Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) (Voucher Included)

Learn how to use the container management platform used by top companies, like Google, with the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) course. This Kubernetes training course will teach you everything you need to know to install and configure a production-grade Kubernetes cluster, from network configuration to upgrades to making deployments available through services.

You will gain a solid understanding of key principles like Pods, Deployments, ReplicaSets, and services. Your training equips...

6 Months / 130 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES3080

What you will learn

  • How to use the container management platform used by companies like Google to manage their application infrastructure
  • How to install and configure a production-grade Kubernetes cluster
  • The key principles, such as Pods, Deployments, ReplicaSets, and services
  • Learn revision control using Git
  • Understand the role played by Docker and Kubernetes
  • Learn to install and configure Jenkins as a Continuous Integration platform
  • Understand the fundamentals of Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)

How you will benefit

  • Demonstrate the ability to do basic installation and configuring and managing production-grade Kubernetes clusters
  • Understand key concepts such as Kubernetes networking, storage, security, maintenance, logging and monitoring, application lifecycle, troubleshooting, and API object primitives
  • Obtain the ability to establish basic use-cases for end users
  • Master enforcing development workflows as code reviews
  • Gather application packaging and distribution with Docker Swarm and Docker Registry using Argo CD to set up a deployment pipeline

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 130 course hours
  1. Getting Started
  2. Containers Fundamentals
    1. Course Introduction
    2. Virtualization Fundamentals
    3. Virtualization Mechanisms
    4. Container Standards And Runtimes
    5. Image Operations
    6. Container Operations
    7. Building Container Images
    8. Container Networking
    9. Container Storage
    10. Runtime And Containers Security
  3. DevOps and SRE Fundamentals
    1. Introduction
    2. What and Why of CI/CD
    3. Setup: Exploring and Creating Our Learning Environment
    4. Basics of Container Operations with Docker
    5. Version Control with Git
    6. Setting Up Continuous Integration with Jenkins
    7. GitHub Branch Policies & Pipeline as Code with Jenkinsfile
    8. Using Docker with Jenkins Pipelines
    9. Docker Images
    10. Launching a Multi-Service Application with Docker Compose
    11. Automated Code Analysis
    12. SRE and Deploying a Scalable Application to Kubernetes
    13. SRE. GitOps and CD with Argo CD
  4. Kubernetes Fundamentals
    1. Course Introduction
    2. Basics of Kubernetes
    3. Installation and Configuration
    4. Kubernetes Architecture
    5. APIs and Access
    6. API Objects
    7. Managing State with Deployments
    8. Volumes and Data
    9. Services
    10. Helm
    11. Ingress
    12. Scheduling
    13. Logging and Troubleshooting
    14. Custom Resource Definitions
    15. Security
    16. High Availability
    17. Exam Domain Review
    18. Course Completion
  5. CKA Prep and Exam

Linux Instructors

This course does not have an assigned instructor, but you will have access to several Linux instructors and subject matter experts throughout the course.


We recommend learners be familiar with the following concepts to ensure they are successful in taking this course:

  • Basic Linux and system administration knowledge
  • Familiarity with the command line
  • Basic understanding of Kubernetes, Cloud, and the software delivery process
  • Basic understanding of Package managers, Git and GitHub

Certification Requirements:

There are no requirements to take the Certified Kubernetes Administrator Exam (CKA) other than the skills needed to pass the certifications exam.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac. Chromebooks are not compatible.

Required Lab Exercises

  • For hands-on lab exercises, access to a Linux server or Linux desktop/laptop is required. Access to a public cloud provider or VirtualBox on your machine is also needed. Lab exercises in this course have been tested in a GCP environment.
  • If using a cloud provider like GCP or AWS, you should be able to complete the lab exercises using the free tier or credits provided to you. However, you may incur charges if you exceed the credits initially allocated by the cloud provider.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 7 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.7 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Exam Requirements:

  • Exams are delivered online, and candidates must provide their own computer with:
    • Current version of Chrome or Chromium.
    • Reliable internet access.
    • A microphone.
    • A webcam.
  • All technical exam requirements should be tested and working prior to starting the exam.
  • Candidates are not allowed to have other applications or browser windows running except the one on which the Exam is being shown.
  • Candidates should run the compatibility check tool to verify that their hardware meets the minimum requirements.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

According to ZipRecruiter, the average Kubernetes administrator salary is $130,327 per year.

Many modern applications are built using containers. Kubernetes is a vendor-neutral platform that was open-sourced by Google in 2014 and designed to deploy and manage containers. The Kubernetes software has widely available services, support, and tools that allow users to build, deliver and scale containerized apps faster, to facilitate declarative configuration and automation.

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the Linux Foundation Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) exam through this course enrollment, which includes a voucher upon eligibility. The voucher covers both the exam fees and allows for a retake of the certifying exam if needed.

Starting April 1st, 2024, the Linux Foundation Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) will be valid for two years from the time of completion. Certifications achieved before that day will remain active for 36 months from the achieved date.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 6 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

As part of the CKA training program, you will have access to a dedicated forum monitored by senior instructors with the Linux Foundation. This forum is the perfect place to ask your questions regarding the course materials and interact with other program students.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

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