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With More than 5,000 Already Trained, Cloud Foundry Certified Developer Program Officially Launches

Santa Clara, CA — June 13, 2017 — With more than 5,000 developers already trained, the Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry-standard platform for cloud applications, officially rolled out its Cloud Foundry Certified Developer (CFCD) program at Cloud Foundry Summit Silicon Valley 2017 today in Santa Clara.

Businesses around the world need more skilled developers: there are a quarter-million job openings for software developers in the US alone, half a million unfilled jobs that require tech skills, and forecasted growth of more than one million in the next decade. According to a recent Forbes article, Cloud Foundry developers are in the top 5 highest paid developers.

Revealed in March, the certification is offered exclusively via a partnership with the Linux Foundation, which is responsible for training and certifying more developers on open source software than any organization in the world. The training is being offered broadly, from global partners including: Biarca, CapGemini, Cognizant, Dell EMC, EngineerBetter, Fast Lane, IBM, Innovivi, Linux Foundation, Pivotal, Resilient Scale, SAP, Stark & Wayne and Swisscom.

“We knew the need for cloud-native skills was significant, but the response to this program has been explosive,” said Chip Childers, CTO, Cloud Foundry Foundation. “After a gradual program rollout over the last couple months — training 5,000 developers on the way — CFCD is now generally available. This product was conceived and developed to solve the demand of developer productivity for the many Fortune 500 organizations using Cloud Foundry.”

CFCD helps developers set themselves apart when looking for a first job or upgrading their current role. Performance-based, community-based and independent of any distribution vendor, CFCD is the guaranteed way to demonstrate cloud skills and expertise across all certified Cloud Foundry distributions including Atos Cloud Foundry, Huawei FusionStage, IBM Bluemix Cloud Foundry, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, SAP Cloud Platform and Swisscom Application Cloud. Available online, CFCD and Training can be taken wherever there is demand in the world. 

The program suite includes:

  • A free introductory course offered via the edX platform.

  • A self-paced eLearning Cloud Foundry Developer course.

  • A training partner program which includes licensed materials for in-person or eLearning Cloud Foundry developer classes offered by training partners including: Biarca, CapGemini, Cognizant, Dell EMC, EngineerBetter, Fast Lane, IBM, Innovivi, Pivotal, Resilient Scale, SAP, Stark & Wayne and Swisscom.

  • “Cloud Foundry Certified Developer” Certification, awarded to individuals who pass a performance-based exam.

Candidates for the certification exam should have hands-on practical experience building software that runs on Cloud Foundry. Topics covered in the exam include:

  • Cloud Foundry basics

  • Cloud-native architectural principles

  • Troubleshooting applications on Cloud Foundry

  • Cloud-native application security

  • Working with services in Cloud Foundry

  • Application management on Cloud Foundry

  • Container management within Cloud Foundry

  • Aptitude in modifying simple Java, Node.js and Ruby applications

CFCD follows a report issued by the Cloud Foundry Foundation in November 2016 that surveyed nearly 900 IT executives worldwide and revealed an escalating gap in cloud skills which threatens enterprises’ ability to embrace digital transformation. The survey found companies are doubling down on training internal engineering teams, rather than outsourcing engineering overseas or hiring new talent, to address the skills shortfall as digital becomes the modern business core competency.

The Certification exam takes up to four hours to complete and can be taken online for $300. Discounts are available for bundled and bulk pricing purchases. To find detailed information on the suite of offerings, visit

Developers can get the Cloud Foundry for Developers course for just $1 when purchasing the exam at regular price — a savings of almost $500. This offer has been extended due to popularity, ending Friday, June 23, at midnight P.S.T. Code: BLASTOFF

About Cloud Foundry Foundation

The Cloud Foundry Foundation is an independent non-profit organization formed to sustain the development, promotion and adoption of Cloud Foundry as the industry standard platform for cloud applications. Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications. Cloud Foundry is an Apache 2.0 licensed project available on Github: To learn more, visit:



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