Fast-Track RFID Institute Certified Associate Training

This advanced, one-day fast-track course, featuring the latest equipment and relevant RFID deployment scenarios, provides a solid foundation to design, install, configure, monitor and troubleshoot an RFID deployment and prepare participants for the RFID Institute Certified Associate exam. Each participant will receive a voucher to take the exam on Nov. 16, after the event. Those who pass will receive a certificate from the RFID Professional Institute.

The course is a combination of lectures and hands-on lab exercises. It provides a functional understanding of the use of RFID readers, tags, printers and general-purpose input-ouput devices. Participants will develop a working understanding of proven troubleshooting methodologies, based on best practices, industry-proven processes and the instructor's practical experiences.

After a brief technical overview of RFID concepts related to the design and deployment of RFID solutions, attendees will learn how to identify the key architectural components necessary to deploy a scalable RFID solution. The instructor will also explain how to use various tools and techniques to design and manage the entire deployment process. Also included will be deployment design concepts intended to ensure that a deployment is flexible (to accommodate changes) and scalable (to address future growth).

Students will learn how to configure RFID hardware in order to maximize functionality. This includes setting specific RFID reader parameters, antenna deployment, read-zone optimization and dwell-time calculations. RFID tag characteristics and factors affecting tag read performance will also be covered.

The course material provides a functional understanding of the nine (9) Certification Exam test domains, including:

  1. What Is RFID?
  2. Architecture Components
  3. Privacy, Safety and Security
  4. Standards and Regulations
  5. Provider Roles
  6. Applications
  7. Evaluation and Selection
  8. System Design
  9. Deployment Steps

Who Should Attend?
RFID professionals interested in enhancing their career with certifications; career changers and new hires interested in performing the design, installation, configuration and maintenance of RFID hardware and device software; and business analysts who need to understand and perform site analysis.

Taking the Exam Schedule
All participants in the Certification Training program will receive a voucher that will enable them to take the RFID Professional Institute Certification Exam during RFID Journal LIVE! Europe. Learn more about the certification exam.

Training Agenda, 15 November 2017

7:30 AM to 8:00 AM


8:00 AM  to 8:10 AM


8:10 AM  to 8:20 AM

RFID Course and International RFID Institute Certification Exam Review

8:20 AM  to 9:30 AM

RFID Frequencies and Tags

9:30 AM  to 10:00 AM

Readers and Peripherals

10:00 AM  to 10:15 AM


10:15 AM  to 10:45 AM

Advanced Tags and Readers

10:45 PM  to 11:00 AM

Printing Techniques—RFID and Bar Code

11:00 AM  to 11:30 AM

The RF in RFID

11:30 AM  to 11:45 AM

The Role of Antennas

11:45 AM  to 12:15 PM


12:15 PM  to 1:00 PM

RFID and Sensors and Related Technologies

1:00 PM  to 1:30 PM

Site Inspection

1:30 PM  to 2:00 PM

Evaluate and Select

2:00 PM  to 2:30 PM

Deployment Steps

2:30 PM  to 2:45 PM


2:45 PM  to 3:15 PM


3:15 PM  to 3:30 PM

Testing and Troubleshooting

3:30 PM  to 4:00 PM

Regulations and Standards Privacy, Security and Safety

4:00 PM  to 4:30 PM

Active Tags and Sensors Locationing and Positioning

4:30 PM  to 4:45 PM

Review and Questions


What Is RFID?

  • RFID Frequencies and Tags
    • Five RFID frequencies used
    • Characteristics and capabilities of each frequency
    • Three primary tag types and functionality of each
    • Tag characteristics and capability
  • RF Physics Recap
    • RF propagation and communication techniques
    • Antenna field performance and characteristics related to reflective and absorptive materials
    • Radiated power output from an antenna, based on antenna gains, cable type, cable length and interrogator transmit power

Architectural Components

  • RFID Readers and Antenna
    • Reader types by frequency and tag types
    • Reader performance characteristic
    • Configuring various readers
    • Antenna types and design
    • Antenna read zone definition and characteristics
  • Peripherals
    • Printers and encoders
    • Motion sensors
    • Electric eyes
    • Feedback devices

Privacy, Safety and Security

  • Tag security commands
  • Tag data storage concepts
  • Tag data encoding
  • Tag data access

Standards and Regulations

  • EPC Global Class 1 Gen 2 V2
  • ISO 1800-6C
  • Industry standards
  • Government regulations

Site Inspection and Workflow Planning

  • Antenna location, type and spacing
  • How many antennas?
  • How many readers—handheld, fixed, mobile or embedded?
  • Printers—fixed or mobile
  • Tags—inlays, metal-mount, hangtags and labels
  • GPIO—light stacks, alarms, electric eyes and more
  • How to communicate from readers to the control computer?

RFID System Design, Evaluation and Selection

  • Provider roles
  • Architecture choices
  • Tag characteristic and selection process
  • Tag data format
  • Tag memory capacity
  • Embedded versus hosted programming
  • Correctly configuring RFID hardware for various scenarios (readers—fixed, mobile or handheld; antennas, printers and GPIOs)
  • Data transfer speed
  • Operating range
  • Multiple-tags-in-field capability
  • RFID system connectivity

RFID System Deployment, Testing and Troubleshooting

  • Deployment environment
  • Tools and technology requirements
  • Testing
  • Troubleshoot RF interrogation zones
    • Analyze less-than-required read rate
    • Identify improperly tagged items
    • Diagnose hardware
    • Recognize need for firmware upgrades
    • Equipment replacement procedures (such as antennas, cables and interrogators)
  • Identify reasons for tag failure
    • Failed tag management
    • ESD issues
    • Given a scenario, contrast actual tag data to expected tag data


This is an advanced course. Participants should already possess certain prerequisite skills, which can be gained from completing the foundational RFID courses available from RFID4U, or through work experience. The participant should have a working knowledge of:

  • RFID fundamentals
  • EPC standards
  • Tag knowledge

These prerequisites are important! Participants arriving without them will probably achieve less than optimal progress during the training.

About RFID4U

RFID4U, established in March 1999, is an SBA 8(a)–certified, vendor-agnostic RFID implementation and software development company providing RFID solutions, consulting, training and services, working globally with commercial and government organizations. Clients include DHS, DLA, NSA, NIST, NIH, the Bureau of Census, Northrop Grumman, Unisys, Harris Corp., Lockheed Martin, IBM, HP, Dole Foods and many others. RFID4U's products and services improve business processes for which identification, authentication and automation are key concerns. RFID4U adds value to organizations by way of improved labor efficiency, better inventory management across the supply chain, increased product integrity and reduced shrinkage.