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Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Challenge

Up to 1h 15m
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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 Application Developer (CKAD) exam. Note that the challenge covers topics that are specific to only the CKAD certification exam and not the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam. You can refer to the official Kubernetes documentation, just like in the real Kubernetes certification exams, but keep track of the time remaining.


October 12th, 2023 - Updated to run Kubernetes 1.28

June 9th, 2023 - Updated to run Kubernetes 1.26

September 6th, 2022 - Updated to run Kubernetes 1.24

June 6th, 2022 - Fixed issue causing check errors

May 3rd, 2021 - Updated to run Kubernetes 1.20, 75% faster startup time, and use a web terminal

Dec. 1st, 2020 - Updated to the latest version of Kubernetes

July 31st, 2020 - Updated check 2 description for improved clarity

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


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

Intended audience

  • Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam candidates
  • Developers using Kubernetes

What will be assessed

  • Multi-Container Pods
  • State Persistence
  • Pod Design
  • Configuration

About the author

Logan Rakai, opens in a new tab
Lead Content Developer - Labs
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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 Application Developer (CKAD) Challenge