Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Exam Preparation

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Description

Kubernetes is one of the world's most popular container orchestration tools. Established by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the Kubernetes Application Developer certification is designed to validate skills required by application developers working with Kubernetes.

This learning path is designed to help you prepare for the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam. It includes a combination of Courses covering each exam domain, a series of Hands-on Labs to build first-hand Kubernetes experience working directly in a live cloud environment, and exams to test your knowledge along the way.

This learning path has been updated to cover the latest version of the CKAD exam, released on September 28th 2021.

Learning Objectives

The Learning Path will prepare you to understand and demonstrate your knowledge in each of the general domains of the CKAD exam:

  • Application Design and Build
  • Application Environment, Configuration and Security
  • Application Deployment
  • Services & Networking
  • Application Observability and Maintenance

Intended Audience

This Learning Path is intended specifically for Kubernetes application developers. Anyone interested in learning how to work with Kubernetes will also benefit from this Learning Path.

Prerequisites

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.

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Training Content

1
Course - Beginner - 3m
Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Exam Preparation
This course introduces you to the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Exam Preparation learning path.
2
Course - Beginner - 2h 30m
Introduction to Kubernetes
This course will teach you all about Kubernetes, including what it is and how to use it.
3
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 4h
Introduction to Kubernetes Playground
The lab creates a Kubernetes cluster for you to use as you progress through the Introduction to Kubernetes course on Cloud Academy.
4
Exam - 20m
Knowledge Check: Kubernetes Basics
Knowledge Check: Kubernetes Basics
5
Course - Intermediate - 47m
Kubernetes Patterns for Application Developers
This course covers many of the configuration, multi-container pods, and services & networking objectives of the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam curriculum.
6
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 30m
Kubernetes Pod Design for Application Developers: Definition Basics
In this lab, you'll learn about effective pod design building blocks in Kubernetes.
7
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 30m
Kubernetes Pod Design for Application Developers: Labels, Selectors, and Annotations
In this lab, you will learn about Kubernetes labels, selectors, and annotations.
8
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 30m
Kubernetes Pod Design for Application Developers: Deployments
In this lab, you'll learn about Kubernetes deployments, a high-level abstraction for managing pods.
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Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 30m
Kubernetes Pod Design for Application Developers: Jobs and CronJobs
In this lab, you'll learn about jobs, and cronjobs for running batch workloads.
10
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 45m
Kubernetes Observability: Logging
In this lab, you'll learn about logging primitives in Kubernetes as well as how to extend the platform to use external logging systems.
11
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 45m
Kubernetes Observability: Monitoring, and Debugging
In this lab, you'll learn about monitoring primitives in Kubernetes as well as how to extend the platform to use external monitoring systems.
12
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 35m
Mastering Kubernetes Pod Configuration: Defining Resource Requirements
In this lab, you'll master Kubernetes Pod configuration to improve cluster efficiency and utilization.
13
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 30m
Mastering Kubernetes Pod Configuration: Security Contexts
In this lab, you'll master Kubernetes Pod configuration to harden your environments.
14
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 30m
Mastering Kubernetes Pod Configuration: Persistent Data
In this lab, you'll master Kubernetes Pod configuration to persist data beyond the lifecycle of a Pod.
15
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 40m
Mastering Kubernetes Pod Configuration: Config Maps and Secrets
In this lab, you'll master Kubernetes Pod configuration to improve container image reusability and security.
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Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 30m
Mastering Kubernetes Pod Configuration: Service Accounts
In this lab, you'll master Kubernetes Pod configuration to provide Pods with identities to harden your Kubernetes application deployments
17
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 30m
Utilizing Ephemeral Volume Types in Kubernetes
You will understand how Kubernetes provides ephemeral storage and understand how to utilize ephemeral storage in this lab.
18
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 30m
Control Kubernetes Network Traffic With Network Policies
Define Kubernetes network policies and observe their effects as you work through this lab on Kubernetes network security.
19
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
20
Course - Intermediate - 1h 15m
Introduction to Helm
This course covers the Helm package manager for Kubernetes, exploring its features and use cases.
21
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 2h 30m
Performing a Kubernetes Deployment using ConfigMaps and Helm
22
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 45m
Exposing Applications Using Kubernetes Ingress Rules
Learn how to use a Ingress resource to expose and route between applications in a Kubernetes cluster in this hands-on lab.
23
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 45m
Using Kubernetes Primitives to Implement Common Deployment Strategies
Kubernetes can support common deployment strategies other than rolling updates by utilizing multiple deployments, services, and labels. Learn how in this lab.
24
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 50m
Using Kubernetes Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs)
Discover custom resource definitions in Kubernetes as you use them to manage a GitOps continuous delivery system using familiar Kubernetes patterns.
25
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h
Understand Kubernetes API Access Control Mechanisms
Gain a practical understanding of authentication, authorization, and admission control in the Kubernetes API and how it impacts you as a Kubernetes user.
26
Resource - Not defined - 15m
Understand API Deprecations in Kubernetes
Understand the details of Kubernetes API deprecations to be prepared for changes as the software evolves.
27
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 2h
Getting Started with Docker on Linux for AWS
Get started with Docker on Linux for AWS: Go from 0 to 60 in this lab from installing Docker to running your first app inside a container.
28
Course - Beginner - 7m
Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Exam Guide
This course explains several important aspects of taking the official Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam.
29
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 1h
CKAD Practice Exam: Core Concepts
Prepare for the Core Concepts domain of the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam in this lab with exam-like tasks and solution guide.
30
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 50m
CKAD Practice Exam: Configuration
Prepare for the Configuration domain of the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam in this lab with exam-like tasks and solution guide.
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Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 30m
CKAD Practice Exam: Multi-Container Pods
Prepare for the Multi-Container Pods domain of the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam in this lab with exam-like tasks and solution guide.
32
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 50m
CKAD Practice Exam: Observability
Prepare for the Observability domain of the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam in this lab with exam-like tasks and solution guide.
33
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 1h 20m
CKAD Practice Exam: Pod Design
Prepare for the Pod Design domain of the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam in this lab with exam-like tasks and solution guide.
34
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 1h
CKAD Practice Exam: Services & Networking
Prepare for the Services & Networking domain of the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam in this lab with exam-like tasks and solution guide.
35
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 30m
CKAD Practice Exam: State Persistence
Prepare for the State Persistence domain of the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam in this lab with exam-like tasks and solution guide.
36
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.
37
Hands-on Lab Challenge - Advanced - 1h 15m
Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Challenge
This lab challenge simulates the experience of the real Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam.
38
Exam - 1h 30m
Cert Prep: Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD)
Cert Prep: Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD)
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.