Lab Challenge

Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Challenge

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Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Challenge

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Time Limit

1h 15m



About Lab Challenges

Lab challenges are hands-on labs with the gloves off. You jump into an auto-provisioned cloud environment and are given a goal to accomplish. No instructions, no hints. To pass, you'll have a limited time to demonstrate your problem-solving skills and get the checks that inspect the state of your lab environment.

Challenge Description

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.


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

What will be assessed

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

Intended audience

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


  • 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
About the Author
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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.