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DevOps certifications

By Simon Buehring on 12 Sep 2019

Devops certification

The DevOps Institute

The DevOps Institute is a US-based accreditation body. It is known worldwide for its qualifications in DevOps.

The DevOps Institute has a certification model consisting of 7 competency-based qualifications. These focus on equipping IT personnel with the knowledge and skills needed to work in a DevOps environment.

Read on to find out more about these 7 certificates.

DevOps Foundation® certification

This certification demonstrates your understanding of core DevOps principles and practices, terminology and culture. It’s an introductory certification and there is no prerequisite.

DevOps Foundation is suitable for anyone who needs an overview of DevOps, especially those who deliver software or IT solutions, and current/aspiring DevOps engineers.

To gain this certificate, you will need to study and sit an exam. You can either book a training course, or study it online. Some of the topics you will study are:

  • Core DevOps principles;
  • Key DevOps practices including Kanban;
  • Business and technology frameworks like Agile & ITSM;
  • Culture, behaviours & operating models;
  • Automation & architecting DevOps toolchains;
  • Measurement, metrics, and reporting;
  • Sharing, shadowing and evolving;
  • DevOps Leadership.

Exam format:

  • 40 multiple choice questions;
  • 90 minutes duration;
  • 26 or more (65%) correct answers to pass;
  • Closed-book.

DevOps Practitioner® certifications

These certifications are for individuals who want to continue with the DevOps certification path. Once you achieve the foundation certificate, you would be eligible to sit the exams of the following qualifications:

DevOps Test Engineering (DTE)®

Test engineering is crucial for DevOps. It’s a primary key for a successful DevOps pipeline to support digital transformation.

The certification covers:

  • Relation of DevOps testing to other test methodologies;
  • DevOps testing best practices;
  • DevOps pipeline;
  • Test automation frameworks;
  • Principles of DevOps management;
  • DevOps test management metrics;
  • DevOps management tool;
  • DevOps test results analysis;
  • Integrating DevOps results analysis;
  • Test management exercise;
  • Fictitious product test requirements.

This certification is suitable for anyone involved in DevOps testing.

Exam format:

  • 40 multiple choice questions;
  • 90 minutes duration;
  • 26 or more (65%) correct answers to pass;
  • Closed-book.

Continuous Delivery Architecture (CDA)℠

The CDA certification highlights underpinning processes, metrics and cultural considerations with continuous delivery. It equips IT professionals with the broad-based competencies necessary in architecting automated deployment pipelines.

This certification covers:

  • Continuous Delivery Architect (CDA) concepts;
  • CDA culture;
  • Design practices for continuous delivery;
  • Continuous integration;
  • Continuous testing;
  • Continuous delivery and deployment;
  • Continuous monitoring;
  • Infrastructure and tools;
  • Security assurance.

Exam format:

  • 40 multiple choice questions;
  • 90 minutes duration;
  • 26 or more (65%) correct answers to pass;
  • Closed-book.

DevSecOps Engineering (DSOE)℠

DSOE explains how DevOps security practices are different from other approaches. It provides the knowledge needed to understand and apply data and security sciences. It is suitable for IT security staff and anyone else involved in DevOps cyber security.

This certification covers:

  • Key principles of DevSecOps;
  • Resilience;
  • Organisational culture;
  • Risk management in a high-velocity world;
  • General security considerations;
  • IAM: Identity & Access Management;
  • Application security;
  • Operational security;
  • Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) and audit;
  • Logging, monitoring, and response.

Exam format:

  • 40 multiple choice questions;
  • 90 minutes duration;
  • 26 or more (65%) correct answers to pass;
  • Closed-book.

DevOps Leader (DOL)®

DOL is for individuals who are leading/will lead a DevOps cultural transformation programme. You will study for this qualification the human dynamics of cultural change. It will equip you with practices, methods, and tools to engage people across the DevOps department.

This certification covers:

  • DevOps and time;
  • Companies doing DevOps;
  • Key differences between DevOps IT and traditional IT;
  • Becoming a DevOps organisation;
  • Transformational leadership;
  • Redesigning an organization for DevOps;
  • Design principles;
  • Value Stream Mapping;
  • Squad organisational model;
  • Managing cultural change;
  • Culture and its impact on performance;
  • Popular DevOps tools and practices.

Exam format:

  • 40 multiple choice questions;
  • 90 minutes duration;
  • 26 or more (65%) correct answers to pass;
  • Closed-book.

Agile Service Management® certifications

The DevOps institute has special certifications for Agile Service Management. A prerequisite for these certifications is the completion of a pre-class assignment.

Certified Agile Service Manager®

CASM introduces you to Agile Service Management, the application, and integration of agile thinking into service management processes and process design projects. It is suitable for anyone requiring an overview of agile service management.

The certification covers:

  • The Agile Manifesto;
  • Agile principles;
  • Agile practices like Scrum, Lean and Kanban;
  • Agile Service Management;
  • Process design basics;
  • Agile Service Management technologies.

Exam format:

  • 40 multiple choice questions;
  • 60 minutes duration;
  • 26 or more (65%) correct answers to pass;
  • Closed-book.

Certified Agile Process Owner®

The CAPO certification provides guidance into the process owner responsibilities such as overseeing the design, re-engineering and improving of IT Service Management (ITSM) processes. It is suitable for process owners/managers, and anyone responsible for designing, improving or engineering processes.

The certification covers:

  • The importance of processes, Agility and the role of the Process Owner;
  • Process design basics;
  • Process Owner knowledge, skills and attributes;
  • Selecting a Process Owner;
  • Related roles like Process Manager and Global Process Owner;
  • The characteristics of an Agile process;
  • Process improvement tools and technologies.

Exam format:

  • 40 multiple choice questions;
  • 60 minutes duration;
  • 26 or more (65%) correct answers to pass;
  • Closed-book.

Copyright

DevOps Practitioner®, DevOps Leader (DOL)®, DevOps Test Engineering (DTE)®, Agile Service Management®, Certified Agile Service Manager® and Certified Agile Process Owner® are registered marks of the DevOps Institute.

DevSecOps Engineering (DSOE)℠ and Continuous Delivery Architecture (CDA)℠ are trademarks of the DevOps Institute.

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