Red Hat Certified Specialist in API Management exam


Exam description

The Red Hat Certified Specialist in API Management exam (EX240) tests your ability to create and maintain enterprise APIs using Red Hat® 3scale API Management.

An application developer, devops engineer or an architect, who becomes a Red Hat Certified Specialist in API Management has demonstrated the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to manage, monitor, secure, document, and monetize cloud-native APIs.

By passing this exam, you become a Red Hat Certified Specialist in API Management, which also counts toward becoming a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA).

Objectives listed for this exam are based on the most recent Red Hat product version available. Click “Get started” to view all versions of this exam available for purchase.

Audience for this exam

  • Application developers in a DevOps role who are responsible for managing enterprise APIs using 3scale by Red Hat
  • Administrators or architects in a DevOps role who are responsible for managing enterprise APIs using 3scale by Red Hat

Prerequisites for this exam

  • Have familiarity with testing REST APIs
  • Have taken the Cloud-native API administration with Red Hat 3scale API Management (DO240) course or have equivalent work experience in API Management using 3scale API Management
  • Complete Red Hat OpenShift Administration II: Operating a Production Kubernetes Cluster (DO280) or demonstrate equivalent knowledge.
  • Review the Red Hat Certified Specialist in API Management exam (EX240) objectives
  • Take our free assessment to find the course that best supports your preparation for this exam.


Study points for the exam

To help you prepare, the exam objectives highlight the task areas you can expect to see covered in the exam.

Red Hat reserves the right to add, modify, and remove exam objectives. Such changes will be made public in advance.

You should be able to accomplish these tasks without assistance:

  • Access control
    • Create and maintain application plans
    • Configure limits and pricing rules
  • Accounts
    • Create and update user accounts
    • Configure user credentials
    • Send user invitations
    • Maintain group memberships
    • Configure usage rules and information gathered from users
    • Maintain application states and plans
  • Analytics
    • Monitor usage, averages, and top applications
    • Analyze alerts, traffic, and integration errors
  • API authentication
    • Understand API credentials
    • Configure access tokens
    • Provide access control using OpenID Connect, API key, and/or App_ID, App_Key Pair
  • API documentation
    • Configure ActiveDocs using OpenAPI standards
  • Billing
    • Configure credit card Policies
    • Configure billing periods
    • Update users billing state
    • Configure billing details and invoice items
    • Issue, charge, and cancel invoices
  • Developer portal
    • Customize developer portal
    • Configure portal settings
  • Service discovery
    • Add services from an underlying OpenShift cluster
  • Product definition
    • Configure methods and metrics
  • Service integration
    • Configure API gateway to point to private API
    • Promote API gateway to staging and production
    • Create and maintain custom service policies

As with all Red Hat performance-based exams, configurations must persist after reboot without intervention.

What you need to know


Red Hat encourages you to consider taking Build and Administer APIs with Red Hat 3scale API Management (DO240) to help prepare. Attendance in these classes is not required; students can choose to take just the exam.

While attending Red Hat classes can be an important part of one's preparation to take this exam, attending class does not guarantee success on the exam. Previous experience, practice, and native aptitude are also important determinants of success.

Many books and other resources on system administration for Red Hat's products are available. Red Hat does not officially endorse any as preparation guides for its exam. Nevertheless, you may find additional reading deepens understanding and can prove helpful.

Exam format

This exam consists of a single section lasting 3 hours and offers a performance-based evaluation of your abilities to create and maintain enterprise APIs using the Red Hat 3scale API Management product. You will perform a number of routine tasks similar to those you would be expected to perform in a production environment, and you will be evaluated on whether you have met specific, objective criteria as outlined in the exam.

Internet access is not provided during this closed exam, and you will not be permitted to bring any hard copy or electronic documentation into the exam. This prohibition includes notes, books, or any other material. However, you are provided with a local copy of the official Red Hat 3scale API Management documentation. You should familiarize yourself with this documentation when preparing for the exam.

Scores and reporting

Official scores for exams come exclusively from Red Hat Certification Central. Red Hat does not authorize examiners or training partners to report results to candidates directly. Scores on the exam are usually reported within 3 U.S. business days.

Exam results are reported as total scores. Red Hat does not report performance on individual items, nor will it provide additional information upon request.

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