New Developments for IEEE’s Wireless Certification Program

A free mobile app is among the offerings

5 April 2013

Earning an IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (WCET) certification from the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) is more than just getting a certificate to hang on the wall. It’s a great way for wireless communications professionals to stay current with technology in the field. What’s more, it will make your résumé stand out and help you land your next job.

The WCET certification program provides a standard baseline of knowledge. Meant for engineers working in the field for three years or more, the certification exam covers the latest technology in several areas, including RF engineering, wireless access methods, and network architecture, management, and security. Exam questions are updated each year. Those who pass the exam earn the IEEE Wireless Communications Professional credential, a distinction recognized by technology companies around the world.

This year, ComSoc launched a free mobile app to keep people up to date on the WCET program. For iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, the app provides information and news about the program.

For example, the app’s calendar of upcoming events includes deadlines for applying for the exam and the test dates. Two testing windows are open annually. This year the exam is being offered from 7 April to 4 May and again from 29 September to 2 November. Although the deadline to register for the first exam just passed, it is still possible to apply online by 13 September to take the second test.

To learn what to expect from the exam, start by reading the Candidate’s Handbook. An electronic version is available through the mobile app, or you can submit an online form to request a print copy or a PDF file. The handbook includes details on what knowledge is tested by the exam, as well as information on how to register, what to bring to the test center, and how to access your score afterward.

The app also includes a podcast featuring Rulei Ting, chair of the Communications Certification Committee of the IEEE WCET program. Ting talks about the benefits of the program, which include the importance of certifying the practitioner’s knowledge of key wireless applications, technologies, and standards; and helping employers identify qualified job applicants.

To download the Apple version, search “IEEE WCET” in the Apple App Store. Android-phone users can download the app from Google Play.

Recently the society established its first university partnership when it signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), in Taipei, to give it exclusive rights to offer the WCET certification exam in Taiwan.

The WCET program stands out, Ting says, because it is vendor-neutral (it does not cover just one company’s technology) and international in scope (exam questions are produced by a panel of experts from all over the world).

That is what inspired NTUST to partner with ComSoc and offer the WCET program to professionals in Taiwan, Ting says. The university plans to revise its undergraduate and graduate curricula to cover the wireless technologies and concepts featured in WCET certification.

NTUST “envisions that through this partnership, it will be able to align its programs with the latest technological advances,” Ting says, “and be in a better position to address current and future needs of wireless communications.”

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