WOMOS 255Z Senior Network Operations Technician

WOMOS Description

Design, operate, and interconnect the broad spectrum of commercial and tactical communications and automation systems.

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In Demand

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Star

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improves the MOS technical proficiency.

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CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Broadband TelecomCenter Specialist (BTCS) certification is for individuals with knowledge in maintenance and troubleshooting of the inside plant facilities and of advanced entertainment, data and voice networks within the headend. Candidates must have a minimum of six to eight years of experience in cable television headend operations. Candidates must also pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Broadband Transport Specialist (BTS) is an advanced-level certification for technicians working in the cable telecommunications industry. BTSs are fiber maintenance and transport technicians. The BTS certification aims to identify competency in understanding and delivering signal transport; this includes network headend to hub, also from hub to optical node. BTS candidates are required to have knowledge of fiber optic and microwave system theory, cable system operations, modern telecom video, voice and data products and services, HFC network overview to include optical transport systems, and different cables, optical fibers, and cabling techniques. BTS candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Broadband Distribution Specialist (BDS) is an intermediate-level credential for technicians in the cable telecommunications industry for a cable provider, contractor or vendor. Candidates should be able to perform coaxial network troubleshooting, coaxial network preventive maintenance, and coaxial system design calculations. BDS candidates must have a minimum of five years of work experience in cable television network operations. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Network+ ce is an intermediate skill level certification for IT technicians who can describe the features and functions of networking components and manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure basic network infrastructure. In addition, certification holders have a basic understanding of enterprise technologies, including cloud and virtualization technologies. Network+ ce is appropriate for computer network technicians, engineers, analysts and administrators. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Network+ ce candidates have at least nine months of experience in network support or administration or academic training, along with a CompTIA A+ ce certification.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The BICSI, Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) credential is aimed at Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry professionals. RCDDs are knowledgeable about creation, planning, integration, execution and/or detailed-oriented project management of data communications and telecommunications technology. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The ISACA, Certified Information Systems Auditor is an advanced credential that validates the skills and achievement of professionals who audit, monitor, control, and evaluate an organization’s business and information technology systems. The CISA certification covers topics such as the information systems audit process, IT governance and management, protection of information assets, information systems acquisition, development, implementation, operations, and business resilience. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC 2), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is an advanced skill level certification for experienced security practitioners, managers and executives interested in proving their knowledge across a wide array of security practices and principles. Candidates must have a minimum of five years cumulative paid work experience in two or more of the eight domains of the CISSP CBK. Earning a four-year college degree or regional equivalent or an additional credential from the (ISC)² approved list will satisfy one year of the required experience. Education credit will only satisfy one year of experience.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP), Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) is a base certification for Enterprise Wi-Fi within the CWNP family of certifications. Candidates must have an understanding of the fundamentals of RF behavior and the ability to describe the features and functions of WLAN components as they apply to WLAN administration. CWNA candidates must have the skills needed to install, configure, and troubleshoot WLAN hardware peripherals and protocols in small business and enterprise deployments. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP), Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE) is an expert level Wi-Fi certification for the most elite Wi-Fi professionals. The CWNE certification validates that candidates have mastered all relevant skills to administer, install, configure, troubleshoot, and design wireless network systems. Candidates must have knowledge in areas including, protocol analysis, intrusion detection and prevention, performance and QoS analysis, spectrum analysis and management, and advanced design. Candidates must meet experience and other requirements. Candidates must pass four Certified Wireless Network Professional certification exams (CWNA, CWSP, CWAP and CWDP).
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) is an intermediate skill level credential for professionals responsible for handling and responding to incidents. The GCIH certifies the ability to detect, respond to, and resolve computer security incidents using a wide range of essential security skills. GCIHs know how to manage security incidents by understanding common attack techniques, vectors and tools, as well as defend against and respond to such attacks when they occur. There are no prerequisites for this certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Security Essentials (GSEC) is an intermediate level certification that verifies a practitioner's knowledge of information security beyond basic terminology and concepts. GSECs are qualified to perform security-related hands-on IT systems roles. There are no prerequisites for the GSEC certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)², Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) is an intermediate skill level certification for individuals involved in network and systems security administration responsible for developing the information security policies, standards, and procedures. Candidates manage implementation across various hardware and software programs in their organization. The SSCP is targeted toward those working towards positions such as Network Security Engineers, Security Systems Analysts, or Security Administrators. It is also appropriate for personnel in other non-security disciplines that require an understanding of security but do not have information security as a primary part of their job description, including information systems auditors; application programmers; system, network and database administrators; business unit representatives, and systems analysts. Candidates must meet work experienve requirements to be eligible for the SSCP exam. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Security+ ce certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of IT security. Security+ ce is an entry-level certification that demonstrates a candidates knowledge and skills required to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices; perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques; participate in risk mitigation activities; and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations. The successful candidate will perform these tasks to support the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability. It is recommended that candidates hold the Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Security Leadership Certification (GSLC) is an advanced skill level certification for information security, information technology and security professionals with leadership responsibilities. GSLCs understand governance and technical controls focused on protecting, detecting, and responding to security issues. GSLCs display knowledge of data, network, host, application, and user controls along with fundamental management topics that pertain to the security lifecycle. There are no prerequisites for the GSLC certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

