DevOps – Master Certificate Program - 5 days

Course overview

This certification focuses on adding practical skills to knowledge, enabling a DevOps Master to facilitate DevOps successfully in a team and to promote its principles in the organization. DevOps is a set of best practices that emphasize the collaboration and communication of IT-professionals (developers, operators, and support staff) in the lifecycle of applications and services, leading to:

  • Continuous Integration: easy hand-off from Development to Operations and Support
  • Continuous Deployment: release continuously or as often as possible
  • Continuous Feedback: seek feedback from stakeholders during all lifecycle stages

The DevOps Master certification tests the candidate’s mastering of DevOps principles and skills. A DevOps Master is able to help facilitate an organization’s transition to DevOps and grow the business in a way that brings the most value to a customer.


Forty (40) hours training course with exam preparation review over 5 days

  • Examination type: Computer-based multiple choice (exam voucher will be issued to students at the end of the course upon completion of the course training & course practical assignments)
  • There will be a 2-week expiry date on the exam voucher to enable additional preparation time after the course and to encourage students to complete their exam while the training content is still recent
  • Number of questions: 50
  • Pass mark: 65%
  • Open book/notes: No
  • Electronic equipment/aides permitted: No
  • Time allotted for examination: 120 minutes

Delivery Methods

  • Instructor led Classroom environment at a maximum of 16 students per session
  • Virtual Web-based
  • Course delivery can be customized to fit learner requirements, for example: 1 day per week over 5 weeks, etc.

Course Prerequisites

  • The candidates are expected to have basic knowledge of DevOps principles, IT Service Management, Lean and Agile concepts
    • An overview of this basic knowledge is incorporated into the Ahead EXIN DevOps Master training curriculum
  • It is highly recommended that the students pre-read the following supporting text prior to attending this course:
  1. The Phoenix Project
  • Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford, ISBN-10: 0988262576, ISBN-13: 978-0988262577, IT Revolution Press (January 10, 2013)
  1. Effective DevOps: Building a Culture of Collaboration, Affinity, and Tooling at Scale
  • Jennifer Davis, Katherine Daniels, ISBN-13: 978-1491926307, ISBN-10: 1491926309, O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 25, 2016)
  1. Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation
  • Jez Humble, David Farley, ISBN-13: 978-0321601919, ISBN-10: 0321601912, Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (August 6, 2010)
  1. Success with Enterprise DevOps (copy provided in course material)
  1. The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations
  • Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, John Willis, ISBN-10: 1942788002, ISBN-13: 978-1942788003, IT Revolution Press; 1 edition (2016)
  1. Other sources:

Exam Prerequisites

  • EXIN DevOps Master accredited training completion


  • Successful completion of the DevOps Master practical assignments


The DevOps Master certification is meant for anyone working within a DevOps team or in an organization that considers the transition to a DevOps way of working. The target group includes:

  • Application or Service Developers and Product Owners
  • Agile Scrum Masters
  • Project Managers
  • Test Engineers
  • Test Managers
  • IT Service Managers
  • IT Operations
  • Process Managers
  • Lean IT Practitioners

Because this certification is on an advanced level, some knowledge of or experience in the domains where DevOps is applied is highly recommended:

Program Objectives

The learning objectives for DevOps Foundation include an understanding of:

  • DevOps Fundamentals
    • Unique to Ahead’s DevOps Master course to best prepare the learner for this DevOps Master level training
  • DevOps Adoption
    • DevOps Mindset and Benefits
    • Organizational Culture
    • Principles & Concepts
  • Planning, Requirements and Design
    • Application or Service Lifecycle Management
    • Project Charter (Defining Scope) & Visual Control
    • Infrastructure and Architecture Design
    • Service Level Requirements and Agreements
    • Implementing a Testing Strategy: User Story, Test Story and Operation Story
  • Development and Deployment
    • Continuous Delivery & Continuous Integration
    • Deployment Pipeline
    • Continuous Deployment
    • Ji-Kotei-Kanketsu, Rhythm, Work-in-Progress and One-piece-flow
    • Automation, Tools and Testing
  • Operation and Scaling
    • Managing Data; Infrastructure and Environments; and Components and Dependencies
    • Configuration Management and Version Control
    • Cloud and Immutable Infrastructure
    • Business Continuity
    • Scaling
  • End of Life
    • Conditions for End-of-Life of a product or service

Program Content

The candidate will be guided to understand:

  • Necessary basic DevOps concepts and theory:

        Part 1 -         DevOps Fundamentals

  • DevOps Master concepts and theory:

        Part 2 -         DevOps Adoption

        Part 3 -         Planning, Requirements and Design

        Part 4 -         Development and Deployment

        Part 5 -         Operation and Scaling

        Part 6 -         End of Life

  • DevOps Master exam preparation
  • DevOps Master practical assignments (completed in training course classroom and as homework assignments)

Program Material (handout)

  • DevOps – The Basics (pre-class resource)
  • Learner Manual (excellent post-class reference)
  • Participation in unique exercises designed to apply concepts
  • Access to additional sources of information and communities

Simulation and practical application

  • We provide the students with real life experiences; for the purpose of discussion and to show the value of using best practice.
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