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The HDPCD : Apache Spark Exam

Hortonworks University is excited to announce a new hands-on, performance-based certification for Spark on the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Our industry-recognized certifications are unique because candidates perform actual tasks on a live installation of our products, instead of simply guessing at multiple-choice questions. Being able to prove your skills allows you to distinguish yourself as an experienced and capable professional in the big data workplace.

The Spark certification exam is designed for developers responsible for developing Spark Core and Spark SQL applications in Scala or Python.

To be fully prepared for the HDP Certified Spark Developer exam, candidates should be able to complete all of the exam objectives.

Take the Exam Anytime, Anywhere

The HDP Certified Developer (HDPCD) exam is available from any computer, anywhere, at any time. All you need is a webcam and a good Internet connection. The cost of the exam is $250 USD per attempt.

How to Register

Follow these steps to register for the HDPCD:Spark exam:


Create an account at


Once you are registered and logged in, select “Schedule an Exam”, and then enter “Hortonworks” in the “Search Here” field.


Locate and select the “Hortonworks : HDP Certified Developer:Spark (HDPCD:Spark) – English” exam.


Choose the date and time that you want to attempt the exam, and that is it!


Verify that your computer and internet connection meet the minimum requirements as specified in the Frequently Asked Questions.


Exam Objectives

Candidates should be able to perform all objectives.

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FAQ page contains useful information about our exams and how to register for them.


Exam Datasheet

You can download the following details of the HDPCD: Apache Spark exam in PDF


Practice Exam

We do not currently have a practice exam for the HDPCD:Spark certification. Candidates are encouraged to download the Hortonworks Sandbox and work through the Spark tutorials if they need experience working with Spark on HDP.

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.

These are not certification exam prep courses, but align with the indicated certification exam.

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Each Hortonworks certification comes with a digital badge: a special image that validates and verifies your certification. We use a third-party digital badge authentication service called BadgeCert, and you get a unique URL that displays all of your earned badges.