Linux Foundation Certifications: Everything You Need to Know

Linux Foundation Certifications

Looking for Linux Foundation Certification? We will look at the certifications from each category and the courses to prepare for those certifications.

Linux Foundation Certifications are the most sought-after certifications for devops engineers and developers.

Certification from the Linux Foundation is organized into to following categories.

  1. Cloud & Containers Certification
  2. System Administration Certifications
  3. Web & Application Certification
  4. DevOps & Site-Reliability Certification
  5. Open Source Best Practice Certification

Let’s look at certifications in each category and related courses that can help you ace the certification exam.

We have organized the certification details in a table that contains the certification name, exam type, preparation courses, and exam FAQs. The exam FAQ link contains most of the answers you are looking for in the certification exam.

Let’s get started.

Cloud & Containers Certification

Cloud and containers are the sought-after skills in the current IT domain.

Following are the four certifications under the cloud and containers category.

Certification NameCostExam TypePreparation CoursesExam FAQ’s
Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA)$250Multiple Choice ExamKodeKloud KCNA Course KCNA FAQs
Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD)$395Performance-Based ExamKodeKloud CKAD CourseCKAD FAQ
Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA)$395Performance-Based ExamKodeKloud CKA CourseCKA FAQ
Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS)$395Performance-Based ExamKim Wüstkamp CKS CourseCKS FAQ
Certified TARS Application Developer (CTAD)$295Multiple Choice ExamLFS253, LFD254 & LFD259CTAD FAQs

System Administration Certifications

Under the system administration category, we have Linux, Prometheus, and Istio Service mesh certifications.

Certification NameCostExam TypePreparation CoursesExam FAQ’s
Linux Foundation Certified IT Associate (LFCA)$250Multiple Choice ExamPluralsight LFCA courseLFCA FAQs
Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS)$395Performance-Based ExamKodekloud LFCS CourseLFCS FAQs
Linux Foundation Certified Cloud Technician (LFCT)$395Performance-based and Multiple Choice ExamLFS203 CourseLFCT FAQs
Prometheus Certified Associate (PCA)$250Multiple Choice ExamKodeKloud PCA CoursePCA FAQs
Istio Certified Associate (ICA)$250 Performance-based & Multiple Choice ExamLFS144x CourseICA FAQs

Web & Application Certification

Under web application certification we have Nodejs and FDC3.

Certification NameCostExam TypePreparation CoursesExam FAQ’s
OpenJS Node.js Services Developer (JSNSD)$395Performance -Based ExamLFW212 CourseJSNSD FAQs
OpenJS Node.js Application Developer (JSNAD)$299Performance-Based ExamLFW212 CourseJSNAD FQAs

FINOS Certified FDC3 Practitioner (FCFP) certification is announced and it is not available for the registration node. We will update the details once the registration is open.

DevOps, GitOps & Site-Reliability Certification

Under the DevOps, GitOps and SRE domains, the Linux Foundation has announced the following three certifications.

Certification NameCostExam Type
Cilium Certified Associate (CCA)$395Multiple-choice Exam
Certified Argo Project Associate$299Multiple-choice Exam
Certified GitOps Associate (CGOA) $200Multiple-choice Exam

    Open Source Best Practice Certification

    Under open source best practice, the Linux Foundation has announced FINOS Financial Services Certified Open Source Developer (FSOSD) certification.

    This certification is designed for software engineers, open-source developers, DevOps engineers, and FinOps practitioners working for financial institutions internationally. 

    Certification Learning Paths

    If you plan to prepare for the certifications using Linux foundation materials, you can make use of the official learning paths.

    Check out the Official Learning path

    Also, check out the learning paths we have created based on our individual certification experiences.

    1. CKA Certification Guide
    2. CKAD Certification Guide
    3. CKS Certification Guide
    4. Prometheus Certified Associate Guide

    Are Linux Foundation certifications worth it?

    The short answer is yes.

    I have been in the DevOps domain for more than a decade and I have been working on open-source tools for a long time.

    Currently in the IT market, that too specifically in the DevOps category, Linux Foundation certifications are considered the best ones to have.

    Also, organizations working on Kubernetes-specific workloads look for engineers with Kubernetes certifications.

    If you prepare for the certification the right way, you will also learn a lot about the respective technology. Specifully performance-based certifications will improve your domain knowledge.


    I have created this guide to give a high-level overview of certification and the best courses to prepare for the exam.

    My first Linux Foundation certification was CKA. I really enjoyed the certification preparation as it was a performance-based exam. I scored 99% on the exam. I had to prepare well and practice well.

    99% in CKA exam

    If you have any doubts regarding the certifications, drop a comment below. I will be happy to help.

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