Terraform Associate: HashiCorp Certified Terraform Associate

The Terraform Associate certification is for Cloud Engineers specializing in operations, IT, or development who know the basic concepts and skills associated with open source HashiCorp Terraform. Candidates will be best prepared for this exam if they have professional experience using Terraform in production, but performing the exam objectives in a personal demo environment may also be sufficient. This person understands which enterprise features exist and what can and cannot be done using the open source offering.

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  • Basic terminal skills
  • Basic understanding of on premises and cloud architecture

HashiCorp Terraform Associate Exam Summary:

Exam Name HashiCorp Certified Terraform Associate (Infrastructure Automation)
Exam Code   Terraform Associate
Exam Price   $70 USD 
Duration  60 minutes
Number of Questions   57 
Passing Score   Pass / Fail (Approx 70%) 
Recommended Training / Books   Prepare for the exam 
Schedule Exam   Cloud Engineer Certification Exam Portal
Sample Questions   HashiCorp Terraform Associate Sample Questions
Recommended Practice   HashiCorp Certified – Terraform Associate Practice Test

HashiCorp Infrastructure Automation Syllabus:

Section Objectives
Understand infrastructure as code (IaC) concepts – Explain what IaC is
– Describe advantages of IaC patterns
Understand Terraform’s purpose (vs other IaC) – Explain multi-cloud and provider-agnostic benefits
– Explain the benefits of state
Understand Terraform basics – Handle Terraform and provider installation and versioning
– Describe plugin based architecture
– Demonstrate using multiple providers
– Describe how Terraform finds and fetches providers
– Explain when to use and not use provisioners and when to use local-exec or remote-exec
Use the Terraform CLI (outside of core workflow) – Given a scenario: choose when to use terraform fmt to format code
– Given a scenario: choose when to use terraform taint to taint Terraform resources
– Given a scenario: choose when to use terraform import to import existing infrastructure into your Terraform state
– Given a scenario: choose when to use terraform workspace to create workspaces
– Given a scenario: choose when to use terraform state to view Terraform state
– Given a scenario: choose when to enable verbose logging and what the outcome/value is
Interact with Terraform modules – Contrast module source options
– Interact with module inputs and outputs
– Describe variable scope within modules/child modules
– Discover modules from the public Terraform Module Registry
– Defining module version
Navigate Terraform workflow – Describe Terraform workflow ( Write -> Plan -> Create )
– Initialize a Terraform working directory (terraform init)
– Validate a Terraform configuration (terraform validate)
– Generate and review an execution plan for Terraform (terraform plan)
– Execute changes to infrastructure with Terraform (terraform apply)
– Destroy Terraform managed infrastructure (terraform destroy)
Implement and maintain state – Describe default local backend
– Outline state locking
– Handle backend authentication methods
– Describe remote state storage mechanisms and supported standard backends
– Describe effect of Terraform refresh on state
– Describe backend block in configuration and best practices for partial configurations
– Understand secret management in state files
Read, generate, and modify configuration – Demonstrate use of variables and outputs
– Describe secure secret injection best practice
– Understand the use of collection and structural types
– Create and differentiate resource and data configuration
– Use resource addressing and resource parameters to connect resources together
– Use Terraform built-in functions to write configuration
– Configure resource using a dynamic block
– Describe built-in dependency management (order of execution based)
Understand Terraform Cloud and Enterprise capabilities – Describe the benefits of Sentinel, registry, and workspaces
– Differentiate OSS and TFE workspaces
– Summarize features of Terraform Cloud