New CompTIA Cloud+ Certification Exam Available Worldwide

CompTIA, the leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for information technology (IT) professionals, announced the worldwide availability of a new CompTIA Cloud+ certification exam.

Along with the global launch of the new exam CompTIA has released a comprehensive suite of Official CompTIA Learning products associated with the new test. These flexible training options include self-paced learning, live online training, custom training and labs.

CompTIA Cloud+ validates the skills IT professionals need to deploy and automate secure cloud environments that support the high availability of business systems and data.

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“Operating in a multicloud environment poses new challenges and opportunities to deploy, optimize and protect mission critical applications and data storage,” said Randall Edwards, certification product manager at CompTIA. “CompTIA Cloud+ validates the technical skills needed to secure these valuable assets. It is the only performance-based IT certification that views cloud-based infrastructure services in the context of broader IT systems operations regardless of platform or vendor.”

Employers in a range of industries – including aerospace, defense, healthcare and technology – either require or strongly recommend CompTIA Cloud+ for their cloud engineers, security architects, security engineers, systems administrators, systems engineers, cloud specialists, cloud project managers and related positions.

Major areas of emphasis on the new CompTIA Cloud+ exam include:

  • More depth on the skills needed to secure the cloud regardless of the vendor solution.
  • High availability is highlighted as an important factor for disaster recovery and security measures.
  • Greater emphasis on automation and virtualization in place of hands-on cloud management.
  • The addition of exam content on cloud architecture and design, highlighting the importance of the foundational technologies that comprise the cloud instead of focusing on vendor-specific tasks.

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The new exam was developed with guidance and input from cloud experts representing a broad spectrum of industries, including communications, defense, engineering and technology. The U.S. Department of Defense has approved CompTIA Cloud+ for its Directive 8140/8570.01-M, which identifies certifications that information assurance and cybersecurity personnel and contractors must hold. CompTIA Cloud+ is also accredited by ANSI to show compliance with the ISO 17024 Standard.

Official CompTIA Learning products

Current and aspiring IT professionals have a rich selection of learning options to choose from to prepare for the new CompTIA Cloud+ exam, including:

  • CompTIA CertMaster Learn, comprehensive eLearning that features a customizable learning plan and scenario-based performance-based questions that take users on a path of consistent learning toward their certification exam.
  • CompTIA CertMaster Labs, which provide hands-on experience in real cloud environments with feedback, hints and scored assessment. When purchased in a bundle with CertMaster Learn, CertMaster Labs are integrated throughout the eLearning experience. (Available June 30)
  • CompTIA CertMaster Practice, an online adaptive knowledge assessment and certification exam practice and preparation companion tool.
  • The Official CompTIA Cloud+ Study Guide, available in print or electronic format and packed with informative and accessible content that covers all exam objectives.

CompTIA recommends that candidates for CompTIA Cloud+ have a minimum of five years’ experience in IT, including two to three years in systems administration or networking, and hold CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Server+ certifications or have equivalent knowledge. Familiarity with major hypervisor technologies for server virtualization and cloud service models is also recommended.

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