Lab Challenge

Kubernetes Certification Challenge

Push your skills to the next level in a live environment

Lab Steps

Kubernetes Certification Challenge

The hands-on lab is part of these learning paths

Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Exam Preparation
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Time Limit

1h 20m



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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 less than one hour to demonstrate your problem-solving skills and get the checks that inspect the state of your lab environment.


Challenge Description

In this Laboratory 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.

With this Lab Challenge we are pushing you to the next level. Lab Challenges do not include full and complete instructions to help you along the way. This means you have to demonstrate your knowledge to the best of your abilities. You can check the status of your work by running checks that inspect the state of your Lab environment.

What will be assessed

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

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.

Intended Audience

  • Kubernetes certification examinees
  • Kubernetes practitioners



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

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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 Administrator (CKA), Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS), and Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.