Elastic Certification FAQ

The following FAQ will help you understand the format of the Elastic Certified Engineer exam, as well as how to prepare for taking it. We also recommend you take the time to watch the following webinar — Preparing for the Elastic Certified Engineer Exam — which also answers a lot of questions about the exam and shows what the exam environment and tasks look like:

How do I become an Elastic Certified Engineer?

To become an Elastic Certified Engineer, you will need to pass our hands-on, performance-based exam. The exam requires completing a series of timed, real-world tasks on Elasticsearch clusters in a proctored environment.

How do I attempt the Elastic Certified Engineer exam?

Our exams are available from anywhere at anytime. You just need a computer with a webcam, modern web browser, and a good internet connection. You can purchase an exam attempt as soon as you feel you're fully prepared.

How long is the exam?

The exam is 3 hours long.

Why should I get Elastic certified?

Certification is a great way to show the world your Elastic expertise. The Elastic Certified Engineer exam is designed for versatile Elasticsearch experts who can install and manage Elasticsearch clusters as well as develop solutions for analyzing their indexed data. The digital Elastic certification badge you'll earn can enhance your professional visibility as well as grow opportunities for your company.

Which version of Elasticsearch is the exam using?

The exam is currently on Elasticsearch 7.2.

What operating system is the exam on?

The Elasticsearch instances provided to you in the exam environment are running on CentOS 7. You will need to be familiar with basic Linux commands like ssh, ps and cd, as well as a Linux text editor like vi, vim, emacs, or nano.

Do I have to attend training to become certified?

Training attendance is not mandatory, but we highly recommend you attend our Elasticsearch Engineer I and Elasticsearch Engineer II instructor-led training courses, available in-person or virtually. All of the exam objectives are covered in detail in these two training courses.

What is the format of the exam?

Our exams are performance-based, meaning that you must successfully complete tasks in real time on an Elastic cluster while a proctor watches both you and your screen remotely. This approach to testing makes our certifications meaningful in the industry, since Elastic Certified individuals have proven their skills in a hands-on environment.

How much does certification cost?

Certification exams are $400 per attempt.

Are there any discounts available?

Contact your Sales Representative and ask how you can receive bulk discounts on exam purchases!

Does my exam attempt expire?

Your exam attempt will expire 365 days (1 year) after your purchase date. You will receive a reminder email 2 months before expiration.

Do reattempts come with a discounted rate?

No, each attempt is $400. To be fully prepared for the exam, candidates should be able to complete all of the exam objectives. We strongly encourage all candidates to attend both the Elasticsearch Engineer I and Elasticsearch Engineer II training courses, as well as spend time working with Elasticsearch building real-world solutions.

What if I need to change or cancel my exam registration?

Scheduled exam times must be canceled or rescheduled 48 hours before their start. Failing to cancel or reschedule within this time period will result in forfeiting exam fees, and your exam eligibility will be marked as redeemed.

Is the exam refundable?

Your exam purchase is not refundable. However, you have one year from the purchase of your exam to use your attempt.

When do I receive my exam results?

You will typically receive your exam results within three business days.

How do I verify (and advertise) my certification?

After passing the exam, you will receive a digital badge that verifies your certification. You can share this digital badge on social media sites, email signatures, online forums, and more.

Do I have to memorize the documentation?

Certainly not! You will be granted access to the Elastic documentation during the exam at https://www.elastic.co/guide/index.html, so make sure you are comfortable with the layout of our docs and how to search. You will not have access to Google, Stack Overflow, or any other websites outside of our doc pages.

Do I need to install any special software to attempt the exam?

All you need is a stable broadband internet connection, a Chrome (or Chromium) web browser, a webcam, and a microphone. (A live proctor watches you and listens to you during the exam.) You also need to install an Innovative Exams screensharing plugin found in the Chrome Extension Store.

Is there a way to verify if my computer and internet connection meet the necessary requirements?

Yes. After you purchase the exam and select a date and time, you can run our compatibility check.

When can I start my scheduled exam?

You may attempt to start your exam up to 15 minutes before your scheduled start time but please note the exam may not be ready until your scheduled exam time. You MUST start your exam no later than 15 minutes after your scheduled start time. If you do not start your exam within 15 minutes of your scheduled start time, the system will automatically mark you as a No-Show and you will not be able to take your exam.

In addition, failing to appear within this time period will result in forfeiture of exam fees, and your exam credit/eligibility will be considered used.

Can I take a break during the exam?

Yes. You may take up to a 10 minute break to get a drink, eat a quick snack, use the restroom, and stretch your legs. If you need special accommodations beyond this for any reason or have any questions, please contact us prior to attempting the exam at certification@elastic.co.

How do you verify it's me taking the exam?

When you login to attempt your exam, you will need a non-expired government issued photo ID (i.e. driver's license, passport) that matches the name you gave us when you purchased the exam. If acceptable proof of identification is not provided to the proctor prior to the exam, entry to the exam will be refused. Please note that the ID will be used for identity verification only and will not be stored.

The proctor cannot release the exam to you until identification has been successfully verified and you have agreed to the terms and conditions of the exam. No refund or rescheduling is allowed if an exam cannot be started due to failure to provide proper identification.

Please note that the presented international passport or government issued form of identification must contain Western (English) characters.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

If you have any questions that haven't been answered, contact us at certification@elastic.co. Congratulations for making it all the way to the end of the FAQ!