Cloud certifications and Cloud computing certifications are very young, but their value grows so fast. Managers and IT specialist want to extend their knowledge about neutral cloud topics, but also vendor-specific implementations.
Few of them, like Arcitura Education with the CloudSchool program, CompTIA or EXIN created vendor neutral certifications.
The biggest vendors like VMware, HP, EMC, Microsoft and IBM have in their portfolio also Cloud certifications, that help you prove your skills about products and technologies.
On the horizon we can see other vendors like Huawei or Cisco with new certifications.
Strong cloud skills are for sure a good trend for companies (on the management level) and also engineers or IT architects.
List of Cloud Certifications
Amazon AWS has in the offer five certifications and works on new ones. At this moment you can pass exams on associate level for architects, developers and SysOps admins. Additionaly there are two professional level cloud certifications.
Arcitura Education created a set of Cloud certifications beside their SOA certifications. Not all are available yet, but they are great to prove your proficiency in specific areas of cloud computing. If you are not sure, please read our interview with Thomas Erl (creator of these cloud certifications).
- Certified Cloud Professional (CCP)
- Certified Cloud Technology Professional
- Certified Cloud Architect
- Certified Cloud Security Specialist
- Certified Cloud Governance Specialist
- Certified Cloud Storage Specialist
- Certified Cloud Virtualization Specialist
- Certified Cloud Capacity Specialist
- Certified Cloud Trainer
CA AppLogic certification program offer instruction and hands-on labs covering the essential elements needed for rapid success in the cloud; basic concepts, advanced technologies, best practices, automation, and business continuity. The programs are accessible to IT professionals who are using the AppLogic cloud computing platform.
Cloud Credential Council
Cloud Credential Council is a vendor neutral Cloud Computing Certifications provider. CCC offerts trainings and several certifications from associate to architect level.
Cloud Genius certification is recommended to people who want to learn DevOps skills in the cloud computing environment. During the certification process you will learn about latest cloud-based tools (command line, browser & IDE). Additionaly you will learn about vagrant, chef, docker and virtualization tools. You will also find great knowledge about design and architecture for cloud solutions.
The Cloud-Institute is an independent provider of vendor-neutral Cloud Computing online certification programs. Cloud Institute offers two online certifications and one free, online test.
CompTIA has only one Cloud certification, addressed to people who want to understand basic ideas about cloud computing. You can find more information, why this certification is good for you in our interview with Rick Bauer.
Cloud Security Alliance
The Cloud Security Alliance’s Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) is the industry’s first user certification program for secure cloud computing. At this moment it’s the only one cloud certification that proves your knowledge about cloud security skills.
EMC has in the portfolio three cloud certifications. One for people who start with cloud topics with EMC solutions and two for Architects (the highest level).
- EMC Cloud Infrastructure and Services (EMCCIS)
- EMC Cloud Architect Virtualized Infrastructure
- EMC Cloud Architect IT-as-a-Service
EXIN has two cloud certifications in the portfolio. First cloud certification is suited for a management level, but also engineers find this valuable. The EXIN certification was built by specialists from 4 companies. It’s a very good start for people who are not familiar with Cloud technologies. You can receive second certification after passing three exams.
HP has developed several certification for cloud specialists. You must provide more end-to-end architectural skills with these cloud certifications. These certification programs are connected with software and hardware from HP, but you can also find there many topics from the cloud theory.
IBM has three certification for people who want to demonstrate their knowledge with the Cloud Computing infrastructure solutions.
One certification is focused on Tivoli systems, two on architectural concepts.
- IBM Certified Solution Advisor – Cloud Computing Architecture
- IBM Certified Solution Architect – Cloud Computing Infrastructure
Microsoft is one of the biggest players on the certifications markets. 20 years after creating first certifications, Microsoft had developed first cloud certification.
Mirantis is one of the biggest OpenStack player on the market. They provide support, services and propriatery solutions. If you want to provde your OpenStack skills, you need these certifications.
In the Oracle portfolio you can find several new certification for Cloud specialists. The most important are OCP Database Cloud Administrator and OCM Database Cloud Administrator.
CloudU is a cloud certification designed for IT professionals and business leaders who want to upgrade their knowledge of the fundamentals of Cloud Computing. CloudU program is sponsored by RackSpace Hosting. If you have a minute, please read our interview with the creator of the CloudU certification – Ben Kepes.
Red Hat is one of the biggest company involved in Linux and Cloud Solutions (Open Stack). Their certification program is mindblowing. Highly recommended.
Salesforce is a cloud computing company. All certifications from the Salesforce portfolio are based on their cloud services.
Companies who use certified cloud specialists see smoother deployments and better use of Salesforce.
VMware is still number one player in the virtualization market, but also with vCloud Director, they move to the cloud world. VMware presents also new certifications for Cloud experts. Two of them will be available soon