MEF-CECP 2.0 (MEF-Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional 2.0) Program

The MEF’s Certification programs for Service Providers and Network Equipment Manufacturers identify the industry’s leaders and showcase expertise and excellence in the Carrier Ethernet services and products that they bring to the market.

The MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional 2.0 (MEF-CECP 2.0) Program

The MEF-CECP Program was created to recognize those same leadership qualities in the many people within those companies who design, sell, deploy and support Carrier Ethernet services and products their companies provide. 

A team of recognized Carrier Ethernet industry leaders and leading subject matter experts developed the MEF-CECP to identify the Carrier Ethernet expertise within your organization. It is the industry’s first vendor-neutral certification program and demonstrates that the professionals who have passed this rigorous certification have acquired the key competency and skills to design, market, deploy and support Carrier Ethernet equipment, networks, and services that represent the next generation of telecommunications technology.  

The MEF-CECP certification has become a vital component of an organization’s competitive profile and showcases a company’s commitment to providing the most qualified professionals in the Carrier Ethernet industry to back their products and services. Many companies are incorporating the MEF-CECP certification into their career development programs, and growing their organizations with new professionals who have already earned the MEF-CECP.

The MEF-CECP is a technical certification that recognizes the Carrier Ethernet expertise in professionals from a cross section of job functions including Product Management, Sales Engineering, Product Development, Network Engineering, Network Architecture, Product Support and Network Operations.


Pricing:
The MEF-CECP 2.0 certification will be available starting December 2nd, 2013 and will replace the current MEF-CECP exam. MEF-CECP 2.0 brings the highly successful MEF professional certification program into complete alignment with the latest CE 2.0 specifications. Exam registration, payment and delivery remain the same, as well as the 1 hour 45 minute duration of the exam.

  • MEF-CECPs that achieved certification on or after September 1st, 2013 can attempt MEF-CECP 2.0 once no later than February 28th, 2014 for free!
  • Any MEF-CECPs certified since the beginning of the program can attempt MEF-CECP until June 30th, 2014 at a 50% discount for US$175!
  • All those that do not have MEF-CECP certification can take the exam at any time for the price of $350.

 

MEF-CECP Certification Benefits for Corporations

  • Provide the necessary knowledge and skill base to seamlessly enter the Carrier Ethernet Community
  • Increase productivity by enabling employees to use well-defined MEF terms to accurately describe and position their company’s service and equipment
  • Reduce product development time and eliminate errors in translating required features specifications
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  • Increase revenue through improved communications on how product features deliver or enhance service and equipment
  • Improve communication between internal organizational teams with a defined common language
  • Instill employee confidence with an industry-respected accreditation that recognizes valuable Carrier Ethernet experience, knowledge and skill sets
  • Attract and retain top talent
  • Eliminate the need to learn 3rd party product details by focusing on industry-wide technology, terminology and concepts

 

MEF-CECP Certification Benefits for Individuals

  • Increase opportunities for career advancement and increased earnings
  • Demonstrate and assure both employers and the industry that their knowledge, experience and competency have been formally validated through certification
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  • Join an elite set of professionals and thought leaders who have proven their expertise in Carrier Ethernet
  • Demonstrate their commitment to professional development, and overall dedication to the industry
  • Gain significant contacts through networking
  • Demonstrate technical prowess leading to increased on-the-job performance

 

NEW!

The MEF-CECP 2.0 certification will be available starting December 2nd, 2013 and will replace the current MEF-CECP exam. MEF-CECP 2.0 brings the highly successful MEF professional certification program into complete alignment with the latest CE 2.0 specifications. Exam registration, payment and delivery remain the same, as well as the 1 hour 45 minute duration of the exam.

Pricing:

  • MEF-CECPs that achieved certification on or after September 1st, 2013 can attempt MEF-CECP 2.0 once no later than February 28th, 2014 for free!
  • Any MEF-CECPs certified since the beginning of the program can attempt MEF-CECP until June 30th, 2014 at a 50% discount for US$175!
  • All those that do not have MEF-CECP certification can take the exam at any time for the price of $350.

