Cloud computing: coming to a certification test near you (part 2)

May 8, 2012 at 8:15 am | Posted in CompTIA | Leave a comment
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Way back in 2010, I started looking into all things cloud when I attended TechEd 2010 in New Orleans. Back then, I was trying to use my crystal ball to predict just what the cloud meant to us in the certification world. Fast forward to 2012, and we are starting to see the beginnings of the cloud certification offerings, as well as cloud-centric content added to existing certifications.

CompTIA announced its new Cloud Essentials specialty certification on December 13, 2011:

“As use of the cloud expands, the demand for IT workers with cloud computing knowledge grows as well,” Terry Erdle, executive vice president, skills certification, CompTIA, said. “CompTIA Cloud Essentials is designed to bolster the cloud computing credentials of the IT workforce.”

According to the CompTIA Cloud Essentials page, a test candidate will see 50 questions and have 60 minutes to complete the exam. Here is the objective breakdown for the Cloud Essentials exam:

  • 1.0 Characteristics of Cloud Services From a Business Perspective – 15%
  • 2.0 Cloud Computing and Business Value – 20%
  • 3.0 Technical Perspective/Cloud Types – 20%
  • 4.0 Steps to Successful Adoption of Cloud Computing – 15%
  • 5.0 Impact and Changes of Cloud Computing on IT Service Management  – 15%
  • 6.0 Risks and Consequences of Cloud Computing – 15%

While there are no books currently on the market for this certification, there are general books available on cloud computing. McGraw-Hill will release CompTIA Cloud Essentials Certification Study Guide (Exam CL0-001) in November 2012, and I anticipate other study guides will follow.

While this is the only cloud-specific test currently in the CompTIA arena, many of their other, more popular offerings, including the Security+  and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) exams,  now require low-level understanding of cloud computing types and terminologies.

But don’t expect Cloud Essentials to be the last you will hear about the cloud from CompTIA. Word has it that there is more to come from CompTIA in cloud computing and mobile computing as these two areas become more vital in the global marketplace.

Are any of you considering this certification? If so, are you worried about the lack of resources available that are specifically written to this certification?

Drop us a line here at Transcender, and tell us what you think. We would love to hear from you!

Until next time….

-Robin

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