CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ vs. CompTIA Cloud+: How to Choose

by Kristin Ludwig | Apr 29, 2019

With more than 90% of all companies having moved at least some work to the cloud, now more than ever organizations need decision makers, analysts and process owners who understand vital cloud principles from a business and operations perspective. The new CompTIA Cloud Essentials+, slated for release later this year, validates the knowledge and skills required to make clear and conscious decisions about cloud technologies and their business impact. Keep reading to learn more about this refreshed vendor-neutral cloud certification and to understand how CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ differs from CompTIA Cloud+.

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Why Certify for Cloud Business Skills? 

Business acumen represents one of the largest skills gaps for IT pros, and a certification focused on business skills fills an unmet need for employers. CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ empowers candidates to make data-driven cloud recommendations by using their cloud to evaluate business use cases, financial impacts, cloud technologies and deployment models.

It’s ideal for not only business decision makers, business analysts and process owners who work for cloud service providers, but also IT pros expected to weigh in on their company’s cloud-related decisions. Furthermore, CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ demonstrates readiness for management-level positions and ensures understanding of the fundamental approach to cloud computing and the business impact of migrating and governing work in the cloud. 

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The new CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ certification addresses the increased diversity of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) required to not only comprehend cloud concepts and principles, but also understand the business and financial implications  of cloud environments and working with solution providers. The only vendor-neutral, cloud-specific business certification, CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ is current with today’s cloud environment –  the technology and how it is used – while focusing on the real-world issues and practical solutions of cloud products and services in business and IT. 

With CompTIA Cloud Essentials+, you’ll validate your understanding of the following: 

  • How to make comprehensive cloud assessments 
  • The financial and business aspects of making cloud product and service decisions 
  • Operational considerations for cloud computing and cloud services, such as data management and operational expenditures 
  • Governance, risk, compliance and security implications of cloud service decisions 

How Is CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ Different from CompTIA Cloud+? 

CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ and CompTIA Cloud+ are two very different, but complementary certifications. CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ is not a technical certification and is appropriate for both IT and non-IT professionals. CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ is an excellent supplement to CompTIA Cloud+ or other IT certifications. 

CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ vs. CompTIA Cloud+

Point of Comparison CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ CompTIA Cloud+
What does it cover? Cloud business decision making Technical cloud implementation
What educational background should I have? Non-technical background or IT background STEM-based education and/or career
What job roles does it apply to? People working in IT as well as non-IT roles (sales, marketing, etc.) for a cloud service provider IT pros implementing, maintaining and troubleshooting cloud technologies
How much experience do I need? At least 6 to 12 months of business analysis experience in an IT cloud environment or students with equivalent education and experience At least 2 to 3 years of hands-on experience with IT networking, storage or data center technology
Why should I get this certification? To advance your already-established IT career into team leadership or management and/or to enable you to make decisions or recommendations on cloud products and for your own organization or your customers To advance your already-established IT career through high-level technical roles

The new CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ certification exam (CLO-002) is slated for release in late 2019, but the beta exam is available now. Prove that you can be the go-to cloud decision maker in your organization with CompTIA Cloud Essentials+.

Learn more about CompTIA Cloud Essentials+, download the exam objectives and register to take the beta exam today.


  • Andres Ramirez

    Sunday, May 5, 2019

    As an Endpoint Support Specialist, I am noticing the lack of skills to teach, talk and train end users. It seems like there is not effort on learning how an end user is utilizing technology and at the end is getting information that is irrelevant. Let’s make sure to take a moment to learn about end user/company and its way of doing business before we consider on giving advice or provide certain IT services. Yours, -A

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