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HDP Certified Administrator (HDPCA) Exam



How to Get Certified

Check out our HDP Certified Professional FAQ page for details on how to register for the certification.

Certification Overview

Hortonworks has redesigned its certification program to create an industry-recognized certification where individuals prove their Hadoop knowledge by performing actual hands-on tasks on a Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) cluster, as opposed to answering multiple-choice questions. The HDP Certified Administrator (HDPCA) exam is designed for Hadoop system administrators and operators responsible for installing, configuring and supporting an HDP cluster.

Purpose of the Exam

The purpose of this exam is to provide organizations that use Hadoop with a means of identifying suitably qualified staff to install, configure, secure and troubleshoot a Hortonwork Data Platform cluster using Apache Ambari.

Exam Description

The exam has five main categories of tasks that involve:

  • Installation
  • Configuration
  • Troubleshooting
  • High Availability
  • Security

The exam is based on the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.3 installed and managed with Ambari 2.1.0.

Exam Objectives

View the complete list of objectives below, which includes links to the corresponding documentation and/or other resources

How to Register

Create an account at www.examslocal.com. Once registered and logged in, select “Schedule an Exam”, and then enter “Hortonworks” in the “Search Here” field to locate and select the Hortonworks HDP Certified Administrator exam.

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

2 hours

Practice Exam

Hortonworks University recommends that candidates attempt the practice exam to familiarize themselves with the exam environment and also with the types of tasks that appear on the certification exam. Follow these instructions to setup and attempt the practice exam.


Candidates for the HDPCA exam should be able to perform each of the tasks in the list of exam objectives below.


The exam is delivered in English

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HDP Certified Administrator (HDPCA) Exam Objectives

Candidates for the HDPCA exam should be able to perform each of the tasks below:

Category Task Resource(s)
Installation Configure a local HDP repository http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/Ambari-
  Install ambari-server and ambari-agent




Install HDP using the Ambari install wizard http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/Ambari-
Add a new node to an existing cluster http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/Ambari-
Decommission a ndoe http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/HDP2/HDP-2.3.0/bk_Sys_Admin_Guides/content/ch_slave_nodes.html
Add an HDP service to a cluster using Ambari http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/Ambari-
 Configuration Define and deploy a rack topology script http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/HDP2/HDP-2.3.0/bk_hdfs_admin_tools/content/ch05.html
  Change the configuration of a service using Ambari http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/HDP2/HDP-2.2.4/index.html
Configure the Capacity Scheduler http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/HDP2/HDP-2.3.0/bk_yarn_resource_mgt/content/ch_capacity_scheduler.html
Create a home directory for a user and configure permissions  http://hadoop.apache.org/docs/current/hadoop-project-dist/hadoop-common/FileSystemShell.html
Configure the include and exclude DataNode files  http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/HDP2/HDP-2.3.0/bk_Sys_Admin_Guides/content/ch_slave_nodes.html
Troubleshooting   Restart an HDP service  http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/Ambari-
   View an application’s log file




Configure and manage alerts  http://hortonworks.com/blog/announcing-apache-ambari-2-0/#alerts
Troubleshoot a failed job  http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/HDP2/HDP-2.1.5/bk_using-apache-hadoop/content/mrv2_troubleshooting.html
  High Availability  Configure NameNode HA  http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/HDP2/HDP-2.3.0/bk_hadoop-ha/content/ch_HA-NameNode.html
Configure ResourceManager HA  http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/HDP2/HDP-2.3.0/bk_hadoop-ha/content/ch_HA-ResourceManager.html
Copy data between two clusters using distcp http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/HDP2/HDP-2.3.0/bk_Sys_Admin_Guides/content/ch_distcp.html
Create a snapshot of an HDFS directory  http://hadoop.apache.org/docs/current/hadoop-project-dist/hadoop-hdfs/HdfsSnapshots.html
Recover a snapshot  http://hadoop.apache.org/docs/current/hadoop-project-dist/hadoop-hdfs/HdfsSnapshots.html
Configure HiveServer2 HA  http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/HDP2/HDP-2.3.0/bk_hadoop-ha/content/ch_HA-HiveServer2.html
 Security Install and configure Knox



Install and configure Ranger  http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/HDP2/HDP-2.3.0/bk_Ranger_Install_Guide/content/ch_overview_ranger_ambari_install.html
Configure HDFS ACLs http://docs.hortonworks.com/HDPDocuments/HDP2/HDP-2.3.0/bk_hdfs_admin_tools/content/ch01.html