lab challenge

Kubernetes Certification Challenge

Up to 1h 20m
Get challenged in a real environmentProve your skills in a real-world, provisioned environment.
Push your limitsComplete an unguided mission within the time limit.
See resultsTest your problem-solving skills and track your progress.


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 real Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Kubernetes certification exams, such as the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) certification exam and the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) certification exam. Note that the challenge covers topics that are shared by both the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) certification exam and the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) certification exam.


March 19th, 2024 - Resolved validation check issue

October 13th, 2023 - Updated Kubernetes to run 1.28

June 9th, 2023 - Updated Kubernetes to run 1.26

September 6th, 2022 - Updated to run Kubernetes 1.24

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

December 13th, 2020 - Updated to Kubernetes 1.19

August 17th, 2020 - Updated to use EC2 instance connect for the in-browser terminal access, avoiding some issues with AWS Systems Manager Session Manager

March 27th, 2020 - Updated lab environment startup template to resolve an issue causing Metric Server to fail to load in the cluster on startup

January 15th, 2020 - Updated lab environment startup template to workaround removed third-party dependencies


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

Intended audience

  • Kubernetes certification examinees
  • Kubernetes practitioners

What will be assessed

  • Kubernetes networking
  • Kubernetes core concepts
  • Kubernetes configuration
  • Kubernetes observability and troubleshooting

Environment before

Environment after

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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Kubernetes Certification Challenge