Lab Challenge

Kubernetes Certification Challenge

Push your skills to the next level in a live environment

Lab Steps

Kubernetes Certification Challenge
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Time Limit

1h 20m



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 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.


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

What will be assessed

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

Intended audience

  • Kubernetes certification examinees
  • Kubernetes practitioners


  • 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

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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 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.