Though networking of all kinds remains a white-hot IT concern and technology area, nothing is hotter than wireless technologies for everything from local area networking with 802.11ad to the widespread proliferation and adoption of fourth-generation (4G) wireless wide area networking technologies, such as LTE (with 5G now also starting to make its debut.)
The five certifications we cite in this article represent a small demo of the wireless IT certifications available in today’s marketplace. This year, we continue to feature two ever-popular Cisco certifications – the CCNA and CCNP Enterprise – along with the CWNA and CWSP credentials from the Certified Wireless Network Professional organization. Rounding out our top five list is the CompTIA Network+ credential.
Salaries for wireless-savvy professionals vary considerably. According to SimplyHired, entry-level wireless networking professionals can expect to make roughly $67,000, although there were highs reported at nearly $154,000. Of course, these are just average salaries. Indeed, other factors, such as job role and experience, greatly influence earning potential. When looking at salaries by job role rather than individual certification, you’ll find average salaries are much higher. For example, SimplyHired reports average earnings for network architects at more than $130,000, with earnings on the high end at almost $181,000.
In preparation for this article, we conducted a random survey of various IT job boards to see what certifications are being requested by prospective employers. In reviewing the results, it’s important to remember that factors, such as geography, the current climate of the employment market, and the complexity of the cert, influence outcomes.
You can expect to see lower numbers on more senior certifications, because, quite frankly, they’re more difficult to earn. Thus, fewer people possess them as compared to entry- and mid-level wireless certs.
Cisco offers some of the most widely known and recognizable certifications in the industry. It offers a wireless specialization for each Cisco networking credential at the Associate (CCNA), Professional (CCNP Enterprise) and Expert (CCIE Wireless) levels.
As of February 24, 2020, Cisco has rolled out a new CCNA exam. Currently, there are no prerequisites for the new exam, although ideal candidates should understand IP addressing, network fundamentals, and possess at least one year of direct experience implementing and administering Cisco solutions.
Candidates must also pass a single exam (excluding any exams required for prerequisite certifications) to earn the CCNA credential. The new CCNA exam is a consolidated exam and replaces all current CCNA exams, regardless of concentration area. According to Cisco, the new CCNA exam focuses on a broader range of fundamental skills, including automation and programmability, security fundamentals, IP services, IP connectivity, network access and network fundamentals. The new CCNA credential is valid for three years after which credential holders must recertify by passing an approved exam or earning 30 Continuing Education Credits (CECs).
Professionals who earn the CCNA Wireless prior to February 23, 2020, will receive the new CCNA credential and a training badge.
200-301 CCNA (120 minutes).
|Certification Name||Cisco Certified Network Associate|
|Number of Exams|
|Exam delivered through Pearson VUE.|
|Self-Study Materials||The CCNA certification web page listed above provides a great list of self-study materials, learning network resources, training videos, practice questions, course syllabus and study groups, as well as learning partner content. Candidates can prepare for the exam with the Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions v1.0 course. The course is available online or in virtual or live classrooms. Plan on five days of classroom instruction and three days of self-study. The cost is $800.|
As with the CCNA Wireless certification, Cisco rolled out a new CCNP credential – the CCNP Enterprise – on February 24, 2020. Two exams are required to earn this CCNP Enterprise certification: a core exam (focused on enterprise technologies) and an enterprise concentration exam. There are no prerequisites for the CCNP Enterprise credential, but successful candidates should have at least three to five years of experience implementing enterprise network solutions. The CCNP Enterprise is valid for three years. To recertify, certification holders must either pass a professional concentration exam plus earn 40 CECs, or earn 80 CECs.
If you’ve had or have been working toward the CCNP Wireless credential, your hard work is not in vain. You’ll receive credit toward the new CCNP Enterprise credential for all completed work. Cisco’s CCNP Wireless Migration Tool is an easy-to-use tool that shows you exactly how your current work translates to the new program. For example, if you passed the CCNP Wireless Design exam prior to February 24, 2020, you’ll receive the Cisco Certified Specialist – Enterprise Wireless Design credential. To earn the CCNP Enterprise certification, you would need to pass the CCNP Enterprise Core exam.
|Certification Name||Cisco Certified Network Professional Enterprise (CCNP Enterprise)|
|Prerequisites & Required Courses||There are no formal prerequisites for the CCNP Enterprise. Candidates should have a three to five years of experience implementing enterprise network solutions.|
|Number of Exams||The core exam is 350-401 ENCOR (Implementing Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies).
