List of Cloud Certifications

Cloud CertificationsCloud 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
52 Certifications
13 Vendors

Amazon AWS

Amazon AWSAmazon AWS has in the offer three certifications and works on new ones. At this moment you can pass exams on associate level for architects, developers and SysOps admins.

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level
  • AWS Certified Developer – Associate Level
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate Level

Arcitura Education

Arcitura EducationArcitura 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).

CA Technologies

CA TechnologiesCA 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 CouncilCloud Credential Council is a vendor neutral Cloud Computing Certifications provider. CCC offerts trainings and several certifications from associate to architect level.

  • Cloud Technology Associate
  • Cloud Business Associate
  • Professional Cloud Administrator
  • Professional Cloud Developer
  • Professional Cloud Security Manager
  • Professional Cloud Service Manager
  • Professional Cloud Solutions Architect

Cloud Institute

Cloud InstituteThe 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.

  • Certified Cloud Architect (CCA)
  • Certified Cloud Professional (CCP)


CompTIACompTIA 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

CCSKThe 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.


EMCEMC 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).


EXINEXIN 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.


HPHP 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.


IBMIBM 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.


Microsoft Cloud CertificationMicrosoft is one of the biggest players on the certifications markets. 20 years after creating first IT certifications, Microsoft developed first cloud certification.


OracleIn 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.

RackSpace Hosting

CloudUCloudU 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 program and certification – Ben Kepes.

SalesforceSalesforce 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 CloudVMware 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

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Rakesh Mandava December 5, 2012 at 7:39 AM

and This as well.
Rackspace Certified Technician for OpenStack –


Mirek Burnejko January 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Thank you so much.


Sushi girl January 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Guys , is architura certification as cloud security specialist better than CSA?


Mirek Burnejko January 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

It’s for sure better (in my opinion), but it’s not available yet. We should see it on the market this year.


Mirek Burnejko January 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Yes. List is updated right now. Last version has 29 certifications. The new one has 48 .


Nithya February 4, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I am new to this field. I wud like to know the details behind the certification exams. Are they purely technical n can be studied from resource material? Or shud I undergo “hands-on” training?


Mirek Burnejko February 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM
Ela Arasan March 13, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Hi, I am preparing for EXIN Cloud computing foundation certification, Can anyone says about that certification. is it worth doing it?


Ela Arasan March 13, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Hi, I am preparing for EXIN Cloud compuing foundation certificate, Is it worth doing it?

and please tell me something more about the EXIN Certification & after doing that which certification is best to specialize.


Mirek Burnejko March 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Hi @facebook-1185726973:disqus
EXIN Cloud Computing will prove your knowledge about basics of cloud computing, how to access a cloud, how to manage a cloud (general knowledge). The program has also some basic information about security in a cloud environment.
I would recommend before that passing CloudU (It’s free and also access to training materials is free). I’ve pass the exam a few days ago.

I did an interview with Reno Jansen – Reno is a cloud expert. He recommends trainings and certifications from Arcitura Education.


Anders April 16, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Mirek Burnejko April 17, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Thank you for the link Anders.


Krishna Prasad May 23, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Please include Amazon AWS Certifications also and update this page…


Mirek Burnejko May 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

That’s the plan. I have scheduled update of this page for the next week.


Krishna Prasad May 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Many Thanks….


Souvik Kundu July 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Hi, I am preparing for EXIN Cloud compuing foundation certificate course. after successful completion this course shall i get a job with this certificate. if yes which company shall i try. i m not from IT back ground.


Somesh July 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Does any of the certification adds any value? Also how do i get real time experience? Does any of this company offer real time exp?


dSavage October 10, 2013 at 7:02 PM

I expect you meant “real world” not real time experience. Both Google Compute engine and Amazon’s AWS allows a “free” server to practice on. OTOH, if you want to work on your auto-scaling you will need to purchase some server time… Google bills by the minute, and both AWS and Rackspace cloud are reasonable price-wise if you just want to practice a bit. Hope this helps!


dSavage October 10, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Oh, and another way that I get real-world experience is to call all of the charities/non-profits in the area and ask if they would want to use my expertise for free. For example, I’m getting prepared for the mad-dash to the April deadline for M$ XP EOL. I’m currently calling around to all of the non-profits to see if any of them will need to upgrade their XP machines to Windows 7. That way, I have a flexible “part-time” job that will give me experience and contacts in the community when the time comes I’m between contracts. Plus, I can write off my billable time as charitable donations when it comes tax time.

If I were you, I would ask the larger ones if they have plans on moving their infrastructure partially or entirely to the cloud, and go from there.

