How to Prepare for CKA?
Everyone, I am very excited to share my Kubernetes Journey with you all.
About 6 months before, I started learning Kubernetes when I was told that soon the deployment in my project will be on Kubernetes. Like any other IT enthusiast, I liked the idea of learning and along with it getting certified too.
Without wasting time, I purchased the course and registered for the exam. It costed me 500$ in total (300 $ for the exam fees and 200 $ for the course from Linux Academy). It was a huge cost, but I was so excited that I purchased this without thinking too much. As soon as I started learning it, I found it very interesting both from the concept point of view and the exercises in the course. This continued for almost two months.
But then came the point – was I ready to give the exam?
I wondered how will I write all these complex “Yamls” in the exam? I certainly couldn’t memorize them. Unlike any Cloud certificate where you will have multiple options to choose from, CKA exam is something where you will have to give practical exam for three hours and you will be judged from top to bottom, both conceptually and practically. I started having second thoughts and the feeling of discouragement. I thought I wasted my money by booking the exam so far in advance.
As there is a famous saying, where there is a will there is a way! One fine day I was told by my friend that there is one good course by Mumshad on KodeKloud.com which has concepts well explained for the CKA exam. At that time, I didn’t act on it as I had already invested so much money on the LinuxAcademy course. I did not want to buy another course and spend more money. My friend insisted and just because he was so keen, I borrowed his credentials of Kode Kloud, just to see how the course is structured and started with it.
Oh boy…. as soon as I opened the course, started the practical’s I was overjoyed. That night I remember I spent about 6 hours continuously after office and did many practical exercises. The “Yamls” which were too difficult to write, now seemed like so easy. Thanks to the nice course by Mumshad. I started my journey all over again and within two and half months I was exam ready! Between I purchased the course too from Kode Kloud later on when the sale was on 😉
The journey which started almost 6 months back and was halted in between was on the track now! Finally, the day arrived when I wrote the exam in the early hours of 29’th December 2019 and was awarded by CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation) CKA aka Certified Kubernetes Administrator with 85%. It was like earning a badge of honor.
The reason I wrote this blog is just to let you guys know that the Kubernetes is so wonderful, and it is a must skillset to have in your armory. If you are keen to learn and getting certified, I would recommend Mumshad Course on KodeKloud.
Wishing you all a great Kubernetes Journey! I am always available on LinkedIn if you have any questions.