If you’ve been thinking about getting DevOps certified and have looked into some of the DevOps certifications available, you might be asking yourself, ‘Why EXIN DevOps?’ This article will look at what makes EXIN DevOps certifications different from other leading DevOps certifications by comparing the different characteristics that are important when making your choice. But first, let’s take a closer look at DevOps and the need for DevOps professionals.
If you’d prefer to find out more about the different DevOps certifications and how they compare, you can skip to the comparison.
Please note: this article was originally published in November 2020, and the comparison has been updated to reflect market changes.
When it comes to software development, Agile has been the most talked–about approach for many years, and rightly so. Agile has made it possible for software development teams to work efficiently and flexibly when creating a product. However, there is one key element that Agile does not address – the integration of development and operations activities. DevOps does. This focus on integration is why DevOps is gaining popularity and has been doing so steadily for the better part of the last decade. Interest and investment in DevOps are higher than ever before and the global market is booming:
The global DevOps market size is expected to reach USD 12.85 billion by 2025 (Industry Analysis – Grand View Research)
The reason that DevOps is adopted more often than it used to be is that it has several benefits that are increasingly important in the software development world. A more integrated approach empowers DevOps teams to push new releases to market more quickly, at a higher quality, and with greater overall efficiency. GitLab, a leader in the DevOps platform market, has observed:
DevOps adoption rates are also up – 25% of companies are in the DevOps “sweet spot” of three to five years of practice while another 37% are well on their way, with between one and three years of experience under their belts. (GitLab Press Release – Fourth Annual Global DevSecOps Survey)
A consequence of this increase in uptake is an increased need for skilled professionals. According to an OpsRamp Survey, DevOps skills are now the most in-demand in IT:
DevOps skills are more in demand than any other IT-related skill, even surpassing cloud and data science skills. Close to two-thirds of respondents, 64%, indicated that DevOps is the most sought-after skill, above cloud certifications, machine learning, and even industry knowledge. (DevOps now most sought-after skill, and with good reason – ZDNet)
It is not surprising then that in response to this skills shortage, there has been an increase in discussion around DevOps certifications.
Importance of DevOps Certification
Although there is a very high demand for professionals who are versed in DevOps, it’s often unclear why certification is an important and valuable step towards mastering DevOps. Of course, someone who has worked in DevOps since the start of their career might not be the ideal candidate for taking a DevOps certification. Likewise, a DevOps professional working in a highly technical role might not be able to find a specialized certification to suit them.
However, many professionals could benefit from having a DevOps certification on their resume. Professionals who have worked in a DevOps setting without formal education or training can get certified to validate and supplement their existing knowledge. In this case, when job searching a certification can mean the difference between being invited for an interview and getting the job. Some professionals may have started their IT career without a particular specialism or may want to move into DevOps after years of experience in another area. For these professionals, a certification in DevOps can be a way to break into DevOps:
“True DevOps roles – like many emerging or recently emerged spaces – requiring a certain skill set do not usually require certifications or formal education specifically in the space,” says Brian Dawson, DevOps evangelist at CloudBees. “However, certifications and the courses required to get there can help to fortify your knowledge, and/or help people transition from other areas of IT into DevOps as a new job role.” (Are DevOps certifications valuable? 10 pros and cons)
Getting certified is a way of taking a concrete step towards a career goal, whether that step is a promotion, a career change, or a new opportunity at a new organization.
Types of DevOps Certification
Organizations are applying DevOps principles in many different settings, which has led to a very broad range of certifications. The DevOps domain features roles that are operational, managerial, and technical (development). In light of this, the certification market has responded by creating different certifications that address each of these needs. There are many highly technical, vendor-specific DevOps certifications designed to support professionals who work in a particular environment, such as Google, AWS, and Microsoft. There are also DevOps certification programs that focus on applying the principles of DevOps or managing DevOps at a higher level. The EXIN DevOps program is one such certification program. The EXIN DevOps certifications are ideal for IT professionals who work on the business side in a DevOps setting.
EXIN DevOps Program
In response to the need for DevOps business and management skills in the IT domain, EXIN created the EXIN DevOps program. The program aims to address the need for skilled professionals at different levels within the DevOps environment. Three different certifications provide the knowledge required for professionals taking their first steps, next steps, or the final step towards mastering DevOps.
