Certification Exam: Pivotal Application Architect


This exam takes 4 hours.


The hybrid Application Architect exam is designed to test and validate your understanding of and familiarity with:

  • Pivotal Cloud Foundry - Pivotal Application Service (PAS)
  • Spring Boot
  • Replatforming Java applications for PAS
  • Modernization of systems
  • Cloud-native patterns and practices

You will complete the exam on a Linux virtual machine that has all necessary software preinstalled. During the performance-based section of the exam, you will demonstrate your understanding of replatforming by replatforming a legacy Java application and deploying it to Pivotal Cloud Foundry. During the multiple-choice section of the exam, you will demonstrate your understanding of modernization by answering questions on the methods and technologies used to restructure complex systems.

You will be provided with checkpoints throughout the exam that will run tests against your software on Pivotal Cloud Foundry. The final examination is pass/fail.


Topics likely to be on this exam include:

  • Using custom buildpacks
  • Replatforming a legacy application using Spring Boot
  • Spring Boot Actuator
  • Spring Cloud technologies
  • Problem solving
  • Strategies to measure success of a modernization engagement


Prior to attempting the exam, Pivotal recommends thoroughly reviewing the exam study guide and exam brief.

Furthermore, we recommend taking the Pivotal Platform Acceleration Lab for Application Architects (Java) course.

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Fine print

Purchasing this exam entitles you to one (1) proctored exam attempt with our exam provider, PSI / ExamsLocal. All exams are taken online and are remotely proctored. You will receive exam registration and scheduling instructions via email once you have completed your exam purchase. Your exam must be scheduled and taken within 90 days of your exam purchase or your exam attempt will be forfeited.

Certification Exam: Pivotal Application Architect
Price: $450.00
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