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DevOps Continuous Delivery Architecture℠ (CDA)

A Continuous Delivery Architect (CDA) 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.

The learning objectives for CDA include:

  • The principles of Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment
  • 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 

Who is the CDA exam for?

Anyone involved in or interested in learning about the principles of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, such as:

  • 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


  • Completion of an accredited course
  • DevOps Foundation Certificate

Exam Details

  • Number of questions: 40 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark: 65% (26 out of 40)
  • Open book/notes: no
  • Exam duration: 90 minutes (additional time if English is not a candidate’s native language)


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