K8s Certification Update - August 24, 2017

Liz Kline

Hello Kubernetes Certification Working Group!

The CKA Beta is ongoing thru 8/31 and this note summarizes some of the important details of the program. We have notified ALL usable email addresses signed up to the CKA Beta Signup list. If you signed up to beta test, but did not receive an email invitation with the Subject: “CKA Beta is Ready!” please contact us via this Kubernetes Certification Working Group list with Subject: CKA Beta Request.

We’ll be choosing beta testers to highlight during our public launch in mid-September. Be sure to take the test as soon as possible and no later than 8/31 to be considered for a spotlight. 


Exam Details 
* You can take the beta certification exam from any qualifying computer, anywhere there is internet, almost any time. No need to go to a test center. (see Hardware Compatibility Check below)
* The online exam consists of a set of 31 performance-based items (problems) to be solved in a command line.
* The exam is expected to take 3-4 hours to complete.

Technical Instructions
* Before taking the CKA Beta exam, please review exam-specific technical instructions, attached to this email: cka_exam. 
* The current CKA beta is being deployed using a modified Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes.
* Hints will be provided to guide the beta tester through certain aspects of the exam, where CDK may differ from a vanilla-K8s deployment. 
* The clusters which comprise the exam environment are currently running v1.6.2 of K8s components. We’ll skip v1.7 and move to v1.8 in November 2017.

Hardware Compatibility Check
* Candidates should run the compatibility check tool provided by the Exam Proctoring Partner to verify that their hardware meets the minimum requirements.  
* The tool is located at  Select “Linux Foundation” as the Exam Sponsor and “CKA” as the Exam.  
* At this time, only Chrome and Chromium browsers are supported and candidates need a functioning webcam so that the proctor can see them.

Rules during exam
* Candidates may browse the web for relevant technical (non exam-specific)  documentation, e.g.,
* Candidates may use the Notepad feature accessible in the top menu bar of the exam console (notes entered here will not be retained or accessible after the exam has ended)

Exam Results
* The beta process is being used to determine the passing score
* Please disregard the “No Pass” email notice you will receive after completing the beta
* Once the actual passing score is set, will receive your finalized score and Pass/No Pass status, no later than Sept 1. 2017. 


The Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Program provides assurance that certification holders have the skills, knowledge and competency to perform the responsibilities of Kubernetes Administrators by demonstrating competence in a hands-on, command-line environment. 


The KCSP program designates service providers who have deep experience helping enterprises successfully adopt Kubernetes. The KCSP partners offer SLA-backed Kubernetes support, consulting, professional services and training for organizations embarking on their Kubernetes journey to ensure enterprises get the support they’re looking for.

Benefits of becoming a KCSP are:
* Placement on the Kubernetes website:
* Monthly private meetings with cloud native project leaders, TOC members, and representatives from the CNCF Governing Board
* Access to leads from end users looking for support

* Three or more engineers who pass the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam
* Demonstrable activity in the Kubernetes community including active contribution
* A business model to support enterprise end users, including putting engineers at a customer site

To learn more, visit the KCSP program:

Liz Kline
Certification Manager
The Linux Foundation
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