EXIN DevOps Foundation
The entry-level EXIN DevOps Foundation certification is ideal for professionals who have only just started in a DevOps environment. Those individuals who are making a start on their DevOps career or who want to switch to DevOps will acquire the basic knowledge and understanding they need. The certification covers the origins of DevOps as well as the benefits of DevOps principles and practices for the organization
EXIN DevOps Professional
EXIN DevOps Professional is a step up from the entry-level certification and is a stepping stone in the direction of EXIN DevOps Master. It goes into more detail than the foundation certification and, as such, is designed for professionals who are at the mid-career stage. The certification looks at ‘The Three Ways,’ the good habits of change control, and maintaining security compliance.
EXIN DevOps Master
For experienced professionals, EXIN DevOps Master comprises an exam and practical assignments to test them on their ability to develop and maintain sustainable work practices. Introducing and promoting DevOps in the organization to better manage application and service lifecycles while facilitating collaborative teamwork is the certification’s focus.
Why EXIN DevOps is Different
EXIN’s DevOps program supports the development of a professional’s knowledge and skills as they grow in their DevOps career. The certifications in the program build on one another to provide professionals with stepping stones from the start of their career to mid-career and at career maturity. EXIN DevOps Foundation provides aspiring DevOps professionals with a solid basis on which to build their DevOps experience. The second certification, EXIN DevOps Professional, focuses on how to understand and apply more in-depth knowledge and is ideal for those at the mid-career stage. Lastly, the DevOps Master certification challenges professionals to show how they can put their knowledge into practice by including a practical assignment. It aims to provide professionals who want to become implementation consultants with the skills they need to succeed.
Aside from this, each of the certifications is available in eight languages. A professional who starts their DevOps journey in their chosen language; they can follow it to the level of their choosing without switching to a language in which they may not be as fluent.
DASA offers a total of seven certifications aimed at different stages in an aspiring DevOps professional’s career. DASA DevOps Fundamentals is the foundation-level certification offers by DASA. The program features two more levels with three certifications (with different focus areas) to accommodate career development.
The majority of the DASA mid- and advanced-level certifications are not available in languages other than English. Currently, aside from DASA DevOps Fundamentals™, only DASA DevOps Professional Enable and Scale™ is the only available certification in more than one language (English, German, Japanese).
The DevOps Institute offers three different DevOps certifications and other non-DevOps certifications in domains such as Agile and Testing. The two foundation certifications offered by the DevOps Institute come in two different flavors – DevOps Foundation and DevSecOps Foundation. The third certification is DevOps Leader.
Out of the DevOps Institute’s three certifications, only one of them is available in more than one language. DevOps Foundation is available in six different languages.
The DevOps offering available from PeopleCert consists of two certifications. An entry-level certification in the form of PeopleCert DevOps Fundamentals and an advanced-level certification named PeopleCert DevOps Leadership. Should a professional wish to take the Leadership exam, they must already have achieved the PeopleCert DevOps Fundamentals certification or an equivalent DevOps foundation certification.
The two DevOps certifications offered by PeopleCert are nearly all available in the same languages, with one notable exception. PeopleCert DevOps Leadership is not available in Chinese. PeopleCert DevOps Fundamentals is available in eight languages (including both Spanish and Latin American Spanish), while the higher-level certification is only available in seven languages.
|Clear certification path for different career stages (entry–level, mid-career, advanced)||Yes||Yes||Limited||Limited|
|Certifications available in all languages offered at entry level||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Candidates are supervised during exams||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Advanced–level certification includes training and practical assignments||Yes||Limited||No||No|
|Part of a Career Path certification||Yes||Limited||No||No|
|Successful candidates receive a digital badge||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Free from renewal fees||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Easy to access training and exams options worldwide*||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Closed book exam to test retained knowledge||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Master level for aspiring implementation consultants||Yes||No||No||No|
|Thousands of certified candidates in over 60 countries||Yes||No||No||No|
|Aligned with independent competence framework (European e–CF standard)||Yes||No||No||No|
*based on a comparison of worldwide coverage of accredited training organizations, how much support the certifying body gives to help professionals find a trainer, and access to exam options (online, exam room).
How to Get Certified with EXIN
Professionals who choose to get certified with EXIN have many different options available to them. EXIN has nearly 150 training organization partners in 65 countries. There are training methods to suit nearly every learning style including online training, eLearning, and more. To see which providers are available in your country, you can look at our Get Certified page.
For EXIN DevOps Foundation and EXIN DevOps Professional, it is also possible to get certified by studying for the exam independently. In which case, you can download the preparation guide from the module page to find out what the required reading is and start planning your studies.
Successful professionals also receive a digital badge after passing their DevOps exam. This digital credential makes it easy to verify your certification for potential employers and you can share it on your LinkedIn profile or other social media platforms.
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