Start an easy learning path

The DataStax Certification program gives you the easiest, most focused path to success. With free courses and a clear goal in mind – this is the best way to motivate yourself to learn the latest technologies.

Build what’s next

There’s no coincidence that what DataStax Enterprise and Apache Cassandra™ are great at – global scale and high availability – is the solution to so many of today's innovative experiences and engineering challenges. And it's only the beginning. Become a part of it with DataStax Certifications.

Help your future-self

Whether you’re preparing for your next project or next step of your career, third party validation will help you succeed. According to StackOverflow, Apache Cassandra™ developers command 31% higher salaries, the highest of any database technology. That's a plus.

Certifications by DataStax

Professional Certification on Apache Cassandra™

Professional Certification on Apache Cassandra™ is the ideal foundational certification exam for developers and architects looking to test their Apache Cassandra expertise. Focused on fundamental Apache Cassandra™ and DataStax knowledge, this exam will set you on the pathway to join thousands of engineers already certified on the industry’s most popular, massively scalable NoSQL database.

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Professional Certification on DataStax Enterprise

Professional Certification on DataStax Enterprise builds on your Apache Cassandra certification with a focus on advanced DataStax Enterprise technology including DataStax Analytics, Search, and Graph. This certification prepares you with the knowledge you require to build fully distributed, intelligent, and responsive cloud applications. This certification exam tests your knowledge of the DataStax Java Driver, DSE Search, DSE Analytics, and DSE Graph. To prepare for the exam, we recommend reviewing the corresponding docs and taking DS310/DS320/DS330 on DataStax Academy.

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Looking for O'Reilly's Apache Cassandra™ 2.0 certifications?

View prerequisites for Developer, Administrator, or Architect certification exams.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are Apache Cassandra™ 3.0 and DataStax Enterprise Professional certifications available online?
    Yes! We now offer a secure online testing environment using a proctoring service. Read this page for the exam's rules and process, you can purchase your online certification exam by scrolling to the top of this page. 

  • What is the online exam's format and rules?
    Please read this page for the exam's rules and process, including explanation on how the online proctoring works and how you can prepare for it with preflight checks.
  • Where can I take the exam?
    The exam is available online. If you would like to request a training and certification event, please request one and we’ll try our best to make it happen. 
  • What do I need to bring to an in-person certification event? 
    Please bring a laptop with an up to date modern web browser. No downloads will be required.
  • When does the certification expire?
    While your certification never expires we recommend to stay up to date on the latest major version of Apache Cassandra™, which is currently version 3.0.
  • When will I receive my certification?
    If passed, your certificate will be available digitally on My Account page within 2 days of completing your exam.
  • How does the DataStax Professional Certification on Apache Cassandra™ relate to the O’Reilly Apache Cassandra™ 2.0 certifications (developer, admin, and architect)?
    The DataStax Professional Certification on Apache Cassandra™ covers version 3.0 and is our entry level foundation certification. Specializations for administrators and architects will be available as an upgrade to the Professional Certification Spring 2017.  For more information on O'Reilly's 2.0 exams please visit

  • How can I prepare for the O’Reilly Apache Cassandra™ 2.0 certifications developer, administrator, or architect? 
    We have recommended courses and practice tests for each located at the following links: developer, administrator, architect

  • If I am certified on Apache Cassandra™ 2.0 via O'Reilly does this mean my certification is now invalid?
    No. Your certification is still valid, and has no experation date. However, we do encourage staying to date with the latest major version e.g. 2.0, 3.0, etc.

  • What is the retake policy?
    Each exam credit purchase is valid for one attempt. If you do not show at the scheduled time or if you do not pass the exam, you must pay the fee again before re-taking the exam.
  • What is the refund policy?
    All sales are final. No refunds or returns under any circumstance.
  • When do I have to take the exam by?
    You must take the certification exam within 30 days of making your payment. If you do not take the exam within 30 days, the exam fee will be forfeited.