15 OKR examples for Certification

What are Certification OKRs?

The Objective and Key Results (OKR) framework is a simple goal-setting methodology that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s. It became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s, and it's now used by teams of all sizes to set and track ambitious goals at scale.

How you write your OKRs can make a huge difference on the impact that your team will have at the end of the quarter. But, it's not always easy to write a quarterly plan that focuses on outcomes instead of projects.

We have curated a selection of OKR examples specifically for Certification to assist you. Feel free to explore the templates below for inspiration in setting your own goals.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

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Our Certification OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for Certification. We also included strategic projects for each template to make it easier to understand the difference between key results and projects.

Hope you'll find this helpful!

OKRs to attain IIBA ECBA certification

  • ObjectiveAttain IIBA ECBA certification
  • Key ResultScore 80% consistently in mock ECBA practice exams
  • Key ResultFinalize proven test strategies and apply on practice ECBA exams to ensure readiness
  • TaskApply strategies on practice ECBA exams
  • TaskReview and finalize current test strategies
  • TaskEvaluate performance to ensure exam readiness
  • Key ResultComplete preparation of 70% of total ECBA study material within first few weeks
  • TaskCreate a structured study schedule based on the ECBA syllabus
  • TaskDedicate specific hours daily for focused study sessions
  • TaskRegularly review progress to ensure 70% completion

OKRs to obtain ISO 27001 certification

  • ObjectiveAchieve ISO 27001 certification
  • Key ResultAddress all identified non-conformities and implement corrective actions promptly
  • TaskMonitor the progress of implemented corrective actions and report any deviations promptly
  • TaskDevelop a corrective action plan outlining steps to resolve each non-conformity
  • TaskReview and document all identified non-conformities from the assessment
  • TaskAssign responsible individuals to execute the corrective actions within specified timelines
  • Key ResultPass the external audit with no major findings and obtain ISO 27001 certification
  • TaskConduct regular internal audits to ensure ongoing compliance with ISO 27001 requirements
  • TaskWork closely with external auditors to address any findings and promptly resolve them
  • TaskImplement necessary security controls and procedures to address identified gaps
  • TaskReview existing security controls and identify gaps or areas for improvement
  • Key ResultConduct a successful internal audit to ensure compliance with ISO 27001 requirements
  • TaskDevelop and implement corrective actions for identified non-compliance issues
  • TaskConduct interviews and surveys to gather feedback from employees on compliance practices
  • TaskAssess and document the effectiveness of existing security controls
  • TaskReview and update company policies to align with ISO 27001 requirements
  • Key ResultImplement necessary security controls to comply with ISO 27001 standards

OKRs to attain ISO 27001 certification

  • ObjectiveAchieve ISO 27001 certification
  • Key ResultImplement necessary controls and measures to address identified risks and improve information security
  • TaskRegularly monitor and test the effectiveness of implemented controls and measures
  • TaskEstablish strong access controls and authentication mechanisms to protect sensitive information
  • TaskConduct a comprehensive risk assessment to identify vulnerabilities and potential threats
  • TaskDevelop and implement security policies and procedures based on the identified risks
  • Key ResultTrain all employees on information security policies and procedures to ensure compliance
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive training program on information security policies and procedures
  • TaskConduct mandatory training sessions for all employees on information security policies and procedures
  • TaskProvide all employees with updated written materials outlining information security policies and procedures
  • TaskRegularly assess and evaluate employees' understanding of information security policies and procedures
  • Key ResultConduct a comprehensive risk assessment to identify gaps in information security practices
  • TaskDevelop action plans to address and close the identified gaps in information security practices
  • TaskIdentify potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the existing information security infrastructure
  • TaskReview current information security practices and policies
  • TaskAssess the potential impact of identified risks on the organization's information and data
  • Key ResultSuccessfully pass the ISO 27001 certification audit conducted by an accredited external body
  • TaskAddress any identified gaps or weaknesses in the information security controls
  • TaskPrepare and organize all required documentation and evidence for the audit process
  • TaskImplement necessary improvements to align with ISO 27001 requirements and best practices
  • TaskConduct a thorough internal review of all information security controls and processes

