Answering the common questions around the COA exam: who should take it and how you can prepare.

If you’re itching to demonstrate your OpenStack skills, now you can really put them to the test.

The Certified OpenStack Administrator (COA) exam is the first professional certification offered by the OpenStack Foundation. It is designed to help companies identify top talent in the industry and help job seekers demonstrate their skills. So far, more than 500 people have already taken it with 500 more lined up.

At the OpenStack Summit Barcelona, Alan Clark, chairman of the OpenStack Foundation’s Board of Directors, and Heidi Bretz, director of business development at the Foundation, discuss why the Foundation felt the need to create this certification and the benefits it can bring to both OpenStack experts and beginners. If you’d like to brush up on your skills before taking the test, Bretz advises checking out the OpenStack training marketplace.

Learn more about the COA: openstack.org/coa.