December 23, 2008 -- The IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc) has announced the results for the first-ever IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (IEEE WCET) certification program examination held last fall.
According to Professional Examination Service (PES), a professional credential developer with a 60-year history of creating, implementing, and enhancing quality programs, nearly 84 percent of those completing the IEEE WCET examination earned a passing grade. The exam, which consists of 150 multiple-choice questions encompassing seven key and distinct wireless areas, was developed and conducted under the guidance of PES in addition to including the input of thousands of volunteers and wireless industry experts from around the world.
"We are especially pleased with the results of this initial testing period," says Celia Desmond, the IEEE WCET program director. "The program has
received a great deal of acclaim from both wireless industry professionals as well as numerous corporations that must rely on qualified individuals to
expand the ever-growing worldwide need for wireless services. We look forward to continually working with the global wireless community to create
an international certification that clearly signifies the recipient's practical problem-solving skills in real-world situations."
The IEEE WCET Program was launched in 2008 by IEEE ComSoc and an international collection of industry experts to address the worldwide wireless industry's ongoing need for qualified wireless professionals. It was also designed to provide professionals with a quantifiable method for demonstrating expertise in the wireless field as new opportunities develop worldwide.
To qualify for the IEEE WCET designation, candidates with a bachelor's or comparable degree from an accredited institution and at least three years of
professional wireless engineering experience must pass the program's detailed comprehensive examination. Administered on computer at selected worldwide locations, the official IEEE WCET exam is composed of 150 multiple choice questions with each applicant given up to four hours to complete the exam.
The $500 fee ($450 for IEEE and IEEE ComSoc members) covers the purchase of the application, processing, the "seat fee" for taking the test, scoring and score reporting, and a certificate sent to those who pass the exam. In addition, a 75-question practice examination is also available online for communications professionals who would like to gauge their preparedness for the official exam prior to the next testing period. Each practice examination consists of questions reviewed by IEEE WCET subject-matter experts and can be taken up to four times by a single individual prior to sitting for the official IEEE WCET exam.
The next IEEE WCET testing period is scheduled from March 16 - April 4, 2009, with the application deadline ending February 2, 2009.
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