IWCE is proud to partner with ETA® International (ETA) to offer unparalleled access to certification and training in specific technology areas. Accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC), ETA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) trade association that serves technology-related industries by providing accredited individual certifications per the ISO 17024 standard for certification bodies. You can find ETA-certified professionals working for many well-known companies like Motorola Solutions, Google, Disney, Verizon, and the United States Armed Forces.
At IWCE 2023 you may choose from 11 multi-day training options across the spectrum of wireless and related technologies. Each pass will also provide access to the IWCE Expo Hall.
Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28
Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30
Registration includes access to IWCE's exhibit hall on Wednesday and Thursday, the cost of the ETA certification exam, lunch on each day of your training, and the opportunity to take the exam right onsite at IWCE!
*ETA Courses are not included in any IWCE conference package and must be purchased separately.
Wireless Network Technician
Fiber Optics 1-2-3
|Title||Take the test to be certified as:||Description:|
|Associate Certified Electronics Technician||CETa||The Associate certification is designed for technicians who have less than two years of experience or trade school training for electronics technicians. Topics covered include: DC Electronics, AC Electronics, Components & Semiconductors, Analog Circuits, Re-cabling & Telecommunications, Digital Circuits & Microprocessors, Troubleshooting, Test Equipment & Repair, Shop & Service Management.|
Cybersecurity and Information Technology Specialist Training
*Recommended: Prior computer systems and computer networking experience.
|ITS||The Information Technology Security certification covers all areas of cybersecurity for information technology. This certification identifies a specialist’s knowledge of computer hardware and software security measures as well as wireless communications security, device security, cryptography, social engineering, virus detection/mitigation, troubleshooting, disaster prevention/recovery and site risk analysis.|
|DAS Code Compliance||DASC||This training addresses recent code changes that include requirements needed to approve, design, build, and test procedures as spelled out in the recently updated International Fire Code (IFC) Section 510-2021 Emergency Responder Radio Coverage (ERRC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1225-2022 code. This class incorporates specific discussions to ensure that the ERRCS is in compliance with the current standards.|
Fiber Optics 1-2-3
*In conjunction with Light Brigade
|FOI||This four-day course provides a fundamental understanding of fiber optics, coupled with the practical hands-on skills training required to install and maintain fiber optic networks. Perfect for those new to fiber or those looking to enhance their current skill set. Two days of classroom time are dedicated to the understanding of fiber technology and network components, followed by two days of hands-on skills training to develop cable preparation, termination, splicing, and testing skills.|
General Communications Technician Training-Level 1
|GCT1||General Communications Technician-Level 1 trains technicians on the practices and procedures common to radio communication technicians, helping comms techs work within the Incident Command System (ICS) organizational structure. It is intended for the novice technicians or anyone that needs a basic technical understanding of communications systems. This course is ideal for federal, state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals and coordination/support personnel with communications backgrounds. Individuals who are responsible for managing a Strategic Technology Reserve (radio cache, mobile communications vehicle, or other deployable communications assets) are encouraged to attend. GCT1 is modeled after the US Department of Homeland Security's COM-T program.|
General Communications Technician Training-Level 2
*Prerequisite: GCT1 certification and two years of experience
|GCT2||The General Communications Technician program is customizable “hands-on” instruction modeled after the DHS guidelines that cover all the disciplines listed in the COMT program and the APCO/ANSI technician standards. GCT-2 brings the GCT-1 apprentice deeper into everyday problems encountered by the field engineer. GCT-2 expands the attendee’s knowledge base to include advanced elements of various communications concepts and technologies by focusing on everyday activities including, field installation, troubleshooting, and service procedures.|
|Line and Antenna Sweep||LAS||Line and antenna sweeping are coming into the field at a technician level through hand-held units. Carrier and equipment manufacturers develop installation Methods of Procedures to ensure every decibel of signal strength is maximized in the increasingly crowded RF spectrum. Line and antenna sweeping are critical tests for the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of antenna components and networks. The course moves beyond a simple wattmeter test when installing or maintaining any antenna system.|
|Microwave Fundamentals||MRT||The microwave spectrum is generally described as running between 500 MHz and 300 GHz. At these frequencies wave-lengths become relatively short, and measure between 1 cm and 60 cm in length. Microwave systems have proven capable of effectively processing and transmitting both analog and digital intelligence. Microwave technicians, therefore, must be equally versed in frequency modulation (FM) and digital modulation techniques. In this course we will take a system approach in our examination and analysis of microwave radio communication.|
|Practical Antenna Basics - Making Sense of RF Propagation in Everyday Communications Systems||PAB||In this course participants will be introduced to basic antenna theory. We will examine the fundamental principles of RF propagation and explore the antenna’s critical role in wireless communication systems. A major problem in any wireless communication system is the efficient transformation of internal circuit voltage and current into electromagnetic energy. The transformational complexity often results in an over-simplified explanation of an antenna as just a passive device with strange and magical abilities. Those attending this course will learn to dispel any mystical nature and develop a sound practical understanding of how antennas work.|
|Radio Frequency Interference Mitigation||RFIM||This course will provide a background in the frequency spectrum and RF technology and review causes and sources of interference. Spectrum analyzers will be covered in detail along with software functions and tools to support interference hunting. Many interference hunting cases will be presented. Students will have hands-on time with a variety of modern commercial spectrum analyzers. A “Tiny SA” spectrum analyzer will be given to the students for use during the labs.|
Wireless Networking Technician
*In conjunction with UMass Global
|WNT||Brought to you by UMass Global, this course provides students with an introduction to the world of wireless communication technology that is impacting every sector of our interconnected world today. The fundamental knowledge of RF technology used in wireless communications and how intelligent information is communicated for specific applications along with system design components and their requirements is presented. Antenna theory, transmission lines, RF propagation, and modulation schemes are discussed.|