Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Automation and Integration exam


Exam description

The Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Automation and Integration exam (EX380) tests the knowledge, skills, and ability to plan, implement, and manage large-scale OpenShift Container Platform deployments in the enterprise.

By passing this exam, you become a Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Automation and Integration that also counts towards earning a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA®).

This exam is based on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 4.14

The skills and knowledge associated with this exam can be applied to both self-managed editions of OpenShift as well as managed services editions like Red Hat OpenShift on AWS (ROSA) and Azure Red Hat OpenShift.

Audience for this exam

  • Platform Engineers, System Administrators, Cloud Administrators, and other infrastructure-related IT roles who are responsible for implementing and managing infrastructure for applications
  • Enterprise Architects, Site Reliability Engineers (SRE), DevOps Engineers, and other application-related IT roles who are responsible for designing infrastructure for applications.

Prerequisites for this exam


In preparation

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. 

As part of this exam, you should be able to perform these tasks:

  • Configure and manage OpenShift with LDAP and OIDC identity providers
    • Integrate OpenShift with LDAP
    • Integrate OpenShift with Red Hat SSO (Keycloak)
    • Manage multiple identity providers
    • Configure authentication
    • Configure and synchronize OpenShift groups
    • Resolve synchronization conflicts
    • Maintain group synchronization on a scheduled basis
    • Configure RBAC roles with users and groups
    • Create and use authentication tokens with kubeconfig files
    • Create and use authentication certificates with kubeconfig files
  • Back up and restore applications with OpenShift API for Data Protection (OADP)
    • Export and import a Kubernetes application
    • Export and import container images
    • Deploy the OADP operator
    • Configure a full application backup including data and resources
    • Configure and use volume snapshots
    • Schedule a recurring backup
    • Restore applications
  • Manage workloads with cluster partitioning
    • Dedicate multiple cluster nodes to a specific workload
    • Configure and work with node labels and selectors
    • Configure and work with machine configurations
    • Use the machine configuration operator and special purpose operators
  • Manage workloads with pod scheduling
    • Configure workloads to run on dedicated cluster nodes
    • Prevent workloads from running on dedicated cluster nodes
    • Configure and work with node taints and tolerations
    • Configure and work with project tolerations
    • Configure application resiliency using pod disruption budgets
    • Configure cluster and project default settings
    • Configure and use affinity rules
  • Implement OpenShift GitOps
    • Deploy OpenShift GitOps for managing cluster administration
    • Deploy OpenShift GitOps for managing applications
  • Manage cluster monitoring and metrics
    • Troubleshoot performance and availability issues with applications and clusters
    • Configure and silence alerts
  • Provision and inspect cluster logging
    • Configure OpenShift logging to forward logs to an external aggregator
    • Configure OpenShift logging for short-term log retention and aggregation
    • Deploy OpenShift logging with Vector and Loki
    • Deploy the Event Router to log Kubernetes events
    • Query logs from cluster services and node services
    • Diagnose cluster logging problems

What you need to know


Red Hat encourages you to consider taking Red Hat OpenShift Administration II: Operating a Production Kubernetes Cluster (DO280) and  Red Hat OpenShift Administration III: Scaling Kubernetes Deployments in the Enterprise (DO380) help prepare for this exam.  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 your preparation, 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 products are available. Red Hat does not endorse any of these materials as preparation guides for exams. Nevertheless, you may find additional reading helpful to deepen your understanding.

Exam format

This exam consists of a single section lasting three hours.  The exam is a performance based evaluation of candidates' abilities to implement and manage tasks related to large-scale OpenShift Container Platform deployments in the enterprise.   Candidates perform a number of routine tasks associated with automation and integration similar to those they would be expected to perform in a large-scale OpenShift Container Platform environment and are evaluated on whether those tasks meet specific objective criteria.

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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