Employers In Ohio,  Upskill And Train Your Workforce With TechCred Funding

WIA’s 5G Readiness Training is Now Included In Ohio’s TechCred Program

 
 
Ohio’s TechCred Program gives businesses the chance to upskill current and future employees to help them qualify for a better job in today’s tech-infused economy. 
 

Businesses who submit successful applications will be reimbursed, up to $2,000 per credential, when current or prospective employees complete technology-focused credentials. The training provided by WIA is an accredited program through TechCred and eligible for this funding.  

WEBINAR:

October 5, 2022 | 2pm - 3pm ET

Featuring Eric Leach (Deputy Director, Ohio Office of Workforce Transformation) and Dr. Rikin Thakker (Chief Technology Officer, Wireless Infrastructure Association)

Train Your Workforce on 5G Using Ohio's TechCred Funding

Do you have a workforce in need of 5G focused training?
Did you know, in Ohio, this training can be free?

In this webinar you’ll learn about:

Employer eligibility for TechCred funding 

WIA’s 5G credentials offered through TechCred 

The process of applying for TechCred funding

TechCred Funding timelines, and more… 

Join WIA and Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation for this informationawebinar on Ohio’s TechCred Program: 

What is Ohio TechCred? Ohio’s TechCred Program gives employers, within the state of Ohio, the chance to upskill current and future employees in today’s tech-infused economy. Employers who submit successful applications will be reimbursed up to $2,000 per credential per employee when current or prospective employees complete eligible technology-focused credentials.  

How can 5G training up-skill your work force? The Wireless Infrastructure Association, WIA, provides qualified industry recognized credentials in 5G readiness through Telecommunication Education Center (TEC). These credentials will lead to the competencies required to understand, plan, and implement telecommunications solutions, including mobile broadband and 5G. Our 5G credentials have been added to the TechCred program and an Ohio-based employer can use this funding to train their current and future workforce.

5G Readiness Program Credentials:

Industry-validated Training for the 5G Job Market

Credential 1: Wireless Broadband Infrastructure

Training Duration: 14.5 hours

Wireless 101 is designed to familiarize participants with the practical aspects of wireless communication systems and their business and industry applications. This course introduces the basics of radio frequencies and the underlying principles that apply to today’s cellular systems. This course discusses current industry practices around cell sites, hardware components at a typical cell site, and the RF measurements necessary for cellular networks. Wireless 101 eLearning is offered online in Spanish as Aspectos Básicos 101

Delivery Option:

  • Instructor Led Classroom
  • Instructor Led Virtual
  • eLearning

Training Hours: 3 Hours

Macro Site Fundamentals introduces foundational theories related to macro tower planning, construction, and troubleshooting. The course introduces several types of cell site infrastructure and identifies the role of key stakeholders of the wireless industry. This course teaches various parts of a cell site, how to read and interpret RF plumbing diagrams, role of typical hardware components found at the top and bottom of the tower, and co-siting techniques for multiband and multi-technology cell towers. Key topics also include the understanding of uplink and downlink, new-generation of cell towers including Centralized RAN (C-RAN), and the tower construction process.

Delivery Option:

  • Instructor Led Classroom
  • Instructor Led Virtual
  • eLearning

Training Hours: 3 Hours

This interactive module illustrates what 5G really is and what will this new technology enable. Students will review the changes in generational technology, cover the driving forces of 5G, and identify practical implications of the new features and timelines for deployment and standardization. Learners will gain a greater understanding of the direct and indirect impacts 5G will have on their personal and professional life.

Delivery Option:

  • eLearning

Training Hours: 30 minutes

This course will look at the history and evolution of wireless and cellular communications, with an emphasis on the basic principles underlying these technologies from their inception through today. These concepts are important for understanding what drove the implementation of current systems as well as the evolution path for new and future technologies. Additionally, this course will answer many questions people have about cellular technology – Why do cell sites look the way they do? How do they know a cell site will perform as required before they build it? We will also cover additional topics such as Interference, Noise and SINR, RF Wave Characteristics and Principles, and Quality vs Capacity of Radio Signals. The course prepares you for the next level of courses in telecommunications such as Macro Fundamentals and 5G Overview. 

