Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP)

Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE)


Credential: Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP), Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE) is an expert level Wi-Fi certification for the most elite Wi-Fi professionals. The CWNE certification validates that candidates have mastered all relevant skills to administer, install, configure, troubleshoot, and design wireless network systems. Candidates must have knowledge in areas including, protocol analysis, intrusion detection and prevention, performance and QoS analysis, spectrum analysis and management, and advanced design. Candidates must meet experience and other requirements. Candidates must pass four Certified Wireless Network Professional certification exams (CWNA, CWSP, CWAP and CWDP).

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite: CWNA, CWSP, CWAP and CWDP
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP)

2224 Sedwick Drive
Suite 102
Durham, NC  27713

Phone: (866) 438-2963

Fax: (919) 287-2952
Email: customercare@cwnp.com

Candidate must pass the certification exams for Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP), Certified Wireless Analysis Professional (CWAP), and Certified Wireless Design Professional (CWDP). Each required certification must be valid at the time the candidate submits a CWNE application.

Candidate must hold two current, valid networking, security, design, or network analysis certifications from non-CWNP certification providers (vendor-neutral or vendorspecific) in any of the topics below.

  • Network Technologies (VoIP, General Networking, etc.)
  • Routing/Switching
  • Security
  • Protocol Analysis
  • Radio Frequency (non-WLAN, for example, LTE, Zigbee, Ham Radio)
  • Network Design 

Candidate must have a minimum of three years of verifiable, documented, full-time professional work experience related to enterprise Wi-Fi networks. This experience may include pre- or post-sales engineering, consulting or support services, or instructing experience in:

  • Enterprise Wi-Fi Administration
  • Enterprise Wi-Fi Security
  • Enterprise Wi-Fi Protocol Analysis
  • Enterprise Wi-Fi Quality of Service

The Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must submit three endorsement forms from people familiar with the candidate's enterprise Wi-Fi work history.
  • Candidate must demonstrate publication of one of the following on an 802.11 topic (for evaluation of explanatory ability related to technical knowledge):
    • One published Wi-Fi whitepaper (10+ pages, to be reviewed by CWNP)
    • One published Wi-Fi book (with ISBN)
    • One recorded (video) instructional presentation
    • A published Wi-Fi article in excess of 1000 words
    • Regularly updated blog (at least six 802.11-related posts)
    • Other writing projects must be pre-approved to be considered, CWNP often makes writing projects available to those seeking CWNE status to assist in meeting this requirement
  • Candidate must submit documentation of three enterprise Wi-Fi projects in which they participated or led, in the form of 500 word essays. Essays should demonstrate the candidate's valuable participation in, or leadership of, enterprise Wi-Fi implementation or reparation projects, proper use of 802.11/WLAN vernacular, an in-depth understanding of complex WLAN topics, and accomplishments in design, installation, and configuration of 802.11 networks.
  • Candidate must agree to adhere to the CWNE Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics can be found here.

Candidate must pass the certification exams for Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP), Certified Wireless Analysis Professional (CWAP), and Certified Wireless Design Professional (CWDP). Each required certification must be valid at the time the CWNE application is submitted.

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CWNE certification is valid for three years. To recertify, CWNE's must report 60 CE's in a three year cycle according to the guidelines set forth in the CWNE CE Program.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

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10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

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Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

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