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Maintain your certification and
keep your skills up-to-date.


You have made an important investment by earning a Nokia Optical Network Certification (ONC). Don’t let your certification lapse. All certifications in the Nokia ONC Program are valid for three years. After three years, you will need to recertify to ensure your certification remains current and active.

Complete the recertification requirements below during your eligibility window to renew your certification and to retain your professional designation.

You can view your certification status, dates, and exam results from the Student Portal.

Optical Network Certification Logo

Why recertify?


You’ve made an important investment to become certified, avoid having your certification expire.


Prove to yourself and your employer that you are keeping your skills active and up-to-date.


Continue working towards more advanced certifications without taking a step back.

Take advantage of your opportunity to recertify

You can recertify at any time before your certification termination date. Recertify before your termination date to maintain your original certification ID.

Certified student
Certified student

Three key dates to remember

Please keep these important dates in mind and organize your recertification activities around them:

  1. Certification date: The day your certification was awarded.
  2. Certification expiry date: The day three years from when your certification was awarded. Note – If you pass a recertification requirement, the expiration and termination dates for your certifications will be reset to the date that you wrote the exam.
  3. Certification termination date: The day your certification terminates if you do not successfully complete the recertification requirements within 6 months after your expiry date.

Recertification requirements

To maintain your certification status, you must successfully pass one of the recertification requirements associated with the certification that you hold prior to the certification termination date. Recertification options are as follows:

Exam name

Optical Network Professional

Optical Network Services Expert

Optical Network Design Expert Optical Network
Nokia Optical Networking Fundamentals X      
Nokia Fundamentals of Optical Network Design   X    
Nokia Optical Network Management with NFM-T        
Nokia Advanced Optical Network Design   X    
Nokia Advanced Optical Network Management with NFM-T   X X  
Nokia Optical Diagnostics and Troubleshooting   X X  
Nokia Integrated Packet Transport over WDM   X X X
Nokia Optical Transport for Mobile Services   X X X
Nokia GMPLS-controlled Optical Networks   X X X
Optical Network Services Expert Lab Exam   X X X
Optical Network Design Expert Lab Exam   X X  
Optical Network Architect Lab Exam   X X X

If you choose to write the required written exam prior to your termination date, your new certification date is the date you pass the exam. You must write the required recertification exam prior to your termination date to keep your certification active and maintain your original certification ID.

If you automatically renew your certification, your new certification date is effective on the date that you meet the automatic renewal requirement. You can automatically renew at any time prior to your certification termination date (which is 6 months after your certification expiration date). Your certification will remain active, and you will maintain your original certification ID.