Beginning Cloud Certs
Developing a career in technology can be a challenge. The Cyber Job Mentor understands this and attempts to mentor and guide future and present IT professionals. Cloud technology is transforming the IT environment at a rapid pace. There will be opportunities for IT professionals to fill roles that currently exist or will exist. I have provided a list of entry level or beginner level cloud certs to get you started. There are more certs, and these may not be a good fit for everyone. Look for the certifications and training that aligns best with your career goals and learning style. The certs chosen are good for folks without a technical background. These were also chosen for IT professionals whose experience is not currently focused on the cloud and its technology and services.
The Cloud+ certification is a great place for beginners to start gaining cloud skills and knowledge. The CompTIA web site says that 2 to 3 years of experience is recommended, but considering that there are no prerequisites, it is deemed good for beginners. As of the date of this posting the exam costs $319.00 and is valid for three years. You can learn more at Comptia’s website. https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/cloud
Amazon is a leader in cloud services. Being able to pass the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
should give you basic skills in understanding AWS architectural principles, basic security, and basic infrastructure. This exam does not require any previous experience and Amazon provides many of the resources needed to study for free and you can sign up for a free account to practice. Best part is that the exam is $100.00. You can learn more here on the AWS certification website https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-cloud-practitioner/.
Azure is Microsoft’s cloud service. It was launched February 1, 2010. The market share is growing day by day. The Azure exam is less technical than some others and is geared more towards non-technical professionals but it is still recommended as a beginner level cert. This exam does not require any previous experience and Microsoft Azure provides many of the resources needed to study for free and you can sign up for a free account to practice. The exam cost is $99.00. You can learn more at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-az-900.aspx.