CompTIA Unveils Cloud Credential Beta Exam

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CompTIA has launched a new beta exam for its Cloud Essentials+ credential.

Cloud Essentials+ validates the knowledge and skills required to make business decisions about cloud products and services, according to CompTIA. The certification is aimed at both business and technology professionals responsible for evaluating the business value of cloud technologies, and making informed decisions and recommendations for their organization.

CompTIA's James Stanger

CompTIA’s James Stanger

“The cloud has sparked an evolution in thinking about the role of technology; from a behind-the-scenes tactical tool to a valuable strategic asset that turns businesses into digital organizations and makes greater innovation possible,” said James Stanger, CompTIA chief technology evangelist. “But to unlock its true value, decision-makers must have a clear understanding about cloud technologies and their potential business impacts. Individuals who are CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ certified have demonstrated that they have the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions and recommendations on the business case for the cloud.”

The beta exam has been changed and updated with 80-90% new content that addresses market demand and employers’ needs for professionals with validated cloud business skills. Areas covered in the exam include:

  • The components of what should be included in a comprehensive cloud assessment.
  • The business, financial and operational aspects of implementing cloud-based technologies.
  • Security, risk management and compliance threats and solutions evaluated from a business perspective.
  • New technology concepts, such as data analytics, IoT and blockchain, and how they relate to cloud services.

CompTIA recommends that candidates for the beta exam have six to 12 months of work experience as a business analyst in an IT environment with some exposure to cloud technologies.

Individuals who earn a passing score on the beta exam will become Cloud Essentials+ certified. Beta test takers will be notified of test results after the launch of the official new exam, which is scheduled for mid-November.

The beta exam is available globally (except for China and India) in an English language version. To register for the beta exam, visit

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