Planet3 Wireless Restructures Certification Program

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Planet3 Wireless Inc. is modifying its Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP) program, adding a new Certified Wireless Analysis Professional (CWAP) certification and merging the objectives of the Certified Wireless Network Integrator (CWNI) certification into other, currently available certifications. The new CWAP certification will replace the written portion of the Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE), and the CWNE, which is currently under development, will become a practical lab exam.




The CWNP Program includes four vendor-neutral certifications in wireless LAN technology: the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP), CWAP and CWNE.




The learning topics for CWNI, which was under development, include WLAN switching and middleware, or enterprise wireless gateways. The WLAN switching portion of the certification will be added to the CWNA objectives, and middleware will be added to the CWSP. CWNI was due for release in 2004.




The CWAP certification will provide a new path for IT professionals on the wireless network professional path. The CWNA is a prerequisite for the program, allowing individuals to take a wireless LAN analysis path in addition to the already-available wireless security path. The CWAP will focus on wireless LAN analysis and troubleshooting. The instructor-led training class will cover five products—AirMagnet & AirMagnet Distributed, Network Chemistry Wireless LAN IPS, Network Instruments Observer Suite 9.0, TamoSoft CommView for WiFi 4.2, WildPackets AiroPeek NX and RFGrabber—focusing on performance analysis, security analysis, intrusion detection and distributed analysis.




For masters of wireless LAN technology, Planet3 Wireless will offer the CWNE practical exam in 2005. Along the lines of the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), the CWNE will require a proctored, one-day lab exam. To qualify for the lab exam, candidates must first earn the CWNA, CWSP and CWAP certifications.




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