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Validating Skills in SDN

The ONF-Certified SDN Professional Program (OCSP) provides a strong foundation of vendor-neutral knowledge and skills validation for engineering professionals wishing to improve their careers and gain advancement in the world of software defined networking. The program seeks to provide independent validation of both concept level skills for new entrants as well as technical level engineering skills for professionals working in SDN environments, either development or deployment. 

Certification exams can be taken online (webcam proctored) or with training providers who offer SDN training. Individuals wanting to take the exam can contract directly with ONF Approved SDN Training & Exam Providers.

If you wish to be an exam provider or an authorized training partner, please email us at SDNskills@opennetworking.org.

Certifications Currently Offered

 ONF certified associate Ideal for product marketers, technical sales & support professionals and entry-level engineers in the SDN ecosystem, this certification verifies that the successful candidate has vendor-neutral conceptual knowledge of the major domains of networking practices that support the theory and practice of Software Defined Networking (SDN).

For more information on this certification, please visit the OCSA webpage.
 ONF certified engineer The OCSE beta exam was offered at the NFV World Congress in April 2016 and the final exam will be released by late Q2 2016. Stay tuned for more details on the launch.

The OCSE certification exam attests and formally certifies that the successful candidate has vendor-neutral technical knowledge, skills, and abilities of the major domains of networking practices that support the theory and practice of SDN. The certification will be considered mastery-level validation for technical professionals in the domain of SDN networking.

For more information, please visit the OCSE page.


Reasons to be ONF Certified

Is it worth the time and effort to seek and earn a certification in SDN? In a word, yes! While the true value of an ONF certification will always be evaluated by each SDN professional, and this is a new program, we look at other IT skills certification programs and see the following benefits:

  • Advances your career potential by setting you apart from the competition
  • Drives personal satisfaction of accomplishing a key career milestone
  • Helps improve your overall job performance by stressing continuing professional development
  • Recognizes that you have invested in your analytics career by pursuing this rigorous credential
  • Boosts your salary potential by being viewed as an experienced analytics professional
  • Shows competence in the principles and practice of analytics
  • Demonstrates commitment to the field
  • Proves to stakeholders that your organization follows industry-standard analytics practice