Cloud engineers will be able to use either version of the Terraform Associate certification to verify their basic infrastructure automation skills.
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The Terraform Associate 003 is an upcoming certification for Cloud Engineers specializing in operations, IT, or development who know the basic concepts and skills associated with HashiCorp Terraform. This person understands the difference in functionality between Terraform Cloud, Terraform Enterprise, and open source Terraform.
The draft Terraform Associate 003 exam’s objectives are listed below, and dedicated study materials are coming soon. The objective differences between the (existing 002 exam and the upcoming 003 exam) versions are a reorganization and rewording of objectives to comfortably cover recent and future Terraform product growth.
The Terraform Associate 002 certification is still relevant and will be accepted as a validation of Terraform knowledge until each individual badge’s expiration date. Receiving a Terraform Associate 003 certification will not impact any existing Terraform Associate 002 credentials, and a single candidate can hold both at the same time. However, either certification alone can be used to validate Terraform knowledge at the associate level.
If you have passed the Terraform Assocate wait until the new version comes out to recertify. We have extended all current badge expirations dates so you have time to wait for the new exam.
If you have never passed the Terraform Associate exam the choice is up to you and your timeline.
The Terraform Associate 002 certification is available today and will become unavailable shortly after 003 is released. Exact timelines are coming soon.
Terraform 1.0 and higher.
Certification preparation learning guides for the new version of the Terraform Associate will be posted soon. For now, use the current Terraform Associate Tutorial List to start your studying.
|Assessment Type||Multiple choice|
|Price||$70.50 USD plus locally applicable taxes and fees Free retake not included|
|1||Understand infrastructure as code (IaC) concepts|
|1a||Explain what IaC is|
|1b||Describe advantages of IaC patterns|
|2||Understand the purpose of Terraform (vs other IaC)|
|2a||Explain multi-cloud and provider-agnostic benefits|
|2b||Explain the benefits of state|
|3||Understand Terraform basics|
|3a||Install and version Terraform providers|
|3b||Describe plugin-based architecture|
|3c||Write Terraform configuration using multiple providers|
|3d||Describe how Terraform finds and fetches providers|
|4||Use Terraform outside of core workflow||4a||Describe when to use
|4c||Describe when to enable verbose logging and what the outcome/value is|
|5||Interact with Terraform modules|
|5a||Contrast and use different module source options including the public Terraform Module Registry|
|5b||Interact with module inputs and outputs|
|5c||Describe variable scope within modules/child modules|
|5d||Set module version|
|6||Use the core Terraform workflow|
|6a||Describe Terraform workflow ( Write -> Plan -> Create )|
|6b||Initialize a Terraform working directory (
|6c||Validate a Terraform configuration (
|6d||Generate and review an execution plan for Terraform (
|6e||Execute changes to infrastructure with Terraform (
|6f||Destroy Terraform managed infrastructure (
|6g||Apply formatting and style adjustments to a configuration (
|7||Implement and maintain state|
|7b||Describe state locking|
|7c||Handle backend and cloud integration authentication methods|
|7d||Differentiate remote state back end options|
|7e||Manage resource drift and Terraform state|
|7g||Understand secret management in state files|
|8||Read, generate, and modify configuration|
|8a||Demonstrate use of variables and outputs|
|8b||Describe secure secret injection best practice|
|8c||Understand the use of collection and structural types|
|8d||Create and differentiate
|8e||Use resource addressing and resource parameters to connect resources together|
|8f||Use HCL and Terraform functions to write configuration||8g||Describe built-in dependency management (order of execution based)|
|9||Understand Terraform Cloud capabilities|
|9a||Explain how Terraform Cloud helps to manage infrastructure|
|9b||Describe how Terraform Cloud enables collaboration and governance|