CompTIA Certifications

CompTIA Cloud Essentials


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 candidates:

  • 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 June 12, 2020.

Exam Domains

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

Offering the exam

CompTIA provides several convenient options for taking the Cloud Essentials+ exam. These options enable candidates to test at a test center, school or workplace.

Those exploring alternatives to sending candidates to brick-and-mortar Pearson VUE test centers should consider:

  • Participation in the CompTIA Client Proctored Test Delivery System. The Client Proctored program enables you to offer candidates the option of taking the Cloud Essentials+ exam wherever there is an approved proctor present and an Internet-connected PC (that meets system requirements).
  • Academic Site Licenses. Schools and colleges who participate in the CompTIA Client Proctored Test Delivery System may benefit from purchasing a site license.

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
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 a 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