That’s my $.02…. :-)


Nitish October 12, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Emc cloud certification is it worth as I am student interested in cloud computing suggest me


Donovan J March 27, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Foote Partners’ IT Skills and Certification Salary Index & Survey said that it was as of Q32013. However, you will need to have some virtualization administration & engineering experience before you are able to get placed as a Cloud Architect [at least, with any success].

Ideally you’d opt for VCP:DV 5 [VCP:Cloud too if you can afford it], Citrix XenDesktop, CompTIA Cloud+ & Project+, CCNA:DataCenter, Arcitura Certified Cloud Professional: Cloud Architecture Fundamentals and finally ITILv3 Foundations, you’ll then be ready for the EMCCA. BTW, you’d probably want to add the LFI OpenStack Cloud Architecture and Deployment or Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator: OpenStack to that group as well.

In fact, I will take it a step further — If you’re funds are tight, VCP:DV5, RHCSA:OpenStack [ROLE delivery method], Arcitura Certified Cloud Professional: Cloud Architecture Fundamentals & ITILv3 will do in a pinch — long with being pretty inexpensive with all of the skills being in demand. Be aware that currently the EMCCA is the current darling of the cloud architecture world and you will not receive top dollar without it unless you’ve worked at one of the vendors or have 5 + years experience.

Keep in mind, a lot of the roles that look for EMCCAs are 6 figure jobs with a requirement to understand all the underlying technology. Also, understand that alot of firms define Cloud from different perspectives, so in some enterprises it will be very developer centric, while in others it will be Infrastructure or Business Consumer centric. So if you can afford it, your best bet would be to take all of the course I initially mentioned above, read up on OpenStack, CloudFoundry, OpenShift, Heroku, MS Azure, and Cloudify, and learn some Java, Python, and a lot of JavaScript. Oh and by the way, study how implements their multi-tenancy on the data layer.
Yes, it will take all of that, because most of that is not remotely covered in the EMCCA curriculum, but you will be expected to understand it at many firms on day 1.


Sans January 28, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Where does Salesforce certification stands in the market? How to get a real world hands on experience?


shaz June 2, 2014 at 5:59 AM

Hi there
I passed Exin Cloud Computing Foundation exam last week and looking forward to take my career in Cloud. I am really looking some guide line in this regards. I was looking online there are lot of compies offer the Cloud computing courses not sure which is the rite one to take for further next. Like Comptia cloud essentionl, cloud +, IBM , AMAZON, etc
My email is [email protected]
Really appreciate your guide line


Amit August 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

I am interested in doing a certification on cloud computing. Please let me know know what would be the best starting point and what would be the best starting point and what other courses can be taken along with cloud computing to enhance job prospects in this field.


VIJAY August 11, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Hi All,

I have 8 years of experience in Infrastructure Management Support in IT and specialized in UNIX platform,

Any one suggests me which cloud certification is apt for me.



ADonajski August 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Guys, you can’t go straight to the cloud and be successful. First you should have at least strong knowledge about network, storage, virtualization, ITIL-kind-of-knowledge ( IT service management) and maybe some OS, scripting skills. Cloud is just well orchestrated and automated layers listed before. It is less important for public cloud but anyway you will have visibility to more or less of these layers and you need to know how to work with them!


Mirek Burnejko August 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Great point. Many people forget about operations level and they fail during implementation. I saw one Polish ISP who decided to implement Cloud Services without all the knowledge/experience you mentioned. They failed.
Some certifications from the list (for example from AWS) are quite different. They just teach you to use a tool and verify your knowledge. I know 10+ companies in my country that don’t require BIG knowledge about cloud computing, but they require people who know how to configure an instance in AWS.


Virginia September 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Hi Guys,

I would like someone to give me an advice on where i can start,I’ve got a Network Infrastructure background,that is routing and switching Pre-sales.I would like to move into the Cloud space in order to stay relavant.



Mirek Burnejko September 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM

If you need theory, you can start with CompTIA or CloudU. If you need practice, you should learn about Amazon Web Services. I work on a service that will help with that –


Viv September 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM


I have some Java and Javascript programming experience and basic concepts in Networking. I wish to swith to Cloud Computing, Can someone pls. suggest where to start ?


MK November 26, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Hi Mirek,

I am an IT professional working with telecom world for past 14+ yrs as a consultant system engineers for huge Provisioning applications. I do not do software programming but I help with design and support, testing of applications. I know a lot about network in general and how things are brought onto to the network and go live. With this background I would like to seek your advice as to which Cloud Certification is much useful for my career. I have worked on different platforms.


Henk November 27, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Hi all,

Who knows if there is any good training scheduled for the dates of 20 to 23 December this year…?



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