SaltStack Certification

SaltStack has quickly become the automation standard for thousands of data center infrastructures and application environments around the world. The pervasiveness of SaltStack software has created substantial demand for SaltStack experts and service and consulting professionals for new implementations and complex data center transformation projects.

The SaltStack certification program provides SaltStack customers with service-level assurances and top-quality consulting engagements. Today SaltStack offers a SaltStack Certified Engineer (SSCE) designation that proves substantial expertise and real-world knowledge of the SaltStack platform.

SaltStack Certified Engineers (SSCEs) can help optimize and increase the value and effectiveness of SaltStack software for any customer. To engage the certified SaltStack services organization or SSCE partner organization, please review our offerings here or contact us at

To become a SaltStack Certified Engineer, a candidate must:

  • Have demonstrable real-world experience with SaltStack
  • Complete Official SaltStack training courses:
    • Salt Administration I
    • Salt Administration II
  • Pass the SSCE exam

SaltStack Certified Engineers can be validated here.

Take the SSCE exam

The schedule of SSCE exam offerings is found on the SaltStack Enterprise training page. View the schedule of course offerings and register for the exam.  After registration, you will receive an email containing instructions the day prior to the exam.

The SSCE exam is timed at one hour, is open-book and Internet but not open friend, and includes 80 questions randomly pulled from a list of hundreds.

Exam Topics

The exam includes questions related to the following SaltStack topics:

Common Salt execution modules Usage and knowledge of execution modules like ‘’ ‘sys.doc’ ‘git’ and ‘grains’
Common Salt state modules Usage and knowledge of state modules like ‘pkg’ and ‘network’
Using Salt states How to apply Salt states to solve various problems in the Salt ecosystem
Using SaltStack pillar Data storage, matching and manipulation with the Salt pillar subsystem
Command line usage Running Salt commands from the CLI
SaltStack configuration Configuration parameters for Salt masters and minions
Salt key Authentication of Salt masters and minions
Salt security Encryption, message transport and privacy of data within Salt
Templating Using Jinja and other template techniques to generate and drive Salt processes

For additional information about how and where to take the SSCE exam, please contact