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1 1 1 MEF Reference Presentation November 2011 MEF Certification Programs

2 2 MEF Reference Presentations Intention –These MEF reference presentations are intended to give general overviews of the MEF work and have been approved by the MEF Marketing Committee –Further details on the topic are to be found in related specifications, technical overviews, white papers in the MEF public site Information Center: Notice © The Metro Ethernet Forum Any reproduction of this document, or any portion thereof, shall contain the following statement: "Reproduced with permission of the Metro Ethernet Forum." No user of this document is authorized to modify any of the information contained herein.

3 3Topics Program Overview Equipment Certification Services Certification Professional Certification

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5 5 MEF: Defining Body of Carrier Ethernet Established : 2001 Focus on Carrier Ethernet Services 185+ Member Companies 85+ Service Providers Global Representation StandardsEducationCompliance

6 6 MEF Certification: Enabling Standardization The MEF Carrier Ethernet Certification Programs certify Services That earn buyers trust by conforming to MEF standards of quality and performance Equipment That service providers rely on to build Carrier Ethernet services Professionals With the proven knowledge and skills to support the explosive growth of Carrier Ethernet

7 7 MEF Certification Program Benefits Strengthens market presence and recognition Builds buyer confidence Accelerates deployment of new systems Reinforces product launches Accelerates responses to customer RFPs Strengthens market presence and recognition Builds buyer confidence Reinforces product launches Supports responses to customer RFPs Professional achieves career advancement through knowledge recognition Employer simplifies the choice of candidates Industry grows via access to better trained professionals

8 8 MEF Services Certification Program

9 9 57 MEF Certified Providers Worldwide Adoption of Service Certification MERICA

10 10 MEF Services Certification Process Test Sites & Coverage Areas Tests performed on live services provisioned on production networks Multiple sites selected to represent service provider coverage area: Test Timeline & Process Full cycle of MEF 9 and MEF 14 tests typically completed in two weeks Test probes attached to verify end-to-end service delivery Test conducted from Iometrix test control center Technical Requirements MEF certified equipment required at UNI Services can be provisioned on different transport technologies METRO REGIONAL NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL

11 11 MEF Certifications for Services Program certifies three most widely deployed Carrier Ethernet services: EPL dedicated service that interconnects two sites EVPL multiplexed service that interconnects a hub to multiple remote sites E-LAN meshed service that interconnects multiple sites Two major certifications validate service compliance and performance: MEF 9 validates end-to-end service delivery and functionality MEF 14 validates service performance and traffic management EPL Service Ethernet Private Line EVPL Service Ethernet Virtual Private Line ELAN Service Ethernet LAN

12 12 MEF Specifications and Certifications Source MEF Carrier Ethernet specifications: MEF 6 defines the Ethernet services (EPL, EVPL, ELAN) MEF 10 defines Ethernet Service Attributes (EVC and UNI) MEF Abstract Test Suites: MEF 9 and MEF 14 define abstract test cases and procedures based on service requirements specified in MEF 6 and MEF 10 MEF Certification Test Plans: MEF 9 and MEF 14 Test Plans define all test cases parameters and values based on MEF 9 and MEF 14 ATSs MEF 6 Ethernet Services Definitions Phase 1 MEF 10 Ethernet Services Attributes Phase 1 MEF CERTIFICATION PROGRAM MEF 9 Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Services at the UNI MEF 14 Abstract Test Suite for Traffic Management Phase 1 MEF 9 Test Plan for Ethernet Services at the UNI MEF 14 Test Plan for Traffic Management Phase 1

13 13 MEF 9 and MEF 14 Certifications for Services Cover full set of MEF Carrier Ethernet service attributes: Verify compliance of User Network Interface (UNI) –Verify compliance of end-to-end Ethernet Virtual Connection (EVC) –Services validated at UNI from subscriber point of view MEF 9 Test Cases Ethernet Services at the UNI Test Cases for Ethernet Physical Interface Physical Medium, Mac Layer Speed, Mode Test Cases for UNI Attributes Service Multiplexing Bundling All-to-One Bundling Test Cases for Service Frame Delivery Unicast, Multicast, Broadcast Service Frame Delivery Layer 2 Control Protocol Processing Test Cases for VLAN Tag Support CE-VLAN ID & CE-VLAN CoS CE-VLAN ID & CoS Preservation Mapping VLAN IDs MEF 14 Test Cases Traffic Management Test Cases for Service Performance: Frame Delay Performance Frame Delay Variation Performance Frame Loss Ratio Performance Test Cases for Bandwidth Profiles: Per Ingress UNI Per EVC Per CoS ID Test Cases for Bandwidth Rate Enforcement: CIR (Committed Information Rate) CBS (Committed Burst Size) EIR (Excess Information Rate) EBS (Excess Burst Size) UNIEVC TEST PROBE Carrier Ethernet networkSubscriber Cover full set of MEF Carrier Ethernet service attributes: Verify compliance of User Network Interface (UNI) Verify compliance of end-to-end Ethernet Virtual Connection (EVC) Services validated at UNI from subscriber point of view

