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MEF Accredited Training Providers offer limited time only special training and bundles for MEF-CECP re-certification and new MEF-SDN/NFV and MEF-NF certifications

 

Los Angeles, 25 September 2018

MEF is pleased to announce it is expanding opportunities for professional certification with a new roadshow offering a variety of special classroom and virtual training options focused on teaching the skills needed to build automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks supporting dynamic MEF 3.0 services. MEF’s Professional Certification Roadshow will be held in cities worldwide during October through December 2018, including at the Layer 123 SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague (8 – 12 October) and at MEF18 in Los Angeles (29 October – 2 November).

Training packages will cover MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF), MEF-SDN/NFV, and re-certification for individuals previously accredited as MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals (MEF-CECP).

“Qualified technical expertise represents a major challenge for service providers making the transition to MEF 3.0 services,” said Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF. “MEF professional certifications recognize individuals who have demonstrated the valued skills required to support the industry’s most advanced services orchestrated across automated networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV.”

 

MEF Accredited Training Providers

Each special training session will be delivered by MEF Accredited Training Providers (MEF-ATPs) who will provide the knowledge domains, learning resources, relevant technical specifications, and key subject areas that participants need to master to pass specific certification exams. Sessions are offered in a mix of different formats, ranging from one day in-person classroom courses to multi-day virtual courses and combinations thereof.

Each event consists of a specially priced training and exam bundle for the following:

  • MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) : The starting point for the integrated family of networking technology certifications. Knowledge domains include SDN, NFV, Carrier Ethernet/Connectivity Services, LSO/Orchestration, and various combinations and use cases in these practice areas.
  • MEF Carrier Ethernet Certification Program (MEF-CECP) re-certification : Previously certified professionals with expired or soon-to-expire credentials, can attend courses designed to raise their technical level to MEF 3.0 CE Release 1, which includes numerous additional CE functionalities in the areas of wholesale operator services, class of service, service OAM, and more.
  • MEF Software Defined Networks/Network Functions Virtualization (MEF-SDN/NFV) : Validates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to plan, deploy, and operate a complete range of solutions in both SDN and NFV.

 

RoadShow Information and Schedule

A list of participating MEF-ATPs and their special course offerings is provided at https://mefprocert.com/home/mef-procert-roadshow .

 

About MEF18

MEF18 focuses on accelerating worldwide adoption of assured services orchestrated across automated networks. MEF18 is on pace to be bigger and better than last year’s popular MEF17 event, with a target audience of 1,000+ attendees from 275+ companies and 35+ countries; 250+ service and technology executives; 110+ expert speakers, 115+ sponsors and partners; and more.

MEF18’s content, networking, and special activities are designed to appeal to executives and other senior experts from communication and cloud service providers; enterprises; government organizations; network technology suppliers; systems integrators, open source projects, standards organizations; industry and financial analysts; investors; the press; and others.

MEF18’s program will build upon popular elements of last year’s event while introducing several new activities. Elements include: world-class plenaries and sessions with service, technology, and enterprise expert speakers; MEF Workshops; the WAN Exchange (brought by WAN Summit); PoC demonstrations; MEF 3.0 implementation demonstrations; a vibrant Networking Hall; MEF Awards Dinner; Global Media Hub; LSO Hackathon; and on-site MEF professional certification exam preparation courses. This year, the 4Q18 MEF Members Meeting will be collocated with MEF18. For more information: www.MEF18event.com

 

About MEF

An industry association of 200+ member companies, MEF recently introduced the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying assured services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 services are designed to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. MEF 3.0 services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. MEF produces service specifications, LSO frameworks, open LSO APIs, software-driven reference implementations, and certification programs. MEF 3.0 work will enable automated delivery of standardized Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks. For more information: https://www.mef.net.

