Vault Operations Professional Certification Overview
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The Vault Operations Professional exam is for Cloud Engineers focused on deploying, configuring, managing, and monitoring a production Vault environment. The exam includes a mix of hand-on tasks performed in a lab, and multiple choice questions. Certification holders have proven they have the skills, knowledge, and competency to perform the Vault operational tasks listed in the objectives.
The exam does not intend to test your memorization skill. Therefore, you will have access to the Vault documentation during the exam.
The Vault Operations Professional Certification exam runs a Vault Enterprise binary, and the objectives covers Vault Enterprise features in addition to OSS features.
- HashiCorp Certified: Vault Associate Certification (recommended)
- Linux skills such as list and edit files via command terminal
- Understanding of IP networking
- Experience with Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), including PGP and TLS
- Information security fundamentals such as network security and RBAC
- Understand the concepts and functionality of infrastructure running in containers including starting and stopping services, and reading logs
To learn more about the exam, visit the HashiCorp Product Certifications page.
There are three types of questions on the exam:
- Hands-on: Perform the instructed operational tasks using the Vault CLI or UI in the given Linux environments.
- Multiple-choice: Choose one or more correct responses from the multiple response options.
- Hybrid: For a given multiple-choice question, inspect the provided Vault environment to discover the correct response.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Q: I don't have a Vault Enterprise environment to practice. Can I have a trial license?
Yes. You can request a 30-day Vault Enterprise trial license through the Certification Portal.
Q: The prerequisites mentions Linux skills. What level of Linux skills required?
You must work with Vault instances running on Linux. Although Vault UI is available, you should be able to execute Vault commands from the Linux terminal. To modify the server configuration file, Visual Studio Code is available.
A big part of the Vault Operations Professional Certification exam is hands-on, which means the only way to study for it is to practice and gain hands-on experience.
The Study Guide - Vault Operations Professional Certification provides hints and tips to prepare for the exam. If you already have enough Vault experience around the objectives, skip to the review guide for a quick reference.