CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ is for both IT and non-technical professionals who require the essential business acumen needed to make informed cloud service decisions. 

Why is Cloud Essentials+ Different?

CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ is the only internationally recognized, vendor-neutral certification utilizing key business principles and fundamental cloud concepts that validate data-driven cloud recommendations. It stands alone in this field by demonstrating that all necessary staff members – not just the IT specialists – understand how to increase efficiency, manage costs, and reduce security risks for organizations whenever tasked with making current cloud technology decisions.

About the exam

Business analysts and IT pros alike are consistently called upon to assist their organization in determining which cloud service provider(s) to use, what to migrate to the cloud, and when to implement. Collecting and analyzing cloud products and services information is essential when making operational cloud business decisions. The financial and operational impacts covered by Cloud Essentials+ ensure an ability to develop and implement solid cloud strategies. CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ will show that successful candidates:


  • Have the knowledge and understanding of the foundational business and technical components included in a cloud assessment
  • Understand specific security concerns and measures
  • Comprehend new technology concepts, solutions, and benefits to an organization
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Jobs that use CompTIA Cloud Essentials+

Business Development staff that sell cloud services

Technical Sales Specialist

Business Analyst

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What Skills Will You Learn?

Configurations & Deployment

Cloud Concepts

Explain cloud principles, identify cloud networking concepts and storage techniques, and understand cloud design aspects.

Configurations & Deployment

Business Principles of Cloud Environments

Identify and employ appropriate cloud assessments like feasibility studies, benchmarking, or gap analysis, highlight key business aspects of cloud vendor relation adoption, and comprehend cloud migration approaches.


Management and Technical Operations

Explain aspects of operating within the cloud, such as data management or optimization and understand the role of DevOps in cloud environments, like API integration or provisioning.


Governance, Risk, Compliance and Security for the Cloud

Understand risk management and response concepts related to cloud services and identify the importance and impacts of compliance in the cloud, such as regulatory concerns or international standards.

Organizations that recommend Cloud Essentials+


Top Cloud Essentials+ Job Roles

Sales and Marketing Staff in cloud product or service management

Business Analysts

Business Process Owners

Managed Service Provider Personnel

New Data Center Staff

Technical Support Staff


Exam Details

Exam Codes CLO-002 
Launch Date November 2019
Exam Description CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ validates the candidate has the knowledge and skills required to make clear and conscious decisions about cloud technologies and their business impact by evaluating business use cases, financial impacts, cloud technologies and deployment models with knowledge of cloud computing.
Number of Questions Maximum of 75 questions 
Type of Questions Multiple choice
Length of Test 60 Minutes
Passing Score 720 (on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended Experience Between six months to a year of work experience as a business analyst in an IT environment with some exposure to cloud technologies
Languages English 
Testing Provider Pearson VUE
Usually three years after launch 
Price $130 USD (See all pricing)
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What’s in this version

The updated exam empowers candidates to make data-driven cloud recommendations by using key skills to evaluate business use cases, financial impacts, cloud technologies, and deployment models. Earning Cloud Essentials+ demonstrates a readiness for management-level positions while ensuring an understanding of the fundamental approach to cloud computing, as well as the business impact of migrating and governing in the cloud.

How Does CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ Compare to Vendor-Specific Certifications?


 AWS Certified Cloud PractitionerMTA Cloud FundamentalsAzure Fundamentals
Exam FocusFoundational business assessments for cloud servicesCovers basic familiarity of AWS cloud technology, value proposition, pricing, and billingCovers fundamental knowledge of and basic skills using Microsoft cloud servicesCovers cloud concepts at a foundational level with the focus on Azure
Experience LevelEntryEntryEntryEntry
Vendor Neutral



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The CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ certification 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.

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