In addition to the core exam above, choose one of the following concentration exams:
300-410 ENARSI (Implementing Cisco Enterprise Advanced Routing and Services)
300-415 ENSDWI (Implementing Cisco SD-WAN Solutions)
300-420 ENSLD (Designing Cisco Enterprise Networks)
300-425 ENWLSD (Designing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks)
300-430 ENWLSI (Implementing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks
300-435 ENAUTO (Implementing Automation for Cisco Enterprise Solutions)
Exams are 90 minutes in length. Exams listed above are in addition to examinations required for any prerequisites.
|Exam Details||Exams delivered through Pearson VUE.|
|Self-Study Materials||The CCNP Enterprise certification page contains additional information about the exam and study resources.|
CompTIA is a well-recognized certification provider of vendor-neutral industry credentials. The CompTIA Network+ credential joins the IT Fundamentals+, A+ and Security + credentials as part of CompTIA’s four “core” credentials. The Network+ certification serves as a prerequisite to several other CompTIA credentials including Security+, Cybersecurity Analyst+ (CySA+) (formerly CSA+), Linux+ and PenTest+.
An intermediate-level credential, the Network+ certification targets professionals in junior-level roles, including network administrators, system or field engineers, help desk and support technicians, and network analysts. Network+ validates a candidate’s skill and technical expertise relating to network configuration, design and implementation, virtualization support, troubleshooting, security standards, network devices configuration and more.
A single exam (N10-007) is required to earn the credential. Launched in in March 2018, the exam digs into several domains, including new hardware technologies, cloud computing, technical service models, virtualization and security concepts.
The credential is valid for a period of three years after which candidates must recertify. There are several paths to recertification; candidates can view the current requirements on CompTIA’s renewal web page. Professionals who are on a timeline to recertify quickly should explore a CertMaster CE course that allows candidates with valid credentials to recertify in as little as four to six hours for a nominal fee of $189.
|Certification Name||CompTIA Network+|
|Prerequisites & Required Courses||CompTIA A+ (recommended)
Nine to twelve months of networking experience recommended
|Number of Exams||One exam, CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) (90 minutes in length and up to 90 questions)|
|Cost per Exam||$329|
|Self-Study Materials||CompTIA maintains a list of learning opportunities on its Network+ training web page. Here, you’ll find links to study guides, classroom training, e-learning opportunities, and with CompTIA’s adaptive learning tool – CertMaster. You can also find numerous self-study materials available through Amazon.|
The Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) credential from the Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP) organization has been around for more than a decade but still represents a terrific general-purpose IT certification for those who install, configure and maintain wireless networks in the workplace.
CWNP describes this credential as a foundational-level career certification for networkers, and it acts as a gateway to more senior credentials. These include the Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP), Certified Wireless Analysis Professional (CWAP) and the Certified Wireless Design Professional (CWDP).
The current exam for the CWNA is CWNA-107, which is available at Pearson VUE testing centers. Topics covered include basic RF technologies; regulations and standards; protocols and devices; network implementation; network security; RF site survey; antenna concepts; 802.11 network architecture; wireless LAN hardware and software; along with network design, installation and management, troubleshooting, and site surveys.
The CWNA is good for three years, after which candidates must recertify. Recertification is straightforward: Candidates need only pass the current CWNA exam or any CWNP professional exam, including CWAP, CWDP or CWSP. To stay current, a recertification exam must be passed before your existing CWNA certification expires.
The CWNA is probably the most worthwhile and useful wireless networking credential for administrators, thanks to its vendor-agnostic approach to wireless technologies. Unless you’re firmly ensconced in some vendor’s wireless tool and technologies – most notably, Cisco’s, from the perspective of this article – the CWNA is the place to start.
<table”> Certification Name <td”>Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) Prerequisites/Required Courses None
Recommended: Certified Wireless Specialist (CWS) and Certified Wireless Technician (CWT)
Number of Exams One exam, CWNA-107 (60 multiple-choice questions, 90 minutes, passing score of 70 percent required; instructor candidates must earn 80 percent) Cost per exam $200. exam administered by Pearson VUE. URL www.cwnp.com/certifications/cwna Self-Study Materials CWNP offers numerous training opportunities, including exam objectives, books, white papers and more (list and links appear on the certification page), the official study guide ($74.99), CWNA Training ($2,495), and the CWNA Self-Paced Training Kit ($325).
Another part of CWNP’s certification program, the Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP) targets security professionals working with wireless LAN networks. The CWSP validates a candidate’s ability to assess network vulnerability, employ best practices, make recommendations to prevent security breaches and attacks, conduct WLAN security audits, monitor security compliance, design and architect network security, and implement Wireless Intrusion Prevention Systems (WISPS).
