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CKAD Certification Learning Path

The CKAD Certification Learning Path is  designed to assist individuals in achieving the Certified Kubernetes  Application Developer (CKAD) certification, starting from foundational  knowledge and progressing to advanced Kubernetes skills. The path prepares  learners for the CKAD exam and provides access to the Ultimate CKAD Mock Exam  Series for exam readiness assessment.

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What is CKAD?

CKAD stands for Certified Kubernetes Application Developer. It is a certification program offered by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) to validate the skills and knowledge of developers working with Kubernetes.

Why should I pursue CKAD certification?

CKAD certification is highly regarded in the industry and can enhance your career prospects as a Kubernetes developer. It demonstrates your proficiency in designing, building, configuring, and deploying applications using Kubernetes.

What are the prerequisites for the CKAD certification?

There are no formal prerequisites for CKAD. However, it is recommended that candidates have a solid understanding of Kubernetes concepts, YAML, and experience working with Kubernetes in a production or development environment.

How can I prepare for the CKAD exam?

To pass the CKAD exam, the KodeKloud's CKAD course and the Ultimate CKAD mock exam series courses are highly recommended. These resources provide comprehensive coverage of the exam curriculum and offer hands-on practice with real-world Kubernetes scenarios.

What is the format and how much time is provided for the CKAD exam?

The CKAD exam is a practical, performance-based exam conducted online. It consists of a set of coding tasks that need to be completed within a given time (usually 2 hours). You will be provided with a command-line environment to work with Kubernetes clusters and perform the required tasks.

What topics are covered in the CKAD exam?

The CKAD exam focuses on specific domains, including core concepts, configuration, multi-container pods, observability, pod design, services and networking, state persistence, and application lifecycle management. It is important to have a good understanding of these areas and be able to apply them in practical scenarios.

How long is the CKAD certification valid?

The CKAD certification is valid for 3 years from the date of passing the exam. After the validity period, you will need to recertify to maintain your certification.

How can I book the CKAD exam?

The CKAD exam can be booked through the CNCF's official website. Once payment is made, you will receive instructions to schedule your exam with their testing partner.

Are there any resources available for CKAD exam preparation?

Yes, there are several resources available to help you prepare for the CKAD exam. CNCF provides an official CKAD curriculum and a list of recommended study materials on their website. Additionally, there are online courses, practice exams, and interactive labs offered by various training providers.

What is the passing score for the CKAD exam?

The passing score for the CKAD exam is determined by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and may vary from exam to exam. It is recommended to check the official CNCF website or exam guidelines for the most up-to-date passing score information.

Is the CKAD exam proctored?

Yes, the CKAD exam is proctored. When taking the exam online, a proctor will monitor your session to ensure exam integrity and adherence to the exam rules. The proctor will guide you through the exam setup process and address any technical issues that may arise.

What happens if I do not pass the CKAD exam?

If you do not pass the CKAD exam, you have the option to retake the exam. There is no mandatory waiting period between exam attempts, but it is recommended to thoroughly prepare and address any knowledge gaps before attempting the exam again.

Can I use external resources or references during the CKAD exam?

No, during the CKAD exam, you are not allowed to use external resources or references. The exam is designed to assess your knowledge and ability to solve problems using Kubernetes without relying on external assistance.

Can I take the CKAD exam remotely or do I need to visit a testing center?

The CKAD exam is typically taken remotely. You can take the exam from the comfort of your own location using a computer with a stable internet connection and a supported web browser. The proctor will guide you through the exam setup process and ensure a smooth experience.

Can I reschedule or cancel my CKAD exam?

The rescheduling and cancellation policies for the CKAD exam may vary depending on the exam provider or platform. It is recommended to review the specific policies provided by the exam administrator or consult the official CNCF website for detailed information regarding rescheduling or cancellation.

What to expect in the PSI exam environment? How does the exam environment look like?

The exam will take place from PSI’s secured browser, candidates can expect similar experiences who take the exam since everything is done in a single environment that works the same way for everyone. You can start the exam 30 minutes early. This will give you enough leeway to perform basic troubleshooting while checking in on your machine (restarting or webcam issues) in the event that a technical issue arises. You may also use this time to prepare your room and your much-needed IDs or even to take a breath, compose and mentally prepare yourself for the exam.Check the blog below for more details on hardware, keyboard shortcuts and other exam environment details:

What are some of the Tips and Tricks to pass the CKAD exam?

Check the blog below for useful exam tips and tricks.

What are the exam and system requirements for the CKAD exam?

Exam Requirements

- Government-issued IDs with candidates’ full name, photo, and signature.
- A well-lit room with a clear background is suggested as this exam is proctored.

System Requirements

- The current version of Chrome or Chromium
- Stable Internet connection
- Webcam
- Microphone