How I Passed the CKAD Exam

Updated 12/2020

Last year, I decided that since I’d been working on pushing my employer to embrace a Cloud-native mentality that I should lead by example and get certified. We had chosen Kubernetes as our base container management platform and ultimately inked a deal with Red Hat to roll out OpenShift throughout the enterprise.

If you’ve read the blog for any time, you’ll remember that I was originally pursuing RHEL certification. At the time, even though I was in a development role, I was finding myself needing more and more Linux skills. However, my role transitioned to a dedicated focus on Cloud technologies. I abandoned RHEL and began focusing on Kubernetes. However, it wasn’t until about November of this year that I really buckled down to prepare.

In the spirit of openness, I’ll confess that I’ve had the benefit of spending the past several months working in a dedicated fashion deploying multiple OpenShift clusters. This has involved a great deal of tweaking, testing, and troubleshooting which has provided invaluable real-world, hands-on experience working with the Kubernetes system. Now, with that out of the way, I thought I’d share my personal take on how I prepared…and passed…the CKAD exam.

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