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MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) is the foundation credential in a stack of professional-level certifications called the MEF Network Certification Framework. It validates at a concept level, the key terms, processes, and elements of today’s programmable networks.

Introduced in late 2017, MEF Network Foundations has quickly become the cornerstone of the recently introduced MEF Network Certification Framework, the roadmap for skills to equip the next generation of networking professionals. The MEF Network Foundations certification is the starting point for the integrated family of networking technology certifications being built by MEF and leading organizations worldwide. Click here to learn more about the MEF Professional Certification Framework, but keep in mind, MEF-NF is likely the best place for you to start!


MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF)

At the "Essential" level of the MEF Professional Certification Framework, is MEF-NF certification. It is a vendor-neutral exam and certification which test you at a conceptual knowledge level on the major domains of software-driven networking. That said, it is a broad brush which makes it suitable for wide range of individuals seeking a credential in networking. The MEF-NF knowledge domains include SDN, NFV, Carrier Ethernet/Connectivity Services, LSO/Orchestration, and various combinations and use cases in these practice areas, collectively called “The Software-Driven Network Vision.” MEF-NF is an the foundation of the MEF Professional Certification Framework at the next level is the Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional which validates operator-level skills while the SDN/NFV Certified Professional shows advances competency. In 2018 we will also introduce cutting-edge validation of network automation and network security. These are precisely the skills that hiring managers and network managers are seeking for empowering today's software-driven advanced networks. Any three of the above will gain you the soon to be highly acclaimed Network Expert credential.


Who is this certification for?

This certification is highly applicable to a wide range of networking professionals. In creating the MEF Network Foundations Certification Exam, MEF studied and engaged the people who are deploying and describing today’s powerful, programmable, and flexible Ethernet networks (which feature programmability, orchestration, and a services menu that is easily ordered and modified).  Arising from these experiences, the MEF-NF was developed to fill the need for those who market, sell, and support these networks to be familiar at a conceptual level with the elements, functions, deployment, and management of these networks.  The list of potential candidates for this certification are broad, however, includes Product Management, Sales Engineering, Product Development, Network Engineering, Network Architecture, Product Support and Network Operations. To be more specific:

  • Manager/Director of Network and/or IT group
  • Network Technician
  • Network Analyst
  • Systems Administrator
  • Consultant/Professional
  • Sales /Service Engineer
  • Student/Researcher
  • Sales Representative
  • IT Project/Program Manager
  • Help Desk/NOC Engineer

Why should I take this exam?

This exam is the best starting point for any networking professional. It's a vendor-neutral validation of proficiency in a highly competitive marketplace where certification credentials make a significant difference to hiring managers and networking practitioners. In order to create this certification, experts around the world gathered for thousands of hours to identify the key skills required to thrive in these technical domains. They have produced this new authorized standard for technical competence in SDN, NFV, Carrier Ethernet/Connectivity Services, LSO/Orchestration, and more. Training and certification in MEF-NF will provide you and your organization with the following benefits:

  • Highly valued among industry institutions and organizations
  • Successful completion, awarded achievement, expertise by association
  • Gain industry recognition as one of the first with this certification
  • Proof of your knowledge and skills, ensuring trust
  • Unique qualifications with new intellectual property
  • Credibility & significance among peers
  • Identify you as uniquely qualified
  • Focuses and defines your value to the market
  • Re-vitalization your role or position
  • Engages you into existing/new segments of the workforce
  • Provides a new resource to the industry
  • A significant milestone towards the Network Expert & Network Master achievement-level credentials

What is covered in this exam?

  • Conceptual-level knowledge requirement for definitions of SDN, characteristics of SDN solutions, evolution, benefits, challenges in deployment, scenario & implementation analysis, understanding the components involved in an SDN solution. 
  • Conceptual-level knowledge requirement for definitions of NFV, characteristics of NFV solutions, evolution, benefits, challenges in deployment, scenario & implementation analysis, security, understanding the components involved in an NFV solution. 
  • Definitions of LSO/Orchestration, Deployment aspects of orchestrated solutions, benefits and challenges in this domain.  Also understand scenarios where the benefits of LSO/Orchestration can be leveraged, and familiarity with the major tool sets in this domain. 
  • Understand the major building blocks of connectivity services, the evolution in the services from L2 to L1-L3, benefits and challenges in deployment, and how a scenario can leverage carrier-based connectivity services. 
  • Understand the key components and characteristics of modern network technologies. What are the benefits, and what are the challenges in deploying software-enabled systems? How can SDN, NFV, Carrier Ethernet, and LSO/Orchestration be leveraged.

MEF-NF like our other exams are on a review and corrections and update cycle which changes the content to current industry standards approximately twice per year.


What are the minimum qualifications for this exam?

This certification exam presupposes foundational knowledge in computer networking practices. It is an entry-level certification examination for technical professionals asserting concept-level mastery of the 5 knowledge domains. In order to pass the MEF Network Foundations certification exam, a foundational knowledge of computer networking is assumed, with specific familiarity with various conceptual models of networking (OSI, Internet, etc.) and technologies also required. Such knowledge is formally validated by the CompTIA Network+™ certification examination1. No job experience is mandated, but familiarity with all the knowledge domains of this certification is essential to succeed. Resources that would be helpful include publications on networking, as well as foundational certifications in networking from Cisco, Citrix, CompTIA, Juniper, or Microsoft, and materials freely available from MEF. Other materials and resources may be referenced on the MEF Certification landing page.


How to get started?

  • If you already have foundation knowledge of the exam blueprint is a primary reference and is updated when a formal update to the exam takes place approximately twice per year. In that blueprint are key areas of study including reference materials.
  • If you are not familiar with these technologies, the MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) training and exam is the place to start.  Training providers are listed in the Education and Training resources on this site.

Additional help?

  • We provide email and 24x7 chat for general support, questions, concerns about registrations etc.
  • We are developing helpful aids to assist in accelerating the refreshing of your knowledge required for the MEF-NF exam. Some of this will be in the form of guidelines and graphics.
  • Check out our FAQ page which provides answers to frequently asked questions
  • We encourage collaboration among your peers and will be providing a solution for this shortly.

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