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Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Challenge

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In this lab challenge, your Kubernetes skills are put to the test. You need to complete several tasks using a real Kubernetes cluster to complete the Challenge. The lab challenge simulates the experience of the real Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam. Note that the challenge covers topics that are specific to only the CKA certification exam.



October 16th, 2023 - Updated Kubernetes version

June 9th, 2023 - Updated Kubernetes version to 1.26

November 14th, 2022 - Updated to use Kubernetes 1.24

September 22nd, 2021 - Added hint for the troubleshooting check

December 14th, 2020 - Updated to Kubernetes 1.19

April 17th, 2020 - Updated lab environment startup template to resolve an issue causing Kubernetes cluster to fail to deploy in some cases

February 7th, 2020 - Clarified the description of the safe upgrade command check as well as made the solution more tolerant of variations


  • Strong knowledge of Kubernetes and experience with kubectl
  • Completion of the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Exam Preparation Learning Path is highly recommended before attempting the challenge

Intended audience

  • Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam candidates
  • Kubernetes administrators

What will be assessed

  • Kubernetes security
  • Kubernetes troubleshooting
  • Kubernetes cluster maintenance
  • Kubernetes networking

About the author

Logan Rakai, opens in a new tab
Lead Content Developer - Labs
Learning paths

Logan has been involved in software development and research since 2007 and has been in the cloud since 2012. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional, Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS), Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), and Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.

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Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Challenge