How To Become a Cloud Computing Expert (From Zero to Hero)

by Mirek Burnejko

Cloud Computing ExpertThe goal of this article is to show you one of the best way to become a cloud computing expert (from 0) using cloud certifications and training programs connected with these certifications.

Cloud computer certifications are very young. This year we should see more job offers that require cloud skills or cloud certifications. If you are a database administrator, architect, security specialist, server administrator or cloud expert you should find this list useful.

Start Small

Step 1: ClodU Certificate

  • Ideal candidate: Everyone
  • Training: Free video course
  • Exam: Free online exam

Step 2: CompTIA Cloud Essentials

  • Ideal candidate: Everyone
  • Training: Books, training from ITprenuers
  • Exam: Standard test in PearsonVUE

Step 3: CloudSchool Certified Cloud Professional

Which one is good for me?
Answer: These three cloud certifications have some advantages. CloudU is for free, CompTIA is recognized by employers, CCP is a first step to more advanced cloud certifications. You can choose only one or achieve all of them.

More Advanced Ideas

Step 4: VMware Certified Professional – Cloud (VCP-Cloud)

  • Ideal candidate: VMware administrator and server administrator who works with vCloud Director
  • Training: Official training, lab, books
  • Exam: One test (VCP-DV certification is required)

Step 5: CloudSchool Certified Cloud Technology Professional

  • Ideal candidate: Vendor-neutral Professional
  • Training: SelfStudy kit
  • Exam: Two exams and one hands-on lab

Step 6: Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)

Step 7: MCSE – Private Cloud

  • Ideal candidate: Windows Administrator
  • Training: Course from TrainSignal, lab, official trainings
  • Exam: 5 tests

Step 8: HP ASE – Cloud Architect

  • Ideal candidate: Server administrator working with HP technologies
  • Training: Official certification guide
  • Exam: One exam (HP ATP Cloud Administrator is required)

Step 9: Oracle Certified Professional, Database Cloud Administrator

  • Ideal candidate: Oracle database administrator
  • Training: Official training (coming soon)
  • Exam: One test (OCE and OCP 11g certifications are required)

Which one is good for me?
Answer: At this level you must decide WHY you need these certifications. If you work with databases, OCP is the best choice. For administrators and specialists working with servers – HP ASE, MCSE and VCP-Cloud. CCSK and CloudSchool Certified Cloud Technology Professional can be achieved regardless of your job function.

Time To Become a Cloud Computing Expert

Step 10: CloudSchool Certified Cloud Architect (CCA)

  • Ideal candidate: Cloud Architect, Cloud Computing Expert
  • Training: SelfStudy kit
  • Exam: 4 tests and one lab

Step 11: EMC Cloud Architect IT-as-a-Service Planning and Design (EMCCA)

  • Ideal candidate: Cloud Architect, Cloud Computing Expert
  • Training: Official training
  • Exam: Three tests

Step 12: VMware Certified Design Expert – Cloud (VCDX-Cloud)

  • Ideal candidate: Cloud Architect, vMware Administrator
  • Training: Official training
  • Exam: Application submission, defend your application before veteran VCDX panelists (3 other certifications are required)

Step 13: Oracle Certified Master, Database Cloud Administrator

  • Ideal candidate: Oracle Database Administrator, Architect
  • Training: Official training (coming soon)
  • Exam: One test (OCE and OCM 11g certifications are required)

Which one is good for me?
Answer: As an expert you know what to choose. Although these certifications are not required and won’t be required by many employers, your knowledge acquired during a certification process will give you the most prestigious job positions.

What other programs are good to become a Cloud Computing Expert? What other trainings do you recommend? Please share with us in the comment section.

  • Karl Kovacs

    Thanks for mentioning the HP ASE – Cloud Architect V2 certification.

    For a complete list of zero to hero cloud certifications from HP, starting at zero
    HP ATA – Cloud V1
    HP ATP – Cloud Administrator V1
    HP ASE – Cloud Integrator V1
    HP ASE – Cloud Architect V2
    http://www.hp.com/certification/cloud_certification_portfolio.html
    Now, for the super-hero, you can go for the:

    HP Master ASE – Converged Infrastructure Architect (Board level certification)
    http://www.hp.com/certification/converged_infrastructure_certification_portfolio.html

    • Do you think people who don’t have access to HP technologies can find these programs useful?

  • CJ

    Great list – and thanks for mentioning us (ITpreneurs) and the CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam in your list. We’re pretty excited about the CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam & course – it’s a great course to get started with cloud computing. You might also want to look at the Cloud Technology Associate certificate from the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) – professionals can attain this cert if they they pass the CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam and the CCC Virtualization Essentials exam.

    Thanks again for putting the list together and for offering your readers guidance in what certs to go for.

    • Sure CJ. I’ve heard you have one of the best training for the CompTIA Cloud Essentials certification. I’m waiting with Cloud Technology Associate for the new 5 programs from CCC.

  • Avee

    NO AWS?

  • Darcy

    is this course more appropriate for people already working in the industry? Is a possible for a 40-something that has never worked in tech to make a career transition in this field? Of course, assuming some aptitude and willingness to work hard at it.
    Thanks in advance for any and all info.