CDE Introduction 

Certified DevOps Engineer program developed by Certificore for devops professionals who wants to certify their skills.

This qualification is the advanced of the devops certification scheme is aimed at anyone working within an organization (internally or externally) who may require to have and demonstrate a solid knowledge and understanding of the devops and its application. The certification can also cater for candidates seeking personal certification, also in regards to their knowledge and understanding of the requirements and the content of the best practice.

This qualification will provide the advanced level of knowledge to its holders and will certify that they have a solid understanding of the standard and its content.
Note that this qualification provides the advanced level of knowledge for:

  1. DevOps Teams
  2. Software Development Teams
  3. IT Operation Teams 

Learning Objectives

Candidates will be introduced to the principles and core elements of the devops, and more specifically:

  1. DevOps Fundamentals
  2. DevOps Culture
  3. DevOps Organization
  4. DevOps Processes
  5. DevOps Automation
  6. DevOps Assessment and Measurement


CDE Certification Exam is designed to validate a candidate’s knowledge of the contents and requirements of the devops and will allow for further development along the devops certification path. TheCDE exam focuses on the following two (2) categories in the cognitive domain ofBloom’s taxonomy:

  1. Knowledge

Entry Criteria/Training Requirements

No specific entry criteria exist for candidates of the CDE examination. However, it is strongly recommended that candidates have at least a basic knowledge of devops concepts and terminology and have undergone some formal training on the subject with a proposed duration of 16 hours. A detailed breakdown of these training hours, per topic area is provided in the syllabus section.

Assessment Approach

The assessment approach used for the CDE certification focuses on the two basic categories of Knowledge and Comprehension. Knowledge is defined as recalling previously learned material, from facts to theories and represents the lowest level of learning outcomes in the cognitive domain. Such learning outcomes are turned in assessment objectives that include knowing and recalling such as:

 Common and/or basic terms, definitions, concepts and principles of devops

 Specific devops requirements and facts

 DevOps methods and tools

Delivery  Paper based
Type 40 Multiple choice questions Single answer, one of four possible answers Each question is awarded one (1) mark
Duration 1 hour (60 minutes)
For non-native speakers or candidates with a disability, an additional 15 minutes of extra time is allowed.
Pass Mark 65% (26/40)
Invigilator / Proctor Yes . Physical or Web proctoring
Open Book Yes
Prerequisites None
Certification validity No Expiration

Comprehension is the lowest level of understanding and entails the ability to grasp the meaning of the material taught, including some sort of interpretation, translation or estimation during the process. Such learning outcomes and in turn assessment objectives go beyond simply recalling information and may include:

 Understanding facts, concepts and principles

 Interpreting material (i.e. charts, graphs, text)

 Justifying a Process, procedure and assessment method

The assessment incorporates the above learning outcomes as it uses assessment objectives that cater for the above cognitive domain categories.

Examination Format

The tests are derived from a regularly updated question test bank (QTB) based on the test specification detailed below. Questions are used interchangeably among test sets. The overall difficulty level of each test is the same with any other test. A candidate is never assigned the same test in the case of multiple examination attempts.

Detailed Course Content

The syllabus contains references to the devops domain and is structured into sections relating to major subject headings and numbered with a single digit section number.

The recommended training hours, per Syllabus Category are also provided in this table.

At the end of the training session, allow 30 minutes for the candidates to familiarize themselves with the exam process and the sample questions.

An additional hour could be provided for the sample test and/or answering the sample test for better preparation of the exam.

Syllabus details for CDE Certification and Training :

