face learning in the comfort of our quality nationwide centres, with free refreshments and Wi-Fi.

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