Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Exam Preparation

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Duration13h 37m


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 you 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.


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

This Course introduces you to the Certified Kubernetes Applicaiton Developer (CKAD) Exam Preparation Learning Path. The content of the Learning Path is introduced as well as the CKAD exam domains that are covered by each. The intended audience and prerequis...

2 courses

Introduction This course provides an introduction to how to use the Kubernetes service to deploy and manage containers.  Learning Objectives Be able to recognize and explain the Kubernetes service Be able to explain and implement a Kubernetes containerBe a...

3 exam-filled

Kubernetes Basics Check

4 courses

Course Overview With many enterprises making the shift to containers, along with Kubernetes being the leading platform for deploying container applications; learning Kubernetes Patterns is more essential than ever for application developers. Having this kn...

5 labs

Pods are the basic unit of work in Kubernetes. This Lab begins by teaching you basic Pod design including how to use labels to define sets of Pods. After that, you will learn to design Pod workloads using higher-level resources in Kubernetes that simplify P...

6 labs

An important consideration for any platform used to deploy production applications is observability. This Lab essentially answers how Kubernetes handles and helps you with observing everything that happens in the platform. Logging and monitoring are two pil...

7 labs

Kubernetes provides a variety of features to get the most out of your containerized applications. This Lab will train you on several Pod configuration concepts and teach you how to take advantage of what Kubernetes gives you. Some examples of what you will ...

8 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

9 courses

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

10 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...

11 exam-filled

Preparation Exam: Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD)


May 13 2019

Added a Lab Challenge that simulates the real CKAD exam 

Apr 09 2019

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.