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Brazil's RFID Professional Certification Program Grants Accreditation to Its First Enrollees

The program, launched in October to meet demand from the nation's RFID professionals and companies that hire them, is designed to provide a means for participants to demonstrate their knowledge in the field of radio frequency identification.
By Edson Perin
Dec 23, 2013

Five of the first seven enrollees in the RFID Professional Certification program, offered by the RFID Center of Excellence (RFID CoE) and GS1 Brazil, have completed the coursework, taken the exam and receive accreditation. The program, designed to provide a means for Brazilian professionals to demonstrate their knowledge in the field of radio frequency identification, was launched in October to meet demand from RFID professionals, as well as from many companies that have begun to demand guarantees before hiring skilled labor.

According to Renata Rampim, one of the RFID Professional Certification instructors, the program successfully achieved its goals of providing a solid foundation for understanding the RFID's principles, ecosystem and engineering, and preparing its students for the certification exam.

Renata Rampim
"The course covered all of the areas that a RFID professional should know," says Rampim, adding that that curriculum includes things that are not commonly experienced in day-to-day RFID use.

With intensive focus on the certification exam, the RFID CoE and GS1 Brazil have created a preparatory course that comprises such topics as interrogation zones; system testing and debugging; standards and regulations; EPCglobal standards; component selection and installation; RFID peripherals; and reader user-interface (middleware). The test—consisting of 80 multiple-choice questions in Portuguese—requires a minimum score of 70 percent in each of these areas.

The preparatory course was taught at RFID CoE in the city of Sorocaba, and the certification exam at GS1 Brazil's offices in São Paulo. According to Rampim, students who participated in this first course had high level of knowledge. "Thus, there was a lot of interaction, enriching content further," she says. "It was with great pleasure that I could contribute to this initiative to implement certification in Brazil."

Rampim notes that training for certification covers topics that are more advanced and extensive compared with other training offered by the Center of Excellence. To participate in the certification program, the enrollees were required to complete two prerequisites courses—"RFID Implementation" and "RFID Middleware"—both offered by RFID CoE, or have at least two years work experience in RFID, working with advanced technology concepts. The certification is valid for only three years, and at the end of that period, it must be renewed. At that point in time, the participant may choose to retake the course for updates, or just the exam.

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