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Certified Cloud Engineer developed by Certificore for cloud computing and cloud platforms professionals who wants to certify their skills. 

Target Group/Audience 

This qualification is the advanced of the cloud computing and cloud platforms certification scheme is aimed at anyone working within an organization (internally or externally) who may require to have and demonstrate a solid knowledge and understanding of the cloud computing and cloud platforms and its application. The certification can also cater for candidates seeking personal certification, also in regards to their knowledge and understanding of the requirements and the content of the standard. 

This qualification will provide the advanced level of knowledge to its holders and will certify that they have a solid understanding of the standard and its content.
Note that this qualification provides the advanced level of knowledge for: 

  1. IT Infra Teams
  2. Data Center Teams
  3. IT Operation Teams
  4. Service Providers
  5. System Integrators
  6. IT Architects
  7. IT Consultants

Learning Objectives 

Candidates will be introduced to the principles and core elements of the cloud computing, and more specifically: 

  1. Understanding Cloud Computing
  2. Why Cloud
  3. Fundamental Concepts and Models
  4. Virtualization Overview and concepts
  5. Software as a Service (SaaS)
  6. Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  7. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  8. Cloud Computing Service Models Comparison
  9. Cloud Metering and Billing
  10. How Cloud Computing is Affecting Everyone
  11. Benefits and Economic Incentives of Cloud Computing
  12. Economics of the Cloud
  13. Position in the IT lifecycle
  14. User/Cloud Software Applications
  15. Cloud Computing Deployment models and Comparisons
  16. Cloud Risk Assessment
  17. Common Cloud Control Areas


CCE Certification Exam is designed to validate a candidate’s knowledge of the contents and requirements of the cloud computing and will allow for further development along the cloud engineer certification path. The CCE exam focuses on the following two (2) categories in the cognitive domain ofBloom’s taxonomy: 
 Knowledge

 Comprehension 

Entry Criteria/Training Requirements 

No specific entry criteria exist for candidates of the CCE examination. However, it is strongly recommended that candidates have at least a basic knowledge of cloud computing and cloud platforms concepts and terminology and have undergone some formal training on the subject with a proposed duration of 16 hours. A detailed breakdown of these training hours, per topic area is provided in the syllabus section. 

Assessment Approach 

The assessment approach used for the CCE certification focuses on the two basic categories of Knowledge and Comprehension. Knowledge is defined as recalling previously learned material, from facts to theories and represents the lowest level of learning outcomes in the cognitive domain. Such learning outcomes are turned in assessment objectives that include knowing and recalling such as: 

 Common and/or basic terms, definitions, concepts and principles of cloud computing and cloud platforms 

 Specific cloud computing and cloud platforms requirements and facts

 Cloud computing and cloud platforms methods and tools 

Delivery Paper based
Type 40 Multiple choice questions Single answer, one of four possible answers Each question is awarded one (1) mark 
Duration 1 hour (60 minutes) 
For non-native speakers or candidates with a disability, an additional 15 minutes of extra time is allowed. 
Pass Mark 65% (26/40) 
Invigilator / Proctor Yes . Physical or Web proctoring 
Open Book Yes 
Prerequisites None 
Certification validity N/A 

Comprehension is the lowest level of understanding and entails the ability to grasp the meaning of the material taught, including some sort of interpretation, translation or estimation during the process. Such learning outcomes and in turn assessment objectives go beyond simply recalling information and may include: 

 Understanding facts, concepts and principles

 Interpreting material (i.e. charts, graphs, text)

 Justifying a Process, procedure and assessment method 

The assessment incorporates the above learning outcomes as it uses assessment objectives that cater for the above cognitive domain categories. 

Examination Format 

The tests are derived from a regularly updated question test bank (QTB) based on the test specification detailed below. Questions are used interchangeably among test sets. The overall difficulty level of each test is the same with any other test. A candidate is never assigned the same test in the case of multiple examination attempts. 

Detailed Syllabus 

The syllabus contains references to the cloud computing and cloud platforms domain and is structured into sections relating to major subject headings and numbered with a single digit section number. 

The recommended training hours, per Syllabus Category are also provided in this table. 

At the end of the training session, allow 30 minutes for the candidates to familiarize themselves with the exam process and the sample questions. 

An additional hour could be provided for the sample test and/or answering the sample test for better preparation of the exam.s

Syllabus details for CCE Certification and Training : 

