Splunk updated their entire product certification process for those who need to manage and administrate Splunk. Previously, to get certified in Splunk it was a game of collecting the Pokemon cards of each training course’s certificate of completion. That had the major downside for those of us experienced in Splunk. We could never get our employers to fund taking classes for material we knew well.
The process now involves an actual online exam. It is FREE. The courses can give you a very good foundation in the topics and prepare you for the exam. As with most certification exams the training and self study will cover the skill sets much deeper than the exam material alone can cover. I always recommend training when you can swing it as you never know what you do not know about a topic.
This certification covers the operation and managing the various knowledge objects within the Splunk application. This is more about helping the users have a solid consistent experience in using Splunk. It is not about the back end administration of the servers themselves.
This certification is all about the technical administration of all aspects of Splunk. Everything from licensing, deployment management, indexing etc. This is for you if you want to be the wizard behind the curtain.
There is just one course behind this certification. It is the combination of the old Admin and Advanced Admin courses. It does require you have passed the Certified Knowledge Manager as the pre-requisite.
* Splunk Administration
Taking the Exams
Most of the folks I know have some experience with Splunk. For those people, I recommend you take the outlines for the courses behind each track. Highlight the agendas for the areas that you know you are weak in. Setup a v6 Splunk instance to practice those areas. Watch the tutorial videos from the Splunk intro page when you log into Splunk. Last, be sure to read ALL the documentation at least once related to the course material.
Then you just email firstname.lastname@example.org to request registration to take the exam. They will send you a personalized exam link in an email with details of the number of questions you have to pass for the particular exam. It will also tell you how long you have to take the exam once you start it. You can take the exam as many times as you need to pass it. But you have to wait two hours between attempts.