The Linux Foundation and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) have recently announced the Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA) examinations last month. Now, the examination is up for the process of enrolment and scheduling. In addition to that, a new course, namely Kubernetes and Cloud-Native Essentials, has also been rolled out for prepared individuals for entry-level roles and to participate in the KCNA exams.
Talking about KCNA, it is a multiple-choice certifications examination organized to test the entry-level knowledge in Kubernetes along with the wider cloud-native ecosystem. The examinations majorly focus on the demonstration of the knowledge, the architecture of Kubernetes (containers, nodes, pods, clusters, basics of deploying an application using basic kubectl commands.
The Kubernetes and Cloud-Native Essentials program was created by Timo Henrichs from inovex, a certified Kubernetes Training Partner and Service Provider. Both the KCNA examination and the Kubernetes Cloud Native Essentials are up for immediate enrolment. Kubernetes and Cloud-Native Essentials offer an overview of cloud-native technologies. It further includes the details regarding the container orchestration.
Participants of the program will review the high-level architecture of Kubernetes along with understanding the challenges of container orchestration and different ways to provide and monitor the applications in distributed environments. The course also lets the participants know how container orchestration is different from legacy environments and other factors. It is created for aspiring developers, architects, administrators, and managers who are starting off with cloud-native technologies and container orchestration.
The latest training module and the KCNA certification are intended to prepare the candidates to work with cloud-native technologies and pursue further CNCF credentials, consisting of Certifier Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD), Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS), and Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA). The knowledge that is tested in the KCNA examination consists of the below-mentioned elements:
- Kubernetes Fundamentals (46%) that comprises resources APIs containers, architecture, and scheduling
- Container Orchestration (22%) that consists of container orchestration fundamentals, networking, runtime, security, storage and service mesh
- Cloud-Native Architecture (16%) consists of cloud-native architecture fundamentals, community & governance, autoscaling, personas, and open standards
- Cloud-Native Observability (8%) includes telemetry and observability, cost management and Prometheus
Cloud-Native Application Delivery (8%) includes application delivery fundamentals, Ci/CD, and GitOps.
The KCNA examination was built in partnership with Certiverse. The online platform of the brand allowed a global group of 15 subject matter experts to create test content asynchronously.
Cloud Native Computing Foundation
Ecosystem Advocate at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), Katie Gamanji, said the course had been developed because the community expressed the requirement for beginner-friendly training materials and certifications. She further said that the Kubernetes certifications are considerably popular, and more than 100,000 participants have registered until now for the same.
The beta slots of the program were sold in an hour while the launch during the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America. She concluded her statement by saying that the organization is excited to provide the course to people from different genres like students, working professionals, etc.