Training Course

Certified Wireless Specialist (CWS)

  • CWS
  • £1,195 +VAT
  • 1 day

Why this course?

This unique course provides an excellent, vendor-neutral introduction to 802.11 / Wi-Fi networks for “non-technical” people, and helps attendees prepare for the Certitrek Certified Wireless Specialist (CWS) on-line exam and certification. The course goes beyond the basic CWS curriculum, explains the language and terminology of 802.11 standards and Wi-Fi, as well as the hardware and software used in indoor and outdoor wireless networks (WLANs) – from Radio Frequency (RF) concepts, through 802.11 / Wi-Fi terminology, to the details of Wi-Fi AP, client devices and wireless bridges. The Certified Wireless Specialist (CWS) certification validates the knowledge of wireless sales, marketing, entry-level support and decision-making professionals in 802.11 / Wi-Fi networks.

Training Course Objectives

On completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand Wi-Fi equipment and its primary functions
  • Understand 802.11 / Wi-Fi terminology
  • Identify Wireless LAN hardware and software
  • Understand essential aspects of outdoor wireless networks
  • Specify Wi-Fi site survey requirements
  • Understand how to define an Organisation’s goals and requirements for a Wi-Fi network
  • Prepare for the Certitrek Certified Wireless Specialist (CWS) on-line certification exam.

Who should attend this course

  • People responsible for selling or marketing wireless products and services.
  • Entry-level / Level 1 IT support staff, supporting Wi-Fi network users.
  • Decision-making professionals and stakeholders with influence over Wi-Fi network purchases.
  • People wanting to take the Certitrek Certified Wireless Specialist (CWS) on-line certification exam.

Course Pre-requisites

Students should have a basic knowledge of Ethernet networks.


The CWS course helps attendees prepare for the Certitrek® CWS-100 Certified Wireless Specialist (CWS®) exam.

Lifetime Post-Course Support

After completing this training course, delegates receive lifetime post-training support from LEVER Technology Group, to help them apply the technologies and skills they have learned with us, to provide career-long support, and to ensure they are better equipped for their future roles in IT and networking.

Training Course Content

Understanding Radio Frequency (RF) concepts

  • Understanding the essential characteristics of Radio Frequency transmissions
  • How do RF signals move through an environment?
  • Understanding the RF bands used for Wi-Fi
  • RF channels and Channel Plans

IEEE 802.11 Standards and Amendments

  • From 802.11 to 802.11ax and beyond
  • What are DSSS, OFDM, ERP, HT, VHT and HE?
  • What are the capabilities of each standard
  • Understanding the basic Physical layer (PHY) characteristics

Wi-Fi Equipment

  • The role and functions of Wireless Access Points (APs)
  • AP features and capabilities
  • Standalone, controller-based, branch and controller-less APs
  • Understanding AP management
  • Understanding Wi-Fi antennas
  • Choosing between WLAN antenna types

Wireless Clients

  • Understanding the capabilities of Wi-Fi client devices
  • Discovering client devices and the applications in use
  • Understanding the loads that Wi-Fi clients place on networks

Outdoor Wireless Bridge Links

  • PTP versus PtMP
  • How fast and far can we go with wireless links?
  • Wireless link reliability
  • Overview of Mesh networks

Wi-Fi Network Performance

  • Factors that affect Wi-Fi network performance
  • The Wi-F client perspective
  • What affects Wi-Fi network capacity?
  • The requirements for VoWLAN (Voice over Wi-Fi)

WLAN Security, BYOD and Guest Access

  • Understanding WPA, WPA2 and WPA3 security
  • Understanding Captive Portals (and splash pages)
  • What are BYOD and MDM?
  • Determining the best solution for BYOD and Guest Access

Enhanced 802.11 Functions

  • Understanding the more advanced features of 802.11n, 802.11ac and 802.11ax
  • What are the requirements for fast and secure roaming?

Understanding Wi-Fi Site Survey

  • What’s wrong with most Wi-Fi site surveys today?
  • Why too many Wi-Fi networks fail to deliver
  • The 7 types of Wi-Fi site survey
  • What should a real Wi-Fi site survey involve?
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