FCC Wireless (RF) Pre-Compliance

How to all but guarantee you’ll pass wireless certification tests the first time using a low-cost spectrum analyzer

Created by Andy Eadie


What You'll Learn:

  • Step-by-step video demonstrations of all conducted RF measurements for DTS and FHSS devices (FCC part 15.247)
  • How to prepare your hardware and firmware for RF pre-compliance testing
  • How to choose a spectrum analyzer that fits your budget
  • How to operate a spectrum analyzer for RF measurements
  • How to avoid common pitfalls of the application process that can create delays of up to 4 weeks
  • What to do to maintain compliance if your transmitter design changes after certification

Who Is This Course For?

Hardware Engineers

Hardware design engineers who want to verify their designs for RF compliance

Testing and Compliance Technicians

Testing/compliance technicians who want a step by step video guide for making conducted RF compliance measurements


Managers who want a comprehensive RF training course to teach engineers how to verify RF transmitters before certification

Test Labs

3rd party test labs that want to train up junior engineers on the FCC’s wireless test requirements and how to make conducted RF measurements

Course Content:

Test Equipment44m:26s
Hardware and Firmware Preparation14m:21s
FCC Rules for Wireless Devices17m:20s
The Certification Process13m:38s
Using a Spectrum Analyzer40m:56s
RF Tests For DTS Devices17m:18s
DTS Pre-Compliance Measurements (Part 1)32m:28s
DTS Pre-Compliance Measurements (Part 2)50m:45s
RF Tests For Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum Devices15m:53s
How to Make Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum Measurements1h:19m:05s
Documentation, Labeling & Modular Approvals24m:06s
Preparing Your Certification Package11m:57s
Making Changes To Your Product After Certification14m:53s


Tight project timelines make failing at a test lab an almost untenable situation. This training course helps you to ensure that your RF transmitters (such as Bluetooth, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, 802.15.4) are verified prior to full certification testing.

It offers a step-by-step process that any manufacturer can implement to verify with a high degree of certainty that newly designed transmitters meet the FCC’s requirements.. 

With only a small amount of test equipment (e.g. a low-cost used spectrum analyzer), you can undertake the majority of tests that a full compliance lab would do.

You’ll get a step-by-step walkthrough showing you how to make conducted RF measurements such as spurious emissions, emissions bandwidth and peak power.

You’ll learn how to compare those measurements to the FCC’s limits to give yourself the best possible chance of passing certification testing the first time.

Note: The information in this training course was tailored specifically for transmitters that fall under FCC Part 15.247 (CFR47 Part 15 subpart C) such as Bluetooth, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, 802.15.4 and many other low power wireless transmitters. However, the measurement techniques apply to many other types of transmitters that fall under different rule parts.


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  • 6.25 hrs of on-demand videos
  • 13 video lessons
  • 2 case studies
  • 2 test report templates
  • 1 calculator spreadsheet
  • 1 checklist
  • Individual progress tracking
  • 1 year unlimited access
  • Access on computer or mobile
  • Certificate of completion

Need To Train A Team?

Our industry leading online training platform includes several features that are useful for group and enterprise training requirements:

  • Assign groups of engineers (This could be one team or office or region)
  • Assign group leaders who can monitor individual group member progress (For project managers or team leaders)
  • Group leaders can access reports of individual and group progress
  • Group leaders can monitor group member scores for online integrated quizzes

What You'll Get:

  • The FCC Wireless (RF) Pre-Compliance Course
  • 13 Video Lessons
  • 2 Case Studies
  • 2 Test Report Templates
  • 1 Checklist
  • 1 Field strength calculator spreadsheet
  • 1 Year Unlimited Access
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Details:

Tuition: Request Pricing
Setting: Online/Virtual
Course Length: 6.25 Hours

About The Instructor


Andy Eadie

EMC Engineer | Hardware Design Engineer | EMC FastPass Founder

Andy is a hardware design engineer and the founder of EMC FastPass. 

He designed hardware products for 10 years before building and running an FCC listed EMC test facility. In 2014 he founded EMC FastPass with the goal of making EMC education interesting, accessible and globally available.