OKRs to achieve ISO 27001 certification with an action plan

  • ObjectiveAchieve ISO 27001 certification with an action plan
  • Key ResultDevelop and implement necessary policies and procedures to align with ISO 27001 standards
  • TaskDevelop new policies and procedures to meet ISO 27001 standards
  • TaskCommunicate and train employees on the new policies and procedures
  • TaskConduct a gap analysis to identify policy and procedure gaps
  • TaskRegularly review and update policies and procedures to ensure compliance with ISO 27001
  • Key ResultConduct a comprehensive gap analysis to identify all compliance requirements
  • Key ResultSuccessfully pass the external ISO 27001 certification audit conducted by a certified auditor
  • TaskUpdate and document all necessary processes and procedures in accordance with ISO 27001
  • TaskConduct a comprehensive review of the ISO 27001 standard requirements and guidelines
  • TaskImplement a risk management framework aligned with the ISO 27001 requirements
  • TaskTrain employees on ISO 27001 procedures and their roles in maintaining compliance
  • Key ResultTrain all employees on information security awareness and best practices

OKRs to improve professional development through agreed certifications

  • ObjectiveImprove professional development through agreed certifications
  • Key ResultAttend 3 industry conferences or workshops
  • TaskArrange travel and accommodation if needed
  • TaskRegister and pay for attendance at each event
  • TaskIdentify 3 industry conferences or workshops of interest
  • Key ResultObtain positive feedback from manager on professional growth
  • TaskActively ask for manager's engagement in professional development
  • TaskShowcase work improvement and better decision-making skills
  • TaskConsistently exceed targets and expectations at work
  • Key ResultComplete 2 relevant certifications by end of period
  • TaskComplete course materials and pass exams
  • TaskResearch suitable certifications related to your career goals
  • TaskEnroll in chosen certification programs

OKRs to acquire GCP certification with strong knowledge and skills

  • ObjectiveAcquire GCP certification with strong knowledge and skills
  • Key ResultReceive positive feedback from a GCP certified professional on the project implementation
  • TaskImplement any suggested improvements or modifications based on the feedback received
  • TaskPrepare a detailed presentation showcasing the positive outcomes and key milestones achieved
  • TaskCollect essential data and testimonials from team members about their experience with the project
  • TaskRequest a meeting with the GCP certified professional to discuss the project implementation
  • Key ResultComplete all GCP training modules and hands-on exercises with a passing score
  • TaskComplete all hands-on exercises by following the provided instructions
  • TaskTake and pass all assessments with a passing score to successfully finish the training
  • TaskStudy the training material thoroughly to understand the concepts and procedures
  • TaskEnroll in all GCP training modules and access hands-on exercises
  • Key ResultSuccessfully pass the GCP practice exams with a score above 90%
  • TaskReview GCP documentation and whitepapers to supplement study materials
  • TaskCreate a study schedule with dedicated time each day
  • TaskIdentify weak areas and focus on studying those topics more thoroughly
  • TaskTake timed practice exams to improve speed and build endurance
  • Key ResultImplement a practical GCP project showcasing proficiency in relevant technologies
  • TaskResearch and select relevant GCP technologies and tools to be utilized
  • TaskDefine project scope, objectives, and requirements
  • TaskDevelop and implement the GCP project, ensuring proficiency in all selected technologies
  • TaskPlan and design the architecture and workflow of the GCP project

OKRs to obtain position as Director of Product

  • ObjectiveObtain position as Director of Product
  • Key ResultObtain certification in product management
  • TaskEnroll in chosen certification program
  • TaskSuccessfully complete coursework and examination
  • TaskResearch suitable product management certification programs
  • Key ResultLead cross-functional team in successful product launch
  • TaskAssemble cross-functional team from various departments
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive product launch strategy
  • TaskOversee and guide execution of launch plan
  • Key ResultReceive positive feedback from peers and superiors on product leadership skills
  • TaskEarn respect through optimistic and decisive decision-making
  • TaskDevelop and showcase strong product knowledge regularly
  • TaskActively gather feedback after leading product meetings or presentations

