Industry recognition for Ethernet professionals

The MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) has formally launched the third part of its widely adopted MEF Carrier Ethernet certification programme.

The new MEF Professional Certification programme is designed for individuals whose Carrier Ethernet technology, services and application expertise meet MEF criteria. The MEF’s Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) test validates knowledge of Carrier Ethernet technology, standards and applications.

To qualify for the MEF-CECP certificate, suitable individuals must sit a two-hour multiple choice exam covering topics that include: MEF definitions, access technologies, MEF certification, target applications, circuit emulation over Ethernet, SOAM and comparisons with other network services. This exam can be taken online from the home or office – regulated by web based proctoring technology to ensure the security and integrity of the examination, at an approved test center or at an MEF Accredited Training Provider’s facilities following the completion of their training course.

In addition to receiving the MEF certificate, successful candidates will be automatically listed on the on-line Directory of MEF Certified Professionals posted on the widely visited website. Typical candidates for this initial certification will be: technical marketing or product managers, pre-sales engineers, product planners, network consultants, technical sales, network operations engineers and application consultants.

“This professional certification could not be timelier” commented Michael Howard, Principal Analyst, Infonetics Research. “We anticipate healthy growth in the market as organizations increasingly look to Ethernet for the lowest cost-per-bit – with Ethernet services revenues forecast to hit $40bn by 2014. There will be a growing demand for professionals with MEF certified Carrier Ethernet expertise.”

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