Entry Level Kubernetes Certification to Help Advance Cloud Careers
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, and The Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®), which builds sustainable ecosystems for cloud native software, have announced the Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA) exam is now in beta testing. The certification is expected to be generally available by the end of this year.
KCNA will consist of a multiple-choice certification exam testing entry-level knowledge and skills in Kubernetes and the wider cloud native ecosystem. This exam is intended to demonstrate this knowledge, including how to deploy an application using basic kubectl commands, the architecture of Kubernetes (containers, pods, nodes, clusters), understanding the cloud native landscape and projects (storage, networking, GitOps, service mesh), and understanding the principles of cloud native security.
The recently released 2021 Open Source Jobs Report found that knowledge of cloud and container technologies is the most in demand skill set among hiring managers, but 92% of those hiring managers are having difficulty finding enough talent. Coupled with the 72% of employers surveyed reporting that they are more likely to hire someone with a certification, these trends drove CNCF and The Linux Foundation to develop KCNA to help bring more entry-level talent into the field.
KCNA is intended to prepare candidates to work with cloud native technologies and pursue further CNCF credentials, including Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), and Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS). Specific knowledge to be tested will include:
"Digital transformation activities are occurring at organizations around the world at an increasingly rapid pace, and a huge amount of this transformation is driven by, and reliant on, the cloud," said Clyde Seepersad, SVP, and general manager of training & certification at The Linux Foundation. "The industry cannot rely on any single solution, whether that is training existing teams, improving hiring incentives, or bringing in consultants to address the talent gap. KCNA provides a clear onramp for those considering a role working with cloud technology, and serves as a first step in pursuing career paths in cloud administration, engineering, application development, security and more."
"Training and certification are highly sought by the cloud native community, with over 100,000 registrations to date for Kubernetes exams," said Katie Gamanji, Ecosystem Advocate, CNCF. "Existing certification programs have been aimed at skilled professionals who have hands-on expertise in production environments. Community feedback has revealed the need for a more beginner-friendly and inclusive evaluation, which is relevant to newcomers across different jobs, from engineers to product managers to marketing. KCNA fills this gap as an entry-level certification that invites new adopters to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of the cloud native ecosystem."
The exam was developed in partnership with Certiverse. The company's online platform enabled a global group of 15 subject matter experts to create test content asynchronously.
The KCNA exam will be available for general availability later this year. More information about the exam and topics to be covered in it is available here.
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