A professional association for the WLAN community defining industry best practices and quality assurance in the delivery of Wi-Fi networks.
A professional association for the WLAN community
The WLA is a non-profit organisation furthering the WLAN industry by focusing on individuals engaged in the WLAN industry. We bring together a community of industry professionals who share their experiences with one another. This provides our members with a competitive advantage as they become more active and better informed members of the WLAN industry.
The Wireless LAN Association supports and advises its members as they improve their knowledge and technical expertise. WLA helps our members gain the skills they need through certification and training, thereby increasing customer confidence in the WLAN industry.
We provide a unified voice for our members and build strong links with other standard organisations. This allows the WLA to represent our members within the wireless industry, taking our member comments and concerns to other leading wireless organisations.
Defining Industry Best Practises
The WLA is currently creating standards for WLAN design, assessment, implementation, and validation which will benefit the WLAN industry as a full life-cycle standard.
Members of the Wireless LAN Association are part of a supporting community of experts eager to share their knowledge and experience with one another to enhance customer credibility by providing industry-accepted WLAN standards. The WLA supports its members’ professional development by recommending training courses and certification tracks which meet the WLA standards for quality and technical accuracy.
All WLA members will be expected to follow the code of ethics. This document defines the conduct of our members in relation to one another and the industry.
(The Wireless LAN Association is a Non Profit Corporation registered in the USA.)
Rick Murphy is a member of IEEE Standards Association, board member of the Network Professional Association, and founding member of the CWNE Roundtable.
Rick began designing, implementing, and maintaining wired and wireless networks within the western United States in 1984. Since 1995 he has specialized in the design and deployment of indoor wireless LANs, and outdoor point-to-multipoint wireless networks for municipalities and small-to-medium sized businesses. In 1997, he began teaching and developing wireless networking training programs which are used today by major international IT education providers, such as Learning Tree International, Global Knowledge, and the CWNP Program.
Alan Blake is a Wi-Fi enthusiast complimented with over 20 years network routing, switching and Wireless experience. Alan currently works as an independent consultant based out of the UK, designing and building enterprise Wi-Fi and data networks across Europe. Alan is an active member within the Wi-Fi community as a passionate tweeter, blogger and guest speaker at conferences around the world.
Tim has been in the networking field since 2003 with a focus on WLAN since 2007. He has a mix of government and private sector work experience covering many different verticals: museums, carpeted offices, warehousing, manufacturing, clean room, and outdoor deployments. Beyond networking he enjoys the outdoors – hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding. He is also a member of Toastmasters International which continues to help him hone his speaking skills.
Sam is a highly-certified Mobility Engineer with a passion for all things wireless Sam validates his knowledge through some of the most stringent vendor specific (CCIE-Wireless) and vendor neutral (CWNE) certification programs and is always looking to keep up to date on the latest technology trends and best practices. Sam shares his knowledge with the community through his blog SC-WiFI
Keith Parsons is Managing Director of the Wireless LAN Professionals, Inc. A gifted presenter, Keith is known for his wit and broad technical experience. He holds 68 technical certifications (9 Wireless) and has earned an MBA from the Marriott School of Management. He is author (or editor) of a 30+ technical publications and has developed seven technical industry and vendor certifications.
Mr. Parsons is a sought after presenter for a variety of technical conferences on the subjects of Wireless LAN and Network Security/Penetration Testing. He travels throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia in behalf of a wide variety of IT vendors, explaining their products to networking professionals.
Keith has been on the CWNP and CWNE Advisory Boards – and is CWNE #3. He is currently on the Wireless LAN Association Executive Committee. For the past 17 years Mr. Parsons has focused on Wireless LANs, both in providing high-quality customized training as well as WLAN design and consulting services with a variety of global corporations.
Peter Mackenzie is an internationally recognised expert in Wi-Fi and co-author of the CWAP study guide published by Wiley. Peter is currently the Head of Technical Operations for UK company MarQuest, where he is the principle instructor for both the CWNP and Savvius Academy courses. Peter is also a Extreme and Ruckus Certified Technical Instructor. Peter has taught courses in various countries around the globe. When not instructing courses, Peter provides consultancy services specializing in wireless networking and network analysis, to many industries including local government, education, and retail. Peter also heads up the wireless installation team at MarQuest working with many different wireless vendors and holding many of their certifications, along with the vendor natural CWNE and CWNT certifications.
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