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Last Update: April 2010



Wireless certifications are currently being offered by 5 organisations:


Planet3 Wireless offer the Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP) program.


SANS offer the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Assessing Wireless Networks or GAWN


OSSTMM offer the OSSTMM Wireless Security Expert (OWSE) certification


ThinkSECURE offer the Organisational Systems Wireless Auditor (OSWA) and Open Source Wireless Integration Security Professional (OSWISP) certifications.


Cisco offer the Cisco Wireless LAN Specialists program.


NARTE offer the Wireless System Installers Certification program.





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Planet 3 currently offer 5 vendor-neutral wireless certifications:

  • Wireless# an the entry-level wireless certification for the IT industry.


  • Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) is a foundation level wireless LAN certification for the CWNP Program.


  • Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP) designed to give you the knowledge you need to keep hackers out of your wireless network.


  • Certified Wireless Analysis Professional (CWAP) designed to give you the knowledge to troubleshoot and increase the performance of your wireless network.


  • Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE) designed to give you the skills to administer, install, configure, troubleshoot, and design wireless network systems including: Packet analysis, intrusion detection, performance analysis and advanced design.




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SANS offer GIAC certifications for all of the major IT Security competencies and the GAWN is their Wireless Security offering.  The course to accompany the certification is the GIAC Assessing Wireless Networks (SEC-617) which can be studied for with the SANS mentor program or covered in one of their global SANS training events.


Official SANS GIAC Certification overview


"The GAWN certification is designed for technologists who need to assess the security of wireless networks. The certification focuses on the different security mechanisms for wireless networks, the tools and techniques used to evaluate and exploit weaknesses, and techniques used to analyse wireless networks." -SANS





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"The OWSE certification program is designed for those who want to learn more about the various ways to technically execute a comprehensive and professional wireless security audit within the internationally recognized Open-Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM) framework." -OSSTMM


The OWSE certification exam is a practical examination requiring a total number of 100 responses within the 4 hour examination period.





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ThinkSECURE currently offer the following vendor neutral WLAN certifications:

  • Organisational Systems Wireless Auditor (OSWA) 


  • Open Source Wireless Integration Security Professional (OSWISP)

"The OSWiSP teaches a vendor-independent approach to practical deployment, auditing and securing of both private and public Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) based on the PRACTICAL WIRELESS DEPLOYMENT METHODOLOGY (PWDM), a peer-reviewed, open-source methodology."

"The OSWA teaches attendees the practical technical knowledge, methodology and skills to execute a wireless audit/penetration test.  The OSWA is designed from the ground up to teach wireless security from the starting point of understanding the fundamentals of Radio Frequency (RF) and RF Spectrum Analysis,  understanding the IEEE 802.11 specification and how to analyze information contained in 802.11 packet dumps, how to penetrate wireless LANs and wireless clients, how to build your own wireless hardware to augment your wireless auditing capabilities, how to hunt down and geographically locate wireless hackers and moochers on the fly and in real time using ThinkSECURE's MoocherHunter tool, etc.  In addition, the OSWA also covers practical security issues affecting other wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and RFID.  With its practical hands-on certification examination and by equipping attendees with the correct technical skillsets, as well as an understanding of legal issues involved in testing a target, the OSWA will enhance the capability of professional security testers and provide attendees with the proper methodology, skills and tools to conduct consistent and comprehensive wireless security tests.-ThinkSECURE



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Cisco currently offer the following wireless certifications:





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NARTE offer 2 wireless installer certifications both designed to certify those who install wireless LAN systems, Bluetooth, UNII devices, AVIS, and unlicensed PCS Systems:

  • Wireless Installer Engineer


  • Wireless Installer Technician


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