Checking Out Wireless Certs

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Look Ma! No Wires…

 

 

According to the “Global Wireless IT Benchmark Report—2002,” by the
World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) and the
Wireless IT Research Group (WIRG), 51 percent of firms plan to increase
wireless budgets in 2002, and only 8 percent plan to decrease those
budgets. There’s a definite need for IT professionals with wireless
expertise. To help meet this need, GlobalNet Training, a network
training company, has introduced a wireless certification program: the
Certified Wireless Professional (CWP) program.

 

 

“Companies like Avaya, Lucent and other large companies are sending six
people at a time to get wireless training because they are investing all
of their money in wireless networking,” said Todd Lammle, co-founder and
CEO of GlobalNet Training. “Within the next two to three years, everyone
will have wireless networking. So the question is: Where will you be
when all of this hits? What kind of experience will you have? I just
want to teach people how to get into the field, get a job and make money
right now.”

 

 

GlobalNet Training’s CWP program teaches and tests knowledge of
designing and implementing wireless systems with two certification
levels, the Certified Wireless Administrator (CWA) and the Certified
Wireless Professional (CWP).

 

 

Available now, the CWA is a four-day course targeted for LAN
administrators and professionals. The program places heavy emphasis on
wireless LAN (WLAN) security. After completing the course, candidates
take a written and a lab exam. There is no prerequisite, but candidates
should have basic networking knowledge.

 

 

“People are leaving this [the CWA course] and getting jobs in wireless
administration,” said Lammle. “So people who want to get hands-on
experience with wireless can come here, and they get all kinds of
equipment to work with. When they come here, no one’s going to sit and
watch someone else do it, and when they leave, they’re going to be job-
ready.”

 

 

The more advanced CWP will be available in Fall 2002 and is aimed at
experienced engineers working with large wireless networks. This five-
day, hands-on course teaches and tests wireless design, implementation,
troubleshooting and advanced WLAN security. On the final day of the
course, students will take a written exam, which acts as a “ticket” to
the two-hour lab exam.

 

 

CWA courses are available in Dallas and San Francisco, and by 2003
courses should be available in additional markets, including Chicago,
New Jersey, Orlando, San Diego and Washington D.C.

 

 

For more information, see http://www.globalnettraining.com.


Bridging the Gap

 

 

Let’s face it, IT is not exactly a woman’s world, although women in IT
do tend to come closer to bridging salary gaps than in other
professions. We talked to Liz Ryan, founder and CEO of World Women in
Technology (WorldWIT) and the first female vice president of U.S.
Robotics, about how women can thrive in IT.

 

 

“If you’re in a corporate IT department, those groups bridge the gap
between communication and technology, and women can often do very well,”
said Ryan. “If you’re in a technical environment, it can be very
difficult for women because it’s still really regarded as a male domain.
My suggestion is to look for ways to bridge the gap between your
function and other functions in the company—acting as a liaison or
getting into a management position. I think women can really thrive in
business leadership roles.”

 

 

Another problem many women face when working in IT is the long hours
that eat away at the time they have to spend with their families. IT
careers often require long hours, but luckily, women can take advantage
of hours that are more flexible.

 

 

“It’s important to have good communication with the person you work
for,” suggests Ryan. “A lot of times, women try to keep their family
obligations under wraps. I think if you have a six-month-old baby, you
should say so. I don’t think it’s appropriate to ask for special
demands, but you have a full life as a human being.”

 

 

If you’re feeling isolated, try to hook up with organizations for women
working in technology. WorldWIT,
http://www.worldwit.org, has 51 groups
around the world offering free e-mail lists that help women network with
others in their area. Other options include national organizations with
local chapters like Women in Technology International (WITI),
http://www.witi.org, and the Association for Women in Computing (AWC),
http://www.awc-hq.org

 

 

The Training Outlook

 

 

Does your employer pay for your training and certification? What do they
cover? Instructor-led courses? E-Learning? Exam costs? What do you cover
out of your own pocket? Books? Practice tests?

 

 

According to the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD),
companies are spending more on training, despite the economic struggles,
and e-learning is seeing wider acceptance. The “2002 ASTD State of the
Industry Report” shows how organizations are handling training
challenges, comparing current data with data from previous years to
uncover trends.

 

 

The report includes information from organizations participating in the
Benchmarking Service during 2001 that provided enough valid data on
training activities in 2000 and the end of 2001.

 

 

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