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January 2016 - Volume 8, Issue 1

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The IEEE Wireless Communications Professional (WCP) News provides the latest information to help you manage your career.  

In this issue:

Revitalize Your Career With IEEE WCET Certification

With the New Year officially here, this is a natural time to think about our goals, both personal and professional. You might wonder ... Is there something that could help you advance in both areas? IEEE WCET Certification may be just the thing you are looking for.  Preparing to pass exam could be an effort that not only increases your knowledge, but also helps you move current work projects ahead in new ways.  In  addition, acquiring this distinguished badge of knowledge and professional excellence, can help revitalize and advance your career.   

Review Your 2016 Career Goals

If you’re like many of us, you may have found that for the last few years you’ve been so busy with projects on the job in addition to balancing all of your personal responsibilities that you haven’t had much time to sit back and think about the direction of your career.  You may have not even thought about this since earning your last professional degree. It’s important now to take time to think about or re-evaluate your career goals. What’s your long-term vision for your career?  What steps do you need to take to move forward to realize those goals?  According to TopResume.com, considering the SMART approach can help you focus and set you on a strong path forward.  In the SMART approach, “SMART: Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, and Realistic with Timelines (SMART), your goals need to take into account where you are now, where you want to be, and what you need to do to get from Point A to Point B.”  Earning professional certification is a perfect fit for SMART goal setting. 

How can you incorporate IEEE WCET Certification into your SMART goals approach?  Here are a few things to consider:

Specific: Review the IEEE WCET® Examination Areas of Expertise to find out specifically what’s covered on the exam.  Consider how this aligns with your professional experiences.

Measurable: Take the practice exam and evaluate what areas need further study.

Action-oriented: Prepare by utilizing the various recommended resources.

Realistic with Timelines: Decide on the testing period for 2016: Spring or Fall – and apply for the exam.

Convey Confidence

Top Telecom Companies Employs WCPs

Not only does earning IEEE WCET Certification help you move forward with your career plans, it makes a strong statement to employers about your personal commitment to your profession and shows confidence in your skills.  IEEE WCET Certification provides employers a targeted way to identify individuals who have the required experience to be successful in existing and new wireless engineering positions and projects around the world.  Four of the five top telecom companies in 2015, as identified in the Forbes Global 2000 report, employ IEEE Wireless Communication Professionals (those who have earned IEEE WCET Certification).  As recently noted by IEEE WCP Mansour Al-Haqawi who recertified his credential in 2015, “WCET is the highest credential in the Wireless arena where you can prove advanced knowledge in a wide range of wireless technologies.”   In his experience, IEEE WCET Certification has been an effective way to distinguish himself in this competitive industry.  Mani Iyer who earned his IEEE WCP credential in 2015 stated that it is one of the best ways to show that you have kept up “with the vast area of wireless technologies and its deployment.”

Take Action Now

The application period for the Spring 2016 exam is now open.  Take the first step in your SMART 2016 career goals and APPLY NOW for the next IEEE WCET testing window.  Applications are being accepted through 25 March 2016 for candidates to test from 11 April through 13 May 2016.  The final testing period for 2016 will be held from 26 September through 21 October and applications for that testing window will be accepted starting 10 April through 9 September 2016.  Testing centers are available around the world, making it even easier for you to find a location close to you.  Learn more about IEEE WCET Certification and if it’s the SMART choice for you in 2016.

New Website and Handbook Launched for IEEE WCET

Come and explore the new and improved IEEE WCET website.  Keeping the user in mind, this updated design makes it even easier for candidates, employers, and current IEEE WCPs to find key information about IEEE WCET Certification. 

The updated design features access to the new 2016 IEEE WCET Candidate’s Handbook. This invaluable resources is available to you in just one click for immediate viewing via PDF. The 2016 handbook has also been updated and revised. It provides all the essential information that you need to know regarding IEEE WCET Certification. 

Keep Your IEEE WCET Certification Current!

Having earned your IEEE WCET® certification is a substantial accomplishment that positions you to clearly demonstrate your knowledge of wireless communication technologies to employers and prepares you for new opportunities as they arise.  As with all technologies, you also need to stay current in the wireless industry in order to maintain your competitive edge.  That’s where IEEE WCET Recertification comes into play.  IEEE WCPs are required to recertify every five years in order to keep their IEEE WCP credential current.  Recertification denotes your continued commitment to the profession and desire to stay up-to-date in the field.

If you earned your certification in 2011 or 2012, now is the time to recertify.  If it has been more than five years since you’ve earned your IEEE WCET Certification, your credential has now expired.  Please contact us for more information on the next steps to bring your certification up to date.

There are two ways to renew your IEEE WCET Certification:

  • By passing the current WCET certification exam or
  • By earning 100 Professional Development Units (PDUs) through contributions to the profession and/or personal professional development.

If you choose to recertify by submitting PDUs that you have earned, please be aware of the following:

  • All submitted activities must be related to one or more of the WCET technical areas of knowledge; activities can be reported in quarter-hour increments.
  • To ensure that your broad knowledge of the field is current, at least three of the seven technical areas identified in the WCET examination specifications (see Appendix A of the Candidate's Handbook) must be addressed by one or more activities.
  • The activities must be distributed over at least three years in the five-year cycle. A total of at least 100 PDUs are required for recertification.

