Docker Certified Associate (DCA) Exam Preparation

AVG Duration16h


Learning Path Overview

Specifically designed to help you prepare for the Docker Certified Associate (DCA) Certification, this preview Learning Path provides interactive content comprised of hands-on labs and video courses. This training content has been carefully created to help you study for this Docker certification.   

Learning Objectives

The aim of the certification is to validate your knowledge across a number of different domains, which have been defined by Docker as being able to:

  • Run containerized applications from pre-existing images stored in a centralized registry
  • Deploy images across the cluster
  • Triage and resolve issue reports from stakeholders
  • Standup up on Enterprise clusters with one UCP manager, one DTR replica, and one worker node
  • Migrate traditional applications to containers
  • Configure and troubleshoot Docker engine
  • Perform general maintenance and configuration 

As a means of demonstrating this knowledge, you will be tested across 6 different domains, with each domain contributing to a total percentage of your overall score. These domains are broken down as:

  • Domain 1: Orchestration (25% of exam)
  • Domain 2: Image Creation, Management, and Registry (20% of exam)
  • Domain 3: Installation and Configuration (15% of exam)
  • Domain 4: Networking (15% of exam)
  • Domain 5: Security (15% of exam)
  • Domain 6: Storage and Volumes (10% of exam)

Intended Audience 

This learning path is suitable for those wanting to pass the Docker Certified Associate (DCA) certification exam.


There are no prerequisites for this learning path. However, before taking the actual Docker Certified Associate (DCA) exam Docker recommends at least six months to one year of experience with Docker, including exposure to the Docker Enterprise Edition. The knowledge, skills and experience required at this level should also include:

  • Container security
  • Experience with at least one cloud provider
  • Configuration management tools
  • Linux and/or Windows Server


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Your certificate for this learning path

Training Content

Course - Intermediate - 1h 38m
Introduction to Docker
In this course, you'll learn how to use Docker containers to isolate your running processes.
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 4h
Docker Playground
This Docker playground provides full access to an instance with docker, docker-compose, and relevant command-line completions already installed and running. The playground is a safe and secure sandbox environment for you to explore your own ideas, follow along with Cloud Academy courses, or answe...
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 1h 20m
Getting Started with Docker on Linux for Azure
Get started with Docker on Linux for Azure: Go from 0 to 60 in this lab from installing Docker to running your first app inside a container.
Hands-on Lab Challenge - Beginner - 1h
Docker Basics Challenge
In this lab challenge your basic Docker skills are put to the test requiring you to complete several tasks using a real Docker host.
Course - Intermediate - 1h 11m
Container Orchestration with Docker Swarm Mode
In this course, you'll gain an understanding of what Docker swarm mode is, learn its core concepts, and use swarm mode to manage services deployed on a cluster.
Hands-on Lab - Intermediate - 1h 20m
Manage Your Cluster Using Docker Swarm Mode
Manage your cluster using Docker swarm mode to leverage Docker's own container orchestration, load balance traffic, deploy stacks, and rollback deployments
Hands-on Lab - Beginner - 4h
Docker Swarm Playground
The playground provides you with full access to a Docker swarm cluster comprised of one manager node and two worker nodes.
Course - Intermediate - 1h 22m
Managing Applications with Docker Compose
In this course, you'll learn what Docker Compose is: its files, its command-line interface, and how to manage your applications using it.
Hands-on Lab - Advanced - 2h
Software Development, Testing, and Delivery with Docker
Learn how to implement software development, testing, and delivery using Docker with this Cloud Academy Lab.
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.
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
Installing and Running Applications with Docker Enterprise Universal Control Plane (UCP)
Learn how to install Docker Enterprise Universal Control Plane (UCP) and how to deploy applications onto the UCP cluster you create using the web interface.
Exam - 50m
Preview Exam: Docker Certified Associate (DCA)
Preview Exam: Docker Certified Associate (DCA)
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.