Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) 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 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


This course introduces you to the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) Exam Preparation learning path.


This course will teach you all about Kubernetes, including what it is and how to use it.


The lab creates a Kubernetes cluster for you to use as you progress through the Introduction to Kubernetes course on Cloud Academy.


Knowledge Check: Kubernetes Basics


This course covers many of the configuration, multi-container pods, and services & networking objectives of the Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam curriculum.


In this lab, you'll learn about effective pod design building blocks in Kubernetes including labels, selectors, deployments, jobs, and cronjobs in this lab.


In this lab, you'll about logging and monitoring primitives in Kubernetes as well as how to extend the platform to use external logging and monitoring systems.


In this lab, you'll master Kubernetes Pod configuration to improve cluster efficiency and utilization, harden your environments, improve container image reusability, and more.


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


This course explains several important aspects of taking the official Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam.


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.


This lab challenge simulates the experience of the real Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) exam.


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.