IT Certifications and Career Paths

Wireless Comparison Chart

Wireless Certification Comparison Chart
Certification Name Years of experience Job Role Product/Technology Number of exams Prerequisites

CCNA Wireless

1 - 3

Primary

  • Network engineers
  • Network administrators
  • Network managers
  • System engineers

Secondary

  • Network designers
  • Project managers
  • Tertiary
  • Program managers
  • Sales and marketing

Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR), Catalyst Switch, 2504 WLAN Controller, 802.11 a/g/n Fixed Unified access points

Cisco IOS Software, Windows 2xxx, CleanAir, WLC, WCS, Wireshark

1

A valid CCNA or any CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite

CCNP Wireless

3 - 5

Primary

  • Wireless LAN Specialists
  • Wireless network engineers
  • Wireless test engineers
  • Wireless network administrators
  • Wireless network managers
  • Mid-level wireless support engineers

Secondary

  • Project managers
  • Network designers

Tertiary

  • Program managers
  • Sales and Marketing

Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR), Catalyst Switch, 2504 WLAN Controller, 802.11 a/g/n Fixed Unified access points, Ekahau Survey adaptor, High-Speed WAN Interface Control Module (HWIC)

Cisco IOS, Windows, CleanAir, WLC, WCS, Wireshark, Cisco Spectrum Expert, CAPWAP

4

A valid CCNA Wireless certification or any CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite

CCIE Wireless

7+

WLAN Engineers and Senior networking professional

Cisco wireless access points, Cisco wireless LAN controllers, mobility services, Cisco wireless phones, Cisco catalyst switches, Cisco secure access server for Linux, and Cisco wireless control system

Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software, Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software for Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controllers, Cisco Aironet 1260 Series IOS Software, Cisco Catalyst 6500 SUP720/MSFCC3 IOS Software, Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches IOS Software Release, Cisco Catalyst 3560E Series Switches IOS Software Release, Cisco Secure ACS for Linux, Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client 

Cisco Spectrum Expert, Wireshark, WCS 7.0

1 Written Exam

1 Practical Lab Exam

None

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