The (CKAD) Certified Kubernetes Application Developer program was created by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), in collaboration with The Linux Foundation
CKAD Certified Kubernetes Application Developer is not an easy exam, the exam has tasks instead of questions like other exams. Questions provide details on what needs to be implemented, candidates are expected to configure it in the provided environment.
A Certified Kubernetes Application Developer can define application resources and use core primitives to build, monitor, and troubleshoot scalable applications and tools in Kubernetes.
The exam assumes working knowledge of container runtimes and micro service architecture.
Candidates should have hands-on experience with Kubernetes.
This guide will help you prepare for CKAD exam.
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The Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) can design, build and deploy cloud-native applications for Kubernetes.
A CKAD can define application resources and use Kubernetes core primitives to create/migrate, configure, expose and observe scalable applications.
The exam assumes working knowledge of container runtimes and micro service 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
As one of the highest velocity projects in the history of open source, Kubernetes use is exploding.
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation is committed to growing the community of Kubernetes-knowledgeable application developers,
thereby enabling continued growth across the broad set of organizations using the technology.
Kubernetes adaption is growing very fast.
It provide power to administrator over how to infrastructure resources are used.
CKAD is one of the best devops certification with practical exam environment.
You can make above $100K annual salary,
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you can get average $147K annual salary,
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CKA exam cost $375 with one free retake.
Check Kubernetes labs in practice section
Once you make payment for CKAD you will get free access to Killer.sh
(CKAD exam simulator)
Check tasks at Kubernetes.io
Candidates can take one free retake within 12 months of purchase
Remember 12 months from purchase not exam attempt
|Application Design and Build||20%|
|Application Observability and Maintenance||15%|
|Application Environment, Configuration and Security||25%|
|Services and Networking||20%|
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Candidate need 66% or above must be earned to pass.
Exams are scored automatically, usually within 24 hours of completion.
Results will be emailed within 24 hours from the time that the Exam was completed.
Exams are graded for results.
There may be more than one way to perform a task on an Exam and unless otherwise specified,the candidate can pick any available path to complete the task as long as it produces the correct result.
Candidate can use their browser to open one additional tab in order to access assets at:
and their subdomains.
This includes all available language translations of these pages (e.g. https://kubernetes.io/zh/docs/ )
No other tabs may be opened and no other sites may be navigated to (including https://discuss.kubernetes.io/) .
The allowed sites above may contain links that point to external sites.
It is the responsibility of the candidate not to click on any links that cause them to navigate to a domain that is not allowed.
Check below resoruces for specific topic in CKAD Certified Kubernetes Application Developer exam
There are only three ways to pass this exam Practice Practice Practice
CKAD Exams is delivered online and Candidates must provide their own computer with current version of Chrome browser.
Make sure you have third party cookies turned on for the duration of the exam.
Reliable internet access
Ensure others on the same internet connection are not performing activities that use excessive bandwidth (i.e. holding conference calls, streaming content, gaming, etc.)
A wired connection is often more stable and robust than a wireless connectionTurn off bandwidth-intensive services (e.g. file sync, dropbox, BitTorrent)
Please check to make sure it is working before you start your exam session.
Ensure the webcam is capable of being moved as the proctor may ask you to pan your surroundings to check for potential violations of exam policy.
Try holding up your ID while viewing your webcam feed to ensure your placement and resolution are sufficient for the person viewing your feed to read your ID.
If you will be testing from an employer-provide ISP or will use an employer provided machine, please ensure that streaming will be allowed using WebRTC.
Candidates are not allowed to have other applications or browser windows running except the one on which the Exam is being shown.
Candidates should run the compatibility check tool to verify that their hardware meets the minimum requirements.
Exam technical instructions:
Root privileges can be obtained by running ‘sudo −i’.
Rebooting of your server IS permitted at any time.
Do not stop or tamper with the certerminal process as this will END YOUR EXAM SESSION.
Do not block incoming ports 8080/tcp, 4505/tcp and 4506/tcp. This includes firewall rules that are found within the distribution’s default firewall configuration * files as well as interactive firewall commands.
Use Ctrl+Alt+W instead of Ctrl+W.
Ctrl+W is a keyboard shortcut that will close the current tab in Google Chrome.
Ctrl+C & and Ctrl+V are not supported in your exam terminal.
To copy and paste text, please use
For Linux: select text for copy and middle button for paste (or both left and right simultaneously if you have no middle button). For Mac: ⌘+C to copy and ⌘+V to paste. For Windows: Ctrl+Insert to copy and Shift+Insert to paste.
