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HDFCNA Certification

Hortonworks Data Flow Certified NiFi Architect


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 NiFi cluster instead of just guessing at multiple-choice questions, an HDF Certified NiFi Architect has proven competency and big data expertise.

The HDP Certified NiFi Architect (HDFCNA) exam is for Data Flow Architects working with NiFi and other streaming applications to create effective Data Flow(s). The cost of the exam is $250 USD per attempt.

The Hortonworks Data Flow Certified NiFi Architect exam is approximately 2 hours.


The purpose of this exam is to provide organizations that use NiFi with a means of identifying suitably qualified staff to develop Data Flows, Manage, configure and secure NiFi clusters using the open-source tools of the Hortonworks Data Flow (HDF).


The exam has three main categories of tasks that involve:

  • Data Flow Design

  • Cluster Management

  • Security and Configuration Management

The exam is based on the Hortonworks Data Flow 3.0 installed and managed with Ambari 2.5, which includes NiFi 1.2.0. Each candidate will be given access to an HDF 3.0 cluster along with a list of tasks to be performed on that cluster.


Candidates for the HDFCNA exam should be able to perform each of the objectives in the PDF below. Click the button below to download the exam objectives.

Exam Objectives


The Minimally Qualified Candidate (MQC) for this certification can develop DataFlows for ingesting, transforming, and analyze data flowing between systems using open-source tool of the Hortonworks Data Flow called Apache NiFi. Those certified are recognized as having high level of skill in NiFi flow development, Configuration, Cluster Management, Security and have demonstrated that knowledge by performing the objectives of the HDFCNA exam on a live HDF cluster.


The HDFCNA exam is available from any computer, anywhere, at any time. The only requirements are a webcam and a good internet connection. Be sure to review the minimum system requirements in the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Upcoming Courses

In addition to your self-study, our convenient Virual Instructor-Led Courses can help you get prepared for the certification exam. Register for one of our upcoming courses below to get started. Check back often if you do not currently see a session that fits your schedule. Please note that these classes are not specifically exam preparation classes, but can assist in your preparation.

View Our Upcoming Schedule of Courses

How to Register

Follow the steps below to register for an exam. Our hands-on exams leverage virtual machines and require a high-speed internet connection. In order to ensure that you have the optimal experience, we do not recommend attempting the exams unless you meet the minimum connection requirements listed below. The cost of each exam is $250 USD. You can take the exam anytime, anywhere using your own computer.


Run a Speed Test to determine if you meet the recommended minimum requirements, Hortonworks University requires that you have a minimum network speed of 10 Mbps download and 2.5 Mbps upload (10/2.5),  however 20/5 Mbps (download/upload) or higher is strongly recommended.


Visit the Certification Exam Frequently Asked Questions to review important requirements and guidelines. We also recommend you have at minimum 8 GB of RAM on your computer, but highly recommend 16 GB.


If you have determined that you have met the recommended internet connection speed and other requirements, go to to purchase the exam.


Click the Continue to PSI button and you will be taken to, create an account using the SAME email address you used on


After logging into search for the exam code HDFCNA and schedule your exam