Since the Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) exam announcement by the OpenStack foundation, we have received many inquiries about how OpenStack Training and Certification by Mirantis intersects with the OpenStack Foundation’s COA exam. In this blog, we’ll answer the most crucial questions that we think matter most to existing and prospective students.
Was Mirantis involved with the development OpenStack Foundation certification exam, and if so, how did Mirantis contribute?
Yes, Mirantis was part of both the Item Writing and the Job Task Analysis committees that were formed by the OpenStack foundation to develop the Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA).
What are the differences between COA, MCA100 and MCA200?
Comparing the MCA100 and COA is like comparing apple and oranges in terms of what is being tested. MCA100 is testing your knowledge of how to operate an OpenStack environment while COA and MCA200 are testing your ability to actually do it.
Therefore, it only makes sense to compare COA and MCA200.
|Maturity||Since Q2’2016||Since Q4’2013|
|Development||OpenStack community contributors||Mirantis product development and training curriculum team|
|Certification Support||N/A||Dedicated Mirantis training team|
|Exams available||COA||Associate Level MCA100||Professional Level MCA200|
|Format||Online, hands-on||Online, written test||Classroom & online, hands-on|
If I am already certified with Mirantis, do I need to also get certified by the OpenStack Foundation?
If you are already certified with MCA200, we don’t believe you need another OpenStack certification unless it’s requested by your employer. Since 2013, the MCA200 exam has set the benchmark for proving a candidate has working, hands-on knowledge of OpenStack and over 3,000 professionals have already gotten certified for OpenStack by Mirantis. In addition, we have created a platform for those looking for OpenStack professionals to verify Mirantis’ industry-recognized certificates.
Will Mirantis training help prepare me for the OpenStack Foundation’s Certification? In preparation for the Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) certification, which of Mirantis’ courses is most suitable?
Yes, our industry recognized OpenStack Bootcamp courses provide a detailed coverage of all of the steps needed to deploy and operate OpenStack. In our experience, besides training, practical and real-world experience is the best preparation for any certification exam. To learn more about Mirantis bootcamps and certification exams for OpenStack, visit training.mirantis.com. We hope to see you in one of our classrooms soon.