How to Advance Your Career and Make More Money

How to Advance Your Career and Make More Money

By CWNP On 12/16/2015 - 86 Comments

CWNP – Offers the Best Certification Program for Wireless Networking Professionals

This blog is for IT professionals who want to grow their career in the field of wireless networking. Today, wireless networks are everywhere and have become the value added service in the fields of retailer, hospitality, restaurants, coffee shops and other customer-based businesses. In today’s generation, because of increasing use of smart phones, the wireless world has become an interesting place to live, work, and play. Now, wireless networking professionals are in more demand than ever.

For acquiring hands-on skills, in-depth knowledge, and a solid foundation in wireless networking, the Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP) certifications are the best choice for any IT professional.

CWNP is the industry standard for vendor-neutral WLAN certification program. The focus of CWNP is to educate IT professionals on the technology behind all enterprise WLAN products and to enable these professionals to manage WLAN enterprise infrastructures, regardless of the chosen wireless vendor. So, CWNP has a wider scope and it is considered the best program for providing wireless expertise and know-how of the wireless technology that can be applied to any of the vendor solutions, such as Proxim, Cisco, Motorola, Ruckus, and Aruba Networks.

We provide the official study guides containing clear and concise explanations that save many hours of research. With the initial CWNP certifications, you are more versed with the basics of wireless networking regardless of whether you are a beginner or an experienced professional. So, we can confidently say that CWNP is best suited for the professionals who want to get ahead in wireless networking.

As far as other wireless certification are concerned, most of them are more vendor specific to products and their version, and you would have limited knowledge restricted to that particular product. While appearing for the exams, those engineers need to know the version of the product for which the exam was written. On the other hand, CWNP provides the generalized knowledge that can be applied to any product by tweaking a little bit. Passing the CWNP exams enable you to learn and understand any vendor's product line.

The CWNP program offers the following six wireless certifications:

  • Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (CWTS): Entry level – for sales professionals and project managers who are new to the enterprise Wi-Fi network. It is a lifetime certification.
  • Certified Wireless Network Administration (CWNA): Administrator level – for networking professionals who needs to thoroughly understand RF behavior, site surveying, installation, and Wi-Fi security. It is valid for 3 years.
  • Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP): Professional level – for networking professionals who pursue expertise in enterprise Wi-Fi security. You must have passed the CWNA exam to take the CWSP exam. It is valid for 3 years.
  • Certified Wireless Design Professional (CWDP): Professional level – for CWNA certified professionals who want to properly design wireless LANs for different applications to perform optimally in different environments. It is valid for 3 years.
  • Certified Wireless Analysis Professional (CWAP): Professional level - for CWNA certified professionals who want to analyze, troubleshoot, and optimize any wireless LAN. It is valid for 3 years.
  • Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE): Expert level – for networking professionals who have passed all the above exams. It is an expert level Wi-Fi certification for the most elite Wi-Fi professionals.

A wireless engineer with the CWNE certification is considered the elite of the wireless world. This is supported by the fact that there are only 174 CWNE engineers around the world. Here is the podcast that features a discussion with Brad Crump, General Manager of CWNP, who explains the various levels of professional certifications for enterprise Wi-Fi and the benefits associated with receiving these certifications.

QUOTES:

“I chose CWNP certifications to show an expert level of competency in Wireless (Wi-Fi) from a vendor neutral prospective. Having vendor certifications is great, honestly they have undoubtedly help me get where I am today. Earning vendor neutral certifications show a level of competency no matter the vendor. Their books are well written and offer a wealth of information whether you care about certifications or not”.

--Chris Avants, CWNE #164

Refer to the article: Best Wireless Networking Certifications for 2016

A random survey of various IT job boards was conducted showing employers look for the following certifications in the profile of prospective employees. As per the following table, CWNA got the maximum number from the list of certifications.

Cert

SimplyHired

Indeed

Dice

LinkedIn

TechCareers

JustTechJobs

Total

CCIE Wireless

63

34

3

18

13

63

194

CCNA Wireless

110

82

6

40

21

122

381

CCNP Wireless

126

89

13

40

24

119

411

CWNA

227

128

15

69

33

28

500

CWTS

18

13

1

6

3

0

41

GIAC GAWN

17

13

5

4

8

0

47

JNCIS-WLAN

14

6

0

1

4

0

25

For more information, visit www.cwnp.com, call us at 866.438.2963 or follow us on Twitter @CWNP.

Tagged with: CWNP, Wireless, Wi-Fi Certification, wifi certification, wireless certification, IT Professional, WLAN, WLAN Certification, CWTS, CWNA, CWAP, CWSP, CWDP, CWNE

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I literally just came out of the testing centre having taken the CWDP exam. The certification process opened my mind to different techniques and solutions. This knowledge can only broaden your perspective. Great job, CWNP, you have a great thing going on here.

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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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I want to commend you and all at CWNP for having a great organization. You really 'raise the bar' on knowing Wi-Fi well. I have learned a ton of information that is helping my job experience and personal career goals, because of my CWAP/CWDP/CWSP studies. Kudos to all at CWNP.

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