CWDP ( wi-fi Design )

CWNP CWDP Certification

The Certified Wireless Design Professional (CWDP) certification is a superior level wireless LAN certification from CWNP. The CWDP certification focuses on the design aspects of a WLAN and will advance a candidates career by ensuring the skill sets required to successfully design enterprise level Wi-Fi networks for various applications and different deployment environments related to WLAN irrespective of the vendors, Wi-Fi brands used and devices deployed by any organization.

The Certified Wireless Design Professional (CWDP) exam code PW0-250 was announced alongside the CWAP certification on April 07, 2010. The certification exam is currently in its beta stage and will be officially available in its entirety during early 2011. To earn the CWDP certification interested candidates must pass two exams, the PW0-104 and the PW0-250. Starting in 2011, the exam PW0-250 will be available internationally at all Pearson VUE testing centers.

The new and updated official CWDP Study Guide is published by Sybex and is jointly authored by Shawn Jackman, Rick Murphy, Matt Swartz, and Marcus Burton. All authors of the study guide are CWNE certified. Co-author Marcus Burton who is also the Director of Content Development at CWNP has said about the newly announced certifications that these were highly anticipated and much needed by wireless professionals.

This study guide will be available on January 1, 2011 along with the official CWDP practice test which will appear on the official website of CWNP (

CWDP Certification Details

To achieve the Certified Wireless Design Professional (CWDP) certification, the candidates have to pass two exams in total the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) certification exam PW0-104 and the second exam PW0-250 of CWDP itself.

The exams for the CWDP can be attempted at all Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide and the cost for the exam is $225. The exam duration is 90 minutes and consists of 60 multiple choice/multiple answer type questions. Passing score of the CWDP exam is 70%. However candidates who are CWNT certified instructors require a passing score of 80% in order for them to be qualified to give CWDP training classes. Currently the exam is available in the English language version.


During the exam the candidates don’t have the option to mark a question and then return to that question later on, also candidates cannot review or reattempt any previously answered question in the exam.

Familiarity with the CWNP exam terminology is recommended for the candidates before taking the CWDA and the CWDP exams. The CWNP terminologies are also common to the CWTS, CWNA, CWSP, and CWNE exams.

Exam Objectives

The Certified Wireless Design Professional (CWDP) PW0-250 exam, covering the CWDP certification objectives of 2010, will certify that successful candidates have the designing skills necessary for a high-performance, reliable and secure enterprise WLAN applicable to different scenarios. As a professional-level certification, detailed understanding of the subject matter and strong concepts are required for this exam. Exam PW0-250 when released in 2011 will include the following, with the scope of further change:

  • Network Planning
  • Design Strategies for a enterprise WLAN
  • Design of Infrastructure and Network Services
  • Designing WLAN RF
  • Advanced Site Surveying
  • 802.11 Security Design
  • Troubleshooting WLAN Design