MEF introduces Third Network certification framework

03 May 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe

MEF today introduces the Third Network professional certification framework to help accelerate the worldwide transition to on-demand Third Network services that provide user-directed control over service capabilities.

This framework – comprising of essential, professional, and expert level certifications - covers the concepts and skills needed to build automated, virtualised and interconnected networks powered by Lifecycle Services Orchestration (LSO), SDN, NFV and Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0). It aims to support agile, assured and orchestrated services and MEF Third Network Foundations (MEF-TNF) certification testing is set to begin in Q3 2017.

“MEF is building upon our experience with the world’s most popular vendor-neutral professional certification – MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) – that is achieving a major milestone this month,” said Nan Chen, president of MEF.

“We are reaching 5,000+ certified professionals employed by 440 companies in 83 countries. Building on this solid track record, we aim to create the industry’s most coveted professional credentials for networking professionals.”

Development of these advanced networks will accelerate the worldwide transition to on-demand Third Network services that provide user-directed control over service capabilities.

Paul Savill, SVP of global product management at Level 3, added: “A highly skilled and well-trained workforce is essential to providing consultation and networking solutions that will address the needs of global enterprises now and in the future, particularly with the rapid migration to cloud-based services. To this end, since the inception of the MEF-CECP program, more than 500 Level 3 professionals have attained certification.”

The certification exam will be periodically updated to ensure individuals have the most current Carrier Ethernet expertise that is most relevant to the Third Network era:

- SDN/NFV Certified Professional – coming in 2018 MEF will work with subject matter experts to design and deploy the first ISO-accredited professional certification that validates knowledge, skills, and abilities in both SDN and NFV.

- LSO Certified Professional - coming in 2018 LSO certification will cover major orchestration platforms from a practitioner’s point of view. Professionals will, among other things, validate their knowledge of emerging LSO API standards for orchestrating services across multiple service providers and multiple technology domains.

- Additional Professional Level Certifications - future offerings MEF envisions launching additional professional certifications in advanced network security, SD-WAN, network design and architecture, and other topics during the next several years.

- Expert Level: Mastery in Vendor-Neutral and Vendor-Specific Network Technologies MEF anticipates recognizing Expert Level professionals who achieve multiple Professional Level certifications, including combinations with vendor-specific mastery certifications.