Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer Certificate tips

The DevOps Engineer exam is finally GA! I took the Beta in December 2019 and received good news that I am now certified! Here are couple of tips you can use to get this certification.

The starting point is the official Google site: https://cloud.google.com/certification/cloud-devops-engineer.

In the exam guide you can find basic info on the content: https://cloud.google.com/certification/guides/cloud-devops-engineer/

I must admit that the exam guide is very accurate and mastering all the topics is the clue to nail this exam.

The main topics to concentrate on are:

SRE ca. 30% of the exam:

https://www.coursera.org/learn/site-reliability-engineering-slos

The books https://landing.google.com/sre/books/ might be a great resource but the coursera is good enough to cover topics like SLO, SLI, SLA, post mortem reports, error budget, blameless culture etc.

Stackdriver ca. 30% of the exam:

Make sure you know all the services of APM, Log Based metrics and integration with Fluentd. Understand advanced logs filtering.

Go through all the docs under: https://cloud.google.com/stackdriver/docs/

and Qwiklabs: https://www.qwiklabs.com/quests/35?catalog_rank=%7B%22rank%22%3A2%2C%22num_filters%22%3A0%2C%22has_search%22%3Atrue%7D&search_id=4476323

For beginners good summary of Stackdriver you can find in our book in the Monitoring Chapter:

DevOps ca. 20% of the exam:

Have basic understanding of tools like Terraform, Jenkins, Cloud Build, Spinnaker, Deployment Manager. I suggest finding some 101 on youtube e.g. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=spinnaker+demo

GKE ca. 10% of the exam:

https://www.coursera.org/learn/google-kubernetes-engine

and for beginners: https://www.qwiklabs.com/quests/29?catalog_rank=%7B%22rank%22%3A3%2C%22num_filters%22%3A0%2C%22has_search%22%3Atrue%7D&search_id=4476352

I would say having the Cloud Architect Professional knowledge you should need 40-80h to prepare for this exam.

Good luck to all of you and let me know if you have any questions!

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