Delivery Option:

  • Instructor Led Classroom
  • Instructor Led Virtual

Training Hours: 6 hours

Personal safety is extremely important when working in an RF environment. OSHA requires business owners to maintain a comprehensive RF program which includes training for all workers who work on or near wireless and broadcast communication sites. Failure to comply can result in personal injury, fines, and lawsuits. Workers who perform tasks on rooftops, towers, and other structures where cellular antennas and other RF generating devices are present may be at risk of exposure to hazardous levels of RF radiation. Understanding these risks and how to properly mitigate them is crucial to the safety of all wireless personnel. The RF Awareness & Safety training course is specifically designed to assist wireless personnel in developing a comprehensive RF Safety Plan that protects themselves as well as the public who may be unaware of the risks associated with RF exposure.

Delivery Option:

  • eLearning

Training Hours: 2 hours

Credential 2: 5G Ecosystem 

Training Duration: 12 hours

This module covers why we need 5G, the current limitations of 4G technology, how and who is creating 5G and identifies avenues for professional and personal involvement. Students will review user applications, new kinds of business created, and current use cases. This training offers an understanding of what’s next for jobs and training and how our workforce will be impacted by the 4-5 million new jobs created by the new technology, and how these advancements could influence the learner personally.

Delivery Option:

  • eLearning

Training Hours: 1 hour

Frequency bands and spectrum are at the center of the mobile broadband ecosystem. “Spectrum scarcity” is a known issue and yet it is often misunderstood. This course will provide an overview of key aspects of spectrum bands, auctions and allocation, coverage vs capacity, propagation, and future-readiness. Distinct types of spectrum bands (low-band, mid-band, and mmWave) and recent spectrum auctions (CBRS, C-band, mmWave for 5G) are summarized. The course also helps understand how the selection of frequency bands affects the design of multiband cell sites (Macro and Indoors). Other topics include overview of unlicensed bands for Wi-Fi and future bands for 6G.

Delivery Option:

  • Instructor Led Classroom
  • Instructor Led Virtual

Training Hours: 3

The 5G rollout will be instrumental across industries, from retail, healthcare, entertainment, automotive, manufacturing to tech and real estate. These advancements will enable connected cars and autonomous driving; smart cities with connected planning, transportation, and infrastructure; enhancement in connected healthcare, industrial internet of things and smart factories. This course was designed to provide an overview of 5G technology, what to expect, and the impact on businesses and consumers. To reap the benefits of 5G when it is deployed, it is important to understand how to plan for this new wave of automation. This course addresses common myths, review current data analytics, and helps you prepare for technology today to achieve the performance improvements the technology will offer.

Delivery Option:

  • eLearning

Training Hours: 3

This course is a bridge between the fundamentals of macro tower and RF designing concepts. This course will show you the journey of macro cell site evolution. You will learn how to read engineering data sheets and follow RF Plumbing Diagrams. Hardware components found at a typical macro tower will be reviewed and their functionality will be studied. You will learn how to read an engineering datasheet for various hardware and how they are connected by analyzing the RF Plumbing diagrams. Co-siting techniques will be explained through multiple examples and theories associated with Diplexers, Tower Mounted Amplifiers, and Antenna Tilting mechanism. We will also understand the role of Remote Radio Head (RRH) and how top of the cell tower is evolving to accommodate new advancements in technology.

Delivery Option:

  • Instructor Led Classroom
  • Instructor Led Virtual

Training Hours: 6

Credential 3: In-building Wireless Solutions

Training Duration: 16 hours

Distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells are addressing the number one challenge faced by the cellular industry – how to provide more capacity and solve coverage problems where service from macro tower is not enough due to limited radio resources. This course provides a system level understanding of several types of DAS and Small Cell architecture. It introduces hardware components used in a typical indoor and outdoor DAS systems, their advantages, and limitations. Examples of RF plumbing diagrams are used to explain signal flow for indoor and outdoor applications. The course also introduces Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) framework and provides an overview of CBRS uses cases, including private LTE and 5G networks. Designed for all audiences, this course is essential to understand how 5G and future generations will have to rely on DAS and small cells for coverage and capacity solutions.

Delivery Option:

  • Instructor Led Classroom
  • Instructor Led Virtual
  • eLearning

Training Hours: 3

Wi-Fi is a radio technology that enables high speed internet access without being tied by cord or cable to internet connection. The world’s biggest carriers already recognize Wi-Fi as a business-critical, strategic technology. Wireless communication networks rely on Wi-Fi for offloading to relieve the congested mobile data networks with additional capacity from unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum. From basic RF theory and regulatory requirements to implementation of WLAN devices, this course will get you up-to-speed on the latest in 802.11 technologies in a practical way. Learn basic 802.11 wireless networking terminology and functionality, as well as engineering concepts and business practices.

