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Hortonworks Certification

Demand for big data skills is extremely high, and being able to prove your expertise is critical:

  • 64% of IT hiring managers rate certifications as having extremely high or high value when rating expertise of candidates, based on a survey by CompTIA.
  • According to Forbes, the median advertised salary for professionals with big data expertise is $124,000 a year.
  • IBM, Cisco and Oracle together advertised 26,488 open positions that required big data expertise in the last twelve months.

At Hortonworks University, the mission of our certification program is to create meaningful certifications that are recognized in the industry as a confident measure of qualified, capable big data experts. How do we accomplish that mission?

  1. Our certifications are exclusively hands-on, performance-based exams that require you to complete a set of tasks.
  2. By performing tasks on an actual Hadoop cluster instead of just guessing at multiple-choice questions, Hortonworks Certified Professionals have proven competency and big data expertise.

How to Become Certified

To become a Hortonworks Certified Professional, you need to earn at least one of our certifications:

Earn Digital Badges

Hortonworks Certified Professionals receive a digital badge for each certification earned. Display your badges proudly on your resume, LinkedIn profile, email signature, etc. Each badge you earn is issued and verified by BadgeCert, a third-party digital badge authentication provider:

Certification Preparation

While not required, our certifications have a training course that can help students learn the exam objectives. The following graphic shows the relationship between our certification exams and our training courses:


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“The practical oriented certification exam was really a great idea for Hadoop. It was challenging as well.” 

– M. Rajendran, Barclays

“It was refreshing to be tested on a real set of machines. I could bring to bare all of my experience with linux, networking and the command line as well as my experience with Hadoop together to solve problems and do real work, in a way a multiple-choice test just can’t. It also meant I could combine approaches that exist in the real world for speed or ease that may not be honored in a constrained example. Thanks, it was a fun test to take!”

– E. Marshall, Airisdata

“It was a great exam and required a lot of study and knowledge of Hadoop. Keeping in mind the time constraints and number of questions to complete, this exam can teach you a lot. And questions test your knowledge – from mostly all of the prominent Hadoop tools which i like the most. I felt very confident after clearing this exam and right now I am working on a huge dataset in my current job.”

– Rahul G., Tata Consultancy Services

How to Register

To register for the new hands-on exams, create an account at www.examslocal.com, then search for “Hortonworks”. The cost of each exam is $250 USD. You can take the exam anytime, anywhere using your own computer.

Exam vouchers are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.

Additional Information

  • For availability of individual seats in our open enrollment classes please visit us at www.hortonworks.com/training
  • Please contact us for any questions on Apache Hadoop training courses or if you would like to discuss on-site training.