Why You Should Become an Atlassian Certified Administrator

The beginning of the year is the usual time to reflect on past accomplishments and set goals for the year ahead, both personally and professionally. The personal goals seem to come more naturally: be healthier, travel more, get organized. But when it comes to professional goals, it can be harder to come up with ones that are guaranteed to show a positive return and really bolster your professional growth. Well, you’re in luck. I've got a solution! If you’re administering JIRA, JIRA Service Desk, or Confluence, set your sights in 2018 on becoming an Atlassian Certified Administrator. Earning this formal endorsement from Atlassian will propel your career for years to come and set you up to do the best work of your life.

Hold yourself to high standards and take pride in what you do every day. Sounds pretty good, right? We all want to feel like we are doing the best work of our lives. If you’re an Atlassian administrator, the only way to prove to yourself (and current and future employers) that you *really* are the best-of-the-best is to become an Atlassian Certified Administrator. The preparation itself will make you a better administrator, and the benefits of joining this elite group of professionals will leave you feeling inspired and empowered.

I was very happy to pass, but even if I didn’t, the prep time was valuable. I learned things I simply didn’t know and explored parts of the application I hadn’t touched in a while. The certification process as a whole made me a better JIRA Administrator.

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Rachel Wright

Atlassian Certified JIRA Administrator

With almost 70,000 companies using Atlassian products today, administrators are in increasingly high demand. Becoming an Atlassian Certified Administrator sets you apart from the masses and opens doors to more opportunities and advancements on your career path. Earning your Atlassian Certification shows a long-term commitment to your professional development and sets you up for success throughout your career.

Create a Plan and Work It
Creating a plan to achieve your goals not only increases your likelihood of sticking to your resolutions, but it also breaks the work down into manageable tasks. Here’s our recommended plan of attack for earning your certification:
  • It's a good idea to have some experience under your belt (2-3 years for administrators)
  • Download the exam topics and evaluate your readiness. This will help you identify the areas that you need to focus on
  • Take the Certification Prep Course. This four-hour online course - complete with sample questions - will greatly increase your chances of passing on the first try
  • Set aside some time to study. Work through the Case Studies and hands-on exercises from the Certification Prep Course and refer to Atlassian's or Jirahelper's documentation for any extra help. Feel free to shoot me an email as well if you have questions about something!
  • Schedule and take the exam
  • Once you pass, update your credentials on LinkedIn and your resume and bask in your magnificence!

Here's to a successful 2018 and, if you become Atlassian Certified, a significant milestone in your career!



Jerry Voelker

I am the Director of Technology at a cooperative of 1,700 independent pharmacies. I still function as the IT Project Manager and am an Agile fanatic. I love Atlassian's products and started this site as a way to share my knowledge about them and the power of Agile!