NEW YORK, NY -- The IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (IEEE WCET) Certification Program has announced 3 – 30 October 2010 as the next testing period for its ongoing series of examinations dedicated to certifying the wireless communications expertise of professionals worldwide. The application deadline for the upcoming exam cycle is 17 September 2010.
Launched in 2008 by IEEE ComSoc, the IEEE WCET program was specifically designed by a collection of international experts to provide a vendor-neutral method for qualifying the knowledge of individuals in the areas of RF engineering, propagation and antennas; access technologies; network and service architecture; network management and security; facilities infrastructure; agreements, standards, policies and regulations; and fundamental knowledge.
“The opportunities for qualified wireless professionals are rapidly expanding around the globe,” says Celia Desmond, IEEE WCET program director and steering committee chairperson. “Today, more than 25 percent of the world’s population uses the Internet. Nearly every country is currently in the process of advancing the reach of existing mobile cellular and broadband services, developing the next generation of wireless technologies and/or extending wireless access to some of the earth’s most rural areas.”
Explaining the certification's value, Desmond continues, “IEEE ComSoc is providing essential tools and resources to wireless communication professionals that will help keep them extremely competitive in this ever-changing technological and economic landscape. The WCET exam has already helped numerous employers qualify worthy job candidates, while furthering the chances of job candidates to qualify for new and exciting opportunities in this constantly evolving field.”
To earn the IEEE Wireless Communication Professional (IEEE WCP) credential, individuals must pass the IEEE WCET comprehensive examination, which is composed of 150 multiple choice questions and offered via computer at testing centers worldwide. IEEE ComSoc recommends that candidates have a degree from an accredited college or university and three or more years of graduate-level educational or professional wireless communication engineering experience in order to be adequately prepared for the exam.
The US$500 fee ($450 for IEEE and IEEE ComSoc members) covers the application, processing charges and “seat fee” for taking the test. In addition, a 75-question practice exam can be purchased online by communications professionals who would like to gauge their preparedness for the official exam prior to the next testing period.
For more information on the next IEEE WCET Certification Program examination and additional program details, please visit www.ieee-wcet.org or contact: Jean Niblett, IEEE Communications Society, 3 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Phone: (212) 705-8913. E-mail: email@example.com or visit www.ieee-wcet.org.
In addition, professionals who would like to greatly expand their overall knowledge and expertise in the wireless field are also invited to enroll in a one-day course to be held 10 October 2010 at 4G World in Chicago, IL. This full-day session titled “Practical Wireless Communications Engineering” is designed to highlight current technologies and practices from engineering, architectural, operational, standards and management perspectives as well as cover networking and the evolution of wireless technologies.
Additional information for this program including enrollment, instructor details and course objectives is available at http://4gworld.com/2010/06/ieee-training-course/.
Other professional career development opportunities offered to wireless professionals by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) include enrollment in a virtual, five-day training program, which will be offered this fall and dedicated to advancing knowledge of all the key IEEE WCET learning areas. Once enrolled, individuals will then be able to log on and participate in the program from the locations of their choice. Additional course updates will be announced shortly at www.ieee-wcet.org.
Other ongoing resources available to support the IEEE WCET program include free subscriptions to the bi-monthly IEEE Wireless Communications Professional electronic newsletter and a free copy of the Candidate’s Handbook covering policies, subject area details, reference sources, and sample questions. A 272-page guidebook titled A Guide to the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge (WEBOK) is also currently available at bookstores and can be ordered from Wiley publishers at www.wiley.com or through the IEEE WCET web site at www.ieee-wcet.org.