Certified Wireless Specialist (CWS) is a certification

The Certified Wireless Specialist (CWS) is a certification that validates the knowledge of wireless sales, marketing, entry-level support, and decision-making professionals related to 802.11 wireless networks.

The learning materials explain the language of Wi-Fi as well as the typical hardware and software used in wireless local area networks (WLANs). From radio frequency (RF) to Wi-Fi client devices, the CWS learns the terminology and processes of Wi-Fi.

Becoming a CWS:

The CWS certification is an entry-level WLAN certification from the vendor-neutral CWNP organization that brought you CWNA and other advanced certifications. To earn the CWS certification, you must pass an online exam with a score of 70% or higher. Those desiring to work as instructors teaching CWS classes must pass with a score of 80% or higher. Regardless of the way you choose to prepare for the CWS exam, you should start with the exam objectives, which cover the full list of knowledge tested on the exam. The CWS is a three-year certification, and it is renewed by passing the most recent version of the CWS exam again.

Primary Knowledge Domains of the CWS Exam:

  • Understand Basic RF Hardware and Functions - 15% of exam
  • Identify 802.11 Features and Functions - 30% of exam
  • Identify Wireless LAN Hardware and Software - 30% of exam
  • Understand Organizational Goals - 25% of exam

Exam objectives are available here: CWS-100 Objectives

CWS Exam Summary:

  • Exam Number: CWS-100
  • Cost: $150
  • Availability: Online Exam
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Questions: 60 multiple choice/single answer
  • Language: English

Certified Wireless Technician (CWT)

The Certified Wireless Technician (CWT) is an individual who can install APs based on a design document, configure the AP for initial operations and ensure connectivity. The individual can troubleshoot basic problems and assist users in-person or through remote communications in problem resolution. The ability to configure a WLAN client for connectivity is paramount with an understanding of the configuration process for SSIDs, security settings and other client adapter settings.

This individual is not responsible for WLAN design, analysis or security design; however, the CWT should be able to gather information from a design specification document to properly configure an AP and troubleshoot individual connection issues. The CWT may not be aware of the actual WLAN architectural design, the RF design or the full feature set in use to implement the WLAN.

Becoming a CWT:

The CWT certification is an entry-level WLAN certification from the vendor-neutral CWNP organization that brought you CWNA and other advanced certifications. To earn the CWT certification, you must pass an online exam with a score of 70% or higher. Those desiring to work as instructors teaching CWT classes must pass with a score of 80% or higher. Regardless of the way you choose to prepare for the CWT exam, you should start with the exam objectives, which cover the full list of knowledge tested on the exam. The CWT is a three-year certification, and it is renewed by passing the most recent version of the CWT exam again.

Primary Knowledge Domains of the CWT Exam:

  • Understand Basic RF Hardware and Functions - 15% of exam
  • Identify 802.11 Features and Functions - 30% of exam
  • Identify Wireless LAN Hardware and Software - 30% of exam
  • Understand Organizational Goals - 25% of exam

Exam objectives are available here: CWT-100 Objectives

CWT Exam Summary:

  • Exam Number: CWT-100
  • Cost: $150
  • Availability: Online Exam
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Questions: 60 multiple choice/single answer
  • Language: English

CWSA® - Certified Wireless Solutions Administrator

A solid foundation for the rest of the wireless world.

While no certification can cover every single wireless technology in use today, it is important for wireless professionals to grasp the most frequently used wireless solutions in organizations. The Certified Wireless Solutions Administrator (CWSA) learning materials and exam will ensure students know these common wireless solutions and prove their knowledge through certification.

CWSA is built upon two decades of historic quality in WLAN (802.11) certifications and begins the extension of CWNP offerings into the non-802.11 wireless solutions. More details about the CWSA certification will be released in the coming months, but the follow list provides a general overview of concepts addressed in this certification and the 4-5 class that will accompany it (NOTE: The first CWSA class will take place at Wi-Fi Trek in September of 2019):

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • Cellular Solutions (LTE, LTE-U, 5G, CBRS)
  • Machine to Machine Communications (M2M)
  • Zigbee
  • Location Services
  • Wired-Side Supporting Technologies
  • High-Level Awareness of APIs and Automation/Integration Concepts
  • Project and Program Management Specific to Wireless Solutions Projects

If you are familiar with the CWNA certification and learning materials, the CWSA will have the same approximate depth and breadth of learning. In the future, additional certifications will address key areas in greater depth, such as automation/integration, IoT, private 5G, etc.

When the CWSA objectives are finalized, they will be posted on this page along with additional details about the exam.

CWNA® - Certified Wireless Network Administrator

A strong foundation you can build upon.

Get a head start right out of the gate with a Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) certification. It is the base certification for Enterprise Wi-Fi within the CWNP family of certifications and a springboard toward earning your security, design, analysis and network expert certifications.

Do you have an understanding of the fundamentals of wireless technology? Do you know how WLAN work and how it’s managed day-to-day? Do you have the ability to install, configure and troubleshoot and maintain wireless networks within small business or Enterprise deployments?

As the demand for wireless continues to grow, so does the need for certified network administrators.

What it takes to become a CWNA:

The CWNA certification is a foundational level wireless LAN certification for the CWNP Program. To earn a CWNA certification, you must take the CWNA exam at a Pearson Vue Testing Center and pass with a 70% or higher. Instructors must pass with a 80% or higher. However you choose to prepare for the CWNA exam, you should start with the exam objectives, which cover the full list of skills tested on the exam.  The CWNA certification is valid for three (3) years. To recertify, pass one of the professional level certifications exams (CWSP,CWDP, CWAP) BEFORE your CWNA expires. By doing so, the CWNA will be renwed for another three (3) years. Or retake the current version of the CWNA exam.

While the Certified Wireless Specialist (CWS) and Certified Wireless Technician (CWT) certifications are not a required prerequisite to the CWNA certification, it is highly recommended. It will provide a solid learning foundation before continuing to pursue the CWNA.

Main Areas Covered by CWNA:

  • Radio Frequency (RF) Technologies
  • Antenna Concepts
  • Wireless LAN Hardware and Software
  • Network Design, Installation, and Management
  • Wireless Standards and Organizations
  • 802.11 Network Architecture
  • Wireless LAN Security
  • Troubleshooting
  • How to Perform Site Surveys
  • Exam Objectives (CWNA-106)
  • Exam Objectives (CWNA-107) view the What Changed document.

CWNA Exam Summary:

Exam Number: CWNA-107 

Cost: $200.00 (USD) - Exam Voucher
Availability: Pearson Vue Testing Center
Duration: 90 minutes
Questions: 60 multiple choice / multiple answer
Language: English

Recertification information can be found here

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Additional Study Help

We do not endorse any specific vendor methods of implementation; however, these vendor resources are exceptional in helping the student understand these new 802.11 and Wi-Fi technologies. Additionally, these resources are not directly tested against; however, they will teach you key concepts you must know to successfully answer questions related to 802.11ac and BYOD on the CWNA-107 exam.