My name is Karthik, i am currently doing my Masters at one of the prestigious university in USA.
In my university , i did get a chance to learn about wi-fi and cwna related topics. i cleared my CWNA on March 12th , 2013. I have some working knowledge and hands on experience with wi-fi survey tools , protocol analyzers and spectrum analyzers. I have the following doubts:
1) i would like to become a wi-fi analyst/engineer . which exam would you guys suggest as my next step , is it cwap or cwdp?
2) what are the future prospects upon completing cwap or cwdp. i would love to know in terms of job oppurtunities/career path?
3) Considering that i have little hands on experience with the wifi tools, would it be wise for me to take up these exams now?
Your inputs and suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Congrats on passing the CWNA!
As for which is a better next step, you really need to determine what your ultimate goal is and which interests you more - planning and deployment or troubleshooting and tweaking (very over simplified summary). Also, maybe go on a job finding service website (monster.com, linkedin, etc...) and seeing which certificate pulls up results. Good luck!
Hi Karthik,Well done on CWNA! You are now part of the small number of people in IT that understand the complexities of wifi. As for CWAP or CWDP, I suggest you follow your passion. Think of it this way, with CWDP you are designing the network and with CWAP you are cleaning up the mess created by someone without a CWNA certification. ;-)
First of all Congratulations.
Second, I would agree with Brad - follow your passion.
I went for the CWAP first, but if I had to do it again I would go for the CWDP (I'm in manufacturing).
As far as taking the exams now, if you want to become a CWNE it's better to get them done in as short a time span as possible. That way you don't have to worry about the 3 - year lifetime of the certificates. If you can afford it, I'd go for it.