The FinOps Certified Practitioner (FOCP) allows individuals in a large variety of cloud, finance and technology roles to validate their FinOps knowledge and enhance their professional credibility. The certification covers FinOps fundamentals and an overview of key concepts in each of the three sections of the FinOps lifecycle: Inform, Optimize and Operate.
Who should get FinOps Certified
The certification is designed for senior professionals who desire a basic understanding of FinOps and how it’s applied to enhance business value from cloud spend.
Organizations undergoing a public cloud-first strategy or who are in the midst of a public cloud migration will also benefit greatly.
You should consider this course if you are any of the following:
- Cloud Budget Owner
- FinOps practitioner, such as a FinOps Analyst, Director of Cloud Optimization, Manager of Cloud Operations or Cloud Cost Optimization Data Analyst
- Principal Systems Engineer, Cloud Architect, Service Delivery Manager, Engineering Manager or Director of Platform Engineering, Senior Enterprise Architect (EA) or EA Leader
- Finance and Procurement team member, including Technology Procurement Manager, Global Technology Procurement, Manager Cloud Cost Optimization, Financial Planning and Analyst Manager, and Financial Business Advisor
- IT Program and Portfolio Management Leader
- Technology leader, such as a Head of Infrastructure, Head of Cloud Center of Excellence, CTO or CIO
- Head of IT Finance (CFO of IT, VP/Dir. IT finance) or FP&A professional supporting cloud
Training and Certification Options
An exam can be purchased to attempt the certification through the Linux Foundation. Note: the exam does not include any study materials or guides.
- Exam format: 60 minutes. The exam can be taken available online at your convenience.
- Based on the FOCP curriculum domain and competencies
- Upon successful exam completion, a verified FinOps Certified Practitioner badge and certificate of completion for your LinkedIn issued by the Linux Foundation
- Exam-only path is only recommended for those with considerable real world FinOps expertise who also have deep knowledge with the FinOps lifecycle as laid out in the Cloud FinOps book by O’Reilly.
- Again, no study or prep materials come with the exam purchase.
- Instructor-led video recordings of the complete course (approximately 6 hours of video)
- 12 Months of Access to Online Course materials
- Digital access to instructor led training course slides
- Complete speaker notes and takeaways from the instructor deck for each slide
- Instructions to access 7 day access to digital version of the Cloud FinOps book via O’Reilly
- Student Handbook PDF with learning outcomes to prepare for the exam
- Includes an exam code to take the FinOps Certified Practitioner exam at the Linux Foundation ($300 value)
- Live (virtual) 2 day instructor-led workshop (10 hrs total)
- Lead instructor is a real-world practicing FinOps leader in their organization
- Interactivity: The course features a number of group discussion and live activities using Zoom Breakout Rooms to ensure interactivity. Please come prepared to share your knowledge and ask questions.
- Size: Classes are limited with multiple breakouts sessions that are highly interactive with a lead instructor and 1-2 facilitators
- An exam code to take the FinOps Certified Practitioner exam at the Linux Foundation, with free retake option
- Includes all the digital, video and course materials in the self-paced course for study or review ($499 value)
Curriculum of the training and certification
For an overview of the the general domains and competencies covered by the training and certification exam, see the Linux Foundation’s FinOps certification page. It is based on the open source curriculum which resides on Github.
Contact us for details about running a private or semi-private course at your organization.
What level of prerequisite knowledge do I need?
You should understand the basics of how cloud computing works, know the key services on your cloud providers, including their common use cases, and have a basic understanding of billing and pricing models. You should already be able to describe the basic value proposition of running in cloud and understand the core concept of using a pay-as-you-go consumption model.
You’ll also need to have a base level of knowledge of at least one of the three main public cloud providers (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud). For AWS, we recommend AWS Business Professional training or, even better, the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification. For Google, check out the Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals course. For Azure, try the Azure Fundamentals learning path. Each can usually be completed in a full day workshop.