14 14 Testing Process for Services Live Network Testing Tests conducted on service provider production network Typically three sites selected to test EPL, EVPL and ELAN services Test sites selected to represent service provider footprint: Metro, regional/national, international Testing at the UNI Test probes attached to subscriber side of the UNIs to verify end-to-end service delivery Services terminate at the UNI on MEF certified equipment Time to complete full cycle of MEF 9 and MEF 14 tests typically two weeks UNI C UNI A PROBE Site A PROBE Site C UNI B PROBE Site B Metro, National, International

15 15 EPL Service Testing Test Probe A UNI A UNI B Site ASite B Point-to-Point EVC Test Probe B MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR EVC SERVICE ATTRIBUTES Frame Delay Service Performance Frame Delay Variation Service Performance Frame Loss Ratio Service Performance MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR UNI SERVICE ATTRIBUTES Bandwidth Profile per Ingress UNI Bandwidth Profile Rate Enforcement (CIR/CBS, EIR/EBS) MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR UNI SERVICE ATTRIBUTES Bandwidth Profile per Ingress UNI Bandwidth Profile Rate Enforcement (CIR/CBS, EIR/EBS) MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR EVC SERVICE ATTRIBUTES Non-looping Frame Delivery Invalid FCS Service Frame Discard CE-VLAN ID Preservation CE-VLAN CoS Preservation EVC L2CP Processing MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR UNI SERVICE ATTRIBUTES UNI Physical Layer UNI MAC Layer UNI EVC Support UNI All to One Bundling MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR UNI SERVICE ATTRIBUTES UNI Physical Layer UNI MAC Layer UNI EVC Support UNI All to One Bundling Transparent Service Dedicated Bandwidth

16 16 EVPL Service Testing Test Probe A UNI A UNI B Site A Site B Point-to-Point EVC 1 Test Probe B Site C Point-to-Point EVC 2 MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR EVC SERVICE ATTRIBUTES Frame Delay Service Performance Frame Delay Variation Service Performance Frame Loss Ratio Service Performance MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR UNI SERVICE ATTRIBUTES Bandwidth Profile per EVCs Bandwidth Profile Rate Enforcement (CIR/CBS, EIR/EBS) MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR UNI SERVICE ATTRIBUTES Bandwidth Profile per EVCs Bandwidth Profile Rate Enforcement (CIR/CBS, EIR/EBS) MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR EVC SERVICE ATTRIBUTES Non-looping Frame Delivery Invalid FCS Service Frame Discard CE-VLAN ID Preservation CE-VLAN CoS Preservation CE-VLAN ID/EVC Map L2CP Processing MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR UNI SERVICE ATTRIBUTES UNI Physical Layer UNI MAC Layer UNI EVC Support UNI Service Multiplexing MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR UNI SERVICE ATTRIBUTES UNI Physical Layer UNI MAC Layer UNI EVC Support Multiplexed, VLAN-based Service UNI C Test Probe C

17 17 E-LAN Service Testing Test Probe A UNI B Site A Site B Test Probe B Site C MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR UNI SERVICE ATTRIBUTES Bandwidth Profile per Ingress UNI, EVC Bandwidth Profile Rate Enforcement (CIR/CBS, EIR/EBS) MEF 14 TEST CASES FOR UNI SERVICE ATTRIBUTES Bandwidth Profile per Ingress UNI, EVC Bandwidth Profile Rate Enforcement (CIR/CBS, EIR/EBS) MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR EVC SERVICE ATTRIBUTES Non-looping Frame Delivery Invalid FCS Service Frame Discard Service Frame Conditional Delivery Single Copy Service Frame Delivery in MP to MP EVC CE-VLAN ID Preservation CE-VLAN CoS Preservation L2CP Processing MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR UNI SERVICE ATTRIBUTES UNI Physical Layer UNI MAC Layer UNI EVC Support MEF 9 TEST CASES FOR UNI SERVICE ATTRIBUTES UNI Physical Layer UNI MAC Layer UNI EVC Support UNI A Multipoint-to-Multipoint EVC Mpt-to-Mpt Service UNI C Test Probe C

