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Wi reless Communi Cati on engi neeri ng teChnologi es (WCET)Candidates Handbook1Quick Reference GuideContact InformationIEEE WCET Certifcation Program IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc) 3 Park Avenue, 17th Floor New York, NY 10016 USA tel: +1 212 705 8900 fax: +1 212 705 8999 email: cert@comsoc.org website: www.ieee-wcet.orgProfessional Examination Service (PES) 475 Riverside Drive, 6th Floor IEEE WCET Testing Offce (431) New York, NY 10115 USA tel: +1 866 285 0429 or +1 212 367 4369 fax: +1 917 305 9879 email: wcetapp@proexam.orgPrometric IEEE WCET Program 1501 South Clinton Street Baltimore, MD 21224 USA tel: +1 800 532 2169* website: www.prometric.com/wcet *See Prometric Regional Contact Center Information for numbers outside the U.S., U.S. territories or Canada.Important 2011 DatesTesting Window Application Period Application Deadline20 March - 16 April 2011 Through 4 March 20114 March 2011 by 23:59 p.m. UTC2 October - 29 October 2011 Through 16 September 201116 September 2011 by 23:59 p.m. UTCExamination and Other FeesIEEE WCET total examination fee for IEEE and IEEE ComSoc members US$450* IEEE WCET total examination fee for nonmembers US$500* Duplicate certifcate Processing plus shipping fee Review of examination score US$50 Online practice examination US$50*A nonrefundable US$95 application fee is included in the total examination fee.Copyright 2010. IEEE. All Rights Reserved.Wi reless Communi Cati on engi neeri ng teChnologi es (WCET)Candidates Handbook2Application, Scheduling/Rescheduling, Withdrawal, Refund, and Other InformationApply for the IEEE WCET certifcation Visit www.ieee-wcet.org Update your contact information Visit www.ieee-wcet.orgSchedule an appointment Visit www.prometric.com/wcet or Call the number listed on your Authorization to Schedule noticeCancel or reschedule an appointment Visit www.prometric.com/wcet orCall the number listed on your Authorization to Schedule noticeWithdraw your IEEE WCET certifcation application (no appointment) Visit www.ieee-wcet.orgRefund requests Visit www.ieee-wcet.orgView/print score report Visit www.ieee-wcet.orgRequest a duplicate certifcate Email wcetcertifcates@comsoc.org Request a review of examination score Visit www.ieee-wcet.orgSpecial accommodation request Email PES at www.wcetapp@proexam.org or Call +1 866 285 0429 or +1 212 367 4367 General customer service Email PES at www.wcetapp@proexam.org orCall +1 866 285 0429 or +1 212 367 4367Wi reless Communi Cati on engi neeri ng teChnologi es (WCET)Candidates Handbook3ContentsIntroduction Certifcation Overview 6 IEEE WCET Examination Overview 7IEEE WCET Certifcation Denial and Revocation Appeals 10Applying for the ExaminationEligibility Recommendations 12 Application and Examination Fees 13 Testing Windows and Application Deadlines 14Special Accommodation Requests 14 Completing and Submitting the Application 15 Updating Contact Information 16 Application Audit Process 17After Applying for the ExaminationSchedule an Appointment 19 Testing Center Locations 20 Prometric Regional Contact Center Information 21 Appointment Changes, Withdrawals, and Refunds 22Studying for the ExaminationExamination Preparation 27 On Examination Day Presenting Positive Proof of Identity 29 Testing Center Rules 30 Security Acknowledgement and Agreement 31 Inclement Weather and Local or National Emergencies 32Wi reless Communi Cati on engi neeri ng teChnologi es (WCET)Candidates Handbook4After the Examination Receiving Examination Results 34 Retaking the Examination 34 Duplicate Score Reports/Replacement Certifcates 35 Review of Examination Score 36Appendix A IEEE WCET Examination Specifcations 38Appendix B International Testing Center Locations 50Appendix C Sample References 57Appendix DAppendix EAppendix FIEEE Communications Society Top 5 Reasons for Organizations to support the IEEE WCET credential Sample Examination Questions 58IEEE WCET Glossary Constants, Conversions and Equations 60 Special Testing Accommodation Request Form 67Documentation of Disability-Related Needs by Qualifed Professional 68Supporting Documentation of Wireless Communication Engineering Experience 69About the IEEE Communications Society 71Supporting Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies Certifcation 73IntroductionWi reless Communi Cati on engi neeri ng teChnologi es (WCET)Candidates Handbook6IntroductionCertifcation OverviewWhat Is Certifcation?Certifcation is a voluntary process by which individuals are assessed against predetermined standards for knowledge/skills/competencies and granted a time-limited credential. Certifcation normally requires assessment, including testing, and an evaluation of education and/or experience. Certifed individuals are usually issued a certifcate attesting that they have met the standards of the credentialing organization and are entitled to make the public aware of their credentialed status, usually through the use of acronyms (e.g., WCP Wireless Communication Professional) after their names.This certifcation differs from an assessment-based certifcate program in that the IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies Certifcation includes a work experience component. In contrast, an assessment-based certifcate program is a relatively short, non-degree granting program that provides instruction and training to aid individuals in acquiring knowledge/skills/competencies and designates that individuals have passed an end-of-program assessment derived from the learning/course objectives. Although assessment may be an integral part of a certifcate program, the primary purpose of such a program is to provide instruction and training.Why Is Certifcation Desirable?Certifcation sets those with the credential apart fromor abovethose without it. There are a number of advantages to obtaining certifcation. Certifcation becomes a public recognition of professional achievement, both within and outside the profession. For many individuals, achieving certifcation becomes a personal professional goal, a way to test ones knowledge and to measure it against ones peers. Others see certifcation as an aid to career advancement.The IEEE WCET Certifcation ProgramGlobal communication is the defning political and economic force in the world today. It requires new ways of thinking and responding. For engineering professionals, recognizing and understanding this phenomenon is fast becoming a job requirement. The IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc) has designed the IEEE WCET certifcation program to address the worldwide wireless industrys growing and ever-evolving need for qualifed communication professionals who can demonstrate practical problem-solving skills in real-world situations. Individuals who achieve this certifcation will be recognized as having the required knowledge, skill, and ability to meet wireless challenges in various industry, business, corporate, and organizational settings. To assist with the development of the IEEE WCET certifcation program, IEEE ComSoc has contracted with Professional Examination Service (PES), a testing organization with more than 60 years of experience in the development and administration of licensing and certifcation programs. IEEE ComSoc has also contracted with Prometric, the leading global provider of comprehensive testing and assessment services, to deliver the IEEE WCET examination via computer at their testing centers throughout the world.Wi reless Communi Cati on engi neeri ng teChnologi es (WCET)Candidates Handbook7Purpose and Use of CertifcationThe IEEE WCET certifcation shows that the individual has demonstrated mastery of the internationally recognized body of wireless communication knowledge and has accepted the challenge to stay informed of new developments in the wireless feld.The WCET certifcation is completely voluntary. Organizations or individuals incorporating IEEE WCET certifcation as a condition of employment or advancement do so of their own volition. Individuals should determine for themselves whether certifcation, including eligibility and recertifcation requirements, when coupled with any other requirements imposed by individuals or organizations, meets their needs and complies with applicable laws.The IEEE WCET certifcation designation is a visible reminder to peers and co-workers of the individuals signifcant professional achievement. IEEE WCET-certifed professionals should proudly display their certifcates and use the WCP credential on business correspondence.IEEE WCET Examination OverviewIEEE WCET ExaminationThe IEEE WCET examination is administered on computer and consists of 150 scored multiple-choice questions plus 15 unscored pretest questions randomly distributed throughout the examination (a total of 165 questions). Test questions on the examination are in English and are based on the most recently published test specifcations (see Appendix A). Each question lists four possible answers, only one of which is the correct or best possible answer. The answer to each question can be derived independently of the answer to any other question. Four (4) hours are allotted to complete the examination. A calculator will be available online for use during the examination. A brief tutorial will be available prior to the start of the examination to instruct candidates on how to mark and unmark answers, how to navigate through the examination, and how to use the calculator. A glossary of commonly used wireless communication terms will be available via a link during the examination process. This same glossary is also available on the website www.ieee-wcet.org.A candidate must obtain a scale score of 500 or higher, on a scale of 200 to 800, in order to pass the examination and receive his or her certifcation.For those considering taking the IEEE WCET examination, IEEE ComSoc offers an online practice examination. See the section on Studying for the Examination in this hand