The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) has expanded its equipment and service provider certification program via the introduction of a Carrier Ethernet Professional Certification program for individuals in the telecommunications industry. The program certifies expertise in Carrier Ethernet technologies, standards, services, and applications.
The MEF will use the new program to certify individuals who possess a baseline of Carrier Ethernet knowledge, thus making it easier to identify experts in the field. Professional certification will be awarded to individuals who successfully pass tests developed by leaders and experts in the Carrier Ethernet industry.
The MEF is in the process of authorizing training providers to offer Carrier Ethernet training courses that prepare individuals to successfully complete the MEF exams.
The MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional exam will cover Carrier Ethernet technology and service fundamentals from an applications perspective. Certification is suited for product and technical marketing managers, pre-sales and application engineers, product planners, and technically oriented sales professionals, the MEF asserts.
MEF Certified Professionals will be awarded an official MEF certificate and listed in the online Directory of MEF Certified Professionals posted on the MEF and EthernetAcademy.net websites.
Successful CECP candidates will be required to demonstrate competence in the following areas:
- MEF Carrier Ethernet services definitions for E-Line, E-LAN, and E-Tree
- Advantages of different Carrier Ethernet access technologies
- Definitions and application of UNI, EVC, and ENNI in Carrier Ethernet networks
- Key UNI, ENNI, EVC, and OVC service attributes
- Definitions of MEF 9, 14, 18 vendor equipment and product certifications
- Key service requirements for target Carrier Ethernet service applications (wholesale access, Ethernet access to IP, mobile backhaul, retail Ethernet services)
- Comparing and positioning Carrier Ethernet services to Layer 2 Frame Relay, IP/MPLS, and TDM private line
- Understanding of Circuit Emulation over Ethernet
- Role of Service, Operations Administration and Maintenance (SOAM) in Carrier Ethernet networks
The new MEF program is currently in the pilot phase with general availability scheduled for the second quarter of this year. Authorized training providers will also be announced in that quarter as well.
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