Basic Chef Fluency Badge

Chef Training & Certification

Basic Chef Fluency Badge

Preparation Guide


When you earn this badge you will have demonstrated the ability to discuss and explain Chef concepts and features, and describe Chef to someone who has little to no knowledge of Chef. You understand basic common Chef terminology (e.g. the difference between a cookbook and a recipe) and can answer the questions "why Chef?" and "why Chef workflow?", and can explain the different licensing models and distinguish between Open Source and Premium features. Finally, you are able to convey Chef's basic design philosophy & value proposition.

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Badge Scope

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Chef basic terminology
  • Resources
  • Recipes
  • Cookbooks
  • Chef server
  • Search
  • Chef client
  • Nodes
  • Run List
  • Roles
  • Environments
  • Infrastructure as code
  • Desired state configuration
  • Supermarket
  • ChefDK
  • Test Kitchen
Describing Chef
  • Chef is written in Ruby
  • Explicit actions
  • Push vs. Pull
  • Recommended workflows
Chef Automate
  • Using Compliance to scan
  • Using ChefDK to test your changes
  • Using Workflow to verify & release
  • Artifacts to Chef Server or Supermarket
Understanding basic Chef code Business Models
  • Premium Features and Open Source
  • Public Chef Supermarket vs. Private Chef Supermarket
  • Hosted Chef vs. Private Chef

Awarded Credential

Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded the Basic Chef Fluency badge.

Learning Resources

To prepare for this assessment, we encourage you to go through the following online tutorials:

  • Learn the Chef Basics
  • Manage a Node
  • Get Started with Chef Automate
These tutorials are at

It is also recommended that you attend Chef Essentials training. Details can be found at

You will need to know foundational information about Chef Automate. This video will be a great start

Additional resources (documentation, skills library) are available at

Exam Format

The exam for Basic Chef Fluency is multiple choice questions format and delivered by PSI, Chef's online assessment partner. The test will take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

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