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IEEE Sets WCET Certification Program & Exam
New York, NY — The IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc) will hold the Spring examination period for the IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (IEEE WCET) Certification Program from April 11 to May 8, 2010. The application deadline for this upcoming exam cycle is March 26, 2010.
In addition, prospective certification candidates are urged to consider the benefits of several training programs, which have been launched in recent months to provide comprehensive global knowledge of the wireless field as well as to help professionals prepare for the IEEE WCET examination.
On Tuesday, March 9, a one-day session titled "IEEE Wireless Certification Exam Preparation" will be offered at the upcoming IWCE 2010 conference to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The full-day course is designed to provide a broad audience, including those with an engineering or technology background, with a review of the IEEE WCET examination areas as well as its subject material.
Furthermore, it is also recommended that IEEE WCET examination candidates should visit the "Resource" section of www.ieee-wcet.org to learn more about the "Online Tutorials" and "How to Prepare Webinar," which have been developed to help professionals gain a detailed understanding of specific IEEE WCET Program areas as well as examination criteria.
"WCET Area 1: RF Engineering, Propagation and Antennas" tutorial covers basic antenna engineering concepts such as directivity, gain aperture, polarization and bandwidth; basic principles of line-of- sight radio wave propagation; and RF transceiver design concepts from the idea of heterodyning to direct conversion transceiver and software defined radios
"WCET Area 2: Wireless Access Technologies" offers an end-to-end picture of wireless access technologies with a focus on generations of mobile technology standards
"WCET Area 3: Network & Service Architecture" reviews fundamental networking concepts, cellular network architectures, advancement towards an "all IP" network, and service and alternate architectures Launched in 2008, the IEEE WCET Program has rapidly gained international recognition as a leading tool for certifying the wireless communications expertise of professionals worldwide as well as helping global employers to qualify the knowledge and skills of potential job candidates. To earn the IEEE Wireless Communication Professional (WCP) credential, individuals whose education and wireless experience are comparable to or exceed a bachelor's degree and three years of professional practice must pass the comprehensive examination, which consists of 150 multiple choice questions. Additional resources include "A Guide to the Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge" (WEBOK). This 272-page guidebook contains detailed descriptions of commonly accepted best practices in wireless communications and contributions from more than 50 selected international experts. It is currently available at bookstores and can be ordered from Wiley publishers at www.wiley.com or directly from the IEEE WCET web site located at www.ieee-wcet.org
Other ongoing resources available to support the IEEE WCET program include free subscriptions to the bi-monthly IEEE Wireless Communications Professional electronic newsletter and a free copy of the "Candidate's Handbook" covering policies, subject area details, reference sources, and sample questions. The IEEE WCET web site also provides an excellent source for updated program information including eligibility requirements, testing locations, examination specifications, links to training organizations, and free resources such as a glossary, a list of references, and sample questions for helping candidates thoroughly prepare for the exam.
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