The CompTIA Cloud Essentials certification focuses on the real-world issues and practical solutions of cloud computing in business and IT. It’s the preferred cloud certification for business professionals and non-IT staff. While it isn’t a technical-heavy certification, its coverage of cloud computing principles is anything but superficial.

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More and more companies are shifting to a cloud computing model of doing business. With fewer infrastructure demands and more flexibility for staff members, the reasoning is clear from the businesses’ perspective. Hiring certified professionals with proven knowledge in cloud computing is the clear next step. CompTIA Cloud Essentials ensures that you and all other necessary staff members—not just the IT specialists—understand cloud computing and the work it takes to move and govern the cloud.

Cloud Essentials is relevant: The exam covers situations and equipment with respect to your specific experience and expertise. You will not need to perform tasks or master technical material you will not use in your day-to-day job.

Cloud Essentials is practical: Whether you are new to cloud computing or rely on it for high-level business practices, this fundamental approach provides the exact amount of preparedness you need.

Cloud Essentials remembers every scenario: The certification exam includes a risk-and-consequences component, understanding that every business has its unique IT needs. Each one will apply cloud technologies differently. Prepare for contingencies, malfunctions, security threats and other situations that require swift, effective decisions.

Cloud Essentials values security: One of the most common worries about cloud computing is the safety of the data involved. CompTIA Cloud Essentials answers those worries and shows you how to keep your sensitive data as secure in the cloud as it would be anywhere else. 

Cloud Essentials or Cloud+?

If you’re still on the fence about which CompTIA certification is best for you, consider this chart outlining the difference between CompTIA Cloud Essentials and CompTIA Cloud+.

CompTIA Cloud Essentials CompTIA Cloud+
Your education background or career doesn’t require a high level of IT training. Your education background or career is based in STEM.
Your organization is or will be using cloud computing in some fashion. You will be managing or maintaining your business’ IT infrastructure.
You are in management or a decision-heavy position within your organization. You have at least two to three years of hands-on experience with IT networking, storage or data center technology.
You want to understand the more fundamental, practical elements of your company’s cloud strategy. You are looking to advance your already-established IT career.

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Exam Details

Exam Codes CLO-001
Exam Description CompTIA Cloud Essentials covers cloud services from a business perspective. The expertise validated includes the business value of cloud computing, cloud types, steps to a successful adoption of the cloud, impact and changes on IT service management, as well as risks and consequences.
Number of Questions 50 questions
Type of Questions Multiple choice
Length of Test 60 Minutes
Passing Score 720
Recommended Experience At least six months working in an environment that markets or relies on IT-related services
Languages English, Japanese and Portuguese
Price $119 USD (See all pricing)
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The CompTIA Cloud Essentials certification is considered good for life and does not need to be renewed.

For certifications that are part of the CompTIA Continuing Education program and that can be renewed, please go to our Continuing Education page.

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