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Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD)

Open new career doors – prove your Kubernetes & cloud native developer skills with the CKAD certification that is recognized globally, vendor-neutral, and relevant across all industries.
CKA includes:

✔ 12-months to schedule & take the exam
✔ Access to two exam simulation attempts
✔ Two exam attempts

How will the CKAD benefit me?

  • Career Advancement
  • Industry-wide Credential Recognition
  • Proves Your Skills
  • Networking Opportunities

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Domains & Competencies
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Application Design and Build20%
Define, build and modify container images
Choose and use the right workload resource (Deployment, DaemonSet, CronJob, etc.)
Understand multi-container Pod design patterns (e.g. sidecar, init and others)
Utilize persistent and ephemeral volumes
Application Deployment20%
Use Kubernetes primitives to implement common deployment strategies (e.g. blue/green or canary)
Understand Deployments and how to perform rolling updates
Use the Helm package manager to deploy existing packages
Application Observability and Maintenance15%
Understand API deprecations
Implement probes and health checks
Use built-in CLI tools to monitor Kubernetes applications
Utilize container logs
Debugging in Kubernetes
Application Environment, Configuration and Security25%
Discover and use resources that extend Kubernetes (CRD, Operators)
Understand authentication, authorization and admission control
Understand requests, limits, quotas
Understand ConfigMaps
Define resource requirements
Create & consume Secrets
Understand ServiceAccounts
Understand Application Security (SecurityContexts, Capabilities, etc.)
Services and Networking20%
Demonstrate basic understanding of NetworkPolicies
Provide and troubleshoot access to applications via services
Use Ingress rules to expose applications

The CKAD Certification focuses on the skills required to be a successful Kubernetes Application Developer in industry today. The exam assumes working knowledge of container runtimes and microservice architecture.

The successful candidate will be comfortable:
– working with (OCI-compliant) container images
– applying Cloud Native application concepts and architectures
– working with and validating Kubernetes resource definitions

About the CKAD
The Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam certifies that candidates can design, build and deploy cloud-native applications for Kubernetes. The CKAD was created by the Linux Foundation and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a part of their ongoing effort to help develop the Kubernetes ecosystem. The exam is online, proctored, performance-based test that requires solving multiple tasks from a command line running Kubernetes.


Exam Details & Resources
This exam is an online, proctored, performance-based test that consists of a set of performance-based tasks (problems) to be solved in a command line. Candidates have 2 hours to complete the tasks.

Candidates who register for the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam will have 2 attempts (per exam registration) to an exam simulator, provided by Killer.sh.  

The exam is based on Kubernetes v1.30.
The CKAD exam environment will be aligned with the most recent K8s minor version within approximately 4 to 8 weeks of the K8s release date

There are no pre-requisites for this exam.
Jul 2022
Using prep materials from Linux Foundation/killer.sh and KodeKloud, I felt really at home, even though it was my first exam with you, and first online exam ever.
Jul 2022
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Apr 2022
Happy to learn, it was a fun learning process. I had never dared to do a certification before, but in the end I dared to face this challenge, it is my first experience of this type, and it encourages me to get more certifications.