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MuleSoft Certified Integration Associate Exam Guide


A person with the MuleSoft Certified Integration Associate certification is expected to be a knowledgeable and active participant in MuleSoft integration projects.

They should understand the fundamental language and principles of integration and API-led connectivity. These certified individuals are equipped to:

  1. Understand and identify the different roles, responsibilities, and stages involved in a typical integration project.
  2. Be familiar with and able to explain key integration concepts and terms commonly used by MuleSoft architects and developers.
  3. Recognize typical integration challenges, break them down into basic integration scenarios, and determine the right technologies for resolution.
  4. Articulate the usual technical complexities encountered in integration development.
  5. Describe the elements and advantages of using Anypoint Platform for both system integration and managing APIs.


The format of the examination is as follows:

  • Type: It is a multiple-choice test, conducted in a closed book format under supervision, and available online.
  • Number of Questions: The exam consists of 40 questions.
  • Time Allotted: The duration of the exam is 90 minutes, equivalent to 1.5 hours.
  • Passing Criterion: To pass, you need to score at least 70%.
  • Language: The exam is administered in English.
  • Attempt Limit: You are allowed up to 5 attempts to pass the exam. However, you must wait 24 hours between each attempt.


The cost details for the exam are as follows:

  • Initial Purchase: The exam can be bought for $200. This fee includes one free retake.
  • Additional Retakes: For attempts 3 to 5, each retake is offered at a 50% discount. However, these subsequent attempts do not include a free retake option.


The validity period for the certification is outlined as follows:

  • Expiration: The certification remains valid for two years from the date you successfully pass the exam.
  • Renewal: To extend the validity of your certification beyond this two-year period, you will need to retake and pass the exam.


The self-study materials recommended for this exam include:


Identify the roles, responsibilities, and lifecycle phases of a typical integration project

  • Identify the common reasons that IT integration projects frequently fail
  • Define the IT delivery gap and describe MuleSoft’s approach to closing it
  • Describe the characteristics and roles of an API-led IT delivery model that emphasizes both production and consumption
  • Describe the common delivery methodologies for integration projects
  • Identify key DevOps practices and tools for building, testing, deploying, and delivering integration solutions
  • Identify and describe the steps of the design, implement, and management stages of MuleSoft’s recommended product-centric API lifecycle
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities within a typical MuleSoft integration project team


Recognize and interpret essential integration concepts and terminology used by MuleSoft architects and developers

  • Distinguish between Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Identify the types of virtualization, computing, and storage infrastructure required by enterprise systems and describe the principles of system scalability
  • Classify and describe common networking protocols used in system communication
  • Recognize the differences between common data formats (e.g., XML, YAML, and JSON) used in transformations and configuration files
  • Define and describe the core concepts of API and enterprise system security
  • Identify and describe the HTTP components that enable RESTful web services
  • Define and correctly use the terms API implementation, API proxy, API interface, API client/consumer, and API invocation
  • Identify and classify RESTful, SOAP, AsyncAPI, and GraphQL APIs


Recognize common integration problems, deconstruct them into their fundamental integration use cases, and identify the appropriate technologies to solve them

  • Classify and describe the characteristics of common enterprise systems
  • Classify and describe the tradeoffs of legacy and modern integration approaches
  • Given a complex business problem, identify the fundamental integration use cases that can deliver an end-to-end business solution
  • Describe the purpose and function of the different classes of integration technologies
  • Identify the types of integration technologies that are most suitable to realize different integration use cases and business scenarios
  • Deconstruct an integration solution into its integration system constituents


Explain the common technical complexities and patterns that are central in integration development

  • Describe the differences between the request-reply, one-way, multicast, batch, and stream interaction patterns
  • Explain the differences between the aggregation, orchestration, and choreography composition patterns
  • Describe the purpose of an API specification and the benefits of following a design-first approach to API development
  • Describe and compare observability approaches for integration solutions including logs, metrics, and tracing
  • Design Mule applications using common features of core connectors
  • Describe the differences between cloud, hybrid, and on-premise deployment architectures
  • Describe the differences and tradeoffs between monolithic and microservices application architectures
  • Describe the difference between a service mesh and an API gateway


Describe the components and benefits of Anypoint Platform for system integration

  • Identify the primary components of Anypoint Platform and their benefits for system integration
  • Identify and describe the common characteristics of popular Anypoint Connectors for connecting to software applications, databases, and protocols
  • Identify the components and describe the benefits of the Anypoint Platform runtime planes and control planes
  • Describe the MuleSoft-hosted and customer-hosted deployment options for Anypoint Platform
  • Describe the uses and benefits of the Anypoint Platform development tools and languages for integration developers and DevOps teams
  • Describe and classify the types of reusable assets in Anypoint Exchange that form the building blocks of integration solutions


Describe the components and benefits of Anypoint Platform for API management

  • Identify the primary components of Anypoint Platform and their benefits for API management
  • Identify how MuleSoft products realize the goals of full lifecycle API development and Universal API Management (UAPIM)
  • Explain the advantages of API-led connectivity with Anypoint Platform over other integration and API management approaches



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