June 27, 2008 -- The IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc) has launched a new Web site at www.ieee-wcet.org to provide detailed information, ongoing updates and free online resources highlighting the newly-introduced Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (IEEE WCET) certification program.
Unveiled earlier this year, the IEEE WCET program was designed by IEEE ComSoc to aid the global wireless industry's growing need for qualified communications professionals with practical experience and advanced problem-solving skills. It was also developed to help individuals qualify their expertise in wireless engineering and advance in their careers as new global opportunities arise. Additionally, the program may assist an individuals' ability to make a switch into the wireless field from other engineering areas.
"The initial launch of the IEEE WCET program was greeted with a great deal of excitement and interest from IEEE global members, corporations worldwide, media and thousands of wireless communications professionals," says Celia Desmond, the IEEE WCET program director. "We believe this program will provide a boon to the wireless industry, which is continually seeking new talent on a global scale, as well as to communications professionals looking to qualify their skills and take advantage of the latest array of wireless opportunities."
"The development of the IEEE WCET Web site is the next step in our commitment to fulfill the needs of a rapidly growing industry that is expanding services and the many benefits of wireless communications to millions of people annually," adds Rolf Frantz, the program's industry relations manager.
Launched in mid-June, the IEEE WCET Web site highlights program details and benefits to both industry and wireless professionals. The site will also offer ongoing updates on eligibility requirements, testing dates and locations, application information including deadlines, examination specifications, links to training organizations and free resources such as a glossary, a list of references, and sample questions for helping candidates thoroughly prepare for the exam.
In addition, all interested parties are urged to visit the site to register for free email copies of the IEEE Wireless Communications Professional, a bi-monthly news service designed to help wireless professionals manage their careers by providing up-to-date industry information on corporate mergers, standards, patents, new product development, hiring policies and government regulations.
Other resources that are planned for availability through the IEEE WCET Web site in coming weeks include a downloadable version of the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge (WEBOK) and an online practice exam. The WEBOK outlines the scope of wireless technologies and cites numerous wireless communication reference sources. The online practice exam consists of 75 questions reviewed by IEEE WCET subject matter experts and can help individuals gauge their level of preparedness prior to sitting for the actual exam.
The first IEEE WCET testing period will extend from September 22 to October 10, 2008, with examinations held in testing centers around the world, including every state in the United States and in all Canadian provinces. A complete list of all international testing locations is available at www.ieee-wcet.org. The application deadline for this first testing period ends August 1, 2008. The examination fee is $500 per applicant. IEEE members will receive a $50 discount.