18 18 Test Bed Requirements and Set Up MEF Certified UNI Equipment Service providers may deploy different models of equipment at the UNI from one or more manufacturers Requirement to deploy MEF certified equipment only applies to UNI – not core network equipment Complete list of MEF certified equipment available at Test Sites POP locations, readily accessible, internet connection available Domestic Services Certification Three domestic sites selected for testing Service coverage areas can be metro, regional and/or national International Services Certification One national and two international sites selected for testing Service coverage areas can be transnational, continental and/or transcontinental Port 0/0 Site A UNI A 1 UNI A 2 UNI A 3 Test Probe A Site B UNI B 1 UNI B 2 UNI B 3 Test Probe B UNI C 1 UNI C 2 Test Probe C Port 0/2 Port 0/3 Port 0/5 Port 0/2 Port 0/3 Port 0/4 Site C UNI Equipment EVPL ELAN EPL Services Certification Test Set Up

19 19 Certification Phases and Timeline Preliminary technical assessment of services and network topologies Determine applicable certifications Test site selection Completion of technical test documentation Test probe shipping and installation at each site Service provisioning and turn up Test probe and service connectivity checks Test executed simultaneously on multiple services Start with MEF 9 tests Followed by MEF 14 tests Troubleshooting when required 1 week2 weeks Installation Phase Testing Phase Preparation Phase Achieving Certification in Three Phases

20 20 MEF Certified! Certification kit Four main deliverables awarded to successful service providers Designed to promote certification in product sheets, presentations, website content, press releases, product launches Going to market with MEF certified services: Strengthen market presence and recognition Build buyer confidence Respond to business, wholesale and institutional customer RFPs with certified service portfolio Official statement of certification, serves as proof of compliance Widely consulted on-line listing of MEF certified companies and services Instant recognition of MEF certified companies and services Full description of test parameters, procedures and results MEF Certified Logo MEF Certificate Test Report Certification Directory Certification Deliverables

21 21 Certification Test Report Outline Test Report Scope: Individual test report for each tested service (EPL, EVPL, ELAN) Specifies provider commercial designation of service Set of test results for MEF 9 and MEF 14 Service Description: Specifies attributes, parameters and values of service such as CE-VLAN ID, EVC Type, MTU, CIR… Specifies equipment manufacturer and model deployed at UNIs Specifies service coverage area (metro, national, international) Test Set Up: Specifies test site locations Test probe deployment, configuration and parameters Test Results: Specifies object and procedure and result of each test case Test results can be Pass, Fail or Not Applicable Service Technical Description Test Set Up and Parameters MEF 9 Test Results MEF 14 Test Results Test Report Outline

22 22 Frequently Asked Questions Does my company need to be a MEF member prior to certification? MEF membership is a pre-requisite to certification Not renewing MEF membership does not invalidate certification For how long are certifications valid? Certifications have unlimited validity in time for services delivered across the same type of UNI equipment deployed at the time of testing Certifications of new services or services delivered across UNIs or MENs deploying new equipment, software releases or transport technologies are at will Who should I contact to find out more? Iometrix is the MEF authorized certification lab since 2005 Contact or visit

23 23 In Summary Two reference certifications for Carrier Ethernet services: MEF 9 validates service compliance and delivery MEF 14 validates service performance Independent Testing Process Third party validation through MEF authorized lab Single, streamlined testing process Widely recognized and trusted certification program Go to market with MEF certified services Strengthen service portfolio in competitive market place Respond to fast growing demand for standardized Carrier Ethernet business services

24 24 MEF Equipment Certification Program

25 25 Certified Equipment Program Goals Enable equipment vendors to build & supply Carrier Ethernet equipment, certified compliant with MEF specifications Service Providers use MEF specifications to build services and require MEF certified equipment to ensure service functionality and performance Accelerates introduction of Carrier Ethernet equipment into service provider networks by streamlining procurement and reducing test times

26 26 83 Certified Equipment Vendors MEF Certification Lab July products certified worldwide

