Best of 2021: 5 Top DevOps Certifications that are still in Great Demand

DevOps Certifications

For any developer, a certification can be the stepping stone to success and offer a great chance of landing the best jobs. Let’s look at the top DevOps certifications that will be must-haves in 2022.

DevOps is an incredibly dynamic field, requiring developers to constantly enhance their knowledge and abilities through certifications to keep up with the latest advancements. Here’s a rundown of the top DevOps certifications in 2021 that will remain highly relevant as we enter 2022.


If you are a DevOps professional looking to advance your career in 2022, you will need to be able to convince either your existing or prospective employer that you have what it takes to do the job. Experience is not enough, and you will need to earn relevant certifications to stay ahead of your peers. The certification confirms that you have the necessary hands-on practical experience, not just theoretical knowledge, to work efficiently in DevOps. It tells your employer that you have mastered assessment tests and performance reviews related to the expertise you say you have.


Because DevOps encompasses an entire practice combined with specialized tools and technologies, there is no one certification that will demonstrate your command over the field. Instead, you will need to showcase your proficiency in a number of tools and subject areas. While you may earn a certification for each one, only a few DevOps certifications have proven to be the most beneficial for career advancement. These include the choice of one of three top DevOps Cloud Services certifications and the top four DevOps-oriented tools certifications as outlined below:


Top Certifications for DevOps Cloud Services


Incorporating DevOps Cloud services can simplify and speed up the entire DevOps process. Hence, the first certification you should look to earn pertains to the cloud environment you will be working in. AWS, Azure and Google Cloud provide DevOps certifications for all three top cloud providers. So, you should choose according to your experience and the cloud environment selected by your organization. For example, if you are looking for advancement as a DevOps engineer in an organization that uses AWS for development, you should choose the AWS certification; however, if your organization uses Microsoft Azure, you should obtain the DevOps certification for MS Azure.


AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional


Suppose you are a DevOps engineer with over two years of experience working in AWS environments. You have already earned either the AWS Certified Developer Associate or the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator certification. In that case, this certification is for you. Once earned, you will be able to demonstrate your ability to implement and manage continuous delivery systems, automate security controls and governance and compliance validation processes, and work with tools for automating operational processes in an AWS environment.


Azure DevOps Engineer Expert


If you are an Azure professional who already works with Azure technologies to design and implement DevOps and perform such functions as continuous integration and delivery, compliance, security, testing or IaC. In that case, you should consider earning the Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification. This certification will validate the skills and expertise you have gained as an Azure DevOps professional. Note that you will have to have already earned either the MS Certified Azure Administrator Associate certification or the MS Certified Azure Developer Associate certification before you can qualify to take the DevOps Engineer Expert exam.


Google Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer


With at least one year of managing DevOps solutions on the Google Cloud Platform and at least three years of overall industry experience, you can qualify to earn the Google Professional Cloud DevOps Engineer certification. This certification validates your site reliability engineering skills to service, build and implement CI/CD pipelines, and manage and optimize service performance on the Google Cloud Platform.


Certifications for DevOps-oriented Tools


Several certifications validate competency with DevOps tools. If your organization uses a specific DevOps tool, you should consider a certification tailored to that tool. The top certifications for the most in-demand DevOps tools are:


Docker Certified Associate (DCA)


Docker is one of the essential tools used in DevOps operations. DevOps uses Docker to deploy, run and manage software functions as self-sufficient containers in any environment. If you have at least six months of experience working with Docker and in-depth knowledge of Linux, you should consider earning the DCA certification. This certification validates your ability to apply your container management skills to actual DevOps situations.


Which certifications should you pursue?


The certifications listed above will increase your chances of obtaining a higher-paying position in the field and increase the likelihood of your attaining promotion to a better position within your current DevOps organization. But which certification(s) should you work toward? First, you need to ask yourself what role you would like to aim for in the organization. Then, what platforms and tools expertise are your current or prospective employers looking for? Finally, which certification(s) does your experience qualify you for?


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BDCC Global is a leading DevOps research company. We believe in sharing knowledge and increasing awareness, and to contribute to this cause, we try to include all the latest changes, news, and fresh content from the DevOps world into our blogs.

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BDCC Global is a leading DevOps research company. We believe in sharing knowledge and increasing awareness, and to contribute to this cause, we try to include all the latest changes, news, and fresh content from the DevOps world into our blogs.