OKRs to achieve proficiency as a middle level java developer

  • ObjectiveAchieve proficiency as a middle level java developer
  • Key ResultSuccessfully finish 2+ programming projects utilizing complex Java frameworks
  • TaskDedicate time each day to coding and project progress
  • TaskContinuously test and debug until projects are completed
  • TaskSelect two projects utilizing complex Java frameworks
  • Key ResultGet certified as a Sun Certified Java Programmer
  • TaskStudy and complete any prerequisite coursework or training
  • TaskResearch requirements for Sun Certified Java Programmer certification
  • TaskRegister and pass the certification exam
  • Key ResultComplete 3 advanced Java courses with a score of 85% or higher
  • TaskDedicate time daily to studying course material
  • TaskAim to achieve at least 85% on all tests/assignments
  • TaskResearch and enroll in 3 advanced Java courses

OKRs to master cloud services architecture: argocd, kubernates, istio, terraform

  • ObjectiveMaster cloud services architecture: argocd, kubernates, istio, terraform
  • Key ResultDeliver a presentation on the learnings and real-world application of these technologies
  • TaskPractice the presentation for clear and engaging delivery
  • TaskPrepare comprehensive slides to explain key technology learnings
  • TaskResearch real-world application examples of these technologies
  • Key ResultObtain certification in Kubernetes and ArgoCD within the agreed time frame
  • TaskDedicate specific hours each week for course work and study
  • TaskSchedule and complete certification exams before the deadline
  • TaskResearch and enroll in a reputable Kubernetes and ArgoCD certification course
  • Key ResultSuccessfully deploy 3 projects using Istio and Terraform by quarter end
  • TaskDevelop a deployment strategy using Istio and Terraform
  • TaskIdentify the requirements and scope for each of the 3 projects
  • TaskExecute deployment plan, monitor progress, and troubleshoot any issues

OKRs to enhance maturity and capabilities of Product Owners

  • ObjectiveEnhance maturity and capabilities of Product Owners
  • Key ResultImplement peer-based feedback system to improve Product Owners' performance
  • TaskDesign a structured and anonymous peer-review feedback form
  • TaskIntegrate peer-review feedback system into performance evaluations
  • TaskTrain Product Owners on giving and receiving feedback
  • Key ResultIncrease Product Owners' certification rate by 30%
  • TaskSchedule regular certification exam preparation sessions
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive in-house owners' certification training program
  • TaskImplement incentives for achieving certification
  • Key ResultConduct 2 advanced level training sessions for all Product Owners
  • TaskPrepare comprehensive materials for two sessions
  • TaskSchedule and conduct two advanced training sessions
  • TaskIdentify topics relevant to advanced Product Owner training

OKRs to enhance team efficiency in managing Kubernetes across the organization

  • ObjectiveEnhance team efficiency in managing Kubernetes across the organization
  • Key ResultTrain team to achieve 100% completion of Kubernetes Advanced certification
  • TaskMonitor progress and provide additional support as needed
  • TaskIdentify necessary materials for Kubernetes Advanced certification training
  • TaskSchedule regular training sessions for the team
  • Key ResultImprove deployment speed by 25% through Kubernetes optimizations
  • TaskImplement and test optimization strategies for identified Kubernetes areas
  • TaskAudit the current Kubernetes settings and identify areas of potential improvement
  • TaskAdjust Kubernetes configurations for faster service deployment
  • Key ResultReduce Kubernetes-related errors by 20% with proactive monitoring
  • TaskRegularly update and optimize Kubernetes configurations
  • TaskSchedule routine check-ups to identify potential errors
  • TaskImplement a proactive monitoring system for Kubernetes

OKRs to enhance cybersecurity maturity in the organization

  • ObjectiveEnhance cybersecurity maturity in the organization
  • Key ResultImplement a cybersecurity awareness training program for 85% of the staff
  • TaskSchedule training sessions with 85% of staff
  • TaskTrack and report staff training completion
  • TaskIdentify suitable cybersecurity training program for staff
  • Key ResultReduce the number of security incidents by 30%
  • TaskImplement regular, mandatory cybersecurity training sessions
  • TaskUpdate all systems and applications routinely
  • TaskEnable stringent password protocols
  • Key ResultAchieve ISO 27001 cybersecurity certification
  • TaskPrepare and pass the ISO 27001 audit
  • TaskImplement necessary controls and security measures
  • TaskConduct a comprehensive risk assessment of your information security system