 

The MEF’s fastest Growing Program

The twelve-fold increase in the number of MEF-CECPs in the last 24 months is a testimony to the success of Carrier Ethernet’s record-setting growth.

 

These show the growth, worldwide coverage and adoption by the industry.

 

Exam Preparation

General Information

The MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (CECP) certification exam is for skilled Carrier Ethernet employees seeking to demonstrate their CE expertise.

This document provides information about the exam content sections to anyone who is interested in preparing for the CECP exam. Preparation can include the following:

  • MEF Exam Objectives
  • Carrier Ethernet training courses from MEF-Authorized Training Providers
  • MEF web site for reference documents on certification, implementation agreements and acronym

Exam Objectives

The CECP exam content sections that will be covered are listed below to help you prepare for the exam.

The CECP exam is targeted towards individuals that performs in job roles such as product manager, product planner, sales manager, sales engineer, or technical marketing representative. The candidate possesses the knowledge required to promote, define, market, and sell Carrier Ethernet products and services. The person has a working knowledge of:

  • MEF Ethernet services definitions and other common service definitions that are similar to MEF Ethernet service definitions
  • Key MEF UNI, ENNI, OVC, and EVC service attributes
  • Target applications for Ethernet services
  • Can compare and position Ethernet services with respect to legacy, L2, and TDM private line services

 

Exam Content

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Section
1: Services Definitions

  • Describe and distinguish between the service attributes of EPL, EVPL, EP-LAN, EVP-LAN, EP-Tree, and EVP-Tree.
  • Describe how EPL, EVPL, EP-LAN, EVP-LAN, EP-Tree, and EVP-Tree are used to meet various subscriber needs.

Section 2: Transporting Carrier Ethernet Services

  • Describe the connectivity properties of bridging, provider bridging, provider backbone bridging (PBB), provider backbone bridging with traffic engineering extensions (PBB-TE), Ethernet over SONET/SDH, Carrier Ethernet over MPLS VPWS, Carrier Ethernet over MPLS VPLS, Carrier Ethernet over MPLS TP, Carrier Ethernet over OTN, and Carrier Ethernet over WDM.
  • Describe the capabilities of bridging, provider bridging, provider backbone bridging (PBB), provider backbone bridging with traffic engineering extensions (PBB-TE), SONET/SDH, MPLS VPWS, MPLS VPLS, MPLS TP, OTN and WDM with regards to delivery of Carrier Ethernet services
  • Describe the advantages of specific Carrier Ethernet transport technologies.
  • Describe service protection mechanisms.

Section 3: Carrier Ethernet Access Technologies

  • Describe the capabilities of Ethernet over PDH, Ethernet over bonded copper, Ethernet over HFC, Ethernet over packet radio, Ethernet over fiber and Ethernet over PON.
  • Describe the advantages of specific Carrier Ethernet Access technologies.
  • Given a scenario, identify which Carrier Ethernet Access Technology will meet the stated requirements.

Section 4: Basic Definitions

  • Define Ethernet User-to-Network Interface (UNI), Ethernet External Network-to-Network Interface (ENNI), Ethernet Virtual Connection (EVC), Service Provider, Operator, and Operator Virtual Connection (OVC).
  • Describe the role of Ethernet User-to-Network Interface (UNI), Ethernet External Network-to-Network Interface (ENNI), Ethernet Virtual Connection (EVC), Service Provider, Operator, and Operator Virtual Connection (OVC).

