Get RFID Institute Certified
The International RFID Institute was founded in 2012 to develop standardized certification examinations to promote professionalism in the radio frequency identification industry. The organization will launch a beta exam at this year's RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, enabling attendees to be among the first to become RFID Institute certified.
The purpose of the beta exam will be to ensure the quality of the questions, and to weed out any that are poorly worded or misleading. Those who pass the beta exam will receive an RFID Institute certificate. The institute plans to update the test on an annual or biannual basis, so you will need to pass future exams in order to remain certified. This will ensure that credential holders are up to date on the latest advances in RFID technology.
The certification exam costs $25. Tests will be held during RFID Journal LIVE!, at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla., on Apr. 9, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, and on Apr. 10, from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. To register, select the RFID Institute Certified Associate Exam when you register for RFID Journal LIVE! 2014. You will be asked to select the exam time of your preference.
If you have already registered for LIVE! 2014, you can sign up to take the exam by clicking on the link and paying your $25. We will follow up to find out which exam time you prefer.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the value of being certified?
International RFID Institute credentials will indicate to potential employers that the holder has the requisite knowledge and skills needed to perform certain tasks, depending on the level of certification. The first certification, for an RFID Institute Certified Associate, is designed to demonstrate that the credential holder has a broad understanding of RFID concepts across all forms of radio frequency identification (active, passive and battery-assisted), as well as the many frequencies, protocols and standards available. A roadmap of future certifications planned is posted on the RFID Institute's website.
Who created the International RFID Institute?
The RFID Institute was founded by several leaders in the RFID industry who believe an investment in forming such a not-for-profit organization focused on education, research, and certification will benefit both RFID professionals and the general public. (View a list of the organization's founders.)
Why do I need to pay $25?
The fee will cover the materials the RFID Institute is preparing for the exam, as well as the cost of mailing certificates to those who pass. The $25 represents a significant discount off the fees that will be charged for future exams.
Is the RFID Institute part of RFID Journal?
No. Although RFID Journal founder and editor Mark Roberti is among the RFID Institute's founders and serves as its current chairman of the board, the RFID Institute is an independent, not-for-profit group.
Is certification training available for the RFID Institute Certified Associate exam?
Since this is a beta test of the examination, no training currently exists. The RFID Institute envisions training companies developing certification training courses based on the certification blueprint published on the RFID Institute's website.
Do I need to be a member of the RFID Institute to receive training and certification?
No. The RFID Institute offers certification to members and nonmembers alike. Individuals employed by member organizations will receive discounts and other benefits reserved for those organizations.
Where can I find more details about becoming a member and the associated benefits?
For more information regarding the types of memberships available and the benefits associated with each membership level, visit the membership page on the RFID Institute's website.
How can I register to take the RFID Institute Certified Associate exam?
To register for the exam, simply pay the $25 fee. A representative from the RFID Institute will follow up with instructions regarding where the test will be held and what to bring.