Yes, for cloud administrators or new IT professionals, the Cloud+ is worth it. The Cloud+ isn’t worth it for all IT professionals -- especially anyone who doesn’t work with cloud administration, cloud migration or cloud security. But if you’re a new IT professional and you want to be competitive for jobs that require deploying and automating secure cloud environments, the Cloud+ is definitely worth it.
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CompTIA Cloud+ (CV0-002) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value
The CompTIA Cloud+ costs $338. The Cloud+ costs at least $338 because it has only one exam -- CV0-003. The Cloud+ exam is a 90-minute test that’s 90 minutes long and a passing score is 750 out of 900. The total cost of the Cloud+ might be more than $338 if you pay for courses to help you prepare for the exam, which is a good idea because you don’t get the money back if you don’t pass.
Overall, the CompTIA Cloud+ isn’t difficult, but certain sections of the exam are time-consuming. The facts and knowledge portion of the Cloud+ is pretty easy, but there are practical parts of the exam that are difficult because they take so much time to finish. Preparing for the simulated network, security and cloud operations sections of the Cloud+ exam are what make it somewhat difficult.
You prepare for the Cloud+ by studying about cloud networking and management while practicing cloud configurations in real-world or simulated environments. The most important part of preparing for the Cloud+ is getting hands-on experience with cloud security configurations and cloud networking. Because of that, the best way to prepare for the CompTIA Cloud+ is with an online course that has virtual lab environments where you can practice what’ll be on the test.
Yes, all of CompTIA’s certifications expire and Cloud+ does too. The Cloud+ expires three years after you pass the test and earn the cert. But if you plan on earning the Cloud+, you don’t have to worry about it expiring -- it’s easy to recertify. You can recertify your Cloud+ by passing the test again, completing continuing education courses with CompTIA or by earning a higher certification before it expires.