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Jun 17 2009   3:37PM GMT

Wireless# Makes Way for CWTS



Posted by: Ed Tittel
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My buddies over at Planet 3 Wireless, the organization behind the Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP) certification program, are making a change in their entry-level certification. The current and soon-to-be-prior credential, the Wireless# (pronounced “wireless sharp”) is going to be retired on June 30, 2009, and will give way to the Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (CWTS) credential instead.

In case you’re not already familiar with the program, the CWNP offers entry-level, admin, security, advanced, and instructor level wireless networking certifications. They’re pretty highly regarded, and widely followed, as networking certifications go. Exams start at $125, are handled through Pearson VUE, and cover basic Wi-Fi terms, concepts, tools, and technologies in depth, and go into lots of important subjects related to industrial- (or should I say enterprise-?) strength wireless networking, with an emphasis on security, best practices, and a thorough grounding in hardware and software concepts.

The new program and exam has already launched, having made its debut on 6/15/2009. An official study guide is already available from Sybex/Wiley at a list price of $49.95; ditto for a battery of practice test questions at the same price. For a mere $169, you can purchase a bundle with the book, practice test, and an exam voucher (full retail price $224.90), which is actually a pretty good deal.

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  • Annemz
    Ed, The CWTS designation is a solid entry-level WiFi certification, but I can't help but wonder when/if CompTIA will ever pick back up the Wireless+ certification they dropped before it was ever actually launched back in 2002/2003. Do you have ideas about that?
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  • Ed Tittel
    Dear Anne: Thanks for posting to my blog. Great to see you here. AFAIK, CompTIA has pulled back on its charter to create new certs to areas where its major members request them to provide coverage, or where they see big market opportunities. Right now, the CWNP pretty much owns the wireless networking cert space, and most CompTIA members are happy enough with that coverage to not press CompTIA to add another credential in this area--or so an "unnamed source" tells me, anyway. HTH, and thanks again for posting. Anybody who's interested in certification topics could do a lot worse than to visit Anne's fantastic site: www.gocertify.com. --Ed--
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  • Txitninja
    Ed, I currently hold a Wireless# certificate. Does only the name change or do I have to retake the exam? Thanks!
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  • Ed Tittel
    Dear TXTninja: Here's what the Wireless Sharp Home page now says "The Wireless# certification and exam (PW0-050) will be retired on June 30, 2009. Any candidate who has earned Wireless# will be automatically grandfathered into the new CWTS certification, which will be the replacement for Wireless#." See http://www.cwnp.com/certifications/wsharp/ for confirmation (you can't get to this page by navigating, but you can be searching, which is how I found this info for you). HTH, --Ed--
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  • Txitninja
    Thanks, Ed!
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