CompTIA will be retiring the CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ (CLO-001) exam

CompTIA will be retiring the CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ (CLO-001) exam

The new Cloud Essentials+ CLO-002 is currently available to learners exploring the Cloud Essentials+ certification.

CompTIA Cloud Essentials validates the primary understanding of cloud language, principles, and rationale that make up the cloud computing landscape. The Cloud Essentials exam will show that successful candidate:

  • Have the knowledge and skills required to make clear and conscious decisions about cloud technologies
  • Understand what cloud computing means from a business and technical perspective by evaluating business use cases
  • Comprehend what is involved and the financial impact in deploying to and governing the cloud

CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ (CLO-001) English language exam will retire on June 12, 2020.

Cloud Essentials CLO-001 % of Exam
Characteristics of Cloud Services From a Business Perspective 15%
Cloud Computing and Business Value 20%
Technical Perspective/Cloud Types 20%
Steps to Successful Adoption of Cloud Computing 15%
Impact and Changes of Cloud Computing on IT Service Management 15%
Risks and Consequences of Cloud Computing 15%
Cloud Essentials CLO-002 % of Exam
Cloud Concepts 24%
Business Principles of Cloud Environments 28%
Management and Technical Operations 26%
Governance, Risk, Compliance, and Security for the Cloud 22%

Popular Job Roles

  • Business Development staff that sell cloud services
  • Technical Sales Specialist
  • Business Analysts
  • Business Process Owners
  • Technical Support Staff


Exam Details

Exam Codes CLO-001 CLO-002
Launch Date October 2011 New exam launches November 2019
Exam Description CompTIA Cloud Essentials covers cloud services from a business perspective. The expertise validated includes the business value of cloud computing, cloud types, steps to successful adoption of the cloud, impact, and changes on IT service management, as well as risks and consequences. CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ ensures that IT Professionals and other business decision-makers who either work for cloud service providers – or who may need to guide their organization in the utilization of cloud services – have the skills they need to make solid business recommendations and decisions.
Number of Questions 50 questions 70 questions
Type of Questions Multiple choice
Length of Test 60 Minutes 75 Minutes
Passing Score 720 (on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended Experience At least six months working in an environment that markets or relies on IT-related services 6-12 months of work experience as a business analyst in an IT environment with some exposure to cloud technologies
Languages English, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Thai English
Retirement English language will retire June 12, 2020 TBD – Usually 3 years after launch


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