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Fast Track Dual Certification (CompTIA RFID+ & RFIDSCM)

Fast Track Dual Certification (CompTIA RFID+ & RFIDSCM) Training & Certification Preparation Course
The course provides one day of intensive instructor-led training using state-of-the-art RFID equipment (April 12), and includes the RFID+ Certification Exam* on April 13 or April 14. Attendees also have an option to take RFIDSCM certification. Attendees unable to take the RFID+ exam during the conference and exhibition will receive a voucher allowing them to take the exam at a later date*.




Practice Tests CD-ROM
All attendees will receive a CD-ROM with practice tests from RFID4U. This valuable study aid will help you prepare for RFID+ certification. Included in the licensed product version will be over 300 practice questions with explanations covering the CompTIA RFID+ & RFIDSCM exam. Software features will include practice/testing modes, test scoring and review.

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CompTIA RFID+ Certification Training Agenda

April 12
April 13
Testing slots
April 14
Testing slots
7:30 am - 8:00 am
8:00 am – 10:00 am
Testing Slot 1


8:00 am – 10:00 am
Testing Slot 3

8:00 am - 9:00 am
RF Physics
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Standards and Regulations
10:15 am - 12:15 pm
RFID Hardware: tags, readers, peripherals
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Design Selection

1:00 pm – 3:00 p
Testing Slot 4 CompTIA RFID+/RFIDSCM

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm with 15min break
RFID Field Deployment: Site analysis, installation, testing, troubleshooting

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Testing Slot 2 CompTIA RFID+/RFIDSCM


5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


*RFID+ exam testing subject to availability of certification from CompTIA. Participants who want to take certification exam onsite will have an opportunity to register for one of the available slots each day on April 13 or 14.

CompTIA RFID+ Training and Certification

8:00 am – 9:00 am
RF Physics
This session helps understand the factors affecting the performance of an RFID system, implementers need to comprehend the nature and behavior of radio waves. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for RF Physics:

  • Identify RF propagation/communication techniques
  • Describe antenna field performance/characteristics related to reflective and absorptive materials
  • Given a scenario, calculate radiated power output from antenna based on antenna gains, cable type, cable length and interrogator transmit power

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Standards & Regulations
This session discusses various standards and regulations that influence the design and use of RFID systems. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Standards and Regulations:

  • Given a scenario, map user requirements to standards
    • Regulations/standards that impact the design of a particular RFID solution
  • Identify the differences between air interface protocols and tag data formats
  • Recognize regulatory requirements globally, as well as by region
  • Recognize safety regulations/issues regarding human exposure

10:15 am – 12:15 pm
RFID Hardware: Tags, Readers and Peripherals
Part A: RFID Tags
This session explains the RFID tag’s components and subassemblies, types of tags and the reason for having various tag types, different tag performance parameters and tag selection criteria. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Tag Knowledge:

  • Classify tag types
    • Select the RFID tag best suited for a specific use case
      • Pros and cons of tag types
      • Tag performance
    • Tag antenna to region/frequency
    • Identify inductively coupled tags vs. back-scatter
    • Identify the differences between active and passive
    • Given a scenario, select an item's optimal placement locations for an RFID tag:
    • Evaluate media and adhesive selection for tags
    • Tag orientation and location
      • Tag stacking (shadowing)
    • Package contents
    • Packaging
      • Items
      • Tags
      • Labels
      • Inserts
    • Liquids
    • Metal
    • Polarization

 Part B: Interrogation (Read) Zone Basics
This session helps understand the various types of RFID interrogators (readers), their components and the functionality of RFID interrogators. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Interrogation Zone Basics:

  • Describe interrogator functionality
    • I/O capability
    • Handheld interrogators
    • Vehicle-mount interrogator
    • LAN/Serial communications
    • Firmware upgrades
    • Software operation (GUIs)
  • Describe configuration of interrogation zones
    • Explain interrogator-to-interrogator interference
    • Optimization
    • System performance and tuning
    • Travel speed and direction
    • Bi-static / monostatic antennas
  • Define anti-collision protocols (e.g., number of tags in the field/response time)
  • Given a scenario, solve dense interrogator environment issues (domestic/international)
    • Understand how a dense interrogator installation will affect network traffic
    • Installation of multiple interrogators, (e.g., dock doors, synchronization of multiple interrogators and antenna footprints)

Part C: RFID Peripherals
Every RFID implementation needs peripheral devices, such as RFID-enabled printers; RFID-based automated label applicators (also known as "print-and–apply" devices); feedback systems, such as light stacks, horns, LED lights or LCD displays; and triggering devices, such as light break sensors. These devices enhance the capabilities of an RFID system, control I/O devices and system timing functions, and provide on/off capabilities for various business applications. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for RFID Peripherals:

