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General Overview

iNARTE Spectrum Management Certification

iNARTE’s Spectrum Management certification is for qualified engineers and technicians/practitioners who have a vested interest in advancing their profession and the industry in the field of spectrum management. The purpose of the Spectrum Management certification program is to foster technical excellence in spectrum management and engineering. This approach establishes technical competency criteria for spectrum management and enforces these criteria for technical personnel performing spectrum management tasks. The program benefits the individual engineer, the technician, and the professional community as a whole by establishing a standard of excellence in spectrum management engineering that will endure and extend across the boundaries of private and government agencies. In particular, the program’s objectives are to:

  • Create certified spectrum managers and frequency coordinators
  • Assure a uniform level of expertise and quality

The brief definitions of the various grades are presented below. a) SM ENGINEER SM Engineers should have good knowledge of electromagnetic theory and associated mathematics and physics of transmission, propagation, and interaction. They are required to be able to carry out analysis of link and channel budgets, collocation analysis and interactions and have some basic understanding of analysis and simulation tools. SM engineers should also have fundamental knowledge of spectrum testing and monitoring, spectrum risk assessment, and of spectrum management regulatory issues. SM engineers should also be knowledgeable in the applicable EMC spectrum engineering standards, their rational and implications on design and the corresponding spectrum site surveys, monitoring and testing and test set ups to the extent necessary for adequate design and preparation of test and evaluation procedures. SM Engineers require “soft skills” and particularly good writing and presentation skills to an extent that enables them to prepare engineering reports and participate in design reviews. b) SM TECHNICIAN SM technicians should have basic knowledge of SM, to the extent necessary to understand the rationale behind the necessary tests and set-ups, know the instruments and test setups he uses, and be able to verify their proper operation and limitations. The SM technician needs to know the pitfalls of real measurements. SM technicians should be able to compile test reports that adequately record the outcomes of the tests. SM technicians should also be able to help identify failure thresholds and assist in solving problems when identified.

Current and past service members can apply for iNARTE Certification for free with proof of service.

Ongoing Certification Requirements

Click below button to download continuing professional development log to submit with your renewal.

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Code of Ethics

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Exam Preparation

Exam Coordination

Once your Spectrum Engineering application fee is received, iNARTE will coordinate and arrange for a testing date, time, and location.  The examination may also be taken on-line through a remote proctor.

The examination for Spectrum Engineering is four hours in duration. All examinations are given with open book. Open notes and a scientific calculator is permitted in the exam room.

Examinations are graded at the iNARTE principal office and the applicant will be advised of a pass/fail within 10 working days.

The passing score for Spectrum Engineering is 70% average. Should a candidate fail the examination, a retake is permissible following a 90-day period. Examinations may be retaken any number of times; however, an examination processing fee is required each time the exam is taken.

Candidates retaking the examination must achieve a passing grade at one four-hour session and will not be allowed to take credit for grades achieved in parts of earlier sessions.

Exam Study Materials & Reference Titles

  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) manual of regulations and procedures for federal radio frequency management.
  • FCC 47 C.F.R.
  • Kraus Electromagnetics
  • ARRL Amateur Radio Handbook
  • Antenna Theory and Design by Stutzman and Thiele
  • Radio Handbook, by William Orr
  • Radio Theory Handbook. Beginner to Advanced. Ronald Bertrand
  • Radio Systems Engineering by Steven W. Ellingson
  • Satellite Communications Systems Engineering: Atmospheric Effects, Satellite Link Design and System Performance by Louis J. Ippolito Jr.
  • Digital Communications, Bernard Sklar
  • IEEE C95.1 RF Safety
  • Introduction to RF Propagation by John Seybold
  • Grounding and Bonding, ARRL
  • Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility, Clayton Paul
  • Modern Communications Receiver Design and Technology, Drentea
  • RF and Microwave Transmitter Design
  • ARRL Antenna Handbook
  • Satellite Communications, Pratt, Bostian, Allnutt
  • Radio Systems Engineering by Steven W. Ellingson
  • RF and Microwave Measurements: device characterization, signal integrity and spectrum analysis, Andrea Mariscotti
  • Microwave and RF Design: A Systems Approach, Michael Steer
  • Analog Filter and Circuit Design Handbook, Arthur Williams
  • Field Expedient SDR: Introduction to Software Defined Radio, Clark
  • The SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook: A Hands-on Guide to Station Design and Maintenance, Jerry C. Whitaker and Society of Broadcast Engineers
  • Practical Antenna Handbook, Joseph J. Carr
  • Cellular Communications: Reed
  • Introduction to Airborne Radar, Third Edition, by Hugh D. Griffiths, Christopher Baker, and David Adamy

