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code: KCNA

Training goals:

The Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA) exam demonstrates a user’s foundational knowledge and skills in Kubernetes and the wider cloud native ecosystem.

The KCNA is a pre-professional certification designed for candidates interested in advancing to the professional level through a demonstrated understanding of kubernetes foundational knowledge and skills. This certification is ideal for students learning about or candidates interested in working with cloud native technologies.

A certified KCNA will confirm conceptual knowledge of the entire cloud native ecosystem, particularly focusing on Kubernetes. The KCNA exam is intended to prepare candidates to work with cloud native technologies and pursue further CNCF credentials, including CKA, CKAD, and CKS.

KCNA will demonstrate a candidate’s basic knowledge of Kubernetes and cloud-native technologies, including how to deploy an application using basic kubectl commands, the architecture of Kubernetes (containers, pods, nodes, clusters), understanding the cloud-native landscape and projects (storage, networking, GitOps, service mesh), and understanding the principles of cloud-native security.

Domains & Competencies:

  • Kubernetes Fundamentals 46%
    Kubernetes Resources
    Kubernetes Architecture
    Kubernetes API
  • Container Orchestration 22%
    Container Orchestration Fundamentals
    Service Mesh
  • Cloud Native Architecture 16%
    Community and Governance
    Open Standards
  • Cloud Native Observability 8%
    Telemetry & Observability
    Cost Management
  • Cloud Native Application Delivery 8%
    Application Delivery Fundamentals

Exam Details & Resources:

This exam is an online, proctored, multiple-choice exam.

  • Linux Foundation Global Certification & Confidentiality Agreement
  • Candidate Handbook
  • KCNA Important Instructions

KCNA Frequently Asked Questions

Additional information


There are no pre-requisites for this exam

Difficulty level
Duration 1 day

The participants will obtain certificates signed by The Linux Foundation


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Certification Valid for 3 Years
Includes 12 Month Exam Eligibility
Free Retake
Multiple Choice Exam
Duration of Exam TBD

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