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Many network administrators have been through formal certification programs like Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). But what about 802.11 wireless LANs? Yes, formal WLAN certification programs are available through Planet3 Wireless:
  • The Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) program teaches you about radio technologies, equipment, site surveys and deployment steps. I keep the excellent CWNA Study Guide on my desktop for handy reference.
  • The Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP) program builds on what you've learned as a CWNA, expanding your knowledge of wireless security threats, policies and available countermeasures.
  • A new Certified Wireless Analysis Professional (CWAP) program has just been announced, with a study guide now under development. CWAP builds on the foundation laid by the CWNA program, focusing on 802.11 performance analysis and trouble-shooting.
To learn more about certification tests, official study guides and related training classes, visit the Planet3 Wireless Web site. You can also find a sponsored wireless user group in your area by using that site's search tool.


About the author: Lisa Phifer is vice president of Core Competence, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in network security and management technology. Phifer has been involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of data communications, internetworking, security, and network management products for nearly 20 years. She teaches about wireless LANs and virtual private networking at industry conferences and has written extensively about network infrastructure and security technologies for numerous publications. She is also a site expert to SearchMobileComputing.com and SearchNetworking.com.

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This was first published in August 2004

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