Delivery Option:

  • Instructor Led Classroom
  • Instructor Led Virtual

Training Hours: 3

Designed for those who work in Cellular, Wi-Fi, DAS and Small Cells; this course provides a basic understanding of the technological, business, indoor environmental, and management ecosystem issues and challenges that are part of every initiative. This is a prerequisite course for the General, Project Management and Technical In-building certification tracks. This module explains why In-Building wireless initiatives are necessary, how In-Building solutions are expected to deliver communications capabilities to the indoor subscribers and provide an understanding of both the history and future of the In-Building wireless solution space.

Delivery Option:

  • Instructor Led Classroom
  • Instructor Led Virtual

Training Hours: 3

Understanding RF devices and equipment is critical to the successful development of In-building DAS and Small Cell hybrid solutions. This course identifies the properties of key hardware commonly specified for use in an In-building solution and explores differences in how they are characterized. This course will deepen the students’ understanding of In-building issues and offer various approaches to address them. (Training Hours: 6)

Delivery Option:

  • Instructor Led Classroom
  • Instructor Led Virtual

Credential 4: 5G and Broadband Deployment

Training Duration: 15 hours

This course evaluates the many benefits of edge computing and how it is driving new connectivity solutions. Ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC) is a feature of 5G networks that requires computing and processing of data to be completed near the end user. Cellular networks’ presence near the users through cell towers, on macro sites to DAS hubs, makes a compelling case for connecting edge infrastructure with cellular infrastructure. This course introduces key benefits of integrating edge computing with 5G networks, along with current developments in the traditional tower business to accommodate edge deployments. This curriculum covers the impacts of edge computing, private LTE and 5G networks on the existing cellular infrastructure, and the need for fiber backhaul.

Delivery Option:

  • Instructor Led Classroom
  • Instructor Led Virtual

Training Hours: 4

5G wireless networks and fiber optic networks complement each other, together offering a more cohesive broadband experience for both fixed and mobile applications. The quality and reliability of the 5G wireless network depends on the fiber network carrying traffic to and from the 5G small cells. This course covers the role of fiber at existing macro towers (backhaul and fronthaul to remote radio head) and basics of capacity planning. It defines fiber optic, 5G wireless networks, and the role of fiber in small cell densification to explain how they complement each other. The curriculum reviews Fiber-to-the-Antenna (FTTA) concept and the role of fiber in the future cell site with massive MIMO and active antenna.

Delivery Option:

  • Instructor Led Classroom
  • Instructor Led Virtual

Training Hours: 4

Coverage and capacity are extremely important for mobile communication, and they are essential with quality installation of hardware components at cell sites. Macro towers and in-building DAS solutions require proper installation of antennas, cables, connectors, and other in-line components. The return loss and passive intermodulation (PIM) measurements are crucial techniques that verify quality installation of cellular networks. This course provides a technical understanding of various line sweeping measurements including return loss, vswr, distance-to-fault (DTF), insertion loss, and PIM. The curriculum will provide step-by-step procedures for efficient cell site troubleshooting and an introduction to measurement units and required hardware for cell site technicians and tower climbers.

Delivery Option:

  • Instructor Led Classroom
  • Instructor Led Virtual

Training Hours:  4

This course introduces Radio Frequency (RF) technical concepts that are required to plan, design, and optimize the cellular wireless networks. Topics such as fading, hand-off, and propagation characteristics are explained in detail. Different types of propagation modes that are essential for RF engineering are covered at length. The course supplements the theory portion with practical examples from the industry and explains how 1G to 5G technologies have evolved from RF engineering point of view.    

Delivery Option:

  • Instructor Led Classroom
  • Instructor Led Virtual

Training Hours:  3

Get Started Today

For more information about TechCred and how WIA can help with your training needs, please contact WIA’s Telecommunications Education Center (TEC) at techcred@wia.org or by filling out this form:


"TechCred continues to help Ohio businesses upskill their workforce, while also providing a great opportunity for Ohioans to develop new, tech-infused skills so they can be more competitive."
Lt. Governor Husted
Lt. Governor Jon Husted oversees the Ohio Common Sense Initiative (CSI) and serves as the Director of both the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and InnovateOhio.