WIA launches wireless telecom education, training program

The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) has created the Telecommunications Education Center (TEC), a new program and online portal that aims to provide the wireless telecommunications industry with a series of education and training courses with the goal of building a stronger and more diverse workforce, the company said.

TEC aims to improve safety and quality, reduce costs of wireless infrastructure deployment and address existing skills gaps to meet the needs of companies deploying next-generation network technologies.

Subjects introduced in the initial phase of TEC courses will cover wireless fundamentals and include: Wireless 101; Macrocellular Infrastructure; Small Cells and DAS; WiFi; and 5G. TEC courses also can be customized to meet organization-specific onboarding, professional development and training needs.

TEC courses will be delivered through traditional classroom instruction, in-the-field training, and online interactions. WIA worked with academia, its members, subject matter experts, and education consultants to develop the courses and the manner in which those courses will be delivered.

WIA, which also partnered with Virginia State University to pilot the program, will work closely with the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP), the US Department of Labor, and the Federal Communications Commission to provide applicable contact hours earned with course and training completion.

The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA), formerly known as PCIA, represents the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its more than 230 members include infrastructure providers, wireless carriers, equipment manufacturers, and professional services firms. The association produces the Wireless Infrastructure Show and HetNet Expo each year.