Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Exam Preparation

AVG Duration11h


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 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

Training Content

Course - Beginner - 5m
Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Exam Preparation
This course introduces you to the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Exam Preparation learning path.
Course - Beginner - 2h 30m
Introduction to Kubernetes
This course will teach you all about Kubernetes, including what it is and how to use it.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 1h 30m
Deploy a Stateless Application in a Kubernetes Cluster
Deploy a stateless application in a Kubernetes cluster that you build from the ground up in this Lab
Hands-on Lab - Advanced - 2h 45m
Deploy a Stateful Application in a Kubernetes Cluster
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
Exam - 20m
Knowledge Check: Kubernetes Concepts
Knowledge Check: Kubernetes Concepts
Course - Intermediate - 1h 8m
Administering Kubernetes Clusters
This Administering Kubernetes Clusters course covers the many networking and scheduling objectives of the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam curriculum.
Hands-on Lab - Advanced - 1h 30m
Troubleshooting in Kubernetes
Detect, diagnose, and remedy a variety of Kubernetes failures at the network, node, control-plane, and application levels in this Lab.
Hands-on Lab - Advanced - 2h
Securing Kubernetes Clusters
Practice defense in depth in Kubernetes including authentication, authorization, network policies, security contexts, and secrets security primitives.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 2h
Create and Manage a Kubernetes Cluster from Scratch
Create a Kubernetes cluster from scratch using kubeadm and perform several cluster management tasks including backups, restores, and upgrades in this Lab.
Course - Beginner - 7m
Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Exam Guide
This course touches on a number of important aspects of taking the official Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam.
Hands-on Lab Challenge - Intermediate - 1h 20m
Kubernetes Certification Challenge
This lab challenge simulates the experience of real Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Kubernetes certification exams, such as the CKA certification exam and the CKAD certification exam.
Hands-on Lab Challenge - Advanced - 1h 15m
Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Challenge
This lab challenge simulates the experience of the real Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) certification exam.
Exam - 1h 30m
Cert Prep: Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Exam
Cert Prep: Certified Kubernetes Administrator (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 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.