OKRs to enhance proficiency in DevOps with AWS

  • ObjectiveEnhance proficiency in DevOps with AWS
  • Key ResultEarn AWS certified DevOps engineer certification by passing the professional exam
  • TaskReview course material for AWS DevOps engineer certification
  • TaskRegularly practice with AWS hands-on labs
  • TaskSchedule and take the professional exam
  • Key ResultTroubleshoot and resolve at least 10 complex problems using AWS DevOps knowledge
  • TaskImplement solutions and confirm each problem's resolution
  • TaskDevelop strategies using DevOps knowledge for troubleshooting each issue
  • TaskIdentify and categorize ten complex problems within the AWS framework
  • Key ResultSuccessfully implement 5 DevOps projects using AWS tools and services
  • TaskSchedule project execution timeline and delegate necessary tasks
  • TaskEquip team with training on AWS tools and services
  • TaskIdentify and prioritize 5 suitable projects for a DevOps approach

OKRs to elevate understanding in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

  • ObjectiveElevate understanding in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
  • Key ResultComplete an advanced M&E online certification course with a final score of 85+%
  • TaskDedicate time daily for course content and study
  • TaskEnroll in an advanced M&E online certification course
  • TaskScore 85%+ on all assessments and the final exam
  • Key ResultOrganize and lead a knowledge-sharing session in M&E for colleagues
  • TaskIdentify relevant M&E topics to cover in the session
  • TaskSchedule a meeting date, time, and location
  • TaskPrepare and distribute informative materials for the session
  • Key ResultConduct two insightful case studies related to M&E methods by end of quarter
  • TaskConduct research and data collection for both case studies
  • TaskAnalyze data and write up both case studies
  • TaskIdentify relevant research topics for M&E methods case studies

OKRs to enhance my SCRUM proficiency

  • ObjectiveEnhance my SCRUM proficiency
  • Key ResultImplement effective SCRUM methodologies in three team projects to improve productivity
  • TaskTrain the teams on SCRUM methodologies and principles
  • TaskMonitor and adjust SCRUM implementation regularly
  • TaskIncorporate SCRUM into the project management framework
  • Key ResultDeliver two presentations on newly acquired SCRUM knowledge to the team
  • TaskSchedule two team meetings for presentations
  • TaskPrepare outline summarizing key points of SCRUM knowledge
  • TaskCreate engaging and informative presentations
  • Key ResultComplete two advanced SCRUM certification courses by the end of the quarter
  • TaskResearch and select two advanced SCRUM certification courses
  • TaskComplete and pass all coursework
  • TaskEnroll in selected courses

Best practices for managing your Certification OKRs

Generally speaking, your objectives should be ambitious yet achievable, and your key results should be measurable and time-bound (using the SMART framework can be helpful). It is also recommended to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Here are a couple of best practices extracted from our OKR implementation guide 👇

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

Focus can only be achieve by limiting the number of competing priorities. It is crucial that you take the time to identify where you need to move the needle, and avoid adding business-as-usual activities to your OKRs.

We recommend having 3-4 objectives, and 3-4 key results per objective. A platform like Tability can run audits on your data to help you identify the plans that have too many goals.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's audit dashboard will highlight opportunities to improve OKRs

Tip #2: Commit to the weekly check-ins

Having good goals is only half the effort. You'll get significant more value from your OKRs if you commit to a weekly check-in process.

Being able to see trends for your key results will also keep yourself honest.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's check-ins will save you hours and increase transparency

Tip #3: No more than 2 yellow statuses in a row

Yes, this is another tip for goal-tracking instead of goal-setting (but you'll get plenty of OKR examples above). But, once you have your goals defined, it will be your ability to keep the right sense of urgency that will make the difference.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid having more than 2 yellow/at risk statuses in a row.

Make a call on the 3rd update. You should be either back on track, or off track. This sounds harsh but it's the best way to signal risks early enough to fix things.

Best way to track your Certification OKRs

The rules of OKRs are simple. Quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly, and yearly OKRs should be tracked monthly. Reviewing progress periodically has several advantages:

  • It brings the goals back to the top of the mind
  • It will highlight poorly set OKRs
  • It will surface execution risks
  • It improves transparency and accountability

Spreadsheets are enough to get started. Then, once you need to scale you can use a proper OKR platform to make things easier.

A strategy map in TabilityTability's Strategy Map makes it easy to see all your org's OKRs

If you're not yet set on a tool, you can check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates guide to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

More Certification OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

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