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F5 Certification Levels

  • F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator
  • F5 Certified Technology Specialists
  • F5 Certified Solution Expert

F5 provides a range of products and services to help organizations manage their network infrastructure and ensure optimal performance. One of these products is the BIG-IP APM, a powerful solution for managing access to network resources and applications. The F5 load balancer price is designed to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes and budgets. To help individuals build and validate their knowledge and skills in managing BIG-IP APM instances, F5 offers a range of certifications and training options. The CAPCE F5 courses provide in-depth coverage of the technology and best practices for managing BIG-IP APM, and include virtual instructor-led training and online resources. The F5 101 exam cost and F5 401 study guide provide individuals with the resources they need to prepare for certification exams, and the F5 certification cost is designed to be affordable and accessible.


Certification Tracks Overview

F5 offers four certification tracks covering different job roles Administration, Sales, Product Specialization, and Solutions Engineering. Choose the path that suits your needs and the depth of expertise required for your career or industry.

Administrator Track

Completion of an Administrator track validates that you have the fundamental knowledge necessary to manage, maintain, and do basic fault isolation of previously installed and configured F5 products or solutions.

Technical Professional Track

Completion of a Technical Professional track validates that you have the skills, understanding, and specialized knowledge of F5 solutions, allowing you to more effectively contribute to the F5 ecosystem.

Technical Specialist Track

Completion of a Technical Specialist track validates that you have the expert-level knowledge needed to design, implement, and troubleshoot a specific F5 product as part of an overall solution.

Solution Expert Track

Completion of a Solution Expert track validates that you have the expert-level knowledge needed to architect and design complex, integrated solutions with multiple F5 products and industry standards aligned with business and technical requirements.

EXAM 101Application Delivery Fundamentals

Every certification track begins here. Passing Exam 101 – Application Delivery Fundamentals ensures that candidates have the skills and understanding necessary for day-to-day management of Application Delivery Networks (ADNs) and verifies the candidate has the necessary foundation to pursue all further certification tracks.

EXAM 201TMOS Administration

Prerequisite: Valid passing score on Exam 101 or valid F5-CTP, Sales Certification

This is the second and final exam that must be completed successfully by candidates wishing to achieve F5 Certified! Administrator, BIG-IP status or F5 load balancer certification. Passing this exam shows independence in performing day-to-day operations and basic troubleshooting of TMOS-based devices in various application environments after it has been installed, configured, and implemented. Individuals may choose to complete their F5 certification journey here or move on to pursue the Technical Professional, Technical Specialist, Load balancers, App Security, Global Traffic Management, Api Gateway, Cloud or Security Solutions certification tracks.

EXAM 202Pre-Sales Fundamentals

Prerequisite: Valid passing score on Exam 101, or valid F5-CA, BIG-IP Certification

This is the second and final exam required to be certified as an F5 Certified! Technical Professional in Sales. Passing this exam means completion of the Technical Professional Certification track. Candidates who pass the 202 Pre-Sales Fundamentals exam have demonstrated that they possess the skills and understanding to sell F5 products to a technical audience, while also displaying the ability to align F5 solution recommendations to client needs on a case-by-case basis, and in a manner that is sensitive to the specific requirements of a potential clients’ applications.

EXAM 301ABIG-IP LTM Specialist: Architect, Set up, Deploy

Prerequisites: Valid F5-CA, BIG-IP Certification

This is the first of two exams in the F5 Certified! Technology Specialist, BIG-IP LTM certification and serves as a prerequisite to exam 301b. Candidates who pass this exam possess an understanding of underlying principles—from SSL-based VPN implementation to symmetric and asymmetric acceleration—and can draw on that insight to integrate BIG-IP LTM into existing networks as well as new implementations. Receiving the F5-CTS, BIG-IP LTM certification is a prerequisite for both the Cloud and Security Solutions Expert certification tracks.

