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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Overview

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.

Jobs that use CompTIA Cloud Essentials

Business Development staff that sell cloud services

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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 $115.00 USD (See all pricing)
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Exam Preparation

Training Materials

There’s a wealth of training materials available that match your learning needs and learning style. Whether you are studying on your own, or in a classroom environment, we recommend CompTIA Authorized Quality Curriculum (CAQC) training materials that will help you get ready for your certification exam and pass the test.

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Instructor-Led Training

Instructor-led training provides a comfortable teaching environment with instructors that are familiar with the certification process and can help you master your certification exam. Find your instructor now.

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Ready for the Test?

When you’ve completed your training and you know you can take your certification exam with confidence, head over to the CompTIA Marketplace and purchase your exam voucher that you will need to sign up for the test.

Once you’ve purchased your voucher, you can find a testing location and schedule your test.

 

Renewal

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.

Buy Exam

CompTIA offers two options for taking the Cloud Essentials exam. You can take an in-person exam at an authorized Pearson VUE test center or an online exam from your home, office or anywhere that meets the testing environment requirements.

Online Exam

  • Remove the stress of transportation and an unfamiliar testing environment by taking the exam online from your home or office
  • Take the exam at any time, day or night, as long as a proctor is available.
  • Schedule your exam months, weeks, days or even just a few hours in advance.
  • After the initial rollout of CompTIA Online Testing, more features and locations may be added, so stay tuned!
  • Learn more about Online Testing

In-Person Exam

  • No special equipment needed! All you need are your identifying documents, and the testing center provides the rest.
  • Buy a voucher in advance or simply head to an authorized test center for a scheduled exam.
  • Your school or employer may offer discounts on your in-person exam.
  • PearsonVUE has authorized testing centers around the world and offers accommodations for people with disabilities.
  • Learn more about In-Person ​Testing

Certification refines your reasoning and your deductive ability when you’re troubleshooting, so you’re not just guessing.

Joshua Wragg,
president, Nexus Tech

CompTIA training and certification provide the full spectrum of IT understanding.

James Lapwood,
communications manager, Firebrand

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