Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Exam Preparation

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Description

** Outdated ** This learning path has been outdated in order to preserve users' progress on it. The new CKAD learning path is available here and includes additional content including more practice exam content.

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.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Core Concepts
  • Configuration
  • Multi-Container Pods
  • Observability
  • Pod Design
  • Services & Networking
  • State Persistence

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.

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.

Certificate

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Training Content

1
Course - Beginner - 6m
Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Exam Preparation
This course introduces you to the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Exam Preparation learning path.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 30m
Mastering Kubernetes Pod Configuration: Defining Resource Requirements
In this lab, you'll master Kubernetes Pod configuration to improve cluster efficiency and utilization.
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Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 30m
Mastering Kubernetes Pod Configuration: Security Contexts
In this lab, you'll master Kubernetes Pod configuration to harden your environments.
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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.
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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
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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
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Course - Beginner - 6m
Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Exam Guide
This course explains several important aspects of taking the official Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam.
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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.
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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.
21
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.