27 27 Benefits of Certifying Equipment Sales Benefits Requirement in growing number of service provider RFPs Provides competitive advantage over non-certified equipment Builds buyer confidence and speeds up sales process Marketing Benefits Widely recognized by service provider and enterprise customers Aligns product portfolio with Carrier Ethernet industry standards Ensures high level of consistency in products & services Technical Benefits Single testing process saves time / costs on conformance testing Facilitates multi-vendor deployments Supports service provider services certification

28 28 MEF Certifications for Equipment Program certifies wide range of products supporting Carrier Ethernet services: Focus on key Carrier Ethernet capabilities deployed by service providers: Carrier Ethernet service delivery and performance at the UNI TDM services delivered over Ethernet for mobile backhaul MEF 9 Certification 244 Test Cases Ethernet Service at the UNI MEF 14 Certification 170 Test Cases Traffic Management at the UNI MEF 18 Certification 334 Test Cases CES over Ethernet

29 29 MEF 9 and MEF 14 Certifications for Equipment Certifies delivery of compliant, high performance Carrier Ethernet services at the UNI: Key for deployment of standardized services Tests cover EPL, EVPL and ELAN services MEF 9 verifies service delivery and functionality MEF 14 verifies service performance and bandwidth profiles MEF 9 Test Cases Ethernet Services at the UNI 244 Test Cases EPLEVPLELAN Test Cases for Ethernet Physical Interface Physical Medium, Mac Layer, Speed, Mode Test Cases for UNI Attributes Service Multiplexing, Bundling, All-to-One Bundling Test Cases for Service Frame Delivery Unicast, Multicast, Broadcast Service Frame Delivery Layer 2 Control Protocol Processing Test Cases for VLAN Tag Support CE-VLAN ID & CE-VLAN CoS CE-VLAN ID & CoS Preservation Mapping VLAN IDs MEF 14 Test Cases Traffic Management Phase Test Cases EPLEVPLELAN Test Cases for Service Performance: Frame Delay Performance Frame Delay Variation Performance Frame Loss Ratio Performance Test Cases for Bandwidth Profiles: Per Ingress UNI, per EVC, per CoS ID Test Cases for Bandwidth Rate Enforcement: CIR (Committed Information Rate) CBS (Committed Burst Size) EIR (Excess Information Rate) EBS (Excess Burst Size) UNI Traffic Generator Analyzer Carrier Ethernet services TESTER UNI MEF 9, MEF 14 Certification Test Bed Traffic Generator Analyzer

30 30 MEF Specifications and Certifications Source MEF Carrier Ethernet specifications: MEF 6 defines the Ethernet services (EPL, EVPL, ELAN) MEF 10 defines Ethernet Service Attributes (EVC and UNI attributes) MEF Abstract Test Suites: MEF 9 and MEF 14 define abstract test cases and procedures based on service requirements specified in MEF 6 and MEF 10 MEF Certification Test Plans: MEF 9 and MEF 14 Test Plans define all test cases parameters and values based on MEF 9 and MEF 14 ATSs MEF 6 Ethernet Services Definitions Phase 1 MEF 10 Ethernet Services Attributes Phase 1 MEF CERTIFICATION PROGRAM MEF 9 Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Services at the UNI MEF 14 Abstract Test Suite for Traffic Management Phase 1 MEF 9 Test Plan for Ethernet Services at the UNI MEF 14 Test Plan for Traffic Management Phase 1

31 31 MEF 18 Certification for Equipment MEF 18 Test Cases Circuit Emulation Services Over Ethernet 334 Test Cases T1oETHE1oETHT3oETHE3oETH Test Cases for Framing Emulated Circuit Identifier (ECID) Control Word RTP Header Test Cases for Emulation & Encapsulation Structure Agnostic Emulation Structure Aware Emulation Test Cases for Synchronization Synchronization performance using Adaptive Clock Recovery: Based on ITU-T G.8261 Traffic Interface Masks for E1 and E3: Based on ITU-T G.823 Traffic Interface Mask for T1 and T3: Based on ITU-T G.824 Certifies TDM services over Carrier Ethernet: Key for Mobile Backhaul Strong focus on synchronization tests Validates end-to-end clock recovery to ensure T1, E1, T3 and E3 integrity CESoETH Equipment TDM Generator Analyzer Jitter/Wander Analyzer Impairment Generator TDM over Ethernet TESTER Primary Reference Clock CESoETH Equipment Synchronization Test Bed

