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DevOps Continuous Delivery Architecture (CDA) Certification Course – Accredited

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DevOps Continuous Delivery ArchitectureA continuous delivery architect is a tool-agnostic individual engaged in the design, implementation, and management of DevOps deployment pipelines and toolchains that support Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Continuous Testing and, potentially, Continuous Deployment. A continuous delivery architect is also involved in defining or integrating underpinning processes, metrics, APIs and cultural considerations.

DevOps Continuous Delivery Architecture Overview

This course is designed for participants who are engaged in the design, implementation, and management of DevOps deployment pipelines and toolchains that support Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Continuous Testing, and potentially Continuous Deployment. The course highlights underpinning processes, metrics, APIs and cultural considerations with Continuous Delivery.

Key benefits of Continuous Delivery will be covered including increased velocity to assist organizations to respond to market changes rapidly, thus being able to outmaneuver the competition, reduce risk and lower costs while releasing higher quality solutions. Increased productivity and employee morale by having more activities performed by pipelines instead of humans so teams can focus on vision while pipelines do the execution.

DevOps Continuous Delivery Architecture (CDA) Certification Course – Accredited

This sixteen (16) hour course culminates with an independent exam. Successfully passing (65%) the 90-minute exam, consisting of 40 multiple-choice questions, leads to the DevOps Continuous Delivery Architecture (CDA)® Certificate.  

This competency-based certification course is built upon the principles and practices of the best selling book “Continuous Delivery” by Jez Humble and David Farley and the “Continuous Delivery LiveLessons” video course by Jez Humble.   

The class also includes experiential exercises, GAME ON! An Interactive Learning Experience®

The learning objectives for DevOps Continuous Delivery Architecture (CDA) include a practical understanding of:  

  • The principles of Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD)
  • Continuous Delivery vs. DevOps Continuous Integration practices
  • Extending CI to CD
  • Principles for architecting a deployment pipeline
  • Engaging Ops in Continuous Delivery
  • Testing and continuous delivery
  • Security and continuous delivery
  • Continuous deployment and automated release
  • Cultural and people consideration
  • Change resistance
  • Metrics Critical Success Factors, Risks, and Challenges
  • Getting started

 Come ready to participate in lively discussions about improvements, benefits and challenges.

Delivery: For 16 hours, our learners are immersed in the material that is presented in a fun, practical manner using exercises, sample exam questions, and real-world examples.

Project Management Institute (PMI) Professional Development Units: This course earns 16 contact hours or PDUs upon completion of this course.


Module 1

  • Course Introduction
    • Course goals
    • Course agenda

Module 2

  • CDA Concepts
    • Continuous delivery (CD) definition
    • Architecting for continuous delivery
    • Continuous delivery and DevOps
    • Relationships between CD, Waterfall, Agile, ITIL and DevOps
    • Benefits of continuous delivery

Module 3

  • CDA Culture
    • Importance of culture to the CD Architect
    • What a CD Architect can do about culture
    • How to maintain culture
    • Assignment: DevOps culture and practices to create flow

Module 4

  • Design Practices for Continuous Delivery
    • Why design is important to continuous delivery
    • CD Architect’s role in design
    • Key design principles
    • CD best practices
    • Microservices and containers

Module 5

  • Continuous Integration
    • Continuous integration (CI) defined
    • CD Architect’s role in CI
    • Importance of CI
    • Benefits of CI
    • CI best practices
    • Assignment: Optimizing CI workflows

Module 6

  • Continuous Testing
    • Continuous testing (CT) defined
    • Importance of CT
    • Benefits of CT
    • CD Architect’s role in CT
    • Five tenets of CT
    • CT best practices
    • Assignment: Handling environment inconsistencies

Module 7

  • Continuous Delivery and Deployment
    • Continuous delivery defined
    • Continuous deployment defined
    • Benefits of continuous delivery and deployment
    • CD Architect’s role in continuous delivery and deployment
    • Continuous delivery and deployment best practices
    • Assignment: Distinguishing continuous delivery and deployment

Module 8

  • Continuous Monitoring
    • Continuous monitoring defined
    • Importance of continuous monitoring
    • CD Architect’s role in continuous monitoring
    • Continuous monitoring best practices
    • Assignment: Monitoring build progress

Module 9

  • Infrastructure and Tools
    • Importance of infrastructure and tools
    • CD Architect’s role in infrastructure and tools
    • Building a DevOps toolchain
    • Infrastructure/tools best practices
    • Assignment: identifying common infrastructure/tool components

Module 10

  • Security Assurance
    • Importance of security assurance
    • DevSecOps and Rugged DevOps defined
    • CD Architect’s role in security
    • Security best practices
    • Assignment: Applying security practices
  • Capstone exercise
    • Identifying toolchain and workflow improvements

Module 11

  • Summary
  • Additional Sources of Information
  • Exam Preparations
    • Exam requirements
    • Sample exam review 






  • DevOps Foundation
  • Complete pre-class reading assignment
  • Familiarity with IT software development and operations responsibilities 


CDA is intended for development, quality assurance, security and operational professionals who are engaged in end-to-end DevOps software development from idea conception through live production operations.

  • Anyone involved in or interested in learning about the principles of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery
  • Enterprise architects
  • Software developers
  • Build engineers
  • Release managers and engineers
  • Operational and infrastructure teams
  • Security professionals
  • Testers and QA managers
  • IT Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Maintenance and support staff



5 Days Course

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