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

A New Version of HashiCorp's Infrastructure Automation Certification Is Coming Soon

Starting in March, 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.

Exam Availability Dates

  • Today: Terraform Associate 002 certification is available to schedule
  • 21 March: Terraform Associate 003 becomes available to schedule. Both versions will be available
  • 21 April: Last day to schedule or reschedule an appointment to take the Terraform Associate 002 exam
    • Scheduling subject to appointment availability until May 5th

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 Associate 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.

Content Differences Between Exams

We've updated the Terraform Associate 003 exam to account for how Terraform has grown, and to accommodate future growth. The changes are primarily a reorganization and rewording of the 002 exam objectives. More significant changes are listed below.

# Objective Description Status in Terraform Associate 003
3e Explain when to use and not use provisioners and when to use local-exec or remote-exec Removed
4 Use Terraform outside of core workflow terraform taint removed, other topics reorganized
6b Initialize a Terraform working directory (terraform init) Includes questions about terraform.lock.hcl
7 Implement and maintain state Cloud integration authentication, and cloud backends added
8a Demonstrate use of variables and outputs Covers sensitive variables and outputs' relationship to exposure on the CLI
8g Configure resource using a dynamic block Use cases for dynamic block are still tested in objective 8
9 Understand Terraform Cloud capabilities Restructured to accommodate the current and future state of Terraform Cloud


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

Product Version Tested

Terraform 1.0 and higher.

Preparing for the Exam

The Terraform Associate 002 exam has both a study guide and a review guide. While much of the information in these two guides are the same, they are presented differently for different uses. Use the study guide if you want to study all the exam objectives. Use the review guide if you already have Terraform experience and/or training and want to pick and choose which objectives to review before taking the exam. There are also sample questions available so you can get a feel for what the exam will be like.

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