Hortonworks Certified Associate (HCA) Exam
The Hortonworks Certified Associate (HCA) certification provides for individuals an entry point and validates the fundamental skills required to progress to the higher levels of the Hortonworks certification program.
Hortonworks Certification Overview:
The Hortonworks Certified Associate (HCA) certification provides for individuals an entry point and validates the fundamental skills required to progress to the higher levels of the Hortonworks certification program. An HCA understands the technologies and can recognize business use cases for the many frameworks in the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Passing the HCA exam opens the door to a career in open data platforms and modern data applications. A Hortonworks Certified Associate is immediately eligible to attempt any of the exams at the Hortonworks Certified Professional level. The cost of the exam is $100 USD per attempt.
The HCA certification is a multiple-choice exam that consists of 40 questions with a passing score of 75%.
The exam is based on the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.4 and consists of questions from the following five categories:
- Data Access: which includes Pig, Hive, HCatalog, Tez, Storm, HBase, Spark and Solr
- Data Management: which includes HDFS and YARN
- Data Governance and Workflow: which includes Falcon, Atlas, Sqoop, Flume, Kafka and Hortonworks DataFlow
- Operations: which includes Ambari, CloudBreak, ZooKeeper and Oozie
- Security: which includes Ranger and Knox
To be fully prepared for an exam, candidates should be able to perform all of the exam’s objectives. View the complete list of objectives for the HCA exam at: Exam Objectives PDF
The exam is delivered in English.
The Hortonworks Certified Associate (HCA) exam is approximately 2 hours.
Description of the Minimally Qualified Candidate:
The Minimally Qualified Candidate (MQC) for this certification can understand and explain the various technologies and their use cases of the Hortonworks Data Platform, and can verify knowledge of the objectives of the exam.
Candidates for the HCA exam should be able to perform each of the tasks in the list of exam objectives below:
Exam Objectives PDF
Although not required, our Hortonworks Essentials training course is recommended in preparing for the exam.