Wireless Certifications: Are They Worth it?

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At first glance, the answer to this question might seem fairly straightforward. Given the prevalence of Blackberry’s, PDA’s and cellular phones with Internet capability, this type of certification would be advantageous. Today’s organizations will need certified, skilled IT pros to service the mini, mobile business communication systems that connect headquarters to remote offices and office-bound supervisors to their peers and workers on sales or service calls in the field. Further, recent industry estimates put the consumer Wi-Fi market at nearly $10 billion, and there is a huge need in the market for qualified professionals who can recommend, sell or install these technologies in consumer businesses and small offices. But what are the details?

One key example is Planet3’s CWNP program, which announced its Wireless# (“wireless sharp”) entry-level wireless certification earlier this month. Wireless#, which will be launched at the beginning of next year, was created in response to strong market demand for IT professionals who can install and manage medium- and large-scale enterprise wireless networks, and tests five different wireless data technology skills required by computer technicians, network support technicians and technical support specialists as they apply to computer data network connectivity. The exam promises if you pass you will be successful working with popular wireless workplace technology including: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, WiMAX, ZigBee, Infrared and RFID, no matter which vendor product you use. This is only one of many wireless certs. If you’re looking for a new cache for the skill set, it might be worth looking into.

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