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6 Best DevOps Certifications To Have In Your Bag In 2021

Vijay Tiwari

Vijay Tiwari

Last updated 13/02/2021


6 Best DevOps Certifications To Have In Your Bag In 2021

2020 has been sort of a disaster and we are glad that it is almost coming to an end. Isn’t it? 

The COVID pandemic of 2020 has surely turned the world upside down. But, it also has set up a new era for digital transformation. With every business depending on remote working, the utilization of AI has been top-notch.  Even the organizations that were hesitant to implement AI, Machine Learning, and automation, this year left them no choice but to apply it to make the social distancing easy. 

2020 showed some new horizons for DevOps as well. In our blog “How Remote Work Could Hasten DevOps Success”, we talked all about it. With the organizations depending completely on DevOps slowly, maybe many of you are thinking of starting a career in the DevOps field by getting certified.

But the question is, which DevOps certification should you go for?

Well, DevOps is a tricky field and you might get confused with a lot of certifications. Some of them are from different cloud vendors, some of them are on different DevOps tools. So all you need to know is, which certification is going to offer you the highest ROI in the year 2021?

To reduce your confusion a bit, we have come up with a list of the top 6 DevOps certification you can apply for in 2021. Have a look!

Top DevOps Certifications In 2021:

Which certification do you think is most sought after? 

Of course, the one that opens a door to the ocean of job opportunities in front of you and empowers you to bag a big fat paycheque at the end of the month. And fortunately, we have just that list of certifications for you that allows you to do so. The top 6 DevOps certifications that most popular in the world of IT Professionals are:

  1. Docker Certified Associate
  2. Certified Kubernetes Administrator
  3. Microsoft Certified Azure DevOps Engineer Expert
  4. AWS Certified DevOps Engineer
  5. Google’s Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer
  6. Hashicorp certified Terraform Associate DevOps

Now that you know the names of the certification, let’s take a closer look at them in order to know the value they contain.

Here we go!

1. Docker Certified Associate:

The Docker Certified Associate certification sharpens your skills as an experienced Docker practitioner, acting as a foundational milestone for real-world Docker skills across the container industry.

 You are already aware of Docker, a pretty important DevOps tool. It is basically a set of the platform as a service (PaaS) products that use OS-level virtualization to deliver software in packages called containers. After the completion of your Docker Associate Certification, you would be empowered to grasp Docker and its role in the DevOps lifecycle; create images, containers, swarms, volumes, and networks; explain Docker security client bundles and client-server authentication; and many more.

Topics Covered in Docker Certified Associate:

The syllabus outline of Docker Certified Associate contains:

  • Course Introduction
  • Introduction to DevOps
  • Version Control Systems
  • CI/CD
  • Software and Automation Testing Frameworks
  • Configuration Management Tools
  • Containerization with Docker
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • Need for Cloud in DevOps
  • Practice Projects

Benefits of Docker Certified Associate:

Software Developers, Software Engineers, Technical Leads, System Administrators- even freshers can apply for Docker Certified Associate certification easily. If you possess an in-depth understanding of Linux, this Docker certification seems easy for you. 

There are more than 21000 job openings for Doker Certifed Associates in Naukri.com. And how much does it pay? According to PayScale, the average salary for a Docker Certified Associate is 654,455 per year. 

This is a pretty good package for entry-level, don’t you think?

2. Certified Kubernetes Administrator:

 Kubernetes is an open-source container-orchestration system for automating computer application deployment, scaling, and management. It was originally designed by Google and is now maintained by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Kubernetes is basically the most popular container orchestration tool available in the market. Certified Kubernetes Administrator certification takes you through all the domains including application lifecycle management, installation, configuration and validation, networking, scheduling, security, cluster maintenance, core concepts, storage, and troubleshooting, with projects to help you get DevOps-ready.

Topics Covered In Certified Kubernetes Administrator Certification:

Kubernetes Administrator certification covers the following segments in details:

  • Kubernetes Core Concepts
  • Kubectl common commands
  • Understanding Pods
  • Configure network on cluster nodes
  • Pod Networking Concepts
  • Setting up a cluster - Kubernetes Certificates
  • Performing basic kubectl commands
  • Deploying pods and use init containers to pre-set an environment
  • Configuring Kubernetes network using Calico
  • Using certificates to authenticate resources

Benefits Of Certified Kubernetes Administrator Certification:

Certified Kubernetes Associate Certification works well for you if you already have working experience as a Kubernetes Cluster Administrator, Software Developer, Software engineer, System administrator, Linux administrator, Cloud administrator, Principal Software Engineer, Cloud Professionals or Technical Lead. 

Certification as a Kubernetes Associate can expose you to around 8000 open DevOps opportunities, according to LinkedIn. And how much you can get paid after your Kubernetes Administrator certification? It’s Rs 1,204,071 per annum on average! Isn’t that amazing?

3. Microsoft Certified Azure DevOps Engineer Expert:

Azure Certified DevOps Engineer course mainly focuses on hands-on experience with DevOps technologies and tools, along with spreading knowledge about DevOps and Agile processes. Microsoft Certified Azure DevOps professionals are responsible for combining people, processes, and technologies to continuously deliver valuable products and services that meet end-user needs and business objectives. As a role-based certification, Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer Expert training and certification is aimed at reflecting the Azure DevOps Engineer job role and therefore demonstrates that you have sufficient knowledge and skills to work in that capacity.