To earn the CWSP, candidates must first obtain the CWNA certification and then pass the CWSP exam. While not required, training is recommended. The CWSP serves as a steppingstone to the more advanced Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE) credential. The CWSP credential is valid for three years. To recertify, certification holders must possess a current CWNA and pass the then-current CWSP exam.
|Certification Name||Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP)|
|Prerequisites/Required Courses||Valid CWNA|
|Number of Exams||One exam, CWSP-206 (90 minutes, 60 questions)|
|Cost per Exam||$275|
|Self-Study Materials||CWNP offers numerous training opportunities, including exam objectives, books, white papers and more (list and links appear on the certification page). From the CWNP Store, you can purchase a study guide ($74.99), an e-learning bundle ($905), practice exam ($125), self-paced training kit ($395) and more.|
While not a part of the leaderboard, the Certified Wireless Design Professional (CWDP) and the SANS GAWN certifications (the GIAC Assessing and Auditing Wireless Networks) are worthy credentials to add to your certification portfolio. In addition to CWNP’s Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) and Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP), we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention CWNP’s other wireless certifications: the Certified Wireless Design Professional (CWDP), Certified Wireless Analysis Professional (CWAP) and Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE). Together, these certifications provide CWNP with a powerful wireless certification portfolio.
Other vendor-neutral wireless certifications worthy of mention include the iNARTE Wireless Device Certification Professional (WCDP).
Several industry players also offer wireless certifications, including Alcatel-Lucent (now part of Nokia), Extreme Networks, HPE and others. For those wishing to specialize in vendor platforms (such as Alcatel-Lucent, Extreme Networks, etc.), vendor-sponsored programs are the ticket to recognition and specific jobs. IT professionals working with Cisco will (of course) want to take a closer look at the creme de la creme of the Cisco certification tier, the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Wireless (CCIE Wireless). As with the CCNA Wireless and CCNP Wireless, Cisco released a new CCIE credential – CCIE Enterprise Wireless – on February 24, 2020.
For those interested in specific areas of wireless technology – particularly security – numerous other options also present themselves, depending on the person seeking other credentials that bear on wireless networking, either broadly or narrowly.
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Dec. 7—DANVILLE — After the unexpected resignation of longtime Vermilion County Health Department Director/Administrator Doug Toole last month, the Board of Health had to act quickly.
In a special meeting on Tuesday, the board selected the department's director of environmental health, Jana Messmore, as interim director/administrator.
Messmore had been in an interim position since Toole resigned on Nov. 16. But Tuesday's meeting made it official.
"It's been a little bit hectic, but we have a great staff at the health department and they have done their part in asking what they can do to help," Messmore said. "I am just navigating to get through until they find someone to hire."
No official reason has been given for Toole's departure and the Commercial-News has been unable to reach him for comment. Toole's position as leader of the health department became higher profile during the COVID-19 pandemic when public health issues were magnified.
Messmore has been part of the department for 16 years and during that time she said she has built relationships that are going to help her through this period.
"I started in 2006 as an inspector and moved up to food program supervisor and I started running environmental health this past summer," Messmore said. "Every day has been easier and people from other local health departments have been contacting me and everyone is ready to step up and answer any questions that I have."
Also on Nov. 16, new Board President Brad Gross said starting his term as leader of the board with a search for a new department director was challenging.
"I can't go into personnel, but it comes with the job," Gross said. "People come and people go. We are lucky that Jana is here and she's great and I have all the confidence in her. The health department is lucky to have her."
Applications are coming in for a permanent director, Gross said. Messmore — who is still running the environmental health division — said her name will not be in the mix.
"I have two small children and I could not dedicate all the time that this position would require," Messmore said. "Maybe in the future, but I really love environmental health and I am not done with that job yet."
Gross said the process has started and it will not end until the board finds the perfect candidate.
"We are already getting applications and we are going to start the process," Gross said. "We are going to look at one application at a time and go from there. It's a process."
Harrison County Health Administrator Garen Rhome is resigning to take a job with the Ohio Department of Health. He will be the regional health officer for Southeast Ohio and assume those duties in December.
He has been with the department for more than six years and led it through the pandemic.
Rhome said thanks to citizens passing a levy in 2015, the department was able to expand its programming.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Friday that it does not expect to renew the public health emergency declaration for the monkeypox outbreak when it expires early next year, citing the low number of cases that are now being reported.
&#8220;Given the low number of cases today, HHS does not expect that it needs to renew the emergency declaration when it ends on January 31, 2023. But we won’t take our foot off the gas – we will continue to monitor the case trends closely and encourage all at-risk individuals to get a free vaccine,&#8221; HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.
HHS said this decision was based on &#8220;current data&#8221; and added it would &#8220;not be afraid&#8221; to change course if conditions change in the future.
