The Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA) exam demonstrates a user’s foundational knowledge and skills in Kubernetes and the wider cloud native ecosystem.
Who Is It For
The KCNA is a pre-professional certification designed for candidates interested in advancing to the professional level through a demonstrated understanding of kubernetes foundational knowledge and skills. This certification is ideal for students learning about or candidates interested in working with cloud native technologies.
A certified KCNA will confirm conceptual knowledge of the entire cloud native ecosystem, particularly focusing on Kubernetes. The KCNA exam is intended to prepare candidates to work with cloud native technologies and pursue further CNCF credentials, including CKA, CKAD, and CKS.
KCNA will demonstrate a candidate’s basic knowledge of Kubernetes and cloud-native technologies, including how to deploy an application using basic kubectl commands, the architecture of Kubernetes (containers, pods, nodes, clusters), understanding the cloud-native landscape and projects (storage, networking, GitOps, service mesh), and understanding the principles of cloud-native security.
The KCNA offers a great introductory syllabus for IT professionals looking to understand more about the importance of cloud and DevOps principals.
It forced me to take time to learn and practice test questions for this exam. I ended up using two sources to study the material, and paced myself to understand the content vs just trying to pass the exam. It is a good foundational course for beginners, but does require some K8S and Cloud Native terminology know how.
I felt like the exam was challenging, even thought it is suited towards beginners. I like the fact that it didn't cover just Kubernetes, but also different related technologies.