CCE 1.1  Introduction, to Cloud Computing CCE-1.1.1Definitions and Concepts 
 CCE-1.1.2 Cloud Computing and Virtualization in Context 
 CCE-1.1.3Suitability to Organizations 
 CCE-1.1.4Cloud Service Models 
 CCE-1.1.5Cloud Deployment Models 
 CCE-1.1.6Open Cloud 
 CCE-1.1.7Private Cloud 
 CCE-1.1.8Cloud Service Providers 
Proposed Training Time: 120 minutes
CCE-1.2 Cloud Computing Management PracticesCCE-1.2.1 Main Decision : Public or Private Cloud 
 CCE-1.2.2 Adopting Cloud Computing: Roadmaps, Vendor Relations 
 CCE-1.2.3Cloud Readiness and Cloud Migration  
 CCE-1.2.4Operation of Cloud Services 
 CCE-1.2.5Cloud Computing and Service Management 
 CCE-1.2.6Governing Cloud ComputingCompliance and Risk ManagementFinancial ManagementStrategic Supplier Management 
Proposed Training Time: 240 minutes
CCE-1.3 Amazon Web Services EngineeringCCE-1.3.1 How to start with AWS Core Services 
 CCE-1.3.2 How to use Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) 
 CCE-1.3.3 How to use  Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) 
 CCE-1.3.4 How to use EBS 
 CCE-1.3.5How to use AWS Data Storage Services 
 CCE-1.3.6How to use AWS Secuirty  
 CCE-1.3.7How to use AWS Monitoring 
 CCE-1.3.8AWS Automation  
 CCE-1.3.9AWS Architecture  
 CCE-1.3.10AWC Cloud Formation  
 CCE-1.3.11AWS Networking Services 
 CCE-1.3.12How to use AWS Management Services  
Proposed Training Time: 120 minutes
CCE-1.4 Google Cloud Services EngineeringCCE-1.4.1  Intro to Google Cloud Platform  
 CCE-1.4.2 Google Cloud Compute Engine  
 CCE-1.4.3 Google Cloud App Engine 
 CCE-1.4.4 GCP Networking (VPC) 
 CCE-1.4.5 CDN on GCP  
 CCE-1.4.6How to Use Cloud SQL on GCP 
 CCE-1.4.7How to Use GCP Cloud Storage and Database Services 

 CCE-1.4.8GCP Management Tools 
 CCE-1.4.9Big Data on GCP  
Proposed Training Time: 240 minutes
CCE-1.5 Azure Cloud Services EngineeringCCE-1.5.1  Introduction to Azure Services  
 CCE-1.5.2Azure Compute Services 
 CCE-1.5.3Azure App Services 
 CCE-1.5.4Azure Network Services 
 CCE-1.5.5Azure Storage Services 
 CCE-1.5.6Azure Database Services 
 CCE-1.5.7Big Data on Azure 
 CCE-1.5.8IoT on Azure  
 CCE-1.5.9Azure Monitoring and Security Services  
Proposed Training Time: 120 minutes 
CCE-1.6 Open Stack Cloud EngineeringCCE-1.6.1 Introduction to OpenStack  
 CCE-1.6.2 OpenStack Architecture   
 CCE-1.6.3OpenStack Configuration  
 CCE-1.6.4NOVA : Compute Service 
 CCE-1.6.5GLANCE : Image Service 
 CCE-1.6.6KEYSTONE : Identity Service 
 CCE-1.6.7NEUTRON : Netwotking Service 
 CCE-1.6.8TROVE : Database Service 
 CCE-1.6.9CINDER and SWIFT : Storage Services  
 CCE-1.6.10HEAT : Orchestration Service  
 CCE-1.6.11CEILOMETER : Telemetry Service  
 CCE-1.6.12HORIZON : Dashboard Service 
 CCE-1.6.13How to plan Open stack Deployment 
 Proposed Training Time: 120 minutes

Test SpecificationThe examination will consist of five (5) sections with the following structure

CCE 1.1  Introduction, to Cloud Computing5.0% 
CCE-1.2 Cloud Computing Management Practices20.0% 
CCE-1.3 Amazon Web Services Engineering20.0% 
CCE-1.4 Google Cloud Services Engineering20.0% 
CCE-1.5 Azure Cloud Services Engineering20.0% 
6CCE-1.6 Open Stack Cloud Engineering15.0%
 TOTAL100 %

Recommended Reading for Certification Exam Preperation

i. Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture by Thomas Erl

ii. Cloud Computing 2nd Edition: 2018 by Mr. Ray Rafaels

iii. Architecting the Cloud: Design Decisions for Cloud Computing Service Models (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) by Michael J. Kavis

iv. Cloud Computing: Master the Concepts, Architecture and Applications with Real-world examples and Case studies by Kamal Kant Hiran

v. Cloud Computing (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series): The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series by Nayan B. Ruparelia

vi. AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide: Associate Exam (Aws Certified Solutions Architect Official: Associate Exam) by Joe Baron

vii. Official Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer Study Guide by Dan Sullivan

viii. Hands-On Cloud Administration in Azure: Implement, monitor, and manage important Azure services and components including IaaS and PaaS by Mustafa Toroman

ix. Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals 1st Edition by Mitch Tulloch

x. Migrating to Azure: Transforming Legacy Applications into Scalable Cloud-First Solutions by Josh Garverick

xi. Learning Microsoft Azure Storage: Build large-scale, real-world apps by effectively planning, deploying, and implementing Azure storage solutions by Mohamed Waly

xii. OpenStack for Architects: Design production-ready private cloud infrastructure, 2nd Edition by Ben Silverman

xiii. Learning OpenStack Paperback by Alok Shrivastwa

xiv. Mastering OpenStack – Second Edition: Design, deploy, and manage clouds in mid to large IT infrastructures by Omar Khedher

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