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FinOps Certified Practitioner (FOCP)

FinOps, or “Cloud Financial Operations” is the practice of bringing financial accountability to the variable spend model of cloud, enabling distributed teams to make business trade-offs between speed, cost, and quality.

Who Is It For

The FinOps Certified Practitioner (FOCP) allows individuals in a large variety of cloud, finance and technology roles to validate their FinOps knowledge and enhance their professional credibility. The certification is designed for senior professionals who desire a basic understanding of FinOps and how it’s applied to enhance business value from cloud spend. Organizations undergoing a public cloud-first strategy or who are in the midst of a public cloud migration will also benefit greatly.
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About This Certification

The certification covers FinOps fundamentals and an overview of key concepts in each of the three sections of the FinOps lifecycle: Inform, Optimize and Operate.
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What It Demonstrates

A FinOps Certified Practitioner will bring a strong understanding of FinOps, its Principles, Capabilities and how to support and manage the FinOps Lifecycle to manage cost and usage of Cloud in your organization.

They will have an understanding of key concepts such as networking, storage, security, maintenance, logging and monitoring, application lifecycle, troubleshooting, API object primitives and the ability to establish basic use-cases for end users.

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Domains & Competencies
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Challenge of Cloud8%
Understand the challenges of working with Cloud
Recognize the differences between Cloud and Traditional IT
What is FinOps & FinOps Principles 12%
Define FinOps
Understand each of the FinOps Principles
FinOps Teams & Motivation 12%
Describe the skills, roles and responsibilities of a FinOps Team
Describe where a FinOps team would be situated
Understand what drives a FinOps team’s size, position and makeup
FinOps Capabilities28%
Understand the six pillars of FinOps Capabilities
Describe the activities associated with each capability
FinOps Lifecycle30%
Describe the FinOps lifecycle, its phases and purpose
Understand the basic processes that FinOps teams enact in the FinOps Lifecycle
Terminology & the Cloud Bill10%
Understand basic cloud, FinOps, DevOps & Finance terminology
Describe the characteristics of the Cloud Bills

Exam Details & Resources
This is an online non-proctored exam that can take up to 60 minutes to complete. 

It includes 50 multiple choice questions, some with multiple selections as indicated in the question text.

It will test your foundational knowledge of FinOps and its practice.

  • Understand the basics of how cloud computing works, know the key services on your cloud providers, including their common use cases, and have a basic understanding of billing and pricing models.
  • Be able to describe the basic value proposition of running in cloud and understand the core concept of using a pay-as-you-go consumption model.
  • Have a base level of knowledge of at least one of the three main public cloud providers (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud). For AWS, we recommend AWS Business Professional training or, even better, the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification. For Google, check out the Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals course. For Azure, try the Azure Fundamentals learning path. Each can usually be completed in a full-day workshop.
Learning Path
Jan 2021
Many thanks to the awesome course instructors, for the fun and engaging way in which they shared their knowledge.
Jan 2021
Really enjoyed the remote self-paced learning.
Jan 2021
This is a great way for me to end the year, a great holiday present for myself!
Jan 2021
I love the training spoke to making money, not saving money!
Jan 2021
The test is very thorough and tests your comprehension through scenario-based questions.  I used a combination of O'Reilly's book, and self-study student handbook/video course material, and also have been working in multi-cloud cost optimization for the past 7 years and took about 2 weeks to prep for the exam.