I was busy studying OpenStack Foundation’s COA exam so couldn’t publish blog post for a while.
Luckily I have passed the COA exam and hard work pays off. As I have passed this so thought of sharing my experience with the exam.
This post is basically contains some tips/info about OpenStack Foundation (COA) Certified OpenStack Administrator exam.
Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) is the first professional certification offered by the OpenStack Foundation. It’s designed to help companies identify top talent in the industry, and help job seekers demonstrate their skills.
The Certified OpenStack Administrator is a professional typically with at least six months of OpenStack experience, and has the skills required to provide day-to-day operation and management of an OpenStack cloud.
The current exam is based on the OpenStack Liberty version and covers the core compute, storage and networking services. To learn more about the knowledge requirements and domains covered in the exam, go to www.openstack.org/coa/requirements.
Important points about (COA) Certified OpenStack Administrator exam
- The COA is a performance-based exam. Candidates can use commandline interface and horizon dashboard to solve the problems.
- COA exam price is $300.
- Current COA exam is based on Liberty Version.
- Candidates are monitored virtually by a proctor during the exam session via streaming audio, video, and screensharing feeds.
- Candidates are required to provide their own front-end hardware (laptop or workstation) with Chrome or Chromium browser.
- Good Internet speed, webcam and microphone is required to take this exam.
- Candidates should use the compatibility check tool to verify their environment to meet minimum requirements.
- Candidates are required to provide government issued photo ID proof before exam.
- Exam duration is 2.5 hours
- Upon completion, exams are scored automatically and a score report will be made available within three (3) business days.
- Passing score is 76% for this exam
- One (1) free retake per Exam purchase will be granted in the event that a passing score is not achieved.
- The free retake must be taken within 12 months of the date of the original Exam purchase.
Tips to pass COA exam.
- Try to attempt all the questions in exams this will increase your chances passing the exam.
- Don’t try to type all project name, volume name, username asked in questions. instead use Ctrl+Insert to copy and Shift+Insert to paste in Microsoft Windows operating systems. This will save lots of time to attempt other Qs. Shortcuts Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V are not supported in the exam terminal currently.
- Practice and solve most of the Qs from horizon as it will be fast and save time compared to solve through commandline.
- Root privileges can be obtained by running ‘sudo -i’.
- The resources from docs.openstack.org are allowed during the Exam.
- If the OpenStack Server Terminal is experiencing latency issues you can refresh exam window that will help.
- Create one file in /tmp folder and log all skipped Qs and come back later if more time left. This will help to quickly navigate to skipped Qs directly if you have time.
- Installation of services and applications are already included in this exam so no need to install anything else, may require modification of system security policies to solve some problems.
- There are couple of Qs which cannot be solved through dashboard so practice on commandline as well.
- If you failed in first attempt prepare harder and retake the exam within a week as you got some experience about exam and know the type of Qs.
- After successfully passed the COA exam wait for 2 days and verify the certification details from link https://www.openstack.org/coa/coa-verify/
I can not disclose more information as I am under NDA after taking this exam.
Following resources are useful to check before exam.
And here is my Certified OpenStack Administrator Certificate.
All The Best for COA exam.