Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration exam

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The Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration exam (EX280) tests the knowledge, skills, and ability to create, configure, and manage a cloud application platform using Red Hat® OpenShift Container Platform.

By passing this exam, you earn a Red Hat Certified Specialist credential that also counts toward you becoming a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA®).

This exam is based on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.5.

The exam based on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 is available via on-site and individual exams. Details

In preparation

Study points for the exam

To help you prepare, the exam objectives highlight the task areas you can expect to see in the exam. Red Hat reserves the right to add, modify, and remove exam objectives. Such changes will be made public in advance.

To become a Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration, you should be able to perform these tasks:

  • Install and configure Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform master and node hosts.
  • Configure OpenShift Container Platform so that applications can be securely accessed by external clients.
  • Configure OpenShift Container Platform node properties.
  • Create a simple OpenShift Container Platform project.
  • Configure resource limits for projects.
  • Configure persistent storage for registry use.
  • Deploy an application from a Git repository.
  • Edit and import application templates.
  • Assemble an application from existing components.

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

What you need to know

Red Hat encourages all candidates for the Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration exam to consider taking the Introduction to Containers, Kubernetes, and Red Hat OpenShift (DO180) and Red Hat OpenShift Administration I (DO280) courses to help prepare for the exam. Attendance in this class is not required, so one 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 is a performance-based evaluation of skills and knowledge required to configure and manage OpenShift Container Platform. You perform the configuration and administrative tasks necessary to deploy OpenShift Container Platform and are evaluated on whether you have met specific objective criteria. Performance-based testing means you must perform tasks similar to what you perform on the job.

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.

Audience and prerequisites

These audiences may be interested in becoming a Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration:

  • System administrators who want to demonstrate their OpenShift Container Platform skills.
  • Red Hat Certified Engineers who wish to become a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA).
  • System administrators or developers who are working in a DevOps environment using OpenShift Container Platform.

Prerequisites for this exam

Candidates for this exam should: