CompTIA Cloud Essentials gives business professionals and non-IT staff the understanding of cloud computing principles based on real-world issues and practical solutions.

Why is it different?

CompTIA Cloud Essentials is an internationally recognized, vendor-neutral certification that measures the knowledge needed to help streamline cloud implementation, create a common language for staff and improve productivity across varying levels of business professionals. Cloud Essentials ensures that you and all other necessary staff members—not just the IT specialists—understand the fundamental approach to cloud computing and the work it takes to move and govern the cloud.

About the exam

The new CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ (CL0-002) exam coming in Q4 2019!
The beta exam for this certification available on April 29, 2019.

Interested in taking the beta exam? Registration begins April 29, 2019, on the Pearson VUE site.

Cloud Essentials validates the primary understanding of cloud language, principles and rationale that make up the cloud computing landscape. Cloud Essentials exam will show that successful candidates:

  • Have the knowledge and skills required to make clear and conscious decisions about cloud technologies
  • Understand what cloud computing means from a business and technical perspective by evaluating business use cases
  • Comprehend what is involved and the financial impact in deploying to and governing the cloud

More information on both versions of the exam is available in the Exam Details below.

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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.

Jobs that use CompTIA Cloud Essentials

Business Development staff that sell cloud services

Technical ​Sales Specialist

Business ​Analyst

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What Skills Will You Learn?

Configurations & Deployment

C​loud C​oncepts

Explain cloud principles, identify cloud networking concepts and storage techniques, and understand cloud design aspects.

Configurations & Deployment

Business Principles of Cloud Environments

Comprehend the financial aspects of engaging a cloud provider, as well as the business aspects of managing vendor relations in cloud adoptions.


Management and Technical Operations

Explain aspects of operating within the cloud, such as data management, availability, and monitoring. Understand how DevOps plays a role in cloud environments, such as with provisioning or API integration.


Governance, Risk, Compliance, and Security for the Cloud

Understand risk management concepts related to cloud services and identify the importance and impacts of compliance in the cloud.

Companies that trust Cloud Essentials

MacAulay-Brown, Inc.
BAE Systems
NTT Communications Corp.
General Dynamics Information Technology
US Department Of Defense

Who would benefit from Cloud Essentials?

Business Development staff that sell cloud services

Technical Sales Specialist

Business Analysts

Business Process Owners

Technical Support Staff


Exam Details

Exam Codes CLO-001 CLO-002 
Launch Date  October 2011  Beta launches April 29, 2019
New exam launches Q4, 2019 
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. CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ validates the candidate has the knowledge and skills required to make clear and conscious decisions about cloud technologies and their business impact by evaluating business use cases, financial impacts, cloud technologies, and deployment models with knowledge of cloud computing.
Number of Questions 50 questions 70 questions 
Type of Questions Multiple choice
Length of Test 60 Minutes 75 Minutes 
Passing Score 720 (on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended Experience At least six months working in an environment that markets or relies on IT-related services 6-12 months of work experience as a business analyst in an IT environment with some exposure to cloud technologies 
Languages English, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Thai English 
Price $119 USD (See all pricing)
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What’s in this version

The updated exam will certify the successful candidate has the knowledge, skills, and ability required to analyze information using business principles to make cloud product and service decisions. Our vendor-neutral certification will enable candidates to make business decisions on any cloud platform. The updated exam will cover:

  • Key cloud concepts like principles, networking, storage, and design
  • Business principles including creating cloud assessments based on financial and business aspects
  • A wide range of new technologies related to cloud services

How Does CompTIA Cloud Essentials Compare?

EXIN Cloud Computing Foundation Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)
Exam Focus Foundational cloud services from a business perspective The use and management of internet-based cloud services Broad range of cloud computing security issues to develop a cloud security program
Experience Level Entry Entry Intermediate
Vendor Neutral

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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.

Good for Life Certifications Cloud Essentials is good for life.

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