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iNARTE Telecommunications Engineer

Best Telecommunications Certifications

iNARTE is the International Association for Radio, Telecommunications and Electromagnetics, an industry group founded in 1982 to develop and implement a certification program for telecommunications engineers and technicians. Since then, iNARTE has added certifications for wireless system installers and product safety engineers and technicians, among others. After merging with RABQSA International in 2012, and the two organizations are known formally as Exemplar Global.

The iNARTE Telecommunications certification program includes the Telecommunications Technician and Telecommunications Engineer credentials, geared toward many facets of the industry, including networking (LAN and WAN), cellular and satellite. Both have Junior, Senior and Master credential levels.

Each level of the Telecommunications Engineer certification requires an increased number of years in the workforce. The Junior level requires at least four years of related work experience, the Senior level requires six years, and the Master requires eight. Candidates can substitute four years of work experience with an engineering or science college degree approved by the iNARTE Certification Review Board. Each level also requires the candidate to provide references from one supervisor and two or three peers and to pass an exam.

Once you achieve the Junior Telecommunications Engineer credential, you can upgrade to the Senior level by meeting all requirements, and will pay a lower rate for the exam. The same applies to an upgrade from the Senior level to Master. To maintain membership and be listed in the iNARTE Certified Professionals database on the organization's website, candidates must renew annually.

iNARTE Telecommunications Engineer Facts & Figures

Certification Name
iNARTE Telecommunications Engineer
Prerequisites & Required Courses
Four years of relevant work experience for Junior level, six years for Senior level and eight years for Master level; an approved Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering (BSEE), Bachelor of Science in electronics engineering technology (BSEET) or another science-related bachelor's degree may be substituted for up to four years of experience.

A current FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL)

References from one supervisor and two peers (the Master level requires three peers)
Number of Exams
One per level (minimum score of 75 percent)
Cost per Exam
Application and exam fees:
  • $110: Junior Telecommunications Engineer
  • $130: Senior Telecommunications Engineer
  • $145: Master Telecommunications Engineer
Exams offered by several different proctors worldwide; exam proctor may change an additional fee
Self-Study Materials
Recommended material:
Reference Data for Engineers: Radio, Electronics, Computer and Communications Computer and Communications, 9th edition, by Mac E. Van Valkenburg and Wendy M. Middleton