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MEF SDN/NFV certification is the first certification for SDN and NFV built to international standards; five MEF training providers are set to offer training and certification testing

Los Angeles, 21 June 2018 – The industry association MEF is pleased to announce the production release of its MEF SDN/NFV professional certification. Following a successful beta-exam review period, the MEF-SDN/NFV exam now provides the first industry-wide certification that validates professionals’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in the domains of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). MEF also announced that five training companies that are members of the prestigious MEF Accredited Training Provider (MEF-ATP) program are qualified to deliver approved training for this certification. Incentives for IT/telecom professionals to earn this credential were also announced today by MEF.

“We are delighted that MEF has created yet another skills certification in software-centric networking technologies, adding to its world-renowned Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) credential,” said Nan Chen, president of MEF. “Given the rising deployment of SDN and NFV solutions globally, and the tremendous potential for telecom and enterprise IT organizations to leverage SDN and NFV, we are confident that this certification will open new doors, new jobs, and new horizons for the networking workforce. Organizations that encourage their IT professionals to train for and earn this credential will signal their commitment to excellence in their workforce. Already we have received inquiries from companies wanting to get their engineers, operators and technical architects certified.”

Exam Built to Exacting Standards
With the help of SDN and NFV subject matter experts around the world, MEF built the certification exam to exacting ISO 17024 quality specifications for accuracy and reliability. “This is the first certification of its kind in the exploding field of virtualized networking,” said Rick Bauer, certification director at MEF. “We’re grateful to have so many companies and organizations collaborating and providing their expertise, and we look forward to broad industry acceptance of this credential.”

MEF also announced that five of its Accredited Training Providers (MEF-ATPs) are already prepared to deliver training in preparation for taking the MEF-SDN/NFV certification exam and will be offering classes in the weeks ahead. Those organizations are Carrier Ethernet Academy, Criterion Networks, Perpetual Solutions, SDN Essentials, and Tech2000.

The MEF-SDN/NFV certification exam is built around the key themes of “Design, Deploy, Manage”, and details and references are contained in the newly released examination blueprint. Professionals seeking to validate their competencies must be able to demonstrate their abilities in various design, installation, and security scenarios involving SDN, NFV, and instances when virtualized objects such as VNFs (virtualized network functions) are deployed into SDN architectures.

The value of skills certifications continues to grow, especially in networking. A recent study revealed that 91 percent of employers use IT certification as a reliable indicator of a good candidate in the hiring process and that certified IT staff routinely earn higher salaries than their noncertified counterparts.

New webinar to discuss trends in SDN and NFV
MEF also announced the second of its webinars on the BrightTALK platform is scheduled for 10 July 2018. Titled “SDN & NFV: Executive Perspectives on Organizational Readiness” (register here), the webinar features experts Dan Pitt, vice president of MEF, and Vishal Sharma, analyst with Metanoia, Inc., in a wide-ranging discussion about the future trends for SDN and NFV. These experts will also discuss the challenge of upskilling the existing workforce to be more proficient in these technologies.

MEF now offers three certifications as part of its comprehensive Professional Certification Framework. These include the MEF-SDN/NFV Certified Professional, MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP), and MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) certifications. Individuals who obtain all three of these certifications qualify for the coveted MEF Network Expert certification.

Industry professionals may register here for the MEF SDN/NFV, MEF-CECP, and MEF-NF certification exams. The MEF-SDN/NFV exam is available for an introductory price of US$320 for a very limited time this summer (expires 15 September 2018). Any exam purchased during this introductory period is valid for use for one year from the purchase date.

For questions, contact Rick Bauer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About MEF
An industry association of 200 plus member companies, MEF recently introduced the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated services over a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 services are designed to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. MEF 3.0 services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. MEF produces service specifications, LSO frameworks, open LSO APIs, software-driven reference implementations, and certification programs. MEF 3.0 work will enable automated delivery of standardized Layer 1, Carrier Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks. For more information: https://www.mef.net.

Media Contact: 
Ashley Schulte
Witz Communications for MEF
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