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for certification?

Before you apply for certification, please ensure that you meet all the requirements specific to the scheme you wish to apply for. You can review those requirements on our website. These can be found by clicking on the ‘Individual Auditors’ tab at the top-level navigation of our homepage. From the drop-down menu, select the ‘Browse All Certifications’ option. From there, you will be taken to a page that features the different categories of certifications we offer, including Electrostatic Discharge, Product Safety, etc. Select the scheme you are are interested in and click the ‘Learn More’ button. You will then be taken through to your selected scheme page. From there,  click on the ‘Download Certification Requirements’ button on the right hand side of the page. Please review the requirements carefully to ensure that you meet the scheme, grade and scope requirements.

If you are a new customer, you will need to create an account with Exemplar LINK, our customer portal platform. You can access Exemplar LINK via or via the Exemplar LINK login button on our website. From there, you can enter your contact details and create your account.

Once you have an account, either as a new customer or as an existing customer, you can apply for certification by following these steps:

  1. Login to Exemplar LINK at
  2. Click on the ‘Manage My Certifications’ button, located at the top-hand navigation.
  3. Click on the ‘Apply for Certification’ button.
  4. Select the category of certification you are interested in, such as Electromagnetic Compatibility.
  5. Click on the specific certification you wish to apply for, such as EMC Engineer.
  6. Select Qualification-Based certification, if prompted. This will vary by scheme.
  7. Review the the certification, recertification, and expansion requirements relevant to your scheme and grade, and click the ‘Continue to Scopes’ button  at the bottom of the page. Please refer to the PDF Scope document for criteria.
  8. Select any scopes you wish to apply for and click on the ‘Continue To Code of Conduct’ button at the bottom of the page.
  9. Tick the box next to each item in the Code of Conduct. By doing so, you agree to adhere to this code. Failure to do so may result in the termination of your certification. Click on the ‘Continue To Authorisation’ button.
  10. If your organization has given you an authorisation code, please enter it here and click the ‘Validate’ button. If not, click on the ‘Continue to Payment’ button.
  11. Carefully review your application information and payment options.
  12. Finally, click the ‘Pay Now’ button. Please note that all fees are non-refundable, so ensure you meet the certification requirements before applying for certification. Also, we are required to collect GST from our Australian customers.

Once we have received your application, an Exemplar Global certification specialist will contact you if any additional information or steps are required.

How do I check on the status of my application for certification?

You can check on the status of your application for certification via our Exemplar LINK platform at At the top-level navigation, select the ‘Manage My Certifications’ button and from the drop- down menu choose the iNARTE option. From there, select the ‘Current Certifications’ tab. You will then be taken through to the ‘Applications in Progress’ page where you can check the status of your certification application.

Where are the documents I uploaded in support of my application for certification?

Once you submit your application for certification, you will not be able to see the documents you have uploaded to support your application. Please contact your certification specialist or if you need assistance.

How long does it take to process my application for certification?

It usually takes between seven to 10 business days to complete this process. However, this is provided that all supporting documents have been uploaded by the applicant.


Before You Apply For a Certification

Download the “Certification Requirements” document from the certification page you wish to apply for.
Carefully review the requirements to see if you have the qualification (training) needed and have met the scheme, grade, and scope.

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