MEF-CECP Detailed Overview


The MEF Carrier Ethernet Certification Program is a vendor neutral, technical certification recognizing Carrier Ethernet (CE) expertise in professionals from a cross section of job functions including Sales Engineering, Product Management, Product Development, Network Engineering, Network Architecture, Product Support and Network Operations.

Introduction to MEF-CECP

In 2017, the global CE services market exceeded $US80B in services and technologies, the fastest growing wireline service over the past decades. Analysts are predicting accelerating growth for CE services over the coming years, enabled by the need for greater speed and performance and the shift from static to dynamic, on-demand services.  New generations of on-demand, layer 2 services are being enabled by the proliferation of SDN and NFV based networks.

When coupled with comprehensive Carrier Ethernet training by MEF-Accredited Training Providers and evolving with MEF 3.0, MEF-CECP becomes an important skills enabler for Ethernet service providers, business consumers, and enabling technology solution providers.

MEF 3.0 and MEF-CECP

Introduction to MEF 3.0

Launched in 2017, MEF 3.0 is a transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 blends sophisticated, standardized services with an emerging suite of LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities.

How Does MEF-CECP Relate to MEF 3.0?

MEF-CECP is the technical certification related to MEF 3.0 layer 2, dynamic Carrier Ethernet services. The MEF-CECP exam is current to MEF 3.0 CE R1. Questions and responses developed by qualified subject matter experts. vetted through professional psychometric analytic processes resulting in exam blueprints unique to each major exam release. The following diagram illustrate the major releases and associated exam blueprints:

MEF will continue to evolve the MEF-CECP exam as new releases of MEF 3.0 CE become available. Existing MEF-CECP professionals are encouraged to take advantage of MEF re-certification opportunities to remain technically current and differentiated as they contribute to the accelerating transformation to the digital economy. CE, along with technologies such as SDN, NFV, LSO are important building blocks in the development of dynamic services across automated networks.

MEF-CECP and the MEF Professional Certification Framework

MEF-CECP is a professional level, specialization certification within the MEF Professional Certification Framework.  Earning two professional-level certifications within the MEF Professional Certification Framework including: MEF-SDCP (SD-WAN), MEF-CECP (Carrier Ethernet) and MEF-SNCP (SDN/NFV), earns industry professionals the coveted MEF NETWORK EXPERT status.

Preferred Candidates and Companies

As a technical certification, preferred network professionals for MEF-CECP include:

  • Sales Engineering
  • Product Management
  • Product Development
  • Network Engineering
  • Network Architecture
  • Product Support
  • Network Operations
  • Technically oriented Sales and Marketing professionals

Companies to benefit by training and certifying their employees as MEF-CECPs include:

  • Communications Service Providers (CSPs) of all Tiers
  • Technology solution providers for network services
  • Large enterprise consumers of Ethernet Business Services
  • System Integrators and Consultants supporting CSPs

MEF-CECP Benefits:

Considering the state of the CE services market, the benefits of MEF-CECP certification to you as an individual are immeasurable, including but not limited to:

  • Global recognition of your vendor-neutral CE skills, and an upward trajectory of your career path as industry stakeholders develop, deliver and consume new generations of dynamic services across automated networks.
  • An up-front alignment of your competencies with MEF 3.0, as this global services framework gains momentum supported by major operators and technology providers alike.
  • A direct connection to the global MEF Community having 200+ member companies and 7000+ certified professionals in 85 countries and 436 employer organizations.

The following diagram illustrates current MEF-CECPs to their job functions:

The benefits for companies that have a MEF-CECP employee pool are equally substantial:

  • CSPs: Acquiring the CE depth across the organization needed to develop, sell and deliver dynamic, orchestrated services to business customers and to conduct wholesale, inter-carrier transactions.
  • Enterprises: Becoming a technically informed buyer of services, leveraging available service features, to driving network efficiencies and lower costs.
  • Technology Suppliers, Consultants and Integrators: Positioning your company to win CE-related business with certified skills and improving your marketing message.
  • All: The ability to recruit and retain the best and the brightest by offering the valuable, globally recognized MEF training and certifications.

MEF-CECP Exam Information

  • Description: MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional
  • Title: MEF-CECP (Blueprint D)
  • Questions: 80 questions in 105 minutes and a pass score of 65%
  • Delivery: Electronically via secure login, on-site or remote proctored by qualified proctor
  • Language: English only
  • Credential Awarded: MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) upon passing the exam by 65% or higher. Valid for 3 years
  • Learning Domains (Topics) Covered:
    • Services and attributes
    • Class of Service and Traffic Management
    • Service OAM
    • Infrastructure, Operations, and Applications
    • and Ethernet, MEF Basics, and MEF Certification
  • Re-Certification:  Within three years of certification, prior to certificate expiration

Training, Self-Study and Costs

MEF Accredited Training Providers (MEF-ATP’s) offer training course and certification exams on a global basis. Click here for a list of MEF-ATPs and additional information. Over 90% of MEF Certified Professionals were formally trained by MEF-ATPs before taking the exam.

Self-study is available to anyone and recommended for those with multiple years of direct hands-on Carrier Ethernet services experience. Self-study sources include the MEF-CECP Exam Blueprint and self-study options available through MEF-ATPs.

Cost for this MEF Professional Certification Exam is only US$420.00 (Bulk quantity corporate or regional pricing may be available).   Re-take attempts (two within 6 months of first exam) are $100 each.  Re-certification is required every three years at a cost of $300.  Individual MEF-ATP's may bundle exam prices with training costs.  Registered exams are valid for six months from the registration date. Registration extensions are an available option.

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  • The training and certification I took gives me confidence performing my job.
  • My colleagues respect my opinion now that I've achieved certification.
  • The training and certification has enable me to make better decisions and speak more authoritatively.
  • Now that I achieved certification, I've become a bit of the go-to person for network-related issues.
  • The training I received has enabled me to be more effective at finding solutions, and the certification is proof of my knowledge on this topic.
  • MEF is leading the way in defining the SD-WAN services and creating a unified language for its design and implementation – and the only way to learn this language is to have the MEF-SDCP Certification.
  • A benefit of the certification is that it is vendor neutral, so it gives me the ability to plan, operate and deploy a wide range of SDN solutions over my professional career.
  • The continuous technological evolution of SD-WAN led me to pursue MEF training and certifications. Understanding the very basics of the technology up to the advanced level is critical to adopting the MEF global standards and service framework in our SD-WAN product offering.

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