January 17, 2013, 10:21 AM — The next exam for IEEE wireless engineering certification will start in April, and registration is now open.
The exams, for the IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies Certification, will be held worldwide at test centers run by Prometric, and be available April 7 to May 4. The certification program is designed and sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).
Successfully completing the exam results in being credentialed as an "IEEE Wireless Communications Professional" (WCET). More information about the credential benefits and program news is on the IEEE website. You register via that website, and registration is due by March 22.
According to a ComSoc statement, "IEEE WCET has since become recognized worldwide as a vendor-neutral and transnational credential for demonstrating the wireless expertise of communications professionals."
To qualify for WCET, candidates must have a "bachelor's or comparable degree from an accredited institution" and a minimum of three years of "professional wireless engineering experience."
The exam is administered via computers at designated sites. It consists of 150 multiple choice questions; applicants have up to four hours to answer them. The $500 fee (or $450 for IEEE and IEEE ComSoc members) covers the application fee, processing, the "seat fee" for taking the test, scoring and score reporting, and a certificate sent to those who pass. For another $50, ComSoc will provide a 75-question online practice exam, which lets you assess your readiness for the full WCET test.
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