Confluent Certification Program is designed to help individuals demonstrate and validate their in-depth knowledge of Apache Kafka.
Developers holding this credential will have proven themselves as experts in developing applications which interact with Apache Kafka.
Exams for this certifications demonstrate an individual’s level of knowledge of Apache Kafka and show they are experts in administering and operating Kafka clusters.
Certification is a good differentiator in the job market. You can show your current employer that you are well-versed in Apache Kafka – something which can help during salary negotiations and promotion discussions. If you're looking for a new job, you can use the Certification to stand out from the crowd and, again, use it as leverage during salary negotiations.
Systems integrators and others who provide Kafka services to other organizations can use the fact that they have Confluent Certified staff to stand out from the competition. In the Federal space, having Certified staff can be a critical differentiator. Employers looking for new staff can use the fact that some people are Confluent Certified as a way to quickly identify high-quality job candidates.
Confluent Platform includes core Apache Kafka; therefore, the Certification is relevant to people who are using Kafka downloaded from the Apache web site or from a distribution such as Cloudera’s CDH or Hortonworks’ HDP, as well as people using Confluent Platform. The exams do include some questions related to the Schema Registry and REST Proxy; those are products created at Confluent, but they are open source and are widely used. Note that we also have some questions in the CCAK exam related to Kafka Connect, which is not supported by some Hadoop vendors.
Yes. The Certification exam is linked to the major Confluent Platform version. The current version of Confluent Platform is 3.x, so the current Certifications apply to Confluent Platform version 3.x. New Certification exams will be released when version 4.0 of Confluent Platform is released.
Yes. The Certification expires after two years. We will provide recertification exams at a reduced fee, for as long as the major version of Confluent Platform the candidate is certified on is still active. (In other words, if you took CCDK for Confluent Platform 3.x, and by the time your certification expires we have released Confluent Platform 4.x, you’ll need to take a new certification exam for version 4.x, as certification for 3.x will no longer be available.)
The Certification exam is a multiple choice exam, consisting of TBA questions which must be answered within TBA minutes. It is a proctored, online exam: the student must have a Webcam, and the proctor monitors the student for the duration of the exam.
No. You will not be permitted to refer to any external materials during the exam.
No. We do recommend, taking the Confluent Developer or Operations training course, as that will be very good preparation for the exam, but the training courses and the Certification exams are completely separate.
A single Certification exam costs $295. This entitles you to one attempt. If you do not pass, you will need to pay the fee again to retake. A candidate wishing to retake the exam must wait at least seven days to do so. Once a candidate has passed the exam, he/she may not retake that exam.
No, but Confluent will publish a detailed outline of the exam content so there won't be any surprises on test day.
Although you will not be asked to write code during the exam, you will need to be familiar with the key Java Producer, Consumer, and Streams APIs.
No. Confluent Control Center is not covered in the Administrator exam.
No. However, some key metrics may be used during the exam. The Study Guide will detail the specific areas.