 

 

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) is an advanced certification for the individual who designs, builds, and manages an enterprises information security. CISM focuses on information risk management as the basis of information security. It also includes material on broader issues such as how to govern information security as well as on practical issues such as developing and managing an information security program and managing incidents. This certification is targeted toward experienced information security managers and those who have information security management responsibilities. Five or more years of information security work experience, with a minimum of three years of information security management work experience is required.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Security recognizes individuals who have the knowledge and skills to implement, maintain and support extensive Cisco Network Security Solutions using the latest industry best practices and technologies. Candidates are encouraged to have three to five years of job experience. Candidates must pass a written qualification exam, which covers networking concepts and some equipment commands, and then must pass a hands-on lab exam, which tests the ability to get a secure network running in a timed test situation.
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Renewal Period: Not Renewable

AXELOS, ITIL Foundation certification is an entry level certification which offers candidates a general awareness of the key elements, concepts, and terminology used in the ITIL service lifecycle, including the links between lifecycle stages, the processes used, and their contribution to service management practice. This certification is appropriate for those who require a basic understanding or the ITIL framework, those who need understanding of how ITIL can be used to enhance IT service management within an organization, and IT professionals who are working within an organization that has adopted and adapted ITIL who need to be informed about and thereafter contribute to an ongoing service improvement program. The Foundation examination tests candidates in their ability to understand the basic concepts of ITIL, describe them, and demonstrate basic comprehension of the ITIL practices. This certification is appropriate for IT service managers or those responsible for support, delivery and management of critical IT services and systems. There are no experience or education requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP), Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP) is a professional level certification for a WLAN subject matter expert (SME). A CWSP assists in the creation and implementation of an organization’s enforceable security policy by following applicable regulations, standards, and accepted best practices. A CWSP effectively uses appropriate tools and procedures to ensure the ongoing security of the network. Candidates must have a current CWNA credential to take the CWSP exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Broadband Premises Expert (BPE) certification is designed for experienced field technicians who can install and troubleshoot telecommunications services (video, voice, and data) at customers’ premises. Candidates should be able to install and troubleshoot a variety of triple-play installations, from easy to complex, as well as mentor and coach junior employees. The BPE certification is one of three stand-alone premises certifications. BPE candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) is for expert-level network design engineers, expert-level network leads of IT infrastructure teams, and expert-level network leads of architecture teams working in job roles that require them to translate business needs, budget, and operational constraints into the design of a converged solution. There are no formal prerequisites for CCDE certification. Candidates are recommended to have at least 7 years of experience in Network Engineering or Advanced Network Design. Candidates must pass a 2-hour written qualification exam and an 8-hour practical exam. The written exam covers the topics of network design in the areas of routing, tunneling, Quality of Service (QoS), management cost, capacity, and security. The practical exam tests the candidate's ability to perform design analysis, justify design requirements, and develop a design implementation based on best practices. Only candidates that have a passing score on the CCDE Written Exam may register for the CCDE Practical Exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Professional Security (CCNP Security) is a professional-level certification for candidates in job roles in security technologies. To earn the CCNP security, candidates must pass two exams: a core exam and a concentration exam of the candidate's choice. The core exam focuses on knowledge of security infrastructure. The concentration exams focus on emerging and industry-specific topics. There are no formal prerequisites to sit for the CCNP Security exams; however, it is recommended that candidates have a three to five years of experience implementing security solutions.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) certification is targeted to individuals with advanced-level security skills and knowledge. The CASP+ exam is designed to verify an applicant’s knowledge and skill in the areas of enterprise security, risk management, research and analysis, and the integration of computing, communications, and business disciplines. Although there are no required pre-requisites, the CASP+ certification is intended to follow the CompTIA Security+ certification as the next step in security certifications. A minimum of 10 years of experience in IT administration with at least 5 years in hands-on technical security experience is recommended.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Cisco Certified Network Professional Collaboration (CCNP Collaboration) is for collaboration and unified communications network engineers who want develop advanced collaboration skills designing, deploying, configuring, and troubleshooting Cisco Collaboration and Unified communications applications, devices and networks. Candidates must successfully pass one core exam and one concentration exam to achieve certification. While there are no pre-requisites for CCNP Collaboration, candidates often have three to five years of experience implementing collaboration solutions.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Collaboration (CCIE Collaboration) certification is for Collaboration Architects, Unified Communications Architects, or Voice and Video Network Managers who are responsible for the design, implementation, and troubleshooting of complex collaboration solutions. The certification is an expert-level certification that ensures candidates gain knowledge and experience in collaboration solutions integration and interoperation, configuration, and troubleshooting in complex networks and the challenges of video, mobility, and presence as the foundation for workplace collaboration solutions. There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. Candidates are strongly encouraged to have five to seven years of experience with designing, deploying, operating and optimizing collaboration technologies and solutions prior to taking the exam.
Click here to go to CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA, Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) uses continuous security monitoring to apply behavioral analytics to devices and networks to prevent, detect and combat cybersecurity threats. CySA+ certification validates that the professional has the knowledge and skills required to  leverage threat detection techniques and intelligence, find and address vulnerabilities, analyze and interpret data, recommend preventative actions, and successfully respond to and recover from incidents. While there is no required prerequisite, CySA+ is intended to follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent experience and has a technical, hands-on focus. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