  • Describe installation and configuration of RFID printer
  • Describe ancillary devices/concepts
    • RFID printer encoder
    • Automated label applicator
    • Feedback systems (e.g., lights, horns)
    • RTLS

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Design Selection
System design is a very critical part of any RFID implementation, because without the right design and the proper hardware and software, the implemented RFID system might not function properly. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Design Selection:

  • Given a scenario, predict the performance of a given frequency and power (active/passive) related to read distance, write distance, tag response time and storage capacity
  • Summarize how hardware selection affects performance
    • Antenna type
    • Equipment mounting and protection
    • Cable length/loss
    • Interference considerations
    • Tag type (e.g., active/passive and frequency)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
RFID Field Deployment: Site Analysis, Installation, Testing, Troubleshooting
Part A: Site Analysis
This session focuses on a site survey, discusses the planning that goes into the site survey, highlights various aspects that should be examined when performing the site analysis (such as site anomalies) and provides pointers regarding how to generate the site survey report. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Site Analysis:

  • Given a scenario, demonstrate how to read blueprints
  • Determine sources of interference
    • Use analysis equipment such as a spectrum analyzer to determine if there is any ambient noise in the frequency range that may conflict with the RFID system to be installed
  • Given a scenario, analyze environmental conditions end to end

Part B: RFID Installations
This session discusses installation techniques for successful RFID implementations, including antenna installation, portal performance and design, conveyor portal design, electrostatic discharge (ESD), grounding and cable issues, pre-installation decisions, routine installation procedures and post-installation checks. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Installation:

  • Given a scenario, describe hardware installation using industry-standard practices
    • Identify grounding considerations (e.g., lightning, ground loops and electrostatic discharge)
    • Test installed equipment and connections (pre-install and post-install)
  • Given a scenario, interpret a site diagram created by an RFID architect describing interrogation zone locations, cable drops and device mounting locations

Part C: Testing and Troubleshooting
This session discusses obstacles to RFID system implementations, RF field issues and variables affecting the ability to read tags consistently (such as interference), the tagged material’s impact on tag performance and tag placement. Troubleshooting methods and solutions for slow reads, no reads and missed reads are further discussed. This session maps to the following CompTIA objectives for Testing and Troubleshooting:

  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot RF interrogation zones (e.g., root-cause analysis)
    • Analyze less-than-required read rate
    • Identify improperly tagged items
    • Diagnose hardware
    • Recognize need for firmware upgrades
    • Equipment replacement procedures (e.g., antenna, cable and interrogator)
  • Identify reasons for tag failure
    • Failed tag management
    • ESD issues
  • Given a scenario, contrast actual tag data to expected tag data

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm RFIDSCM module
This session discuss the additional content for RFID supply chain management certification. Topics include RFID and inventory control, steps for RFID proof of concept or pilot, calculating ROI on RFID adoption and achieving operational efficiencies, project selection models and factors, middleware requirements and snapshot of a typical commercial middleware implementation.

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

  • Basic RF fundamentals
  • Various types of Tags
  • Readers (interrogators) Standards
  • Current RFID market awareness

These prerequisites are important! Participants arriving without them will probably achieve less than optimal progress in the training and be unlikely to pass the certification exam.

Bundle price includes one-day course, training material, practice test CD-ROM and onsite RFID+ exam or voucher with an option of RFIDSCM training with exam.  RFIDSCM option is priced separately.


About RFID4U: RFID4U’s training division is a worldwide leader in vendor-neutral RFID learning solutions and has trained and certified thousands of commercial and government technical personnel in all facets of RFID theory with lot of practical hands-on exercises, applications and implementation via our instructor-led company on-site, off-site and eLearning programs. We wrote THE book used to study for CompTIA RFID certification – CompTIA RFID+ Certification Passport published by McGraw Hill. Our students play on latest RFID hardware with custom RFID software applications developed by us on leading middleware platforms like Microsoft BizTalk RFID. As a total RFID solutions provider, we offer a comprehensive range of RFID services and solutions. Our services range from installation to system design, software development and customer support. We provide all parts of RFID systems, from RFID antenna reader systems and hardware, wireless network based solutions, applications and RFID middleware.


ISCEA RFIDSCM Program certifies that the holder of the Certificate has both the technical and business application disciplines paramount in making an intelligent business decision with regard to RFID applications in supply chain operation.

RFIDSCM is the supply chain industry standard for RFID, recommended for these professionals with the following profiles and responsibilities:

  • Supply Chain / Logistics Managers
  • TI / Electronic Commerce Managers
  • Fast Moving Consumer Products Distributors / Manufacturers
  • Healthcare Products Distributors / Manufacturers
  • RFID Project Leaders
  • Technology / Supply Chain Consultants


CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. For more information, visit www.comptia.org or follow CompTIA on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/comptia.

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