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.

Syllabus details for CDE Certification and Training :

CDE 1.1 DevOps FundamentalsCDE-1.1.1DevOps Essential Terms 
 CDE-1.1.2 DevOps Essential Principles 
 CDE-1.1.3DevOps Movement Origins
 CDE-1.1.4DevOps History and Future
 CDE-1.1.5DevOps Roots: Agile, Lean, ITIL
CDE-1.2 DevOps CultureCDE-1.2.1 Organizational Culture
 CDE-1.2.2 Essential DevOps Culture Attributes
 CDE-1.2.3DevOps Team Members Cultural Aspects 
 CDE-1.2.4Collaboration and Teamwork
 CDE-1.2.5Kaizen Mindset 
 CDE-1.2.6Product Focus
 CDE-1.2.7Courage and Innovation
 CDE-1.2.8Self Organizing and Managing Product Teams
 CDE-1.2.9Sandbox and Experimentation
 CDE-1.2.10How to Set and Improve DevOps Culture in an Organization
 CDE-1.2.11Organizational Change Management for DevOps Culture
CDE-1.3 DevOps OrganizationCDE-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-1.3.5Case Study : Spotify Org. Model
 CDE-1.3.6DevOps Microservice Product Architecture Model vs Organizational Model
 CDE-1.3.7Agile Organization Model
CDE-1.4 DevOps ProcessesCDE-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-1.4.6Agile Transformation as a Myth
 CDE-1.4.720+ Different Agile Development Process Models
 CDE-1.4.8KANBAN in Details
 CDE-1.4.9SCRUM in Details
 CDE-1.4.10Lean and DevOps
 CDE-1.4.11Lean Principles and Methods
 CDE-1.4.12Value Stream Mapping and DevOps
 CDE-1.4.13Value Focus of DevOps
 CDE-1.4.14User Story Mapping and Minimal Viable Product Approach 
 CDE-1.4.15ITIL 4 and DevOps
 CDE-1.4.16What is OPS and what is ITSM? Not same thing.  
 CDE-1.4.17How to integrate Agile, ITIL4 and DevOps?
CDE-1.5 DevOps Automation and SoftwaresCDE-1.5.1  DevOps Softwares 
 CDE-1.5.2Continuous Delivery Softwares 
 CDE-1.5.3Continuous Deployment Softwares 
 CDE-1.5.4Continuous Integration Softwares
 CDE-1.5.5Build Automation Softwares
 CDE-1.5.6Configuration Management Softwares 
 CDE-1.5.7Cloud Infrastructure Automation Softwares 
 CDE-1.5.8Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Softwares
 CDE-1.5.9Application Release Orchestration Softwares 
 CDE-1.5.10Containerization Softwares
 CDE-1.5.11Container Engine Softwares
 CDE-1.5.12Container Management Softwares
 CDE-1.5.13Container Monitoring Softwares 
 CDE-1.5.14Container Networking Softwares 
 CDE-1.5.15Container Orchestration Softwares
 CDE-1.5.16Service Discovery Softwares 
 CDE-1.5.17Source Code Management Softwares
 CDE-1.5.18Version Control Systems 
 CDE-1.5.19Peer Code Review Software 
 CDE-1.5.20Static Code Analysis Softwares
 CDE-1.5.21Test Automation Softwares
CDE-1.6 DevOps Assessment and Measurement CDE-1.6.1 DevOps Feedback Model
 CDE-1.6.2 Measuring Organization
 CDE-1.6.3Measuring Processes
 CDE-1.6.4Measuring Technology for DevOps
 CDE-1.6.5Application Performance Monitoring
 CDE-1.6.6Continual Improvement Model
 CDE-1.6.7Dashboards for Continuous Feedback and CI

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%

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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