CDE 1.1 DevOps Fundamentals CDE-1.1.1 DevOps Essential Terms
CDE-1.1.2 DevOps Essential Principles
CDE-1.1.3 DevOps Movement Origins
CDE-1.1.4 DevOps History and Future
CDE-1.1.5 DevOps Roots: Agile, Lean, ITIL
Proposed Training Time: 120 minutes
CDE-1.2 DevOps Culture CDE-1.2.1 Organizational Culture
CDE-1.2.2 Essential DevOps Culture Attributes
CDE-1.2.3 DevOps Team Members Cultural Aspects
CDE-1.2.4 Collaboration and Teamwork
CDE-1.2.5 Kaizen Mindset
CDE-1.2.6 Product Focus
CDE-1.2.7 Courage and Innovation
CDE-1.2.8 Self Organizing and Managing Product Teams
CDE-1.2.9 Sandbox and Experimentation
CDE-1.2.10 How to Set and Improve DevOps Culture in an Organization
CDE-1.2.11 Organizational Change Management for DevOps Culture
Proposed Training Time: 120 minutes
CDE-1.3 DevOps Organization CDE-1.3.1 DevOps Organization Model
CDE-1.3.2 Product Team Structure
CDE-1.3.3 DevOps Team Roles
CDE-1.3.4 Autonomy
CDE-1.3.5 Case Study : Spotify Org. Model
CDE-1.3.6 DevOps Microservice Product Architecture Model vs Organizational Model
CDE-1.3.7 Agile Organization Model
Proposed Training Time: 120 minutes
CDE-1.4 DevOps Processes CDE-1.4.1 Process Management Essentials
CDE-1.4.2 DevOps Process from Reqirements to Deployment
CDE-1.4.3 What is Agile?
CDE-1.4.4 Agile Menifesto
CDE-1.4.5 Wrong Usage of Agile
CDE-1.4.6 Agile Transformation as a Myth
CDE-1.4.7 20+ Different Agile Development Process Models
CDE-1.4.8 KANBAN in Details
CDE-1.4.9 SCRUM in Details
CDE-1.4.10 Lean and DevOps
CDE-1.4.11 Lean Principles and Methods
CDE-1.4.12 Value Stream Mapping and DevOps
CDE-1.4.13 Value Focus of DevOps
CDE-1.4.14 User Story Mapping and Minimal Viable Product Approach
CDE-1.4.15 ITIL 4 and DevOps
CDE-1.4.16 What is OPS and what is ITSM? Not same thing.  
CDE-1.4.17 How to integrate Agile, ITIL4 and DevOps?
Proposed Training Time: 120 minutes
CDE-1.5 DevOps Automation and Softwares CDE-1.5.1   DevOps Softwares  
CDE-1.5.2 Continuous Delivery Softwares  
CDE-1.5.3 Continuous Deployment Softwares  
CDE-1.5.4 Continuous Integration Softwares
CDE-1.5.5 Build Automation Softwares
CDE-1.5.6 Configuration Management Softwares
CDE-1.5.7 Cloud Infrastructure Automation Softwares
CDE-1.5.8 Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Softwares
CDE-1.5.9 Application Release Orchestration Softwares
CDE-1.5.10 Containerization Softwares
CDE-1.5.11 Container Engine Softwares
CDE-1.5.12 Container Management Softwares
CDE-1.5.13 Container Monitoring Softwares
CDE-1.5.14 Container Networking Softwares
CDE-1.5.15 Container Orchestration Softwares
CDE-1.5.16 Service Discovery Softwares
CDE-1.5.17 Source Code Management Softwares
CDE-1.5.18 Version Control Systems
CDE-1.5.19 Peer Code Review Software
CDE-1.5.20 Static Code Analysis Softwares
CDE-1.5.21 Test Automation Softwares
Proposed Training Time: 360 minutes
CDE-1.6 DevOps Assessment and Measurement CDE-1.6.1 DevOps Feedback Model
CDE-1.6.2 Measuring Organization
CDE-1.6.3 Measuring Processes
CDE-1.6.4 Measuring Technology for DevOps
CDE-1.6.5 Application Performance Monitoring
CDE-1.6.6 Continual Improvement Model
CDE-1.6.7 Dashboards for Continuous Feedback and CI
 Proposed Training Time: 120 minutes

Test Specification

The examination will consist of six (6) sections with the following structure:

1 CDE-1.1 DevOps Fundamentals 10.0%
2 CDE-1.2 DevOps Culture 20.0%
3 CDE-1.3 DevOps Organization 20.0%
4 CDE-1.4 DevOps Processes 20.0%
5 CDE-1.5 DevOps Automation and Softwares 20.0%
6 CDE-1.6 DevOps Assessment and Measurement 10.0%
TOTAL 100 %

Recommended Reading for Certification Exam Preperation

  1. The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations by Gene Kim , Patrick Debois
  2. Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations by Forsgren PhD, Nicole , Jez Humble
  3. Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation by Jez Humble and David Farley
  4. Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation by Jez Humble and David Farley
  5. DevOps with Kubernetes: Accelerating software delivery with container orchestrators, 2nd Edition by Hideto Saito, Hui-Chuan Chloe Lee
  6. Building Microservices: Designing Fine-Grained Systems 1st Edition by Sam Newman
  7. The DevOps Engineer’s Career Guide: A Handbook for Entry- Level Professionals to get into Continuous Delivery Roles for Agile Software Development by Stephen Fleming
  8. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
  9. Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations by Nicole Forsgren

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