To recertify through PDUs, you will need to complete the PDU spreadsheet available on the IEEE WCET website.

To recertify by passing the current IEEE WCET certification exam, you will first need to submit your recertification payment online and then an IEEE ComSoc representative will email you instructions for the next steps in taking the exam within the next testing window.

We hope that you will join many of your fellow IEEE WCPs who have maintained their certification and continue to enjoy the value and benefits of IEEE WCET Certification.  If you have any questions about recertification, please contact us.

Early 2016 Course Line-Up from ComSoc Training

ComSoc Training delivers the most up-to-date information on the technologies spotlighted in its courses, provides real-time access to instructors during live courses, and offers IEEE CEUs along with course completion certificates. 

If you are pursing IEEE WCET Certification you don’t want to miss the special offer to purchase a seat in the upcoming IEEE WCET Testing Window included with a seat for the 4 Day Intensive Wireless Training Course offered in April.

Check out the upcoming course schedule:

February 3, 2016

Understanding LTE-Advanced, its End-to-End Roadmap to 5G, and SON / Densification

February 17, 2016

Advanced Topics in Wireless Positioning

February 24, 2016

Broadband Mobile Satellite Communications

March 9, 2016

Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and the Road to 5G

March 16, 2016

An Introduction to Wi-Fi

March 30, 2016

High Throughput Satellites

April 5, 2016 - April 8, 2016

4 Day Intensive Wireless Communications Course

2 for 1 Deal: April 4 Day Intensive Wireless Training Course PLUS Spring 2016 WCET Exam Seat

ICC in May Focuses on “Communications for All Things”

The IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), one of ComSoc’s flagship conferences, will be held 23-27 May 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Communications for All Things” and will host the following prestigious keynote speakers:

  • Professor John Cioffi, CEO & Chairman, Board of Directors, ASSIA Inc., Professor Emeritus of Electrical Eng., Stanford University, USA
  • Seizo Onoe, CTO, EVP and Member of Board Directors, NTT DOCOMO, Japan
  • Professor Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University / Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Professor Mischa Dohler, Head, Centre for Telecoms Research (Informatics), Chair Professor, King's College London, UK, Board of Directors, Worldsensing, Editor-in-Chief, ETT

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn the latest advances in the industry delivered through engaging technical presentations, tutorials, workshops, and forums. Learn more about ICC2016.

Industry News

Feature Report:  2016 Predictions: VoLTE, VoWiFi, 5G,  IOT, Hiring Trends and more
Report includes information on employment trends such as carrier spend, new business structures to impact hiring in 2016. [RCRWirelessNews]

Qualcomm, TDK form $3 billion JV to make components used in wireless tech
“Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) and Japan's TDK Corp (6762.T) said they have formed a $3 billion joint venture to supply key components and modules used to communicate wirelessly with devices like smartphones, drones, robots and Internet of things.” [Reuters]

Wi-Fi Alliance: Work on LTE-U testing regime ongoing, but it's unclear when it will be finished
“A top executive from the Wi-Fi Alliance said the group is making progress in its efforts to create a testing regime for LTE-U technologies, with the goal of creating some common ground between the Wi-Fi industry and the cellular industry over the controversial technology.” [FierceWireless]

Wi-Fi Device Shipments Expected to Surpass 15 Billion by End of 2016
“Wi Fi Alliance announced that Wi Fi shipments have reached 12 billion units, and are expected to surpass 15 billion units by the end of 2016.” [CellularNews]

2016 Predictions: Cloud set to boost security, options for enterprises
“With 2016 now upon us, RCR Wireless News has gathered predictions from leading industry analysts and executives on what they expect to see in the new year.” [RCRWirelessNews]

China Unicom and China Telecom partner to battle China Mobile
“China’s No. 2 and No. 3 mobile carriers China Unicom and China Telecom have reportedly signed an agreement to share resources in their attempt to battle the market’s No. 1 operator China Mobile.” [RCRWilressNews]

IoT Will Drive Consumer Tech Industry to $287 Billion in Revenues
“The ever-expanding adoption and continued growth of innovations comprising the Internet of Things (IoT) will help lead the U.S. consumer technology industry to a record-setting $287 billion in retail revenues ($224 billion wholesale) in 2016, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).™” [Consumer Technology Association]

Stretchable Antenna Boosts Range for Wearable Devices
A new antenna design has proven its ability to withstand the bending and stretching that garments endure, while steadily communicating via Wi-Fi. [IEEE Spectrum]

IoT at “the tipping point” in 2016, says government body
The Digital Catapult has revealed its predictions for the UK’s data industry in 2016. The Digital Catapult is the UK government’s main technology business initiative for IoT applications. [Electronics Weekly]

VoLTE: It's Not Just About Voice
Spectrum re-farming and spectrum utilization to support the massive growth in data traffic is the primary factor that justifies the business case for voice-over-LTE (VoLTE). Longer term, however, the impact of VoLTE on operator networks and business models will be profound. [LightReading]

Global telecommunications: 2016 outlook
North American and European telecom carriers 2016 outlook. [Bloomberg]

Critical Upgrade: Preparing Networks for 5G and the Internet of Things
Recent advancements in radio transmission technologies have taken a big step in the right direction. [TelecomEngine]

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