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CDP Data Operator Exam Guide CDP-3003

NOTE: Although the exam is currently in beta (meaning that there may be some small edits made to the content) the exam allows you to earn your certification if you pass.


The exam tests the skills and knowledge required by data operators to use the Cloudera Data Platform:

It is required for a Data Operator professional, who knows how to ingest and flow data across complex ecosystems within and out of the enterprise using Cloudera tools. Data Operators will generate data pipelines proficiently, securely, and following the best data streaming practices for big data clusters with Apache NiFi and Apache Kafka. Knowledge of Cloudera DataFlow and MiNiFi is also required.

Exam Details

  • Exam Number: CDP-3003
  • Number of questions: 50
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Pass Score: 55%
  • Delivery: online, proctored
  • Please review the system requirements to enable online, proctored testing through QuestionMark
  • Allowed resources: none.
  • You may not use reference materials, white papers, user guides or any other resources during your exam.
  • Support: if you need help, please email us.

Cloudera Skills & Knowledge Measured

This exam measures the skills and knowledge topics listed in Table 1. below. The weighting of each topic is also listed.

Topic WEIGHT (% of exam)


  • Nifi Concepts and Fundamentals
  • Data Flows and Processors (Processors, connections, data flows)
  • ETL and record data (Record based components, read/write, enrich)
  • Optimize and Troubleshoot (Monitoring, reporting, troubleshooting, data flow optimization)
  • Integration (site to site and integration)
  • Security and Scalability




  • Kafka Concepts and Fundamentals
  • Kafka APIs
  • Kafka Cluster Setup and Configuration (less weight)
  • Security and Scalability
  • Monitoring and Operations
  • Kafka Ecosystem
  • Best Practices and Troubleshooting



Data Flow

  • Data Flow Fundamentals
  • Data Flow Deployments (Flow Definitions)
  • Dataflow Functions
  • ReadyFlows & Catalog




  • MiNifi Concepts and Fundamentals
  • MiNiFi Installation and Configuration
  • Managing MiNiFi



Suggested Training

Although optional, the Cloudera Educational Services courses listed below cover some of the same topics as listed in the table above. Real world, hands-on experience is highly recommended whether you participate in training or not.

Ingesting with Cloudera DataFlow (Cloudera DataFlow: Flow Management with Apache NiFi OnDemand)

Cloudera Training for Apache Kafka

Apache NiFi Anti-Patterns (FREE OnDemand)

Helpful documentation

CDP DataFlow




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