Re: cncf-kubernetescertwg Digest, Vol 3, Issue 1

Hosam Al Ali

Hello Liz, and Kubernetes Certification Working Group!, 

I just join the Kubernetes Certification Working Group mailing list discussion, what kind of volunteer and requirements I can provide to support the community on the exam process to create the exam in Linux Foundation. 

Hosam Al Ali 

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   1. K8s Certification Update - March 11, 2017 (Liz Kline)


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Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:35:29 -0600
From: Liz Kline <lkline@...>
Subject: [cncf-kubernetescertwg] K8s Certification Update - March 11,
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Hello Kubernetes Certification Working Group!

The Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam development is
progressing well.  Here is an update

Development status
* finalized language on 26 of 32 items written for the exam
* created grading scripts for 5 of 32 items
* built a K8s image (exam environment) with 5 clusters:
   * Immaculate Kubernetes
   * Broken Kubernetes
   * Incomplete Kubernetes
   * Fresh Kubernetes
   * High-Availability (HA) Kubernetes
* working on a proposed a solution to handle CKA candidates switching
kubernetes contexts required to complete different exam items

Beta testing
* targeted for mid May (dates TBD)
* We are still looking for volunteers to help with beta testing the exams.
If you have interest and K8s expertise please subscribe to this Kubernetes
Certification Working Group list:
   * beta sign up will be announced via this work group list

* Exam items finalized - thru mid March
* set up exam environment, create grading scripts - thru mid April
* set up:  exam landing page, candidate portal, scheduling page - late
April to early May
* conduct alpha/beta testing and determine passing score - mid May to early
* Public exam launch - mid June

* Expanded LFS258 self paced course content (to match CKA exam scope) will
be available in April
* Targeting to launch free MOOC on edX in Q2

Last month?s update: K8s Certification Update - February 10, 2017 (plain

Hello Kubernetes Certification Working Group!

In November, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) launched (
a new training, certification and Kubernetes Managed Service Provider
(KMSP) program (
Since that announcement, a team of K8s experts have been busy defining an
online, proctored certification program to be run by The Linux Foundation
for CNCF. Below is an update on the certification progress so far.

We are still looking for volunteers to help with beta testing the exams. If
you have interest and expertise please consider subscribing to the
Kubernetes Certification Working Group list ( We?ll be
reaching out to volunteers as the process progresses.

* The exam will be performance-based (i.e. live system) which candidates
have to operate
* Job Task Analysis (JTA) Committee of K8s community experts met in Dec
2016 and defined the overall scope, topics for the exams as well as drafted
the exam items
* Team is currently working on setting up an environment that can be
automatically deployed for each candidate
* In parallel, work has started to to develop the automated scripts to
setup and grade the exam items
* Currently forecasting to field test in May and publicly launch in June

Scope Definition for the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam
A certified K8s administrator can work proficiently to design, install,
configure, and manage a Kubernetes production-grade cluster.  They will
have an understanding of key concepts such as Kubernetes networking,
storage, security, maintenance, logging and monitoring, application
lifecycle, troubleshooting, API object primitives and the ability to
establish basic use-cases for end users.

JTA Development
13 K8s experts from 9 different companies participated in a facilitated
2-day DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) workshop in early December and
* 10 subject Domains and their % weight on the exam:
5%   Scheduling
5%   Logging / Monitoring
8%   Application Lifecycle Management
11% Cluster Maintenance
12% Security
7%   Storage
10%  Troubleshooting
19%  Core Concepts
11%  Networking
12%  Installation & Configuration
* 55 Topics, aka subdomains
* The exam environment and technical specs
* An estimated exam length of 4 hours

Exam Item Development
14 K8s experts from 13 different companies participated in a second,
intensive 2-day item writing workshop facilitated by a performance-based
assessment expert in mid-December and:
* drafted 44 exam items based on the Domains and Topics defined during the
JTA; items are logged in a private GitHub repo
* chose 34 of the best Items targeted for the exam by weighted Domain
* applied a difficulty rating of Easy, Moderate, Hard for each item
* agreed upon a K8s Exam environment proposal

Timeline for the Next Steps
* Exam item refinement is ongoing
* 10 week process to complete items set up, exam environment, and develop
the grading scripts. (thru mid April).
* 8 weeks post-setup to conduct the alpha/beta testing, determine passing
score,and set up exam portal (mid April to early June)
* Exam launch targeted for the 2nd week of June

We?ve also made available (in partnership with The Linux Foundation) a
self-paced online training course that aims to prepare users for the K8s
exam. You can find details and sign up for it here (

Liz Kline
Certification Manager
The Linux Foundation
m:  (512) 694-4605 (Central Time)
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