Is it necessary to do training before giving certification exam or can I directly sit for exam?
It used to be that you could skip training and sit the test for at least the first 3 based on years of experience (
admin ) and jump straight to the test, but who knows what they will allow now. Email and ask: Education_AMER@Splunk.com. As far as
user, it only requires
Fundamentals I which is a free E-Learning so you can just hit the
play button and not watch it to get credit for taking the course. There are labs but they are neither checked nor graded.
Fundamental 1 elearning is free for everyone. Which means you can go ahead and take the core certification exam.
If the company you work for is a partner with Splunk and has enrolled for any Education subscription, then you should check which courses are free for you. You should always register for one course at a time.
All the best with your Certification journey!
for some certification, it's possible to have exam without a training, but only the first ones, with the following trainings (e.g. Architect or Consultant) Splunk wants that you follow courses (it's a business!).
Anyway, you can find informations at https://www.splunk.com/pdfs/training/Splunk-Certification-Candidate-Handbook.pdf