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IEEE Launches New Certification Program
March 18, 2008

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc), the leading worldwide professional organization dedicated to the advancement of communications technologies, has launched a new program to certify the competency, practical knowledge and skills of wireless communications professionals.

The IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (IEEE WCET) Certification Program has been specifically designed by IEEE ComSoc to address the worldwide wireless industry’s growing and ever-evolving need for qualified communications professionals who can demonstrate practical problem-solving skills in real-world situations. By way of this certification, professionals will be able to clearly demonstrate their knowledge of wireless communications technologies and employers will have a new means of selecting individuals for wireless engineering positions and projects.

To qualify for the IEEE WCET designation, engineers with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and at least three years of wireless engineering experience must pass a detailed comprehensive examination developed by more than 100 industry experts and experienced wireless practitioners. Overall development of the program was guided by Professional Examination Service (PES), a leading developer of certification programs.

IEEE WCET Certification examination is administered on computer. The first testing period is scheduled for late September 2008 at more than 500 testing sites located in 75 countries with the next testing period slated for March 2009. The exam itself will consist of 150 multiple-choice questions encompassing the wireless areas of RF engineering, propagation and antennas; access technologies; network and service architecture; network management and security; facilities infrastructure; agreements, standards, policies and regulations; and fundamental knowledge.

The IEEE WCET Certification program fee is $500. In the coming months, IEEE ComSoc will also launch a set of resources designed specifically to help participants prepare for the examination. Two separate practice exams consisting of 75 different questions will be computer-based and available via the Internet for a price of $75 for one exam and $125 for both. A Wireless Engineering Body of Knowledge (WEBOK) sourcebook that provides detailed information on all the specialty areas covered by the examination will also be available for purchase.

A Candidate Handbook for the IEEE WCET certification program containing policies, complete details of the subject areas covered, reference sources, sample questions, application procedures and contact information will be available free-of-charge through IEEE ComSoc.

For more information on the IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies Certification Program (IEEE WCET) contact Jean Niblett by mail at Jean Niblett, IEEE Communications Society, 3 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016; by phone at (212) 705-8913; by Email at or visit

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