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Designing Premises Cabling Systems NETCONNECT ACT III [ND3803]

This CommScope NETCONNECT course is approximately 75% hands-on, and prepares the individual to handle the many design criteria decisions associated with premises cabling systems. The student will progress through a step-by-step process from the initial design analysis through the final project presentation. There is an emphasis on the design parameters and guidelines of the ANSI/TIA and ISO/IEC standards, and the decisions that the designer has to make regarding network platforms and technologies, cabling architectures, and media selection.


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South Africa


11th Nov 2021



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South Africa


9th Dec 2021



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Designers, Consultants and experienced installers involved in Premises Cabling project planning, implementation and certification and are designing with the CommScope NETCONNECT premises solution and who prefer to take a class rather than the Online SP3000 version of the ACT III course. (May not be available in all regions).

Pre-requisite Experience

Ideally students will have had some exposure to the enterprise infrastructure market but this is not mandatory.


  • Learn what information gathering is necessary at the project offset
  • Understand the standards that influence and dictate design
  • Make clear the steps required in a successful infrastructure design project
  • Practice network design through a number of real world design projects and workshops
  • Successfully present your design as part of small work groups
  • Gain confidence and skills from the focus on design quality and innovative design choices

Key Topics (delivery may vary regionally)

Information Gathering & Design Analysis

  • Identify how and where to gather information and obtain customer expectations, and how to analyze the data.
  • Describe the impact that customer expectations may have upon architectural and media selection decisions.

Telecommunications Infrastructure

  • List and describe the purpose of the standards organizations
  • Describe the elements of the cabling system and how they fit into the overall design plan.

Placement of Spaces

  • Describe the requirements and guidelines for the placement of spaces, including Telecommunications Outlets, Telecommunications Rooms, and Equipment Rooms.
  • Determine the placement of the elements on a typical floor plan blueprint.

Horizontal Cabling & Pathways

  • Review the parameters, specifications and design guidelines for the Horizontal cabling system, including:
  • Topology
  • Media requirements
  • Connector requirements
  • Telecommunications Outlet and Telecommunications Room connectivity
  • Cabling distances
  • Installation/cabling practices
  • Horizontal pathways
  • Provide a horizontal cabling solution to an actual design project.

Backbone Cabling & Pathways

  • Review the parameters, specifications and design guidelines for the Backbone cabling system, including:
  • Topology
  • Media requirements
  • Connector requirements
  • Cabling distances

Administration and Grounding & Bonding

  • Describe the basic principles of Administration and the Grounding and Bonding of telecommunications cabling systems.
  • Apply these principles to the previous actual design solution.

Centralized Cabling Architecture

  • Describe the implementation, advantages, and requirements of a Centralized Optical Fiber Cabling implementation according to the standards.
  • Provide a Centralized Optical Fiber Cabling solution to an actual design project.

Open Office Architecture

  • Describe the implementation, advantages, and requirements of an Open Office (Zone) Cabling implementation according to the standards.
  • Provide an Open Office Cabling solution to an actual design project.

How will I learn?

This is an Instructor led course. Each student will receive a comprehensive course manual. The content, format and delivery of the courses may differ by country and region.

Successful completion will require:

Attendance to the instructor-led two day certification course. Successful completion of the course examination will designate you as an Enterprise Networks Registered Designer, which will increase your marketability in the telecommunications industry as a whole. The students will be required to complete the course examination before certification is awarded.

Is this the right course for me?

If you are involved in the design, specification or certification of the CommScope NETCONNECT premises cabling solution in enterprise environments then this is the right course for you. Alternatively if you wish to take this as an online course select the SP3000 course.

Upon successful completion you will:

Receive a 3 year Designing Premises Cabling Systems certification. The students that successfully complete the course examination will become a CommScope NETCONNECT Enterprise Networks Registered Designer.

“Effective July23rd 2020, BICSI recognizes ND3803 - Designing Premises Cabling Systems - Netconnect ACT III training for BICSI continuing Education Credits (CECs)."

Course information:

BICSI CECs: 22 Event ID: OV-COMM-OC-0720-7

Certificate valid for 3 years

Course Benefits

  • Practical lab environment
  • Instructor guided training
  • Hands-on practice
  • Product exposure
  • Step by Step designing
  • Design Presentation

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