Certified Wireless Network Administrator – CWNA

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NEW and Updated for 2020: Official CWNA-108 Certification Training!

In order to reach CWNP Associate level, the candidate must have a working knowledge of Wireless technologies.

This certification is ideal for engineers who have at least 1 year of experience in the field.

The official Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) training class covers a multitude of topics ranging from RF Frequencies, Wireless LAN Analysis, and RF Math, to Site Surveying and Antennas.This class provides the networking professional with a solid foundation of knowledge for entering into, or advancing within, the wireless networking industry.

From basic RF theory to 802.11 Frame Exchange processes, this course delivers hands-on training that will benefit the novice as well as the experienced network professional.

Main Areas Covered by CWNA Certification Training:

  • Radio Frequency (RF) Technologies
  • Wireless Standards and Organizations
  • 802.11 Network Architecture


Related Information

802.11ac In-Depth – whitepaper – Aruba

Additional Purchase Suggestion

CWNP-recommended (optional) additional purchase suggestion, via Amazon:

802.11ac A Survival Guide – Matthew S. Gast – O’Reilly


You can view and download a PDF copy of this Class Outline, released in September 2020, here:
Class Outline _ CWNA 108



To familiarize student with the following knowledge domains:

  • Radio Frequency (RF) Technologies
  • WLAN Regulations and Standards
  • WLAN Protocols and Devices
  • WLAN Network Architecture and Design Concepts
  • WLAN Security
  • RF Validation
  • WLAN Troubleshooting

Pre-Requisite Knowledge Advisory

While there is no hard-and-fast formal prerequisite to attend CWNA, CWNP *strongly* recommends that students posess at least 1 year of experience in wireless networking, prior to attending this CWNA exam training class.

To quote from CWNP’s website: “Do you have an understanding of the fundamentals of wireless technology? Do you know how WLAN works and how its managed day-to-day? Do you have the ability to install, configure, and troubleshoot and maintain wireless networks within small business or Enterprise deployments?”

Wireless is significantly different from other forms of networking. Do not fall into the trap of thinking “I’ve been working in (routing and switching / wired) networking for years. Wireless will be easy.”

If you do not readily know what a “4-way handshake” is, or how to do “RF math”, then CWNA is definitely the training class you’ll need. It gives a strong foundation for continuing to work as a wireless network engineer and building your career.

You will need:

  • Basic Knowledge of Networking
  • Understanding of OSI Model
  • Knowledge of IP Subnetting

Exam Required for CWNA Certification

Proctored Exam 90 minutes (60 questions: multiple choice / multiple answer)
Exam Proctor: PearsonVUE
Recertification: 3 years

Class Outline

Module 1 – WLAN and Networking Industry Organizations
  • Wi-Fi Industry Organizations
  • Regulatory Domains
  • Standards Lifecycle
  • 802.11 and Amendments
  • Additional Networking Standards
  • PoE
  • 802.1X
  • EAP
Module 2 – RF Characteristics and Behavior
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Properties of RF Waves
  • RF Propagation, Types of Power Loss and Environmental Impact on RF Waves
  • Modulation
Module 3 – RF Mathematics and Measurements
  • RF Units of Measurement
  • RF Signals Measurement
  • Basic RF Math
  • Link Budgets
Module 4 – RF Antennas and Hardware
  • Antenna Fundamentals
  • Polarization and Gain
  • Types of WLAN Antennas
  • Antenna Systems
  • Antenna Implementation and Safety
  • RF Cables, Connectors, and Accessories
Module 5 – 802.11 PHYs and Network Types
  • Frequency Bands
  • Coexistence Mechanisms
  • 802.11 PHYs
  • Modulation
  • Coding Methodologies
  • Beamforming
  • Deployment Considerations
Module 6 – 802.11 Network Devices
  • Infrastructure Devices
  • Control and Management Systems
  • Network Architecture
  • Device Configuration
  • Power Over Ethernet
Module 7 – 802.11 MAC Operations
  • Frame Types
  • Addressing
  • Connection Methodologies
Module 8 – 802.11 Channel Access Methods
  • Requirements
  • Timing and Distribution
  • Protection Mechanisms
  • Operation Modes
  • Power Management
Module 9 – WLAN Network Architectures
  • Control, Management, and Data Planes
  • Data Forwarding
  • Controllers
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Roaming
  • Available Models
  • AP Placement and Channel Selection
Module 10 – WLAN Requirements and Solutions
  • Data Access
  • User Types
  • Consumption Models
  • Network Types
  • Basic Operating Models
  • Network Management Systems
  • Network Architecture
Module 11 – Security Solutions for WLAN
  • AAA and CIA Models
  • Security Policy
  • Security Strategies
  • Security Mechanisms
  • Security Management
Module 12 – Site Surveys, Network Design and Validation
  • RF Site Surveys
  • Requirements Gathering Processes
  • Survey Reports
  • Survey Methodologies
  • Survey Considerations
  • Spectrum Analysis
Module 13 – WLAN Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting Methodology
  • Protocol and Spectrum Analysis
  • Monitoring
  • Interference