Section 5: Key UNI, ENNI, OVC, and EVC Service Attributes

  • Define per UNI service attributes (e.g., physical interfaces, Frame format, Ingress/egress Bandwidth Profiles, CE-VLAN ID/EVC Map, UNI protection).
  • Define EVC per UNI service attributes (e.g. ingress/egress Bandwidth Profiles).
  • Define per EVC service attributes (e.g., CE-VLAN ID Preservation, CoS ID Preservation, Relationship between Service Level Agreement and Service Level Specification, Class of Service).
  • Define OVC End Point per ENNI service attributes (e.g., ingress/egress bandwidth profiles).
  • Describe bandwidth profiles.
  • Given a service scenario, describe relevant service attribute settings/parameters.
  • Define and describe the components of a Service Level Specification and the relationship to Service Level Agreement.
  • Define and describe ENNI attributes (e.g., physical interfaces, Frame format, Ingress/egress Bandwidth Profiles, End Point Map, ENNI protection).
  • Define and describe OVC attributes (e.g., CE-VLAN ID Preservation, CoS ID Preservation, Relationship between Service Level Agreement and Service Level Specification, Class of Service, hairpin switching).
  • Define and describe the Carrier Ethernet protection mechanisms.

Section 6: Certification

  • Describe the Certification process and requirements for networking equipment.
  • Describe the Certification process and requirements for services delivered by a service provider.
  • Describe what is covered by MEF 9, MEF 14, and MEF 18 Certifications.
  • Describe the benefits of MEF Certification for equipment vendors, Service Provider, and end users.

Section 7: Target Application for Ethernet Services

  • Describe wholesale access services, retail commercial/business services, mobile backhaul services, Ethernet access to IP services, and supporting legacy services over Ethernet.
  • Describe which UNI or ENNI attribute values are selected for a given target application.
  • Describe which EVC or OVC attribute values are selected for a given target application.
  • Describe how specific service requirements of a target application (e.g., frame relay, Dedicated Internet Access, DSL or Cable Internet access, TDM Private Lines, WDM private network are met using Ethernet services.
  • Given a scenario determine appropriate Ethernet services

Section 8: Comparing and Positioning Ethernet Services

  • Compare and contrast Ethernet services with L2, IP, and TDM private line services.
  • Given a scenario, recommend an Ethernet service to meet end user specifications.

Section 9: Circuit Emulation over Ethernet

  • Define the purpose and need for Circuit Emulation over Ethernet applications.
  • Define the critical components of circuit emulation over Ethernet service.
  • Define the MEF Service Definitions used to deliver emulated circuits.
  • Define the EVC service attributes required for emulated circuits.
  • Define the three techniques and their uses for delivering synchronized clock over emulated circuits (e.g., Adaptive, 1588v2, Synchronous Ethernet, NTP, PTP).
  • Describe how circuit emulation is used in Mobile Backhaul applications.

Section 10: Service Operations Administration and Maintenance (SOAM)

  • Describe the various partitioning of responsibilities for Service Operations Administration and Maintenance (SOAM).
  • Describe the basic mechanisms for fault management.
  • Describe the basic mechanisms for performance management.
  • Describe the basic metrics for performance management.

 


 

Example Test Questions

Please see the following questions and answers as examples.

  1. Which kind of UNI to UNI connectivity is used for the Ethernet Private Line (EPL) service?
    A. Ethernet Private Circuit

    B. Point to Point Ethernet Private Connection

    C. Point to Point Ethernet Virtual Connection

    D. Point to Point Ethernet Virtual Circuit
  2. Which three Service Types are defined in MEF 6.1? (Select three.):
    A. Ethernet Circuit (E-Circuit)

    B. Ethernet Line (E-Line)
    C. Ethernet Tree (E-Tree)

    D. Ethernet Transparent Connection (E-TC)
    E. Ethernet LAN (E-LAN)

    An enterprise has a hub location and three branch locations that need to be connected to the hub. The equipment at each branch consists of a single router with an Ethernet interface that is unable to support virtual LANs (VLANs). At the hub location there is a router that supports VLANs.

  3. Which service arrangement meets the needs of the enterprise?
    A. one instance of Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) between each branch and the hub
    B. one instance of Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) between each branch and the hub with Customer Edge VLAN Identifier (CE-VLAN ID) preservation = Yes

    C. one instance of Ethernet Private Line (EPL) between each branch and the hub

    D. two instances of Ethernet Private Tree (EP-Tree) with the hub UNI designated as a Root

 

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