About the certification

Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) is a discipline that incorporates aspects of software engineering and applies them to infrastructure and operations problems. The main goals are to create scalable and highly reliable software systems. The SRE Foundation is an entry-level certification intended for IT professionals seeking to validate their knowledge of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE).

This exam includes topics such as the basic foundations of SRE, SRE principles, practices, processes, and management. The SRE Foundation certification exam is an online, closed-book, and remotely-proctored exam. It includes 40 questions and the passing score is 70%. You will have 60 minutes to complete the exam.

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SRE Essentials

Exam details

Exam code


Launch date

September 28, 2019

Exam description

The SRE Foundation exam tests the candidate knowledge of Site Reliability Engineering.

Current version


Exam format

Multiple choice; computer-based; closed book

Number of questions

40 questions

Passing score

70% (28 out of 40)

Exam duration

60 minutes




English and Portuguese (Brazilian)

Exam description

The basic foundations of SRE, SRE principles, practices, processes, and management.


16 hours

Bloom's Taxonomy

Level 1 (Remembering), Level 2 (Understanding) and Level 3 (Applying)

Recommended reading

• Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems by Niall Richard Murphy, Betsy Beyer, Chris Jones, and Jennifer Petoff - O'Reilly Media


There are no prerequisites for this certification

Recommended experience

Six months of work experience in Site Reliability Engineering

Validity period


Exam Content Outline

   Domains Weight

1. Key terms and definitions


2. SRE Principles


3. SRE Practices


4. SRE Processes




How to get certified


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Take your online proctored exam in the comfort of your home or office.


Congratulations! You are certified!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does an ITCERTS certification exam cost?

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  • Are there any prerequisites to take the exams?

    There are no prerequisites to take the exams. ITCERTS recommends that candidates have at least six months of work experience in the area that the certification exam covers.

  • What is the exam retake policy?

    If a candidate does not achieve a passing score on the first attempt, there is no waiting period between the first and the second attempt. If a candidate does not achieve a passing score on the second attempt, the candidate must wait at least 7 days before retaking the exam for a third time. A candidate may not take a given exam any more than three times per year (12 months).

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  • Are there any mandatory training to take an exam?

    Training is recommended as part of your certification preparation, but it is not mandatory.

  • Which languages are the exams available in?

    Our exams are currently available in English and Portuguese.

  • Where can I take the exams?

    Exams are delivered online (Online Proctored Exams) and can be taken from anywhere in the world.

  • Do the ITCERTS certifications expire?

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