In addition, you might find it helpful to use the Notepad (see top menu under ‘Exam Controls’) to manipulate text before pasting to the command line.
Installation of services and applications included in this exam may require modification of system security policies to successfully complete.
Only a single terminal console is available during the exam. Terminal multiplexers such as GNU Screen and tmux can be used to create virtual consoles.
|k8s||1 master, 2 worker||flannel||k8s cluster|
|dk8s||1 master, 1 worker||flannel||k8s cluster|
|nk8s||1 master, 2 worker||calico||k8s cluster|
|sk8s||1 master, 1 worker||flannel||k8s cluster|
At the start of each task you’ll be provided with the command to ensure you are on the correct cluster to complete the task.
Nodes making up each cluster can be reached via ssh, using a command such as the following: ssh
You can assume elevated privileges on any node by issuing the following command: sudo -i
You can also use sudo to execute commands with elevated privileges at any time
You must return to the base node (hostname node-1) after completing each task.
Nested−ssh is not supported.
You can use kubectl and the appropriate context to work on any cluster from the base node.
When connected to a cluster member via ssh, you will only be able to work on that particular cluster via kubectl.
For your convenience, all environments, in other words, the base system and the cluster nodes, have the following additional command-line tools pre-installed and * pre-configured:
Further instructions for connecting to cluster nodes will be provided in the appropriate tasks
Where no explicit namespace is specified, the default namespace should be acted upon.
If you need to destroy/recreate a resource to perform a certain task, it is your responsibility to back up the resource definition appropriately prior to destroying * the resource.The CKA & CKAD environments are currently running Kubernetes v1.22.
The CKA, CKS and CKAD exam environment will be aligned with the most recent K8s minor version within approximately 4 to 8 weeks of the K8s release date.
Clutter-free work area
No objects such as paper, writing implements, electronic devices, or other objects on top of surface
No objects such as paper, trash bins, or other objects below the testing surface
No paper/print outs hanging on walls
Paintings and other wall décor is acceptable
Candidates will be asked to remove non-décor items prior to the exam being released
Space must be well lit so that proctor is able to see candidate’s face, hands, and surrounding work area
No bright lights or windows behind the examinee
Candidate must remain within the camera frame during the examinationSpace must be private where there is no excessive noise.
Public spaces such as coffee shops, stores, open office environments, etc. are not allowed.
Please see the Candidate Handbook for additional information covering policies, procedures and rules during the exam
Candidates are required to provide a non-expired Primary ID that contains Candidate’s photograph, signature and full name (see acceptable forms of ID in the table below)
The name on your Primary ID must exactly match the verified name on your exam checklist.
If the Candidate’s full name on their Primary ID contains non-latin characters, then the Candidate must ALSO provide a non-expired Secondary ID containing their full name in Latin Characters and signature, OR a notarized English translation of their Primary ID along with the non-latin character Primary ID
(non-expired and including photograph and signature):
Government-issued driver’s license/permit
Government-Issued local language ID (with photo and signature)
National Identity card
State or province-issued identity card
住民基本台帳 (Basic resident register with Photo) or マイナンバーカード(My number card)
(non-expired and including signature with Candidate name in Latin characters)
Debit (ATM) Card
Health Insurance Card
U.S. Social Security Card
Employee ID Card
Student ID Card
Japanese Health Insurance Card
Some government issued ID such as a passport, driver’s license, military ID or state/country card may be a biometric type and may or may not contain a signature.
In these cases Primary ID will be accepted without a signature on condition that you also present a Secondary ID which does contain your signature (e.g. bank, credit or debit card)
For candidates testing in Japan, a Driver’s License (with name and recent recognizable photo) is acceptable as a primary ID as long as it is accompanied with a Japanese health insurance card (健康保険証).
In Japan, the Japanese health insurance card (健康保険証) is an acceptable form of secondary ID
The certification exam is proctored remotely via streaming audio, video, and screen sharing feeds.
The screen sharing feed allows proctors to view candidates’ desktops (including all monitors).
The audio, video, and screen sharing feeds will be stored for a limited period of time in the event that there is a subsequent need for review.
Candidates have the option to retake and pass the exam to renew their certification.
Certification Renewal must be completed prior to the certification expiration date.
The CKA renewed certification will be valid for a further 3 years effective from the date the exam is passed.