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Certified ONAP Professional Exam Now in Beta

By October 12, 2020Announcements

The Linux Foundation and LF Networking have worked with ONAP expert volunteers from Ericsson, Tech Mahindra, Huawei, Intel, Vodafone, and China Mobile to develop a new certification, the Certified ONAP Professional (COP). The exam is currently in Beta testing with dozens of experienced ONAP pros, and will be generally available before the end of the year. The intention is for this certification to serve as verification to employers of a candidate’s skills and knowledge in using ONAP.

The exam is performance-based and conducted online, with a live proctor monitoring. The environment provisioned for the exam includes a Remote Desktop Linux Environment and nested virtualized infrastructure to support a limited ONAP deployment.

The COP exam assumes knowledge of, but may not test for, a baseline understanding of the underlying cloud platform (e.g. Kubernetes and OpenStack) and minimal familiarity with modeling languages (e.g. Heat and TOSCA). An ONAP Fundamentals training course is also available, which helps prepare for the exam.

The COP exam curriculum includes these general domains and their weights on the exam:

  • Service Design 20%
  • Service Deployment 25%
  • Service LCM 15%
  • Troubleshooting 20%
  • Closed Loop Automation 20%

Service Design – 20%

  • Configure ONAP e.g. creating users, assigning privileges using both CLI and GUI
  • Create a Vendor License Model (VLM) to meet a specific licensing approach
  • Inspect a VNF package and understand key parameters
  • Onboard a VNF by i) creating a new Vendor Software Product (VSP) from the local machine and VNF marketplace, ii) importing VSP and iii) submitting VSP for testing
  • Create a Network Service (NS), inspect TOSCA network service model, and submit it for distribution
  • Inspect and modify HPA/OOF policy

Service Deployment 25%

  • Onboard ESTI NFV compliant VNF/NS packages onto VF-C via UUI
  • Validate and confirm Network Service is successfully distributed and ready for deployment
  • Add VNF profile to SDNC and preload the profile
  • Create homing and placement policy and associate it with VNFs
  • Create Network Service instances
  • Mount APP-C interface to VNF

Service LCM 15%

  • Design VNF configuration template using CDT
  • Run LCM commands via REST API or CLI to APP-C, including:
    • Scale VNF
    • Change Management
    • Start/Stop VNF
    • Healthcheck
    • Reboot
    • Attach Volume

Troubleshooting 20%

  • Perform Kubernetes (k8s)/OpenStack platform health checks
  • Review ONAP k8s POD healthchecks, memory usage and logs
  • Check HPA capabilities in OpenStack by inspecting VM flavors
  • Check OpenStack for VNF failures
  • Access and review VNF logs and status
  • Audit DMAAP events via dashboard
  • Audit SO workflow execution
  • Conduct an audit using POMBA
  • Conduct service topology verification via A&AI
  • Conduct Closed-Loop checks

Closed Loop Automation 20%

  • Create DCAE template using microservices for CLAMP consumption
  • Define a Policy for governing network service/resource behavior (Actor/Recipe Policy to invoke for closed loop action)
  • Deploy and validate Policies for a Network Service
  • Ensure that a specific closed loop action is taken on receipt of a corresponding event
  • Perform Closed Loop configuration and deployment using CLAMP

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