32 32 MEF Specifications and Certifications Source MEF Specifications: MEF 3 defines framework and requirements for Circuit Emulation Services over Ethernet MEF 8 implementation agreement for Circuit Emulation Services over Ethernet MEF Abstract Test Suite: MEF 18 define abstract test cases and procedures based on service requirements specified in MEF 3 and MEF 8 MEF Certification Test Plan: MEF 18 Test Plans define all test cases parameters and values based on MEF 9 and MEF 18 ATSs MEF 3 Circuit Emulation Service Definitions, Framework and Requirements in Metro Ethernet Networks MEF 8 Implementation Agreement for the Emulation of PDH Circuits over Metro Ethernet Networks MEF CERTIFICATION PROGRAM MEF 18 Abstract Test Suite for Circuit Emulation Services over Ethernet MEF 18 Test Plan for Circuit Emulation Services over Ethernet

33 33 Testing Process for Equipment Step 1: Product Eligibility and Qualification Wide range of products: switches, routers, passive optical network and microwave systems, access and demarcation devices Preliminary technical assessment conducted to determine applicable certifications Step 2: Scheduling and Logistics Test conducted at MEF authorized lab (California) Tests typically scheduled for a one-week period with a lead time of one month Step 3: Lab Testing Tests conducted on representative samples supplied by vendors Test procedures strictly adhere to the MEF approved test plans

34 34 MEF Certified! Certification kit Four main deliverables awarded to successful equipment vendors Designed to promote certification in product sheets, presentations, website content, press releases, product launches Going to market with MEF certified equipment: Identifies product problem before SP testing Strengthen market presence and recognition Provides service providers a high level of confidence when selecting Carrier Ethernet equipment Respond to SP RFPs with certified products Official statement of certification, serves as proof of compliance Widely consulted on-line listing of MEF certified companies and products Instant recognition of MEF certified companies and products Full description of test parameters, procedures and results MEF Certified Logo MEF Certificate Test Report Certification Directory Certification Deliverables

35 35 In Summary Three reference certifications for Carrier Ethernet equipment: MEF 9 and MEF 14 validates service compliance and performance at the UNI MEF 18 validates TDM services over Ethernet Independent testing process Third party validation through MEF authorized lab Single, streamlined testing process Widely recognized and trusted certification program Go to market with MEF certified equipment Strengthen Carrier Ethernet product portfolio in competitive market place Respond to service provider demand for standardized Carrier Ethernet equipment

36 36 MEF Professional Certification Program

37 37 MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional 80 multiple-choice question exam on Carrier Ethernet topics The first and only industry-body certification for Carrier Ethernet professionals First of a series of professional certifications from the MEF Developed by 5 industry-leading Subject Matter Experts from the MEF over a period of 1 year Analyzed and tested by specialist examination psychometric partner with large beta site pool of examinees MEF-CECP Certification

38 38 Who Is Passing MEF-CECP Exam? MEF-CECP designed for Technical Marketing Technical Sales Engineering Operations In practice, many disciplines are achieving MEF-CECP

39 39 MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional Based on cumulative knowledge and specifications developed by the MEF Technical and Marketing Committees over a 10 year period including 31 MEF specs as well as work referenced by the MEF in other SDOs – i.e. IEEE, IETF, ITU-T 42 topic areas in total Multiple choice questions delivered by MEF over the Internet in real time MEF-CECP Certification

40 40 Exam Topics MEF Carrier Ethernet services definitions for E-Line, E- LAN and E-Tree Implementing Carrier Ethernet services over various key transport and access technologies Definitions and application of UNI, EVC and ENNI in Carrier Ethernet networks Key UNI, ENNI, EVC and OVC service attributes Definitions of MEF 9, 14, 18 vendor equipment and product certifications and benefits

41 41 Exam Topics Key service requirements for target Carrier Ethernet service applications (wholesale access, Ethernet access to IP, mobile backhaul, retail Ethernet services) Comparing and positioning Carrier Ethernet services to layer 2 Frame Relay, IP/MPLS and TDM private line Circuit Emulation over Ethernet and synchronization Role of Service, Operations Administration and Maintenance (SOAM) in Carrier Ethernet Networks

42 42 The Need for MEF-CECP Professional Do I have a good working knowledge of these important Carrier Ethernet topics, and if yes, how do I prove it? Employer Do my key Carrier Ethernet employees have a good working knowledge of these important Carrier Ethernet topics, and if not, how do I train them? Customer Am I outsourcing to, or partnering with, Carrier Ethernet companies with suitable teams?

