Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Exam Preparation

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Kubernetes is one of the world's most popular container orchestration tools. Established by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the Kubernetes Administrator certification is designed to validate your skills for working with Kubernetes.

This learning path is designed to help you prepare you for the CKA exam. It includes a combination of courses covering each exam domain, a series of labs to build hands-on Kubernetes experience working directly in a live cloud environment, and exams to test your knowledge along the way.

Learning Objectives

The learning path will prepare you to understand and demonstrate your knowledge in each of the general domains of the CKA exam:

  • Application Lifecycle Management
  • Installation, Configuration, and Validation
  • Core Concepts
  • Networking
  • Scheduling
  • Security
  • Cluster Maintenance
  • Logging / Monitoring
  • Storage
  • Troubleshooting

Intended Audience

This learning path is intended specifically for Kubernetes cluster administrators. Anyone interested in learning how to work with Kubernetes will also benefit from this learning path.


A solid understanding of containers, and Docker in particular, will be of value. If you are not comfortable with Docker, you are encouraged to complete the Docker in Depth learning path.

This learning path uses Kubernetes running on Linux machines. You should be comfortable working with Linux shells.

The labs in the learning path use virtual machines running in public clouds. Prior experience working with virtual machines in cloud environments is beneficial but not required.


Your certificate for this learning path

Learning Path Steps

1 courses

Overview This course introduces you to the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Exam Preparation learning path. The content of the learning path is introduced as well as the CKA exam domains that are covered by each. The intended audience and prerequis...

2 courses

Kubernetes is a production-grade container orchestration system that helps you maximize the benefits of using containers. Kubernetes provides you with a toolbox to automate deploying, scaling, and operating containerized applications in production. This cou...

3 labs

Deploy a stateless application in a Kubernetes cluster that you build from the ground up in this Lab

4 labs

Deploy a stateful application in a Kubernetes Cluster in this Lab to understand how, why, and when it makes sense to run stateful applications in Kubernetes

5 exam-filled

Kubernetes Concepts Check

6 courses

Overview This Administering Kubernetes Clusters course covers the many networking and scheduling objectives of the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam curriculum. You will learn a range of core practices such as Ninja kubectl skills, the ability...

7 labs

Detect, diagnose, and remedy a variety of Kubernetes failures at the network, node, control-plane, and application levels in this Lab.

8 labs

Practice defense in depth in Kubernetes including authentication, authorization, network policies, security contexts, and secrets security primitives.

9 labs

Create a Kubernetes cluster from scratch using kubeadm and perform several cluster management tasks including backups, restores, and upgrades in this Lab.

10 courses

Overview This course explains several important aspects of taking the official Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam. You will learn about the exam procedure, where to find the latest information about the exam, and a few helpful tips for taking th...

11 labs

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...

12 exam-filled

Preparation Exam: Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA)


May 13 2019

Added a Lab Challenge that simulates the real CKA exam

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.