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August 27, 2015
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New and Updated Hortonworks Certification Exams

Hortonworks has redesigned its certification program by creating hands-on, performance-based exams. Our new exams consist of tasks that candidates perform on a live HDP cluster. We are the first Hadoop provider to exclusively offer hands-on certification exams! The goal is to distinguish our exams from multiple-choice certifications. This will provide a measure of skills recognized in the Hadoop industry as meaningful and relevant to real-world tasks that a candidate would perform on the job.

Today we have two exciting announcements about the Hortonworks Certified Professional program:

  1. We have a new certification geared towards Java developers: the HDP Certified Java Developer (HDPCD: Java) exam. This hands-on exam has the candidate develop and run Hadoop Java applications using HDP and the Eclipse IDE. Details of the exam are here:
  2. Our HDP Certified Administrator (HDPCA) exam is now now available on HDP 2.3 using Apache Ambari 2.1. The details of the HDPCA exam are here:

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 10.55.44 AMSuccessful candidates of our new hands-on exams receive a digital badge that is verified by an independent third-party, BadgeCert:

Hortonworks Certified Professionals can proudly display their badge in email signatures, LinkedIn page, résumé, etc. Each badge has a unique link to a BadgeCert webpage that validates the certification for each individual.

If you are interested in attempting one of our new hands-on exams, please check our FAQ page: We also highly encourage candidates to attempt the provided practice exams, which run on the same environment as the real exam and provide sample tasks similar to the tasks on the real exam. If you have any questions about the Hortonworks Certified Professional program, please contact us at

Certification Preparation

 While not required, each of our certifications has a related course that will help prepare students to take the exam.

Available Anytime, Anywhere

Our certification exams are available online, so you can take them from any computer, anywhere, at anytime!

Learn More

  • For details on our certification program, visit
  • For availability for individual seats in our open enrollment training classes please visit us at
  • Onsite training is also available to be hosted at your offices. For more information around pricing and private training opportunities contact us at




  • Hi Rich,

    Please let me know the passing criteria for the HDPCA Exam. How many tasks are there approximately and how many should be correct to clear the certification.

    Also, the practice exam cluster seems to have issues in some Hadoop services due to which some tasks were not completed, would it be the same scenario in actual exams. Do we need to troubleshoot and fix issues in existing cluster in the exam.


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  • Wanted to Know about HDPCA Certification, is there any update will going to be in it.
    Validity of the Certification.
    Since certification is based on HDP 2.3 and Amabari 2.2.1 and Latest Version is HDP 2.4 and Ambari 2.2.2

  • Rich, you just posted the exam changes for 2016.

    I’m asking on this forum since I did not see a single reply on the other blog post.


    If we have the HDPCD and want to take the HDPCA (Admin track), can we attempt the HCE Admin exam Expert directly?
    Do you have a comparison of competencies demonstrated for the current HDCPA/HDPCD with the new HCE exams for Admin and Dev tracks? What is the motivation for this change?

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