Having successfully passed both the Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (CWTS) and Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) my journey to Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE) has begun. Granted I didn’t need to take the CWTS as that is not a requirement I chose to take it given that as I was planning on having the PMs and techs where I work go through the exam to increase their wireless knowledge.
With less than 100 CWNE’s in the world one needs to ask themselves if they are ready for this challenge or not. Achieving the CWNE is not as simple as studying for an exam and passing said exam, the CWNE certification takes into consideration your real world experience by means of three years of documented enterprise wireless implementation experience, three professional endorsements, three 500 word essays documenting separate enterprise wireless implementations, two other current & valid professional certifications, and last but not least the gauntlet of exams that go by the names of CWAP, CWDP, and CWSP.
So let’s take a look at the checklist:
- 3 Years of Enterprise Wireless Experience – check, I’ve got that!
- 3 Professional Endorsements – pretty sure I can find 3 people that will endorse my abilities!
- 3 500 Word Essays – time to break out the old blue books and get writing.
- 2 Current & Valid Professional Certifications – CCIE #31229 (Wireless) should cover one, CCNP Wireless should fit as well.
Those last three are the big items that I need to take care of yet. I’ve thought a lot about what would be the best order to take those in, does it make sense to do the CWAP which focuses on analysis before CWDP and CWSP because it will lend itself nicely to packet analyzing? Or maybe CWDP should happen first with the overall design concepts? There really isn’t a right or wrong way to go, it’s all about how you learn.
For me I think I will end up going CWAP -> CWSP -> CWDP. The CWDP book is a monster and shouldn’t be taken lightly, there’s a lot of material in there that you need to know! Keith Parsons said it well in a tweet to me the other day, “Do you eat your pie crust first or last? Do the CWAP like you’d eat your pie crust…”
Are you heading down this path? I’d love to hear your comments as to your testing strategy and goals for becoming the next CWNE!