Created by the Qualcomm Academy and offered through SDSU Global Campus, the Qualcomm Associate-Level 5G Certification is a comprehensive online training program designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the rapidly growing field of 5G technology.
Total Estimated Cost
3 Courses +
Our 5G training program is designed to help you advance your career quickly whether you are new to the field or an experienced professional. With three flexible online courses created by Qualcomm’s engineering experts and a Qualcomm 5G certification exam, this program offers a unique opportunity to gain expertise in the latest 5G technologies and applications.
Is This Program Right for Me?
Our 5G certification program is ideal for students who want to make an impact or advance their careers in the rapidly-growing communications technology industry.
Industry Newcomers who are looking to launch their careers in 5G.
Working Professionals who want to leverage Qualcomm’s expertise to advance their existing careers.
Business Leaders who want to find new opportunities to grow their organizations using 5G technology.
The program is open to anyone interested in starting or advancing their career in this rapidly-growing industry. Our courses are 100% online and self-paced, which means you can study anytime from anywhere in the world. No prior professional or academic experience is required to enroll in the program.
Earn Your Certification and Become a…
- Network Architect
- Solutions Engineer
- Network Administrator
- Deployment Technician
- Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer
- Software Developer
- Network Security Specialist
- IoT (Internet of Things) Specialist
- Sales Specialist
- Product Manager
- Test Engineer
- Systems Designer
Harness the Power of 5G Technology
5G, or fifth-generation wireless network technology, is revolutionizing the way we work, live, and communicate. 5G technology is expected to bring several advancements and improvements to the world of communication and technology, including
- Faster download and upload speeds: 5G technology will enable faster streaming, downloading, and uploading of content, with speeds of up to 20 Gbps.
- Low latency: 5G technology will have low latency, which means that there will be less delay between sending and receiving data.
- Increased capacity: 5G technology will have a higher capacity to handle more devices and more data than previous generations of wireless technology.
- Improved reliability: 5G technology will be more reliable, with fewer dropped calls or lost connections.
- New applications and services: 5G technology will enable new applications and services that were not possible before, such as remote surgery, smart cities, and autonomous vehicles.
- Improved efficiency: 5G technology will enable more efficient use of energy and resources, which will lead to lower costs and less environmental impact.
With an Associate-Level 5G Certification from Qualcomm on your résumé, you too can harness the power of 5G and turn endless possibilities into realities without limit.
Our 5G training program consists of three comprehensive training courses followed by a 5G certification exam. Read more about the curriculum below.
Once you’re ready, click the Register button below to enroll in the program. You’ll receive an email with instructions on creating your Qualcomm Wireless Academy account.
5G NR Technical Training
Gain a technical understanding of the 5G NR (new radio) global standard and learn how it supports the growth of the 5G ecosystem. You’ll explore advanced technologies like higher frequency bands, massive MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output), beamforming, and dynamic spectrum sharing.
5G NR Air Interface Training
Discover the foundation of the 5G wireless system and learn how this global standard is responsible for delivering the high-speed and low-latency connectivity required to support advanced applications and services. Topics include NR protocol, SYNC signals, RACH, reference signals, and more.
5G NR Call Processing: Non-Standalone Mode
Explore the capabilities of 5G NR non-standalone (NSA) mode and how you can leverage new technologies within existing 4G LTE infrastructure. Topics include 5G NR call processing, EN-DC options 3/3a/3x, NSA NR initial access, EN-DC procedures, beam management, and key MAC/PHY procedures.
Once you’ve completed your courses, you’re ready to earn your Qualcomm Associate-Level 5G certification. The 5G certificate exam is two hours long and consists of 80 questions related to the following topics:
- 5G Technology Fundamentals
- 5G Architecture
- mmWave & Massive MIMO
- 5G Protocol Stack
- Beam Management
- 5G Air Interface Operation
- E2E 5G Signaling Flows
- 5G Features: BMP, Mobility, Voice
Please note that your tuition only covers a single attempt at the certification exam. You can retake the exam for an additional fee.
Qualcomm Academy: 5G Training Experts
Our 5G training and certification program is powered by Qualcomm Academy, the ultimate online platform for training and education in wireless technologies.
With courses taught by industry-leading Qualcomm engineers and flexible access from anywhere, at any time, QWA can help you take your career to the next level on your own schedule. Our interactive simulations and assessments will keep you engaged and motivated, and our cutting-edge tools and resources will support you every step of the way. Join the 30,000+ professionals and students who have trained with Qualcomm and unlock your full potential in the world of wireless technologies!
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 1985 and headquartered in San Diego, California, Qualcomm is an American multinational corporation that specializes in wireless telecommunications and semiconductors. The company designs and develops technologies and products for a range of industries, including smartphones, networking equipment, automotive, and IoT.
From Snapdragon processors that power many of the world’s leading smartphones and tablets to 5G modems and other industry-leading technologies, Qualcomm creates the technology that brings us closer together.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our program is designed for those who want to start their career in the telecommunications industry, as well as those already working in the industry who want to focus on 5G wireless technology.
Typically, students in our program have obtained (or are working towards) a graduate or undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related field. We also see professional engineers with at least a few years of wireless engineering experience.
No. The program is open to degree holders as well as students currently working towards a degree at San Diego State University. It’s also open to working professionals outside of SDSU.
Please click the “register” button on the Courses tab on this page. Within five business days, Qualcomm Academy will email you with program login details.
Each course consists of eight hours of material delivered in a flexible, self-paced, and fully-online format. You can view lessons on your own schedule.
Our courses are designed by a team of expert instructors from the Qualcomm Wireless Academy. Instructors include leaders, managers, and engineers with decades of experience in the telecommunications industry. Please note that lessons are pre-recorded.
The exam tests for knowledge that you’ll acquire through the training courses. Each course also concludes with a series of questions that will help you prepare for the exam.
No. Your purchase is for all three courses and one exam.
Students may request refunds within 30 days after purchase, minus a $21 administrative fee provided they have not logged into the class. Refunds will not be issued after you have logged into the class with your username and password. You cannot review the course material before purchase.
After completing three courses, you’ll enroll in an online certification exam. The exam consists of 80 questions and covers topics that you’ll explore in the courses. Once you pass the exam, you’ll receive an official 5G Associate-Level Certification from Qualcomm.
With a 5G certificate from Qualcomm, you’ll be prepared to start or advance your career in a variety of positions in the telecommunications industry. Past students have become system designers, test engineers, and software engineers.
The complete program costs $995. Upon creating your QWA account, you’ll receive one year of access to all three courses and the opportunity to take the certification exam. If you do not pass the exam, it can be retaken for an additional $129.
Once you’ve successfully passed the exam, you’ll receive an Associate-Level 5G Certification from Qualcomm Academy. You’ll receive your certification in a digital PDF format. We encourage you to display your certification on your LinkedIn profile by publishing it under the “Licenses & Certifications” section of your profile. You can also use the certificate PDF for your email signature.
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