The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and The Linux Foundation have announced the new Prometheus Certified Associate (PCA) exam. The PCA is a pre-professional certification designed for engineers or application developers with special interests in observability and monitoring within the Prometheus ecosystem.

The PCA is modeled after Kubernetes certifications such as KCNA, CKA, or CKAD and is intended for candidates who have passed these certifications or have completed Prometheus-specific training or Cloud Engineer bootcamps.

PCA will consist of a multiple-choice, online certification exam testing entry-level skills and knowledge around best practices for monitoring cloud native applications and infrastructure and the ability to improve application performance through observability data. Successful candidates will be able to recognize when something is wrong with an implementation, monitor and gain insight into performance, debug issues, and feed data into other systems, including QA, security, and automation. The existing “Monitoring Systems and Services with Prometheus” training course can be helpful for those new to Prometheus.

The exam is now in Beta testing and will be generally available later in 2022.

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