About the program
The Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist (CKS) program provides assurance that a CKS has the skills, knowledge, and competence on a broad range of best practices for securing container-based applications and Kubernetes platforms during build, deployment and runtime. CKA certification is required to sit for this exam.
CKS is a performance-based certification exam that tests candidates’ knowledge of Kubernetes and cloud security in a simulated, real world environment.
CNCF has open sourced the curriculum around which the CKS exam has been created to guide candidates’ exam preparation and for the benefit of companies offering training.
CNCF offers wholesale pricing on our exams to training companies purchasing in bulk. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
This exam is an online, proctored, performance-based test that requires solving multiple tasks from a command line running Kubernetes. Candidates have two (2) hours to complete the tasks.
The exam is taken remotely with a live proctor monitoring via webcam and screen sharing. Candidates for CKS must hold a current Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) certification to demonstrate they possess sufficient Kubernetes expertise before sitting for the CKS. CKS may be purchased but not scheduled until CKA certification has been achieved. CKA Certification must be active (non-expired) on the date the CKS exam (including Retakes) is scheduled.
The certification remains valid for two years from the date it is awarded.
The certification exam tests specific domains and competencies including:
|Minimize Microservice Vulnerabilities||20%|
|Supply Chain Security||20%|
|Monitoring, Logging, and Runtime Security||20%|
The cost is $300 and includes one free retake. For questions on the exam, please reach out.
Quarterly exam updates are planned to match Kubernetes releases.