January 2, 2009--The IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc) has announced the results for the first 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% 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 and included 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 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
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
The next IEEE WCET testing period is March 16 to April 4, with the
application deadline February 2.
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.
Interested professionals are urged to visit www.ieee-wcet.org for program
information and updates including eligibility requirements, testing dates
and locations, and application information.