Elastic Certification FAQ

When did Elastic start offering certifications?

We haven’t yet, but we’ll soon be offering our first certification: Elastic Certified Engineer. This certification is designed for versatile Elasticsearch experts who can install and manage Elasticsearch clusters as well as develop solutions for analyzing their indexed data. Sign up to be notified when certification officially launches.

Why is Elastic starting a certification program?

With over 225 million downloads, Elastic is one of the most successful open source enterprise software providers, and it is time we recognize our expert users. As the definitive source of all things Elasticsearch, who better than Elastic to certify individuals that have a mastery of our products.

Why should I get certified?

Certification is a great way to show the world your Elastic expertise. A digital Elastic certification badge can enhance your professional visibility as well as grow opportunities for your company.

How many certifications are there?

Initially we are releasing one certification: Elastic Certified Engineer. This certification is the foundation and starting point for all of our future certifications.

How do I become an Elastic Certified Engineer?

To become an Elastic Certified Engineer, you will need to pass our hands-on, performance-based exam. The exam requires completing a series of timed, real-world tasks using Elasticsearch.

Do I have to attend training to become certified?

No, training attendance is not mandatory, but we highly recommend you attend our new Elasticsearch Engineer I and Elasticsearch Engineer II instructor-led training courses, available in-person or virtually. All of the exam objectives are covered in detail in these two training courses. If you've already taken some Elastic training, please see the below chart to determine your path to certification:

Elasticsearch Engineer I
Elasticsearch Engineer II
Elastic Certified Engineer
ES Developer I or Operations I
Elasticsearch Engineer II
Elastic Certified Engineer
Elasticsearch Operations I
Elasticsearch Developer II
Elastic Certified Engineer

What is the format of the exam?

Our exams are performance-based, meaning that you must successfully complete tasks in real time on an Elastic cluster while a proctor watches both you and your screen remotely. This approach to testing makes our certifications meaningful in the industry, since Elastic Certified individuals have proven their skills in a hands-on environment.

How do I take the Elastic Certified Engineer exam?

Our exams are available from anywhere at anytime. You just need a computer with a webcam, modern web browser, and a good Internet connection.

How much does certification cost?

Certification exams are $400 per attempt.

Do reattempts come with a discounted rate?

No, each attempt is $400. We strongly encourage all candidates to attend both the Elasticsearch Engineer I and Elasticsearch Engineer II training courses, as well as spend time working with Elasticsearch building real-world solutions.

When do I receive my exam results?

You will typically receive your exam results within three business days.

How do I verify (and advertise) my certification?

After passing the exam, you will receive a digital badge that verifies your certification. You can share this digital badge on social media sites, email signatures, online forums, and more.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

If you have any questions that haven't been answered, contact us at certification@elastic.co. Congratulations for making it all the way to the end of the FAQ.