Like with the COVID-19 public health emergency, HHS had said it would issue a 60-day notice on whether or not it expected to renew the emergency declaration for monkeypox as a courtesy to stakeholders and health care providers.
The declaration was renewed once in November, with Becerra citing the &#8220;continued consequences of an outbreak of monkeypox cases across multiple states.&#8221;
There were some indications that same month, however, that the Biden administration was pulling back on the national monkeypox response. Two months prior, when the hundreds of cases were still being reported daily, the White House had requested $4.5 billion to bolster the monkeypox response.
But in November, the administration lowered its request for monkeypox funding to $400 million for the purpose of restoring reserves of the smallpox vaccines that had been used for the response.
According to the most accurate federal data, the seven-day moving average for monkeypox cases is seven, a steep drop from when the average peaked at about 460 cases in early August.
The 2022 monkeypox outbreak has been defined by its movement through the social networks of men who have sex with men. The early months of the outbreak saw many members of this community waiting inordinate amounts of time for vaccines, tests and treatments, prompting criticism from community members, advocates and lawmakers.
With no treatments specifically made for monkeypox, health officials in the U.S. and abroad deployed vaccines and treatments commonly used for smallpox, which falls within the same family of viruses that monkeypox belongs to.
More than 1 million doses of the two-dose Jynneos smallpox vaccine have been administered in the U.S., and nearly 6,300 patients have been prescribed the antiviral treatment TPOXX, an antiviral also meant for treating smallpox.
In its statement, HHS referred to the U.S.&#8217;s progress in responding to the monkeypox outbreak as &#8220;virtually unheard of.&#8221;
&#8220;Over the next 60 days we will focus on supporting jurisdictions and the Department to ensure the expiration of the PHE will not hinder response efforts,&#8221; the agency noted. &#8220;Mpox continues to be a priority for HHS and the Administration more broadly, and we do not expect the expiration of the PHE to impact the Administration’s ability to get vaccinations, tests, and treatments to affected individuals.&#8221;
People line up to get a monkeypox vaccination at a new walk-up monkeypox vaccination site at Barnsdall Art Park on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 in Hollywood, CA.
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The Biden administration will end the public health emergency declared in response to the monkeypox outbreak, as new infections have declined dramatically and vaccination rates have increased.
The Health and Human Services Department does not expect it will renew the emergency declaration after it expires on Jan. 31 "given the low number of cases today," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement Friday.
"But we won't take our foot off the gas — we will continue to monitor the case trends closely and encourage all at-risk individuals to get a free vaccine," he said. "As we move into the next phase of this effort, the Biden-Harris Administration continues working closely with jurisdictions and partners to monitor trends, especially in communities that have been disproportionately affected."
Becerra declared an emergency in August in an effort to accelerate a vaccination and education campaign as the virus was spreading swiftly in the gay community. The spread of the virus, dubbed "mpox" on Monday by the World Health Organization in order to reduce stigma associated with its name, has slowed drastically since.
Mpox has infected nearly 30,000 people and killed 19 in the U.S. since health officials confirmed the first domestic case in May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. outbreak is the largest in the world.
But infections have slowed dramatically since August, when new cases peaked at more than 450 per day on average. The U.S. is currently averaging about seven new cases a day, according to CDC data.
U.S. health officials have said the outbreak has slowed because vaccinations have increased dramatically, and people have changed their behavior in response to education campaigns about how to avoid infection.
The vaccination campaign got off to a rocky start, with limited supplies resulting in long lines at clinics and protests in some cities. But vaccinations increased significantly after the White House created a task force and HHS declared a public health emergency.
More than 1.1 million doses of the Jynneos vaccine have been administered in the U.S. since the summer. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has said about 1.7 million gay and bisexual people who are HIV positive or are taking medication to prevent HIV infection are at highest risk from mpox.
Mpox has spread primarily through sexual contact among men who have sex with men. The virus causes rashes resembling pimples or blisters that can develop in sensitive areas and be very painful. Though mpox is rarely fatal, people with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe disease.
The CDC, in a report published in late October, said it is unlikely the U.S. will eradicate mpox in the near future. The virus will probably continue to circulate at low level primarily in communities of men who have sex with men, according to CDC. Though anyone can catch mpox, there's little evidence of the virus spreading widely in the general population so far, according to CDC.
The global mpox outbreak this year is the largest in history with more than 80,000 confirmed cases in more than 100 countries. The current outbreak is highly unusual because the virus is spreading widely between people in Europe and North America.
Historically, mpox spread at low levels in remote areas of West and Central Africa where people caught the virus from infected animals.
Correction: New cases peaked at more than 450 per day on average in August. A previous version of this story misstated the figure.
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