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Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate KCNA

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Kubernetes-and-Cloud-Native-Associate KCNA

Online curated resources that will help you prepare for taking the Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate KCNA Certification exam.

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Exam Brief

  • Duration : one and a half (1.5) hours
  • Passing score: 75%

  • Certification validity: three (3) years

  • Prerequisite: None

  • Cost: $250 USD, One (1) year exam eligibility, with a free retake within the year.

  • General idea, What is the exam all about? and what was its objectives? Katie Gamanji interview by TFIR/Swapnil

    Linux Foundation offer several discounts around the year, try to check first if there is a discount. e.g. CyberMonday, Kubecon attendees among other special holidays/events

Quick preps:

Repo Strategy (My opinion on what is important)

This is a good start into Cloud Native and Kubernetes journey; it won't guarantee you a job or salary increase. Your goal should be to learn more about cloud-native computing foundation CNCF, and Kubernetes eco-systems and how that might help you in your career or hobbies.

  • Join a CNCF community, local or virtual, be part of the CNCF community

  • Understand and learn the basics:

  • Ensure you start early in understanding and applying best practices:

  • Get more overview of the CNCF ecosystem

  • Understand and learn the history, differences and special use cases especially for CNCF projects

    • For example Docker vs. Containerd vs. CRI-o, and other container runtimes e.g. rkt, gvisor, kata.
    • The different Gitops engines: Flusk, ArgoCD, Fleet
  • Don't stop learning and always be curious Another opinion: Saiyam KCNA Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate certification

Cloud Native definition

  • Cloud Native technologies empower organizations to build and run scalable applications in modern, dynamic environments such as public, private, and hybrid clouds. Containers, service meshes, microservices, immutable infrastructure, and declarative APIs exemplify this approach.

  • These techniques enable loosely-coupled systems that are resilient, manageable, and observable. Combined with robust automation, they allow engineers to make high-impact changes frequently and predictably with minimal toil.

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation seeks to drive adoption of this paradigm by fostering and sustaining an ecosystem of open source, vendor-neutral projects. We democratize state-of-the-art patterns to make these innovations accessible for everyone.

KCNA curriculum repo topics overview

Extra helpful materials

Kubernetes Fundamentals - 46%

  1. Kubernetes Resources
    • kubectl api-resources
  2. Kubernetes Architecture
  3. Kubernetes API
  4. Containers
  5. Scheduling

Container Orchestration - 22%

  1. Container Orchestration Fundamentals
  2. [Runtime]
  3. [Security]
  4. Networking
  5. Service Mesh
  6. Storage

Cloud Native Architecture - 16%

  1. Autoscaling
  2. Serverless
  3. Community and Governance
  4. Personas
  5. Open Standards

Cloud Native Observability - 8%

  1. Telemetry & Observability
  2. Prometheus
  3. Cost Management

Cloud Native Application Delivery - 8%

  1. Application Delivery Fundamentals
  2. GitOps
  3. CI/CD


  1. Kubernetes Community - #kcna-exam-prep
  2. Kubernetes Community
  3. Saiyam's Pathak OpenSource Discord

Training and practice exams:

Other Repos

Youtube Videos

  1. Saim cloud-native fmpodcast Deep Dive KCNA Exam episode 31

Blogs and writeups


Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate KCNA

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