43 43 Benefits Carrier Ethernet Professionals Unique and tangible proof of knowledge required for technical, marketing and sales positions in Carrier Ethernet industry Differentiates professionals when competing for key or new positions Increases individuals value and relevance in a Carrier Ethernet organization

44 44 Benefits Carrier Ethernet Organizations Principle organizations Service providers Equipment vendors Benefits Demonstrates to customers and partners an employers commitment to quality and knowledge of Carrier Ethernet knowledge, skills and capabilities Enhances employer training requirements Improves employer candidate assessment process Valuable complement to MEF services and equipment certification achieved by the organization

45 45 Benefits Carrier Ethernet Industry Availability of more recognized Carrier Ethernet professionals accelerates Transition from costly legacy to cost effective Carrier Ethernet infrastructure Demand from knowledgeable enterprises Faster rollout and increased availability of high value Carrier Ethernet business, access and mobile backhaul services Increased interconnection of Carrier Ethernet operators to extend coverage of Carrier Ethernet services

46 46 Source materials –Specifications, standards and White Papers from MEF, IETF, IEEE and ITU-T –MEF-CECP Knowledge Checklist available on the MEF site MEF-CECP Study Guides –Available shortly through MEF site and MEF on the Go MEF-CECP Class Training –MEF Accredited Training Providers (MEF- ATPs) around the globe Studying for MEF-CECP

47 47 MEF-CECP Class Training MEF Accredited Training Providers (MEF- ATP) MEF member companies Track record in data communications training Successfully passed rigorous MEF auditing Accessible through MEF web sites Independently offer packages of training courses and proctored exams on customer premises or provider premises

48 48 MEF on the Go MEFs First Mobile App Valuable study information MEF-CECP Test Objectives cross-referenced with source materials from MEF IETF ITU-T IEEE Easy document download and annotations Links to training resources Available for free on iPad from Apple App Store (Android versions scheduled early 2012)

49 49 MEF-CECP Exam Process Information Take MEF-ATP training and/or self-study Scheduling Registration Exam Certification Preparation Register and pay US$350 on Ethernet Academy (US$50 retake) Select a test location and make a reservation online Write the 1h 45m hour exam delivered over the Internet Review information on the MEF web sites Certificates awarded to successful examinees

50 50 MEF-CECP Exam home or office with web-based select MEF accredited training provider facilities following course MEF accredited test facilities

51 51 MEF Certified! Official MEF statement of certification, serves as proof of certification Widely consulted on-line listing of MEF certified professionals Use in signatures, CVs etc. provides instant recognition of MEF certified professionals MEF Certified Logo MEF Certificate Certification Directory Professional Certification Deliverables

52 52 Frequently Asked Questions Q.What is the pass score for the MEF-CECP exam? A.The pass score is determined by the MEFs test development partner based on psychometric analytical techniques recognized by the industry for this type of exam. Q.How quickly will I know if I have passed or failed the MEF-CECP exam? A.Please allow 4-5 business days after your test to process the exam results and the MEF will notify you by of your results. The MEF will then mail you an MEF-CECP certificate if you have passed the exam. Q.How often can I take/retake the test? A.If a certification exam is not completed successfully on the first attempt, there is a 2-week waiting requirement before taking the test a second time. However, on subsequent attempts, candidates will not be permitted to take the same test more than twice in any given 60-day period. Q.What happens if I want postpone my exam date after I have registered and paid the fee? A.The MEF will allow you to re-schedule your test date for up to 90 days from the initial registration date. Q.In which languages can I take the MEF-CECP exam? A.Currently the MEF-CECP exam is offered only in English. Q.What are the requirements for taking the MEF-CECP exam? A.Any one that accepts the Terms and Conditions and pays in advance can take the MEF-CECP exam. **Full set of FAQs available at MEF web site

53 53 Maximize Your Carrier Ethernet Value Follow MEFs best practices developed by 100s of the industrys leading Carrier Ethernet experts over 100,000s of technical and marketing hours over 10 years Employers of Carrier Ethernet professionals Mandate MEF-CECP in your organizations! Carrier Ethernet professionals Ensure you are considered for key posts by becoming an MEF-CECP! Users of Carrier Ethernet services Demand support from your service provider by MEF-CECP certified personnel!

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