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CNet Training launches network infrastructure design certification

The new high-level learning program from CNet Training is aimed at network infrastructure design professionals. The new Certified Network Infrastructure Design Professional (CNIDP) program provides in-depth knowledge of the principles of infrastructure design from inception to commissioning and customer hand-over. It is based on European and International standards and best practice.

Included in this comprehensive program is an in-depth overview of the design process plus supporting skills to confidently understand design delivery whilst working in a dedicated design team alongside the client, prime contractors and consultants.

Essential elements of the design process are explored such as the common contracts used for professional services and projects, space considerations for work areas and equipment rooms, compiling a RFQ or RFP for structured cabling, the evaluation of vendor submissions for contracts and closing a project using the appropriate commissioning and hand-over techniques.

The CNIDP is split into two units. The core unit, Certified Network Infrastructure Design (CNID) is a five-day program that explores the main elements of infrastructure design for both internal and external cabling infrastructures, from design principles through to standards, cabling sub-systems, pathways and containment, commissioning, administration, documentation and plans.

The professional unit, Certified Network Infrastructure Design Professional (CNIDP) is a three-day program that focuses on delivering the design. With emphasis on understanding the roles of those involved throughout the process from architects and engineers, through to managing complex relationships with stakeholders, site survey and project management, bid evaluations and contract negotiation to commissioning and closure.

On completion of the program students gain a full appreciation of the multifaceted role required throughout the entire infrastructure design and delivery process. As with all CNet programs, the CNID and the CNIDP provide official certification, a level 5 BTEC qualification (on completion of the full program), use of a post nominal title and the official logos.

Existing design professionals will also benefit from the programme, according to CNet Training. Professionals who have gained an infrastructure design certification within the past five years may be eligible to bypass the CNID element, by proving their designs skills via an online assessment. On successful completion students receive the official CNID certification, without charge.

Being certified demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning as knowledge and skills are updated and refreshed every three years to bring them in-line with the latest technical advances. CNet says its re-certification process is simple and cost effective, costing £195+VAT every three years. It is completed via an on-line learning management system that allows students to re-certify at a time and a place convenient to them.

Paul Rivett, operations director at CNet Training adds, “The CNID and CNIDP form a major part of The Global Network Infrastructure Education Framework that has been years in the making with months of research and design time dedicated to it. We identified that those holding an existing infrastructure design certification already have the knowledge and experience to enter the Education Framework at this high level so we decided to fast-track them through. This not only enters them into a cost-effective life-long learning system, it also means they are ready to take the full level 5 CNIDP program and therefore become part of an elite group of network infrastructure professionals.”


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