Taking the DevOps Examinations

Preparing for the DevOps exams is about more than just memory - it’s also about understanding the world-class methodology and how to apply it in real life. Good e-Learning goes over what you need to know about becoming certified in DevOps.

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The Value of DevOps

Getting certified in DevOps can be highly lucrative. For organizations, adopting the framework can enable greater collaboration and efficiency, as well as higher ROIs across the service development lifecycle. Individuals, meanwhile, can utilize DevOps to develop their IT expertise and learn valuable management practices.

An experienced practitioner can also go on to become a DevOps engineer, a position that boasts an average salary of over $130k. While there is no strictly defined path to becoming a DevOps engineer, achieving an official DevOps certification via an accredited course is often the best route. Training with a highly-rated provider can familiarise students with the essentials of the methodology and show them how to apply it practically. It also goes without saying that larger companies put far more faith in DevOps engineers who can boast official certifications, rather than just experience.

Most prospective DevOps engineers will start by pursuing the official DevOps Foundation Certification (DOFD). Passing the exam requires students to prove their knowledge and understanding of the various elements of the methodology, including its Principles and Values, along with its relationship with other frameworks. Successful students can then move on to the advanced DevOps Leader certification.

Of course, the value of DevOps lies in the methodology itself, rather than simply passing the exams. As such, it is important that students prepare for them in a way that reinforces their training with practical exercises. This will greatly improve their knowledge retention while also putting them in a better position to apply what they have learned to their own organizations.

Preparing for DevOps Exams

It is important to keep in mind that one of the certification requirements for DevOps DOFD is to complete an accredited preparatory course. The Good e-Learning DevOps Foundation eLearning is designed to help students not only pass the exam, but also gain a solid foundation in the methodology which they can build on going forward.

The course comes with several add-ons designed to help students get to grips with the DevOps methodology:

  • Free exam voucher

  • Revision module

  • Exam simulators

  • Knowledge checks in every module

  • Expert tutor support

  • Further resources such as blogs, case studies and podcasts

The last point is perhaps the most important. The DevOps methodology is thriving, with practitioners all over the world creating content and sharing it freely online. Exploring these resources is a fundamental part of learning how the methodology works in practice, as well as how it can be adapted for individual organizations. Looking at DevOps from different professional angles, and reading about the experiences of working DevOps managers and engineers, will also help you get a much stronger grasp of the content covered in the exam.

In the runup to the exam, it can be a big help to consider DevOps in the context of your own experience, especially if your current organization is planning to utilize the methodology. Try answering questions like:

  • How does your organization define 'value'?

  • What is the purpose of your organization?

  • Are there any processes in your organization which can be automated?

  • What are the biggest constraints you face in the workplace?

In the same vein, it can be worth considering your organization in the context of:

  • Key DevOps definitions

  • DevOps goals

  • How DevOps relates to business values

  • How your organization could be improved by DevOps concepts and practices

Naturally, you will also want to take full advantage of any practice exams in the run-up to the real thing. Good e-Learning provides a practice exam simulator with its DevOps courses, allowing students to experience the conditions of official examinations. Utilizing the simulator can also help students to pinpoint areas in which they are struggling. If a learner requires additional help with a course syllabus, they can also take advantage of 24/7 support from Good e-Learning’s in-house tutors.

Taking the DevOps Foundation (DOFD) Exam

The DevOps Foundation Certification (DOFD) exam covers the eight modules of the DevOps Foundation syllabus. The exact number of questions per-module varies between exams, and so it is important to ensure you have a full grasp of the syllabus before taking the official test.

Students can get used to the structure of the exam itself by using the Good e-Learning exam simulator. Each exam follows the same format:

  • 40 multiple-choice questions

  • Candidates have 60 minutes to complete the exam

  • If a candidate is taking the exam in a country where English is a second language, the time will be extended to 75 minutes

  • Closed-book (candidates may only use the provided materials)

  • Students must answer 26/40 questions correctly (65%) in order to pass

  • The exam can either be taken online or in-person with an invigilator (Good e-Learning provides FREE exam vouchers to take the exams online with PeopleCert)

Taking the DevOps Leader (DOL) Exam

In order to qualify for the DevOps Leader exam, students must hold the DevOps Foundation certification. They will also each need to have completed at least 16 contact hours (instruction and labs) in an approved training course delivered by a Registered Education Partner of the DevOps Institute.

Before the exam, students are advised to build up at least 15 hours of personal study time. Good e-Learning courses offer a variety of training assets to help with this, including videos, 24/7 support and an exam simulator that can help students get used to the conditions of the official examination.

The DevOps Leader exam tests students on a number of points, including the DevOps vocabulary, key concepts and the ability to apply everything in practice.

As with the DevOps Foundation exam, DevOps Leader exams follow the same format:

  • 40 multiple-choice questions

  • Candidates have 90 minutes to complete the exam

  • If a candidate is taking the exam in a country where English is a second language, the time will be extended to 105 minutes

  • Supervised

  • Closed-book (candidates may only use the provided materials)

  • Students must answer 26/40 questions correctly (65%) in order to pass

  • The exam can either be taken online or in-person with an invigilator (Good e-Learning provides FREE exam vouchers to take the exams online with PeopleCert)

  • Successful students will earn the ‘DevOps Leader’ badge

Ultimate Guide to DevOps

Why Gain a DevOps Certification with Good e-Learning?

Good e-Learning is an award-winning e-course provider with years of experience covering many of the world’s most popular corporate standards and frameworks. Unlike the competition, we believe that effective online training goes beyond simply providing documents and slides. Instead, we aim to provide engaging online learning assets, including motion graphics, interactive videos, gamified quizzes and more.

Good e-Learning currently offers a number of DevOps courses:

Key features of our DevOps certification courses:

  • Accredited by PeopleCert

  • Accredited by the DevOps Institute

  • FREE exam vouchers included

  • Quizzes and revision modules

  • Instant 6 or 12 months access

  • Practice exams

  • 24/7 Tutor support

Our goal is to support our students however we can. Not only do we provide 24/7 tutor support for each of our courses, but we ensure that our courses can be accessed from any electronic device (including mobile phones and tablets) and we make our courses accessible for 6 or 12 months as we recognize that students in full-time work have busy schedules.

Finally, our courses come complete with FREE exam vouchers, ensuring that students can become officially certified as soon as they are ready.

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