Deploying Cookbooks Badge

Chef Training & Certification

Deploying Cookbooks Badge

Preparation Guide


To obtain the Deploying Cookbooks badge you must show a proficiency around deploying Chef recipes and managing nodes. You will be able to upload cookbooks to the Chef server, and manage all cookbook dependencies using Berkshelf. You should be able to bootstrap a node, and describe in detail what happens during this process, be able to discuss other methods for bringing a node under the control of Chef, e.g. using `knife plugins` (e.g. `knife ec2`), and be able to discuss and use the `firstboot.json`. You should understand how to manage and configure Roles and Environments, and the multiple levels of attribute precedence. You must also be familiar with the internal workings and configuration of chef-client, the two-phases of operation, its authentication model, and the use cases for Chef Solo. The examination for this badge includes a mixture of multiple choice questions and hands on labs.

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Badge Scope

Below is the list of categories covered in this exam. Click this link for Deploying Cookbooks Badge Details

  • Anatomy of a Chef Run
  • Environments
  • Roles
  • Data Bags
  • Uploading Cookbooks to Chef Server
  • Using Knife
  • Bootstrapping
  • Policy Files
  • Search
  • Chef Solo

Awarded Credential

Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded the Deploying Cookbooks badge.

Learning Resources

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

  • Infrastructure Automation
  • Continuous Automation
  • Writing Cookbooks
  • Administering a Chef Installation
These tutorials are at

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

Additional resources (documentation, skills library) are available at

Exam Format

The Deploying Cookbooks assessment is a blend of multiple choice questions and performance scenarios where you will work with Chef to meet specific objectives. You are given 90 minutes to complete the exam.

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