CertNexus, CyberSec First Responder (CFR) is a mid-level certification for security professionals who are the first responders against cyber attacks. Candidates should be able to identify, respond to, protect against, and remediate malicious activities involving computing systems. Additionally, candidates should have the foundational knowledge to deal with a changing threat landscape and will be able to assess risk and vulnerabilities, acquire data, perform analysis, continuously communicate, determine scope, recommend remediation actions, and accurately report results. While there are no formal education or experience prerequisites, the certification is targeted to professionals with three to five years of experience working in a computing environment as part of a CERT/CSIRT/SOC who desire or are required to protect critical information systems before, during, and after an incident which may be a cybersecurity attack.
Click here to go to Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is an entry-level certification for associate-level jobs in the IT industry.  Updated in 2020, the CCNA program covers a broad range of fundamental concepts including network fundamentals, security, and automation and programmability.  Although there are no formal experience or education prerequisites, a candidate is recommended to have one or more years experience implementing and administering Cisco solutions as well as an understanding of basic IP addressing and network fundamentals.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Enterprise is an intermediate-level certification for networking professionals.  The CCNP Enterprise certification program is designed to validate skills in core enterprise technologies and provide an opportunity to select a focus on emerging and industry specific topics.  To earn the CCNA Enterprise certification, candidates must pass a core exam and a concentration exam of their choosing.  The core exam focuses on knowledge of enterprise infrastructure including architecture, visualization, network assurance, security and automation.  While there are no prerequisites, candidates are recommended to have three to five years of experience implementing enterprise networking solutions.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Enterprise Infrastructure certification validates the skills required of expert-level network engineers surrounding complex enterprise infrastructure solutions. Candidates are encouraged to have five to seven years of experience designing, deploying, operating and optimizing enterprise networking solutions prior to attempting the exam. Candidates must pass a written qualification exam, which covers core enterprising networking concepts, and then must pass the corresponding hands-on lab exam which covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex enterprise networks from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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