Cloud Computing – Foundation Certificate Program – 2 days

On Demand means the course can be scheduled and delivered as a dedicated corporate group session, based on a minimum number of students per session. Sessions identified with delivery dates, are open enrollment sessions for individual students

Course Overview

The purpose of the Foundation qualification is to confirm that a candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of Cloud Computing to work as an informed member of the implementation team working to introduce this subject matter in the organization. The Foundation qualification is also a pre-requisite for the Practitioner qualification.


No prerequisite required for this program other than a general understanding of IT technologies.


  • 2 days training course
  • Including a sample examination and preparation to re-enforce the knowledge gained.
  • The Foundation exam is done at the end of the second day. It is a multiple – choice closed book exam of 40 minutes consisting of 50 questions where each question will have four options with one correct option. A successful candidate will get at least 50 % of the questions right.


The target audience for the Foundation qualification is individuals who are involved in cloud computing initiatives within their companies. These individuals would probably be IT personnel, although this qualification could also be useful for finance, legal, and procurement employees.

The objectives of this program is to provide candidates a good understanding of Cloud Computing characteristics, key benefits, common security and technical challenges and how to address them, as well as all the delivery models — private, public, and hybrid. Candidates will also learn the basis of how to effectively implement a cloud action plan that ensures organization acceptance and success for cloud computing initiatives.

The candidate will be guided to understand the key principles and terminology within the guidance. Candidates will gain the ability to:

  • Describe the key facts about the concepts, characteristics, delivery models of cloud computing
  • Summarize the benefits of adopting cloud computing
  • Explain the security and compliance challenges related to cloud computing
  • Describe the technical and organizational challenges related to cloud computing
  • Describe the differences between public, private and hybrid cloud computing and the appropriate and inappropriate uses of each
  • Outline the appropriate uses and limiting factors of the major vendors in the cloud computing domain
  • Describe the recommended action plan to creating an organizational initiative to implement cloud computing

Candidates will be introduced to the following references and training course module.

The following syllabus areas are identified. Syllabus Area Code Syllabus Area Title
OV Overview, Definitions and Benefits
SC Security and Compliance Challenges
TO Technical and Organization Challenges
PU Public Cloud Computing
PR Private Cloud Computing
HY Hybrid Cloud Computing
AP Action Plan for Implementation

Delivery Methods

  • Instructor led Classroom based
  • Virtual Web based

Simulation and Practical Application

We provide the students with real life experiences; for the purpose of discussion and to show the value of using best practice.

Program Material

This training program includes the following as reference documentation:

  • Program slide presentation
  • Sample examination questions and answers
    • It is recommended for course participants to reference the following publication for a further level of details

Reference A

Cloud Computing: Foundation White Paper

Author Bernard Golden

Reference B

The Cloud at Your Service

Authors Jothy Rosenberg, Arthur Mateos

ISBN number 13: 978-1-935182-52-8

Manning 2011

Reference C

The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing

Authors Peter Mell, Timothy Grance

Simulation and practical application