AppDynamics Certified Associate Performance Analyst

Whether you are a site reliability engineer, an architect, a consultant, work in DevOps, or are a “power user”, who works with AppDynamics technologies, you have the opportunity to set yourself apart from the pack by becoming an AppDynamics certified Performance Analyst.

What does it mean to hold the AppDynamics Certified Associate Performance Analyst certification?

An individual who attains the AppDynamics Certified Implementation Professional certification has demonstrated, by passing the associated exam, that they have the knowledge and skills required to:

  • Use AppDynamics technologies to monitor systems, applications, and business process performance.
  • Recognize, analyze, and potentially remediate, performance issues.
  • Use AppDynamics core Application Performance Manager, Application Analytics, and End-User Monitoring technologies.


Individuals interested in pursuing the AppDynamics Certified Associate Performance Analyst certification are advised to do the following:

  1. Review the preparation guide for the AppDynamics Certified Associate Performance Analyst exam.
  2. Complete the courses outlined in the Performance Analyst Learning Track, or equivalent (while completing this track is not required, it is highly recommended). Undertaking AppDynamics training is a great way to learn about the topics assessed in the exam. For those with many years of experience with our technologies, our training provides the level of refresher necessary to bring you up to date with new product features and functionalities. Please note: Completing these courses will not provide the ~6 months of practical experience that may be required in order to pass this exam.
  3. Assent to the Certification Candidate Agreement presented at the beginning of the AppDynamics Certified Associate Performance Analyst exam.
  4. Take and pass the AppDynamics Certified Associate Performance Analyst exam.

Who should pursue the AppDynamics Certified Associate Performance Analyst certification?

Individuals who have experience using AppDynamics technologies to monitor systems, applications and business process performance, and who have the knowledge and skills required to recognize, analyze, and potentially remediate, performance issues, and otherwise effectively utilize AppDynamics core Application Performance Manager, Application Analytics, and End-User Monitoring technologies.

What are some of the prerequisite knowledge and skills not assessed on the exam associated with the certification that a successful examinee should have prior to sitting the exam?

  • Basic awareness of one or more of the following: Java, .NET, PHP, Node.js, Python
  • Basic knowledge of XML
  • Knowledge of web application design, web services and common service frameworks
  • Power user knowledge of Windows or Unix
  • Experience troubleshooting and solving software related issues

What are the knowledge and experience of the minimally qualified candidate for an AppDynamics Certified Associate Performance Analyst certification?

  • Understands user permissions in the context of Windows or Linux
  • Understands how web applications, such as request and response transactions can map the AppDynamics Intelligent Platform architecture
  • Understands agent deployment and validation
  • Has installed the agent
  • Can review Business Transaction Auto discovery strategy and update if required
  • Can create up to 5 Business Transactions/tier
  • Knows how to review backend grouping strategy and update them if necessary
  • Has created health rules, alerts and policies
  • Has created and imported pre-created dashboards templates
  • Knows how to explore, test and configure basic Business Transaction detection rules
  • Has troubleshot Business Transactions using flow maps, snapshots, metric browser, diagnostics sessions, events
  • Has extended monitoring capabilities by using custom entry points, exit points, information points, data
  • Knows how to address potential issues by setting up custom dashboards, health rules, actions, policies, and runbook automation

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