EXAM 301BBIG-IP LTM Specialist: Maintain and Troubleshoot

Prerequisites: Valid F5-CA, BIG-IP Certification, valid passing score on Exam 301a

This is the second exam candidates are required to pass in order to receive the F5 Certified! Technology Specialist, BIG-IP LTM certification. Passing this exam validates their ability to design, implement, maintain, and troubleshoot advanced F5 product features to enhance the effectiveness of an Application Delivery Network. In addition, it shows that a candidate understands underlying principles—from SSL-based VPN implementation to symmetric and asymmetric acceleration and can draw on that insight to integrate BIG-IP LTM into existing networks as well as new implementations. Receiving the F5-CTS, BIG-IP LTM certification is a prerequisite for both the Cloud and Security Solutions Expert certification tracks.

EXAM 302BIG-IP DNS Specialist

Prerequisites: Valid F5-CA, BIG-IP Certification

Candidates that pass Exam 302 will receive the F5 Certified! Technology Specialist, BIG-IP DNS certification. People with this certification have the fundamental knowledge necessary to application delivery architects and application delivery engineers working with BIG-IP DNS, including the ability to understand the basic operation of the DNS protocol, deploy and test configurations, and troubleshoot and remedy common misconfigurations. These individuals also are able to explain the capabilities of DNS services to deploy applications globally. Receiving the F5-CTS, BIG-IP DNS certification is a prerequisite for the Cloud Solutions Expert certification tracks.

EXAM 303BIG-IP ASM Specialist

Prerequisites: Valid F5-CA, BIG-IP Certification

Upon passing Exam 303, candidates receive their F5 Certified! Technology Specialist, BIG-IP ASM certification. This certification verifies that a candidate is fully qualified to design, implement, and maintain BIG-IP ASM, integrating BIG-IP ASM with other platforms and products in a manner that is application-specific and appropriate to organizational policies, needs, and requirements. Receiving the F5-CTS, BIG-IP ASM certification is a prerequisite for the Security Solutions Expert certification track.

EXAM 304BIG-IP APM Specialist

Prerequisites: Valid F5-CA, BIG-IP Certification

In passing Exam 304, candidates receive the F5 Certified! Technology Specialist, Access Policy Manager certification. Individuals who receive this certification have demonstrated that they have the skills and understanding necessary for day-to-day management of Application Delivery Networks that incorporate technologies based on the TMOS operating system, and to implement, troubleshoot, and maintain BIG-IP APM in a variety of application environments, with special emphasis on different types of authentication, authorization, and accounting resources. Receiving the BIG-IP APM Specialist certification is a prerequisite for the Security Solutions Expert certification track.

EXAM 401Security Solutions

Prerequisites: Valid F5-CA, BIG-IP; F5-CTS, BIG-IP LTM; F5-CTS, F5-CTS, BIG-IP ASM; and F5-CTS, BIG-IP APM Certifications

Individuals who pass Exam 401 receive the F5 Certified! Solutions Expert, Security certification. These individuals have completed the entire Security track, and, in doing so have demonstrated their expertise not only in designing security solutions leveraging BIG-IP LTM, BIG-IP DNS, BIG-IP ASM, BIG-IP APM, BIG-IP Application Firewall Manager (AFM), BIG-IQ modules, IP Intelligence Services, WebSafe, and MobileSafe, but also in articulating the logic behind their designs, and aligning those designs with technical, security, and other requirements.

EXAM 402Cloud Solutions

Prerequisites: Valid F5-CA, BIG-IP; F5-CTS, BIG-IP LTM; and F5-CTS, BIG-IP DNS Certifications

Candidates who pass Exam 402 receive the F5 Certified! Solutions Expert, Cloud certification. These individuals have completed the entire Cloud track, and, in doing so have demonstrated that they possess the skills and understanding to identify business requirements for cloud solutions and translate those business needs into technical requirements. F5 Certified! Cloud Solution Experts also have the ability to develop and communicate the value of a solution that meets these technical requirements, integrating across multiple components to create an optimized cloud solution

F5 Local Traffic Manager (LTM)

F5 Administering BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)

Duration: 5 Days Remote, Classroom

F5 Access Firewall Manager (AFM)

F5 Configuring BIG-IP Access Firewall Manager (AFM)

Duration: 2 Days Remote, Classroom

F5 Access Policy Manager (APM)

F5 Configuring BIG – IP Access Policy Manager (APM)

Duration: 3 Days Remote, Classroom


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