Get fresh updates from Hortonworks by email

Once a month, receive latest insights, trends, analytics information and knowledge of Big Data.


Sign up for the Developers Newsletter

Once a month, receive latest insights, trends, analytics information and knowledge of Big Data.


Get Started


Ready to Get Started?

Download sandbox

How can we help you?

* I understand I can unsubscribe at any time. I also acknowledge the additional information found in Hortonworks Privacy Policy.
closeClose button
August 27, 2015
prev slideNext slide

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




Aashish Soni says:

Hi i am planning to give HDPCD (not java one), is there any update on this certification ?

Sandeep Joshi says:

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.


HadoopCertification says:
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Your blog is much effective and thanks for sharing information.. Here we are providing training & materilas and dumps for those who are preparing for cca 500 certification and hadoop developer certification training and in the related fields of Hadoop Certification
hadoop certification
cca 500 certification
hadoop developer certification training
hadoop certification
cca 500 certification training
Hadoop Developer Certification
hadoop certification exam
ccah certification
hadoop certified developer

hadoop certification training

hadoop administrator certification training
cca 175 certification

Adil says:

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

Prashant says:

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?

chandan says:

What is validity of Certification certificate?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *