Note Click here for the current version of the Terraform Associate certification.

A New Version of HashiCorp Infrastructure Automation Certification Is Coming Soon

Cloud engineers will be able to use either version of the Terraform Associate certification to verify their basic infrastructure automation skills.

HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate (003)

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.

Which Exam to Take

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.

Timeline TBA

The Terraform Associate 002 certification is available today and will become unavailable shortly after 003 is released. Exact timelines are coming soon. 002 and 003 accepted until expiration date. 003 starting in 2022


  • Basic terminal skills
  • Basic understanding of on premises and cloud architecture

Product Version Tested

Terraform 1.0 and higher.

Preparing for the Exam

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.

Exam Details

Assessment Type Multiple choice
Format Online proctored
Duration 1 hour
Price $70.50 USD
plus locally applicable taxes and fees
Free retake not included
Language English
Expiration 2 years

Exam Objectives

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 terraform import to import existing infrastructure into your Terraform state
4b Use terraform state to view Terraform state
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 (terraform init)
6c Validate a Terraform configuration (terraform validate)
6d Generate and review an execution plan for Terraform (terraform plan)
6e Execute changes to infrastructure with Terraform (terraform apply)
6f Destroy Terraform managed infrastructure (terraform destroy)
6g Apply formatting and style adjustments to a configuration (terraform fmt)
7 Implement and maintain state
7a Describe default local backend
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
7f Describe backend block and cloud integration in configuration
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 resource and data configuration
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