9 career-boosting Wi-Fi certifications

Network and security pros can benefit from adding vendor-neutral or vendor-specific certifications to your resume

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If you’re looking to add more certifications to your resume, don’t forget about wireless! Whether you’re just starting your IT career, have been in IT before Wi-Fi was a thing, or even if you have a non-IT position, there are certifications to help prove your wireless knowledge and skills.

For starters, there are vendor-neutral certifications from Certified Wireless Network Professionals (CWNP), one of most popular programs in the wireless world. These are great if you aren’t already loyal to a networking brand. And even if you already have a favorite brand, these go deeper into the 802.11 standards and radio frequency (RF) technology without all the proprietary details and brand specifics.

Vendor-neutral wireless credentials are also useful for security professionals who want to extend ethical hacking or penetration testing from the wired to wireless networks.

In addition, there are vendor-specific certifications from the companies that offer Wi-Fi gear and platforms.  And there are even some certs that won’t cost you a penny. Here are nine Wi-Fi certifications that can increase your knowledge of the technology and help take your career to another level.

1. Certified Wireless Specialist (CWS)

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