How I passed Terraform Associate Exam?

How I passed Terraform Associate Exam?

I had no prior knowledge and it took me 60 days to clear this

Who am I?

I'm Maran Sowthri Kalailingam, Senior Software Engineer @ athenahealth

When did I get certified?

On 7th March 2022. You can check out my badge here

Here's how I did it

I'm a big fan of Fireship and his 100 seconds series. Several months ago, he released Terraform in 100 seconds

That was the first time I heard about Terraform. As an AWS Certified Developer Associate, I was 100% sure that this will be a big thing. I had been using CloudFormation as an IaC tool. I won't say it's bad, but Terraform is far better than that.

Mainly because

  • Terraform is Cloud Agnostic. Meaning, Terraform can manage infrastructure on multiple cloud platforms (such as AWS, Azure & GCP) at the same time.

  • Your IaC will look like a configuration file (such as below). This human-readable language helps you understand the existing setup and write infrastructure code quickly.

resource "aws_instance" "web" {
  ami           = "ami-08e4e35cccc6189f4"
  instance_type = "t3.micro"

  tags = {
    Name = "HelloWorld"

While I was trying to learn more about Terraform, I found that they also provide certifications. So I decided to give it a shot.

On Jan 8, 2022, I bought HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate Course on Udemy for 20$. It's a 10 hours on-demand course prepared by Zeal Vohra. Zeal is a DevOps engineer and worked as a consultant for multiple organizations. Though this course is specifically designed for certifications, he will also give you real-time examples of what problems Terraform is solving and why it is better that other IaC tools out there.


So, I prepared my schedule and started doing the course the very next day.

The first 10 days passed. I had to say this, "this is not complex at all". It's way simpler than the AWS Certification that I did earlier. If you have experience with any one of the programming languages, you will also feel the same. I started watching the tutorials at 2x speed. But at the same time, I was trying out all concepts locally with my AWS account.

A Month passed. I finished the course and attended practice tests which were provided there.



This is not bad, but the gap is huge. So just to assess myself, I bought Terraform Associate Practice Exam Bundle on Udemy for 7$. I took one exam a day and revised the results the next day.


This boosted my confidence level. I wanted to schedule my exam for the next weekend. But for some personal reasons, I was occupied on Saturday & Sunday. I couldn't schedule it for the next week, since the next 5 days were working days. So just to keep my knowledge refreshed and not miss out on anything, I bought one more Terraform Practice Exam Bundle on WhizLabs for 5$. But this is completely optional for you.

Here also results are pretty much the same.


Next weekend comes, I scheduled my exam at 5:45 AM on 17th Mar 2022 by paying 71$ + tax.

The day came, and I appeared 30 mins before the exam. I finished it on time and got the results on the same day.


P.S. My company athenahealth reimbursed my entire examination fees ๐Ÿ’–


  1. Udemy - HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate 2022

  2. Udemy - HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate Practice Exam 2022

  3. Whizlabs - HashiCorp Certified Terraform Associate - Practice Tests

  4. Maran's GitHub - Terraform configuration & Commands

  5. HashiCorp - More details about certifications

  6. HashiCorp - Free Study materials

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