Rancher Academy Debuts
May 20, 2020
enterprise adoption of containers and Rancher’s emergence as a leader in
enterprise Kubernetes management have created strong demand for a
professional, Rancher-led certification program. The announcement not
only addresses this need, but further cements Rancher’s commitment to
education and to enabling the complete democratization of Kubernetes.
Unprecedented Demand for Kubernetes Skills
No matter the geography, enterprises are increasingly embracing
cloud-native solutions that include agile, time- and cost-saving
Kubernetes strategies. However, the high degree of infrastructure
automation and operations skills needed to meet customer demand fall
short. The recently released Dice Tech Job Report for 2020 highlights an
82% increase in job demand for individuals with Kubernetes skills over
the past year alone. Dice predicts that the demand for Kubernetes skills
will enjoy a projected growth rate of more than 67% over the next ten
years. Additionally, over just the past year, Rancher has experienced a
250% increase in its Rodeo and Master Class registrations, highlighting
practitioners’ desire to build competencies in Kubernetes
concepts/architectures and hands-on Rancher skills.
Meeting this head-on, Rancher is launching Rancher Academy, a
professional, no-cost, zero obligation certification program centered on
empowering commercial customers and the open source community to be
successful with Kubernetes and Rancher.
“This Rancher certification is designed to help Kubernetes practitioners
demonstrate their knowledge and competence with Kubernetes and Rancher,”
said Adrian Goins, Director of Community and Evangelism, Rancher Labs.
“Not only do we want all members of our community to have the most
relevant and up-to-date skills on the industry's most widely adopted
Kubernetes management platform. But we also want to empower them to be
at the forefront of the cloud-native way of doing business, which is
agile, open source oriented and maniacally focused on fast access to
Best-Practice Skills to Complete Day-to-Day Tasks
The Certified Rancher Operator: Level 1 certification is the first level
available via Rancher Academy, with new classes scheduled to be
announced later this year. It is a comprehensive and intensive
self-paced five-week course, covering everything you need to know about
how to deploy and manage Rancher, as well as use the platform to deploy
and manage Kubernetes clusters from any provider.
Built using educational best practices, the course is exceptionally
detailed and includes a mix of passive and active learning, with
increasing detail and difficulty over the five weeks.
Components of the learning experience include:
A final exam
Once completed, a certified individual will have in-depth knowledge and
the confidence to best deploy, use and manage Kubernetes with Rancher.
Ongoing Commitment to Open Source Education
upon Rancher’s commitment to supporting the open source community,
Rancher Academy is a logical extension of the company’s current
education courses and reflects its desire to empower organizations to
realize the full potential of Kubernetes. Open source and commercial
practitioners who may have already taken advantage of Rancher Rodeos,
Master Classes and/or introductory product training can now formalize
and document their skills and competencies with a comprehensive,
professional, enterprise certification.
The training is ideal for open source practitioners, partners supporting
their customers and end-user customers looking to maximize their
investment in Kubernetes, as well as any individual looking to increase
their Rancher and Kubernetes competency in order to advance their