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Kubernetes Certification Promotions [Updated 2023 April]

April Sale – The Linux Foundation Promotion – Save up to 30% OFF

Get up to 30% OFF (Sitewide) on CKA, CKAD, CKS, and KCNA certification exams, courses, bundles or boot camps.

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Choose Your Track for Certification

Okay, I am not an expert to advise you to choose your track as we all know Kubernetes have three tracks and you need to decide which one you want to go.

Kubernetes Administrator

If you are an Infra guy like Linux Engineer or Systems Engineer, then you can go for Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) track, as you will learn end-to-end Kubernetes architecture and operations.

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Kubernetes Application Developer

Okay, I understood that you are a developer and you are not going to manage the Kubernetes infrastructure or cluster but just deploy and manage your application. Well, then you go for Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) track, as it will just cover what you need to deploy and manage applications in a Kubernetes cluster.

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Kubernetes Security Expert

If you are from the Security track and handling all security-related operations, then the Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS) exam is the one you have to choose. You will be assessed for security hardening, cluster hardening, vulnerability management and other logging/monitoring-related topics.

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Final thought

Since the tracks and topics are “tightly coupled” or almost the same, it would be great to get multiple certifications (eg: CKA + CKAD or CKA + CKS etc) as it won’t take much effort to get the second one. Yes, only if you are interested and okay to spend money on that; my opinion only.

Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA)

This is the foundational exam to understand and validate your core knowledge in Kubernetes. This is not a mandatory exam but if you are a person who needs to know Kubernetes and validate the knowledge then you can get this certification rather than going for advanced certifications such as CKA, CKAD or CKS.

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Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA)

Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD)

Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS)

Also, see CKS – Challenges by Kodekloud – This series consists of a set of complex challenges that will assist you in mastering Kubernetes Security concepts and getting ready for the coveted Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist Certification.

Learn Kubernetes from Experts

Just want to learn Kubernetes as beginner ? Check this Kubernetes for the Absolute Beginners (With Hands-on) from KodeKloud.

CKA/CKS/CKAD Top Resources

Kubernetes Learning Resources

Below are some of the free (most of them) resources to learn Kubernetes from scratch. Some of them will talk in detail about Kubernetes concepts but some will explain using practical sessions.

Practising Kubernetes

You will not be able to learn Kubernetes by just reading the documentation, or watching videos or course materials. You need to practice as much as possible using available labs or your own lab arrangements. Below are some of the lab resources you can refer to practice.