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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 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

Hortonworks University

Hortonworks University is your expert source for Apache Hadoop training and certification. Public and private on-site courses are available for developers, administrators, data analysts and other IT professionals involved in implementing big data solutions. Classes combine presentation material with industry-leading hands-on labs that fully prepare students for real-world Hadoop scenarios.

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
  Install ambari-server and ambari-agent

Install HDP using the Ambari install wizard
Add a new node to an existing cluster
Decommission a node
Add an HDP service to a cluster using Ambari
 Configuration Define and deploy a rack topology script
  Change the configuration of a service using Ambari
Configure the Capacity Scheduler
Create a home directory for a user and configure permissions
Configure the include and exclude DataNode files
Troubleshooting   Restart an HDP service
   View an application’s log file

Configure and manage alerts
Troubleshoot a failed job
  High Availability  Configure NameNode HA
Configure ResourceManager HA
Copy data between two clusters using distcp
Create a snapshot of an HDFS directory
Recover a snapshot
Configure HiveServer2 HA
 Security Install and configure Knox

Install and configure Ranger
Configure HDFS ACLs