BICSI Wireless Designer (WD)

April 14, 2011 by · Comments Off on BICSI Wireless Designer (WD)
Filed under: WD, WDRM 

Cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and laptop computers have become essential in today’s world, both for business and personal use. With flexible configurations and versatile roaming, technical knowledge of the wireless design field is vital for designing future networks. From the business industry to the household sector, the proliferation of wireless LAN networking hardware makes proficiency in the subject a necessity for network designers.

Wireless Designer candidates are tested on their ability to understand and apply a vast collection of knowledge of wireless systems and wireless design. Those awarded the Wireless Designer credential have demonstrated their knowledge in:

  • Wireless fundamentals
  • WLAN 802.11 standards and applications
  • Antenna selection
  • Security requirements
  • Site surveys required to deploy successful WLAN solutions
  • Licensed and unlicensed spectrum use
  • Point-to-point (PTP)
  • Point-to-multipoint technologies
  • Cellular networks
  • Personal area networks (PANs), such as Bluetooth®

The Wireless Design exam is based on BICSI’s Wireless Design Reference Manual (WDRM). Those passing the exam will become registered with the Wireless Designer credential.

Requirements and Qualifications

To sit for the Wireless Designer credential examination, you must have:

  • A minimum of two years of approved and verifiable design experience in wireless design. Generic ITS/distribution system design or experience in another area of specialization is not acceptable.
  • Successfully completed the ITS Fundamentals examination or hold a current RCDD.

The WD credential is valid for three years. Within each three-year registration period, all Wireless Designers must obtain a minimum of 36 BICSI offered or approved continuing education credits (CECs). These CECs must be of a technical nature and directly related to the particular area of specialty within the ITS industry. Click here for additional renewal information. 

Note: The number of CECs needed to renew the WD credential has changed from 30 to 36 and from a two year renewal period to a three year renewal period. This will take effect for the December 31, 2009, renewals and the renewals thereafter.

Examination Information

  • Format: 2 hours, 100 questions, closed-book, true/false and multiple choice
  • Pricing: Members—$325; Nonmembers—$525
  • Exam Retake Fee (if applicable): Members—$110; Nonmembers—$285