Equinox IT is a DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA) training partner. We deliver the DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification. This page will help you answer any questions you may have if you are unfamiliar with DASA or the DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification.

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Q. Who is DASA?

Equinox IT is a DASA Training PartnerThe DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA) is an independent and open, members driven association supporting the development of DevOps training and DevOps certification to the global market. Advocating the development of High-Performance IT Professionals and Teams through agile DevOps initiatives. For more information visit www.devopsagileskills.org.

Equinox IT is a DASA Training Partner and a DASA Forerunner.

Q. What is the DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification?

The DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification is the first level of certification offered on the DASA Certification Programme.

DASA DevOps Certification Programme

DASA DevOps Certification Programme

As shown on the DASA DevOps Certification Programme, DASA offers other subsequent, higher-level, certification courses after the DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification.

The DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification course is designed to provide the core learning to build your DevOps vocabulary and to understand its principles and practices. The course is designed to provide you with an understanding across all four skill areas and all eight knowledge areas described in the DASA DevOps Comptence Model so that you can operate at level 2 competence. This is shown by the dark inner line on the DASA DevOps Competence Model.

The DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification course offered by Equinox IT is a 3-day course and includes the exam on the third day.

See our full DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification course description for more information.

What is the DASA DevOps Competence Model?

The DASA DevOps Competence Model describes the skills and knowledge needed in a DevOps team.

DASA DevOps Competence Model

Four skill areas of the model:

  • Courage
  • Teambuilding
  • DevOps Leadership
  • Continuous improvement

Eight knowledge areas of the model:

  • Business Value Optimisation
  • Business Analysis
  • Architecture & Design
  • Programming
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Test Specification
  • Infrastructure Engineering
  • Security, Risk & Compliance

Every member of DevOps teams needs to have a foundation level knowledge of DevOps principles and practices, and be able to operate at level 2 competence on all four skill areas and all eight knowledge areas of the model. The DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification course is designed to provide this foundation level 2 competence.

DevOps encourages team members to be less specialised and more multi-skilled. As such, DASA indentifies three broad areas of expertise 'Enable and Scale', 'Create and Deliver' and 'Specify and Verify'. Team members need to build further competence in the skills and knowledge areas associated with their area of expertise, as shown in the model above on the red and lighter blue loops.

Find out more about the DASA DevOps Competence Model

Q. Who should attend DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification?

People involved in IT development, IT operations, or IT service management.

Anyone whose roles are touched by DevOps and continuous delivery, such as the following IT roles:

  • Developers and software engineers
  • Analysts
  • Solution and enterprise architects
  • Testers
  • DevOps engineers
  • Product owners
  • Scrum masters and Agile coaches
  • Project managers
  • Operations managers
  • Incident and change managers
  • System administrators
  • Business managers

Q. Why choose this DASA DevOps Fundamentals training?

Equinox IT have always been leaders in the approaches, methods and practices for improving IT and software delivery, including Agile and DevOps. This is an in-person instructor-led course, delivered by one of our practicing DevOps consultants who applies DevOps practices on tough client projects when they are not training.

The course includes real life case studies, current examples, interactive group discussions and extensive exercises to help you acquire the required understanding of DevOps and also to help you pass the exam.

Equinox IT is a DASA Training Partner and a DASA Forerunner. We've partnered with Quint Wellington Redwood, an international consultancy and training company, to deliver this course locally.

While you will learn the necessary DevOps vocabulary, principles and practices, the course is also designed to inspire you to serve as a change champion who leads and mentors others by sharing and using what you’ve learned – and continue to learn – about DevOps.

Q. How am I assessed for DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification?

The DevOps Foundation certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the exam.

At Equinox IT, the exam fee is included within the cost of this course and the exam is held on the third day of the course. The course also includes a practice mock exam.

The certification exam details are:

Duration: 60 minutes (15-minute additional time where English is a second language)

No. of questions: 40 multiple choice questions (1 mark per question)

Pass mark: 26 or more out of 40 (65% or higher) to achieve certification

Details: proctored, closed-book format

Q. How much work is involved in the DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification course?

The DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification course is three days long and includes the exam. There is no pre-work required and the certification is achieved upon successful completion of the exam. You may choose to spend time in the evenings of the course reviewing the material and your notes to help you prepare for the exam.

Q. What pre-requisites are required to attend the DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification course?

There are no prerequisites for this course, but a basic familiarity with Agile, Scrum, Lean and ITSM principles is beneficial.

Q. Once I complete the DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification what's next?

DASA have developed a DevOps Certification Programme so that individuals and teams can build their capability against the DASA DevOps Competence Model.

DASA DevOps Certification Programme

Foundational Level - Know

The first level of the DevOps Certification Programme focuses on establishing an understanding of DevOps, to build capability to level 2 of the DevOps Competence Model across all four skill areas and all eight knowledge areas. The DASA DevOps Fundamentals Certification provides this competence. This is a starting point and pre-requisite for the subsequent levels.

Professional Level - Apply

At the professional level there are three certifications which correspond with DASA's areas of expertise:  'Enable and Scale', 'Specify and Verify' and 'Create and Deliver'. These certifications focus on helping professionals to use the specific tools to apply DevOps.

Leadership Level - Lead and Enable

At the leadership level there are three leadership certifications for Product Owners, DevOps Leaders and DevOps Coaches. These certifications focus on helping participants to lead and enable DevOps within their teams and organisations. 

Find out more about the DASA DevOps Certification Programme

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