Certified Wireless Network Administrator – CWNA is a neutral wireless certification from the CWNP portfolio.
Some people think this is the best certification for a starting point in the wireless world. For sure CWNA will teach you all aspects about radio and wireless technologies, protocols and much more.
This certification system is popular in USA (salary for people with CWNA grows every year) and become more popular in other countries.
Certified Wireless Network Administrator – CWNA is a great starting point for wireless certifications from other vendors like Cisco, HP, Juniper, Huawei, Ruckus or Aerohive. You can learn theory and how-to which you can next implement in vendors’ equipment.
Do not forget to read our QA session with Kevin Sandlin, the CEO of CWNP.
What Exams You Must Pass to Become Certified Wireless Network Administrator – CWNA
You must pass only one exam – CWNA (PW0-105).
You do not need any other certifications to become CWNA. There are also no requirements for official trainings.
Format of the Exam
It is a normal computer based exam. You must answer 60 single and multi-choice questions during 90 minutes.
Where You Can Pass the Certified Wireless Network Administrator – CWNA Exam
How Much Does the Certified Wireless Network Administrator – CWNA Exam Cost
The exam costs $175.
How To Renew Your CWNA Certification
Three years after passing your CWNA exam you must pass any of these exams – CWNA, CWSP, CWAP, CWDP.
Scope of the Certified Wireless Network Administrator – CWNA exam
The exam covers topics about:
- Radio frequency technologies
- Regulations and standards
- Wireless and radio protocols
- Kinds on implementations
- Wireless network security
- RF site surveying
Complete list of topics on the CWNA exam you can find on the official CWNP website.
How To Prepare to the Exam
- CWNA: Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide: Exam PW0-105 for $38
- CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide: Exam PW0-104 for $35 – old version
- Official Materials
- Practice tests from CWNP for $50 – Recommended before the exam
- 5-day long instructor-led training by CWNP partners. A training costs about $3000 (depends on company). Here you can search the nearest training company.
- Other Vendors
Examples of Job Opportunities
The best place to start looking for a job with the CWNA certification is the official CWNP website.
If you interested with sharing your success story with Certified Wireless Network Administrator – CWNA please contact me.
Questions and Answers
Q: Do I really should think about this certification? I want to start with the wireless world, but I’ve heard that Cisco, HP, Aruba have the best wireless and mobile certifications on the market.
A: Certifications from CWNP like CWNA teach you basics and standards. It the common language that you can implement next to vendors’ devices. We recommend to read an interview with Gregor Vucajnk. He knows the wireless world and you will find here answers for your questions.