The LPI DevOps Tools Engineer Certification, launched in October 2017, has a very broad scope that includes several commonly used DevOps tools in the market. The exam “covers the intersection between development and operations, making it relevant for all IT professionals working in the field of DevOps.” In this post, I share my thoughts and opinions on this certification exam that I took and passed in January 2020.
Thoughts And Opinions
When I first saw this certification in 2018 (and again in 2020), I wanted to know how valuable and well known it is in the industry. After several weeks of searching for reviews (like this one), I came across two common observations:
- Forum discussions comparing the practicality of the LPI DevOps Tools Engineer certification vs. a more specific tool related one like the “Certified Jenkins Engineer” or “Certified Kubernetes Application Developer”. These threads usually ended without a clear winner.
- There is a lack of job postings specifically listing “LPI DevOps Tools Engineer” as a good certification to have
I decided to go ahead with the exam because I wanted to see for myself, and strike off something from my dated 2018 “to do” list.
After passing it in January 2020, here are my thoughts:
- The broad scope makes it a good certification to demonstrate one’s foundational knowledge in many commonly used DevOps tools
- The scope also forces the candidate to go outside their comfort zone to familiarize with less frequently used tools/stacks
- Has some advantage to stand out during the job seeking process
- Version 1 of the exam (i.e. exam code 701-100) was released in late 2017. By 2020, some of the tools are not as cutting edge as they were back then (e.g. docker machine)
- There is emphasis on certain tools for specific functionalities (e.g. Jenkins for CI/CD) – perhaps this was because it had the largest market share back in 2017. Several years later, with new players in the market and new features/functionalities of existing tools, do the original set of tools still hold the lion’s share of the market?
- Employers may 1) not know about this certification, and/or 2) require advanced skills in tools not covered by the certification
My parting advice would be to understand how attaining this certification will help you in your career progression and/or learning journey.
If you have decided that this certification is not for you, there is still value to understand what are some of the commonly used DevOps tools (even in 2020).
My Exam Preparation Materials
The exam is not beginner-friendly as it expects the candidate to have prior working experience with most of the tools. As some of the exam questions are open ended, I believe it is advantageous to have used some of the tools on a daily basis before preparing for the exam.
Unlike the other LPI certifications (e.g. LPIC-1), there are not many study guides available. Here are some of the resources I have used:
- LPI exam guide: https://www.lpi.org/devops
- LPI exam objectives: https://www.lpi.org/our-certifications/exam-701-objectives
- LPI Blog Series on DevOps Tools: https://www.lpi.org/blog/2018/01/09/devops-tools-introduction-01-getting-getting-started-started
Linux AcademyA Cloud Guru Certification Prep Course: https://acloudguru.com/course/lpi-devops-tools-engineer-certification
Last but not least, all the best for those who have decided to take the exam!