Topic Covered In Microsoft Certified Azure DevOps Engineering Expert Certification:

Microsoft Certified Azure DevOps Engineering Expert Certification’s syllabus vastly covers the following area:

  • Designing and implementing logging
  • Designing and implementing telemetry
  • Integrating logging and monitoring solutions
  • Developing an alerting strategy
  • Designing a failure prediction strategy
  • Designing and implement a health check
  • Designing an authentication and authorization strategy
  • Designing a sensitive information management strategy
  • Developing security and compliance
  • Designing governance enforcement mechanisms

Benefits of Microsoft Certified Azure DevOps Engineer Expert Certification:

Microsoft certified Azure DevOps certification teaches you pretty perfectly how to achieve a DevOps environment using Microsoft Azure. If you have c career background as an Agile practitioner with a knowledge of Azure, Azure Administrator, or Azure Developer, Microsoft’s Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification is going to help you apply for more than 4000 job openings in India.

And how much that’s gonna pay you? Well, according to PayScale, Rs 625,894 per year!

4. Google Certified Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer:

A Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer is responsible for efficient development operations that can balance service reliability and delivery speed. They are skilled at using Google Cloud Platform to build software delivery pipelines, deploy and monitor services, and manage and learn from incidents. This certification is designed to validate technical skills related to the job role. Hands-on experience is the best preparation for the exam. 

Topics Covered in Google Certified Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer:

Google’s Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer certification syllabus covers the following topics:

  • Apply site reliability engineering principles to a service
  • Optimize service performance
  • Implement service monitoring strategies
  • Build and implement CI/CD pipelines for a service
  • Manage service incidents

Benefits of Google’s Certified Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer:

Pursuing this certification is pretty easy. If you have a minimum of 3 years of experience with Google Cloud Platform, you would be considered eligible to pursue this certification.

A Google certified Cloud DevOps Engineer gets a minimum of Rs 715k per year, according to Glassdoor. Isn’t that amazing?

5. Hashicorp Certified Terraform Associate DevOps Certification:

Hashicorp Terraform has really become popular in the past few years. Terraform has proved its effectiveness as a DevOps tool for writing declarative Infrastructure as Code (IaC) used to deploy and manage cloud infrastructure across one or even multiple clouds repetitively. Terraform Associate DevOps certification is aimed towards Cloud Engineers who use HashiCorp Terraform in their job duties of operations, IT, or development. This certification teaches you how Terraform concepts apply to enterprise scenarios, including what features exist and how they can be used in enterprise infrastructure as code (IaC) deployment scenarios using Terraform.

Topics Covered In Hashicorp Certified Terraform Associate DevOps Certification:

Hashicorp’s Terraform Associate DevOps Certification’s syllabus covers topics like:

  • Infrastructure as Code (IaC) concepts
  • Terraform’s purpose
  • Terraform basics
  •  Terraform CLI 
  • Interaction of Terraform modules
  • Navigation of Terraform workflow
  • Implement and maintain state
  • Read, generate, and modify the configuration
  • Understand Terraform Cloud and Enterprise capabilities

Benefits of Hashicorp’s Terraform Associate DevOps Certification:

Hashicorp’s Terraform Associate DevOps certification doesn’t have many prerequisites. If you possess a basic understanding of cloud architecture and basic terminal skills, you can apply for this certification easily.

There are more than 3000 job openings waiting for you after you are done with your Terraform Associate DevOps certification. That’s enough for you to believe that this certification is worth it, isn’t it?

6. AWS Certified DevOps Engineer:

The AWS Certified DevOps Engineer certification is mainly focused on individuals who perform a DevOps engineer role with two or more years of experience provisioning, operating and managing AWS environments. Getting an AWS DevOps Engineer certification means validating your ability to implement and manage continuous delivery systems and methodologies on AWS, implement and automate security controls, governance processes, and compliance validation, define and deploy monitoring, metrics, and logging systems on AWS, implement systems that are highly available, scalable, and self-healing on the AWS platform, design, manage and maintain tools to automate operational processes

Topics covered in AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Certification:

The syllabus outline of AWS DevOps Engineer Certification depends on the following topics:

  • SDLC Automation
  • Configuration Management and Infrastructure-as-code (IaC)
  • Monitoring and Logging
  • Policies and Standard Automation
  • Incident and Event Response
  • High Availability, Fault Tolerance, and Disaster Recovery

Benefits of AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Certification:

Once you have experience developing code in at least one high-level programming language, building highly automated infrastructure, administering operating systems, and an in-depth nderstanding of modern development and operations processes and methodologies, this certification becomes a cakewalk for you.

Also, this goes without saying, career prospect after your AWS DevOps Engineer certification is pretty huge. Presently, naukri.com has more than 10000 open positions for  AWS certified DevOps Engineers. According to Glassdoor, an AWS DevOps Engineer gets paid around Rs 485k per year at entry-level.

Conclusion:

So, now you know all about the top DevOps certifications that are gonna bring you a bright future in 2021. Which one do you think you are going to start your DevOps journey with?

Let us know in the comment section below!

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He is one of the first writers of our NovelVista blogs. During his years as a DevOps professional, he has achieved 5 certifications including ITIL4 Expert, DevOps Master, PRINCE2 Practitioner, PMP Certified, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Besides being an expert in DevOps & Automation Implementation, GAP Analysis, Automation Tools, Git, Docker, Jenkin, Process Definition, Implementation, Compliance, Quality Assurance, and Program Governance he has a keen interest in penning down his knowledge in an interesting way to keep the audiences glued.

 
 

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