September 06, 2013
CECP Busy Certifying Carrier Ethernet Professionals at Quick Pace
By Oliver VanDervoort
September is usually known as the time of year when kids are heading back to school. It turns out that quite a few Carrier Ethernet professionals are also taking an interest in getting more education, specifically when it comes to their jobs. The Metro Ethernet Forum’s (News - Alert) Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (CECP) program is very close to reaching the milestone of 1,000 certified workers. Hitting this new high means that the CECP appears to actually be worthwhile, and Carrier Ethernet professionals seem to find its certification important.
Carrier Ethernet services are becoming a rather big business. One report last week estimated that companies are looking to spend about $49 billion on such services by the end of 2018. The CECP thus found itself certifying at least one Carrier Ethernet professional per day over the last two years. The end result of this particular program means that Carrier Ethernet customers are going to know that when they hire a certified professional, they are hiring someone that has gone through an extra round of training and schooling.
When companies are looking to spend almost $50 billion in the next six years, knowing that they are spending that kind of money on people who have that extra level of training could come in very handy for both the CECP and its certified professionals. It seems likely that a company will soon be boasting about how many CECP certified professionals they have on staff as the profession moves forward.
While the CECP certainly is churning out a host of certified professionals, there aren’t quite enough yet, and there isn’t enough clout behind the certifications yet for them to mean that much as of now. It’s possible that once Carrier Ethernet finally does become as big as industry analysts are expecting, those certifications will make the difference in success of failure of the bottom line.
Edited by Blaise McNamee
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