Wireshark Certified Network Analyst (WCNA)

The Wireshark Certified Network Analyst Program strives to test a candidate’s knowledge and ability to troubleshoot, optimize and secure a network based on evidence found by analyzing traffic captured with the world’s most popular and widely-deployed analyzer, Wireshark.

Founded in 2007 by major networking geeks Gerald Combs and Laura Chappell, Wireshark University offers only a single certification but makes it very much worth your while. The Wireshark Certified Network Analyst (WCNA) recognizes knowledge of network sniffing and analysis using Wireshark, as well as TCP/IP network communications, network troubleshooting and network security. To achieve this credential, candidates must pass one multiple-choice exam.

The WCNA is good for three years, but certification holders must obtain a total of 20 continuing professional education (CPE) credits each year in order to maintain their credentials in good standing. The CPE credits must focus on activities related to the WCNA exam objectives (sniffing, analysis, etc.) and not be tied directly to your job tasks. For example, attending a Sharkfest or black-hat conference, or even reading the Wireshark Network Analysis Study Guide, can net some CPEs.

Along with administering the WCNA program, Wireshark University offers self-paced, instructor-led and customized training options for anyone who wants to learn a heck of a lot about Wireshark and packet analysis. An All Access Pass is a one-year subscription to all Wireshark University training courses, and costs $699.

Certification Name

Wireshark Certified Network Analyst (WCNA)

Prerequisites & Required Courses


Number of Exams

1 exam: WCNA-102.x (100 questions, 2 hours) Exam administered by Kryterion

Cost per Exam

$299 USD

URL    http://www.wiresharktraining.com/certification.html

Self-Study Materials

Online self-paced training, instructor-led training and customized training available at theWireshark University site. Exam prep books available at wiresharkbook.com and practice exams here www.webassessor.com/pai.

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