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CompTIA has developed a vendor-neutral certification programme for IT professionals working with cloud services and technologies

CompTIA has developed a vendor-neutral certification programme for IT professionals working with cloud services and technologies

Cloud and virtualisation skills are in high demand and relatively short supply but CompTIA, an industry trade association is launching a certification programme this week which aims to help IT professionals validate their cloud skills.

The CompTIA Cloud + certification is designed to complement existing IT experience aimed at professionals who already have two to three years of experience working with networking, storage or datacentre administration.

In order to become certified, IT professionals will need to sit a 90-minute exam that will test them on their understanding of cloud terminology and methodologies, their ability to implement and maintain cloud infrastructure, their IT security knowledge and awareness of best practice. The organisation also runs a non-technical cloud certification programme more appropriate for online of business managers and other non-IT staff.

“Cloud+ will ensure that successful candidates have the knowledge and skills required to design, implement and maintain technologies and infrastructures to an ever-growing global cloud solutions market,” said John McGlinchey, senior vice president, global business development at CompTIA.

The new certification programme launches at a time when many businesses are on the hunt for IT professionals proficient in cloud-specific skills, with some suggesting that the UK (among other regions) is in the midst of a cloud skills shortage. According to a recent IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study about seven in ten IT leaders report needing to expand their skills and knowledge base in order to keep up with emerging cloud computing technologies and the growth in popularity of virtualisation more broadly.

Bryan Kainrath, CompTIA vice president of certification operations said that the new certification programme will help validate core cloud computing concepts and skills that IT professionals and employers need and may to some degree already have, particularly as cloud-based applications continue to proliferate and the underlying networking and storage infrastructure becomes more diverse.

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