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The HDPCD:Java Exam

Our certifications are exclusively hands-on, performance-based exams that require you to complete a set of tasks. By performing tasks on an actual Hadoop cluster instead of just guessing at multiple-choice questions, Hortonworks Certified Professionals have proven competency and Big Data expertise. The HDPCD:Java exam consists of tasks associated with writing Java MapReduce jobs, including the development and configuring of:

custom keys,
custom sorting,
and the joining of datasets.

The exam is based on the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.2 and candidates are provided with an Eclipse environment that is pre-configured and ready for the writing of Java classes.

To be fully prepared for the HDP Certified Java Developer exam (HDPCD:Java), candidates should be able to complete all of the exam objectives.

Take the Exam Anytime, Anywhere

The HDP Certified Java Developer (HDPCD:Java) 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 exam:


Go to the HDPCD Java Exam Purchase Page


Click the Register button and complete the payment


You will be taken to, create an account using the SAME email address you used on


Search for the exam code HDPCD:Java and schedule your exam


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.

View Objectives

Exam Datasheet

You can download the following details of the HDPCD Exam in a PDF



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


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.


The practice exam is available in the cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS)


You will need an AWS account to follow the instructions


We do not charge for the practice exam, but you do have to pay for an AWS instance, which is typically less than $1 an hour


Earn Digital Badges

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.