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DevOps Institute Certification Spotlight with Marc Hornbeek

Certifications, Humans of DevOps

Professional certifications are a reflection of the in-demand skills needed to break into a new career field. DevOps Institute helps IT professionals advance their skills, knowledge, ideas and learning through role-based certifications. These industry-recognized certification programs focus on modern competencies and job requirements necessary for today’s organizations that are implementing DevOps.

The individual we are spotlighting below is recognized as a “DevOps Certified” professional who holds accredited DevOps Institute certifications. This “Human of DevOps” actively advances and supports DevOps patterns and practices to strengthen the collective human ‘know-how’ within the DevOps community and help DevOps transformation succeed at their organization.

This week, we are excited to spotlight DevOps Certified Professional, Marc Hornbeek, CEO and Principal Consultant at Engineering DevOps Consulting. Marc holds certifications in DevOps Foundations, DevOps Test Engineering, Continuous Delivery Architect, and DevOps Leader.

Below, we asked Marc about what drove him to become certified, how certifications have benefitted his career, study tips and if he plans to secure more certifications in the future. 

Marc Hornbeek is the author of the book ‘Engineering DevOps’ and an analyst for the Accelerated Strategy Group. Marc is a specialist and expert at applying a deep knowledge of engineering practices of continuous testing, test automation, risk management, and continuous quality assurance methodologies to DevOps transformations. Marc applies his unique, comprehensive Engineering Blueprints, Seven-Step DevOps Transformation Blueprint and 9 DevOps Pillars discovery and assessment tools, together with targeted workshops to create DevOps transformation roadmaps and strategic plans. Marc is an IEEE Outstanding Engineer and a DevOps leadership advisor/mentor. He is a Blogger on and a freelance writer of DevOps content including webinars, and white papers.

(You can connect with Marc directly via Twitter @mhexcalibur or LinkedIn).

What drove you to get certified in each of your chosen domains?

As an engineering leader, and more recently as a DevOps consultant, I have long believed and experienced that DevOps is complex but the benefits of “DevOps-done-right” is worth it.  Knowledge of good DevOps engineering practices, crystalized through DevOps Institute certifications, is critical to mastering the complexity for the benefits of my stakeholders. Formal recognition by way of certification for the DevOps specialties is also a valuable addition to my resume.  

How has getting certified benefited your career? Any recommendations to others who are thinking about joining a certification program?

The DevOps Institute certifications are valuable credentials to validate my knowledge and skills when I present myself to clients. For example, the DevOps Foundations (DOF), DevOps Leadership (DOL), Test Engineering (DTE) and Continuous Delivery Architect (CDA) courses were all valuable when I was helping a large insurance company with their need to transition a large policy application team from slow, buggy waterfall processes to faster more predictable DevOps solutions.  As a DevOps Institute certification holder, the knowledge and clarity I gained from formal study to prepare for the exams has also helped me articulate and work through the complexities of DevOps when I am performing as a DevOps consultant with enterprise clients. 

What are your top study tips prior to taking an exam? 

Study the learner manual, watch the supplementary videos, do the exercises and study the study guide materials. 

Are you planning to secure additional certifications? Which ones?

Yes, most likely SRE Foundation and DevSecOps Engineering.

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