SaltStack Certification

SaltStack has quickly become the automation standard for thousands of data center infrastructures and application environments around the world. The pervasiveness of SaltStack software has created substantial demand for SaltStack experts and service and consulting professionals for new implementations and complex data center transformation projects.

The SaltStack certification program provides SaltStack customers with service-level assurances and top-quality consulting engagements. Today SaltStack offers a SaltStack Certified Engineer (SSCE) designation that proves substantial expertise and real-world knowledge of the SaltStack platform. SaltStack will soon offer a more-advanced SaltStack Certified Architect (SSCA) designation.

SaltStack Certified Engineers (SSCEs) can help optimize and increase the value and effectiveness of SaltStack software for any customer. To engage the certified SaltStack services organization or SSCE partner organization, please review our offerings here or contact us at sales@saltstack.com.

To become a SaltStack Certified Engineer, a candidate must:

  • Have demonstrable real-world experience with SaltStack;
  • Complete SaltStack training with a SaltStack Certified Trainer;
  • Pass the SSCE exam.

SaltStack Certified Engineers can be validated here.


Take the SSCE exam

The SSCE exam is available at SaltStack Enterprise training courses and at SaltConf15. For additional information about how and where to take the SSCE exam, please contact sales@saltstack.com.

The SSCE exam is a timed, open-Web test that randomly pulls from a list of hundreds of questions. The exam includes questions related to the following SaltStack topics:

  • Common Salt execution modules
    • Usage and knowledge of execution modules like 'test.ping' 'sys.doc' 'git' and 'grains'
  • Common Salt state modules
    • Usage and knowledge of state modules like 'pkg' and 'network'
  • Using Salt states
    • How to apply Salt states to solve various problems in the Salt ecosystem
  • Using SaltStack pillars
    • Data storage, matching and manipulation with the Salt pillar subsystem
  • Command line usage
    • Running Salt commands from the CLI
  • SaltStack configuration
    • Configuration parameters for Salt masters and minions
  • Salt key
    • Authentication of Salt masters and minions
  • Salt security
    • Encryption, message transport and privacy of data within Salt
  • Templating
    • Using Jinja and other template techniques to generate and drive Salt processes