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Cloud Certifications Comparison

Cloud architects and administrators, and IT pros with cloud skills in general, are in exceptionally high demand. Obtaining a cloud certification can add a significant salary bump and help you advance in your career. Find out more about the top cloud certifications, how much they cost and the prerequisites for getting certified.

AWS – CSA (Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect – Associate)

Career level: Mid

Prerequisites: 1 year experience designing distributed systems on AWS

Exam: $150

How long the certification lasts: 2 years

Annual potential salary increase: $16,409

Notes: This certification is offered at several levels, from associate to professional

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: 12 units / 24 hours of architecting on AWS classes

Learn more about the AWS – CSA

CompTIA Cloud+

Career level: Mid

Prerequisites: None; 2-3 years of cloud experience recommended

Exam: $294

How long the certification lasts: 3 years

Annual potential salary increase: $12,261

Notes: Vendor-neutral certification; $50 yearly maintenance fee plus continuing education requirements, or you can take a recertification test

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: 6 units / 14 hours of CompTIA Cloud+ classes plus test prep

Learn more about the CompTIA Cloud+

CompTIA Cloud Essentials

Career level: Entry

Prerequisites: None

Exam: $115

How long the certification lasts: 3 years

Annual potential salary increase: $10,564

Notes: Vendor-neutral certification

Learn more about the CompTIA Cloud Essentials

CCSK (Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge)

Career level: Mid

Prerequisites: None

Exam: $345

How long the certification lasts: Varies, but additional testing to upgrade certification is free

Annual potential salary increase: $18,878

Notes: Vendor-neutral

Learn more about the CCSK

MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

Career level: Mid

Prerequisites: MCSA

Exam: $165

How long the certification lasts: 1 year

Annual potential salary increase: $16,351

Notes: This certification replaces the MCSE – Private Cloud

Learn more about the MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure