CWNA (Wi-Fi Administration)

CWNA® - Certified Wireless Network Administrator

CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator

Current version: CWNA-109 released in September 2023

Next scheduled update: CWNA-110 releasing in September 2026

Note: Last day to take the CWNA-108 exam: December 31, 2023

A strong foundation you can build upon.

Get a head start right out of the gate with a Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) certification. It is the base certification for Enterprise Wi-Fi within the CWNP family of certifications and a springboard toward earning your security, design, analysis and network expert certifications.

Do you have an understanding of the fundamentals of wireless technology? Do you know how WLAN work and how it’s managed day-to-day? Do you have the ability to install, configure and troubleshoot and maintain wireless networks within small business or Enterprise deployments?

As the demand for wireless continues to grow, so does the need for certified network administrators.

What it takes to become a CWNA:

The CWNA certification is a foundational level wireless LAN certification for the CWNP Program. To earn a CWNA certification, you must take the CWNA exam at a Pearson Vue Testing Center and pass with a 70% or higher. Instructors must pass with a 80% or higher. However you choose to prepare for the CWNA exam, you should start with the exam objectives, which cover the full list of skills tested on the exam.  The CWNA certification is valid for three (3) years. To recertify, pass one of the professional level certifications exams (CWSP,CWDP, CWAP) BEFORE your CWNA expires. By doing so, the CWNA will be renewed for another three (3) years. Or retake the current version of the CWNA exam.

While the Certified Wireless Specialist (CWS) and Certified Wireless Technician (CWT) certifications are not a required prerequisite to the CWNA certification, it is highly recommended. It will provide a solid learning foundation before continuing to pursue the CWNA.

Main Areas Covered by CWNA:

  • Radio Frequency (RF) Technologies

  • Antenna Concepts

  • Wireless LAN Hardware and Software

  • Network Design, Installation, and Management

  • Wireless Standards and Organizations

  • 802.11 Network Architecture

  • Wireless LAN Security

  • Troubleshooting

  • How to Perform Site Surveys

  • Exam Objectives (CWNA-109) - Exam was released on September 30, 2023
  • Exam Objectives (CWNA-108) - Exam was released on September 1, 2020
  • Exam Objectives with Study Guide Chapter Mappings (CWNA-108)

CWNA Exam Summary:

Exam Number: CWNA-109 

Cost: $274.99 (USD)
Availability: Pearson Vue Testing Center
Duration: 90 minutes
Questions: 60 multiple choice / multiple answer
Language: English

Recertification information can be found here

Everything you need to prepare is right here:

Send us an email or call 866.438.2963.

Success Stories

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Working through the CWNP coursework and certifications helped not only to deepen my technical knowledge and understanding, but also it boosted my confidence. The hard work it took to earn my CWNE has been rewarding in so many ways.

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