Beginning Cloud Certs

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.

1.CompTIA Cloud +

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.

2. AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

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

3. Microsoft Azure Fundamentals AZ-900

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

5 Free Resources to Learn to Code

5 Free Resources to Learn to Code

Coding or programming is a skill that employers are looking for. There are thousands of open programmer or coding positions that need to be filled. There is a need for people to be able to create the products and services that make living in the 21st century so amazing. The need exists for folks to be able to modify or improve and maintain current programs better. People ask, “Well how do I get started?”. Here are five free resources to begin learning about coding or programming. So even if your budget is low you can learn new skills. Invest in yourself. Work hard and be determined to learn coding.

1.    freeCodeCamp

Free code camp has free exercises and activities that will keep you busy. The variety is really incredible. There are 8,000 plus lessons, articles, and videos to help you get started. No prior knowledge is needed and there is nothing to download.

2.    Codeacademy

Codeacademy is great fun. Codeacademy offers excellent step by step instructions and directions that can allow you to learn quickly and effectively. Codeacademy is perfect for beginners. Codeacademy does offer paid content that may align with your learning goals, but the free stuff is plenty to get started.

3.    W3schools

W3schools is an excellent tool for beginners.  The tutorials are very detailed and right on the screen. The options are magnificent. The site has references, examples, and tutorials that are all free to use.

4.    Coursera

Coursera is MOOC or massive open online course platform. They have courses available from universities from around the world. These courses are available for free. There are certificates you can purchase if you would like and there are classes that are available to buy. The recommended course is Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python) offered by University of Michigan.

5.    Edx

Edx is also a mooc. It is still free with optional certificates you can purchase to prove that you passed. The site provides many learning opportunities for many subjects and coding is just one of them. Then recommended course is Introduction to Python for Absolute Beginners and it is offered by Microsoft.