There is a huge gap between supply and demand of skilled developers, especially when it comes to cloud-based technologies. There is an explosion in the cloud space, from Uber to Apple \u2014 everyone is using the\u00a0cloud. There are currently not enough skilled people to meet this growing demand.\nIn 2016 Cloud Foundry published a survey that found \u201can escalating gap in cloud skills which threatens enterprises\u2019 ability to embrace digital transformation.\u201d One of the key findings of the survey, that supposedly triggered this course, was that companies were increasing their efforts to train their existing engineering teams, instead of outsourcing engineering overseas or hiring new talent. This meant that there was an increasing demand for material to help these companies in training their employees.\n\n[ To the cloud! Real-world container migrations ] \n\nThe Cloud Foundry Foundation is responding to this demand by launching a training and certification program.\n\u201cCompanies need developers with the skills to build and manage cloud-native applications, and developers need jobs. We pinpointed this growing gap in the industry and recognized our opportunity to give both developers and enterprises what they need,\u201d said Chip Childers, CTO, Cloud Foundry Foundation. \u201cThe Cloud Foundry Foundation is a nexus for collaboration and growth across industries with the open source mentality that everyone should win \u2014 our members, end users, developers \u2014 so it\u2019s logical for us to drive a training and certification program that enriches the professional lives of developers and makes them valuable assets to companies who prize them for their own digital transformation.\u201d\nThe Cloud Foundry foundation is working closely with the Linux Foundation to create and deliver the \u201cCloud Foundry Certified Developer\u201d program, which will be delivered in partnership with the Linux Foundation.\n\u201cThe Linux Foundation, which has trained more than 800,000 students in over 215 countries on critical skills and certifications around Linux development, systems administration and OpenStack since 2003, will offer the online eLearning infrastructure for the Cloud Foundry Developer Certification initiative,\u201d said Cloud Foundry Foundation in a press release.\nThe program suite includes:\nA free introductory course offered via the edX platform.\nA self-paced eLearning Cloud Foundry Developer course.\nA training partner program which includes licensed materials for in-person Cloud Foundry developer classes, offered by member companies including DellEMC, EngineerBetter, IBM, Pivotal, Resilient Scale, SAP, Stark and Wayne and Swisscom.\n\u201cCloud Foundry Certified Developer\u201d Certification, awarded to individuals who pass a performance-based exam.\n\u201cAt launch of the new Cloud Foundry Developer Certification initiative, the training will be offered by more than a dozen leading technology, education and systems integration organizations around the world, including EngineerBetter, IBM, Pivotal, Resilient Scale, SAP, Stark and Wayne and Swisscom,\u201d said the press release.\nWhat sets this program apart is that it has \u2018open source\u2019 DNA in it, which means the course is performance-based, community-based and independent of any distribution vendor. Anyone who uses or offers a Cloud Foundry distribution will benefit from the program.\nAnyone can register for the free introductory course on edx.org in early May. According to the foundation, the self-paced eLearning course \u201cCloud Foundry for Developers\u201d will be available to the general public on June 13 for $500.\nThe Certification exam takes up to four hours to complete and can be taken online for $300. The exam will also be offered in-person at the Cloud Foundry Summit, Silicon Valley on June 13-15, 2017.\nCandidates for the certification exam should have hands-on practical experience building software that runs on Cloud Foundry. Topics covered in the exam include:\n\u00b7 Cloud Foundry basics\n\u00b7 Cloud-native architectural principles\n\u00b7 Troubleshooting applications on Cloud Foundry\n\u00b7 Cloud-native application security\n\u00b7 Working with services in Cloud Foundry\n\u00b7 Application management on Cloud Foundry\n\u00b7 Container management within Cloud Foundry\n\u00b7 Aptitude in modifying simple Java, Node.js and Ruby applications\nGeneral availability of the program will be announced at the Cloud Foundry Summit in Silicon Valley in June 2017.