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The rise of 5G across the world is changing the way we communicate and operate both professionally and personally. 5G is transforming key industries including transportation, healthcare, education, agriculture, power, and automotive. The demand for 5G is booming across the globe. More than two hundred operators worldwide have deployed 5G networks with hundreds more investing in the technology. Projections of more than one billion 5G connections are expected to be in place by the end of 2023. Approximately 750 million 5G smartphones shipped in 2022. The speed and proficiency of 5G is allowing new companies across industries to invest in IoT and Private Networks.

The demand for 5G continues to increase while fueling the need for qualified wireless engineers to fill positions across all sectors of this industry. UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies is a proud to partner with Qualcomm Technologies to offer this unique course which will provide our students the opportunity to receive a 5G Associate-Level Certification from a world leader in wireless technology.

Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G Associate-Level Certification is a comprehensive 5G certification that focuses on key 5G technologies. This course allows participants to receive one in-depth certification from the company that has invented many of the technologies that make 5G possible today.

Course Highlights: 


  • 5G NR Technical Training

  • 5G NR Call Processing: NSA Mode

  • 5G NR Air Interface Training

Course Learning Outcomes: 


  • Identify 5G technology components

  • Illustrate 5G architecture

  • Differentiate between 5G mmWave & Sub-6: Spectrum, Characteristics, and Operation

  • Outline the 5G protocol stack

  • Analyze 5G physical layer attributes

  • Apply the working details of key 5G procedures

  • Apply principles of Massive MIMO, Beamforming and Beam Management comprehend voice operation in 5G; Packet-Switched Fallback (PSFB). Voice Over NR (VoNR)

  • Pass the Qualcomm Wireless Academy exam and earn your 5G Associate-Level Certification from the industry leader in 5G technology

  • Position yourself to understand more advanced 5G concepts, procedures, and techniques to then be able to design elements of a 5G system, analyze its operation and performance, and troubleshoot errors

Additional Course Info: 


Course Typically Offered: Online in every quarter.

Prerequisite: A minimum of a BSEE and 1-2 years of current knowledge and experience in the field of wireless engineering. This course is technical in nature and geared towards engineers.

Who Will Benefit:

  • Engineers seeking to grow their professional portfolio with a 5G certification from an industry leader

  • Engineering students with a strong academic background in wireless engineering

Next Step: After completing this course, consider taking other courses in the Wireless Engineering certificate program to continue learning.

Contact: For more information about this course, please email

Note: Students will be issued access codes for the three Qualcomm Wireless Academy modules and 5G Associate Certification exam during the first week of the course by the program manager. Students will not log-in to access this course through Canvas. 

Course Number: EE-40201
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Wireless Engineering

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