MEF debuts SDN/NFV professional certification exam

The Metro Ethernet Forum has a new certification exam for SDN and NFV. (Pixabay)

Sharpen up those No. 2 pencils, MEF is now offering a new SDN/NFV certification exam.

Following a successful beta exam review period, the MEF announced Thursday the production release of its MEF SDN/NFV professional certification exam. The MEF said the exam was the first industrywide certification to validate professionals’ knowledge, skills and abilities across the domains of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

MEF also announced that five training companies, which are all members of the MEF Accredited Training Provider (MEF-ATP) program, were qualified to deliver the approved training for the new certification. The five training organizations are the Carrier Ethernet Academy, Criterion Networks, Perpetual Solutions, SDN Essentials, and Tech2000.

“This is the first certification of its kind in the exploding field of virtualized networking,” said Rick Bauer, certification director at MEF, in a prepared statement. “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.”

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In order to ace the exam, professionals that want to validate their competencies need to be able to demonstrate their competence 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.

MEF now offers three certifications as part of its Professional Certification Framework, which includes the MEF-SDN/NFV Certified Professional, MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP), and MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) certifications. Individuals who garner all three of the certifications qualify for "MEF Network Expert" certification.