Alibaba Cloud Certifications Overview

As companies increasingly shift workloads to the public cloud, cloud computing has moved from a nice-to-have to a core competency in the enterprise. This shift requires a new set of skills to design, deploy, and manage applications in cloud computing.

As the market leader and most mature provider in the cloud computing space in China, currently offers multiple certifications divided into 3 categories: Professional, Specialty, and Apsara Clouder, covering both foundational and specialty cloud computing topics.

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Choosing the right Alibaba Cloud certification: What’s the value?

Getting Alibaba Cloud certified shows that you have some of the most in-demand (and profitable) skills as validated by one of the most recognizable entities in cloud computing. In the enterprise, certification demonstrates a shared understanding of a platform, a shared terminology, and a certain level of cloud expertise that can speed up time to value for cloud projects.

Importance of cloud certifications

Alibaba Cloud certifications themselves stand out for their rigor and thoroughness in evaluating a candidate’s skills, with an emphasis on hands-on experience and best practices. If you’re already working with Alibaba Cloud, or you have prior experience with other public cloud providers such as AWS or Azure, preparing for a certification can help strengthen your knowledge by clarifying key concepts. If you’re new to Alibaba Cloud, it can provide the foundational knowledge and skills you’ll need to work with Alibaba Cloud services and solutions down the road. For organizations looking for new recruits, Alibaba Cloud certifications validate a candidate’s familiarity and knowledge of best practices in cloud architecture, management, and security.

Which cloud certification is best?

The certifications are divided into 3 categories: Professional, Specialty, and Apsara Clouder.

In the picture above you can find a visual guide to get a better understanding of all Alibaba Cloud certifications.

Alibaba Cloud Certification Overview

Alibaba Cloud Professional Certifications

Alibaba Cloud currently offers 12 professional certifications: six associate-level certifications, four professional-level certifications, and two expert-level certifications. The professional certifications are the highest-level certification offered by Alibaba Cloud and wholly demonstrates capabilities.

Alibaba Cloud Associate-Level Certifications

Associate certifications are designed for cloud practitioners and beginners who desire to know the foundations of Alibaba Cloud in a specific technical field. The complexity of these exams is low to mid level.

You can learn more about each certification by visiting the links in the table below:

Associate-Level CertificationsWebsite
ACA Cloud Computing
ACA Cloud Security
ACA Big Data
ACA Cloud Native
ACA Developer
ACA System Operator
Alibaba Cloud Associate-Level Certifications

Alibaba Cloud Professional-Level Certifications

Professional certifications are designed cloud architects, engineers, developers and operators with hands-on experience in Alibaba Cloud. The complexity of these exams is mid to high level.

You can learn more about each certification by visiting the links in the table below:

Professional-Level CertificationsWebsite
ACP Cloud Computing
ACP Cloud Security
ACP Big Data
ACP DevOps Engineer
Alibaba Cloud Professional-Level Certifications

Alibaba Cloud Expert-Level Certifications

Expert certifications are designed for those who are highly experienced and proficient in a special technical field and their related services such as Cloud Computing or Big Data. These exams are really tough.

You can learn more about each certification by visiting the links in the table below:

Expert-Level CertificationsWebsite
ACE Cloud Computing
ACE Big Data
Alibaba Cloud Expert-Level Certifications

Alibaba Cloud Specialty Certifications

Specialty certifications prepare users to deepen their knowledge in a specific domain, such as DevOps, networking, big data, or cloud migration. 

You can learn more about each certification by visiting the links in the table below:

Specialty CertificationsWebsite
Big Data Analysis
Machine Learning
Relational Database
Cloud Migration
Alibaba Cloud Specialty Certifications

Alibaba Cloud Apsara Clouder Certifications

Apsara Clouder certification courses teach and evaluate a user’s ability to perform certain functions with Alibaba Cloud products.  By completing the course and doing a small quiz, you automatically get the certification. They are very useful to deeply understand how a specific Alibaba Cloud service works.

You can learn more about the Apsara Clouder certifications by visiting the link in the table below:

Apsara Clouder CertificationsWebsite
Apsara Clouder Certifications
Alibaba Cloud Apsara Clouder Certifications

How do I become Alibaba Cloud certified?

If you want to get a closer look at each exam, I recommend you to read the following articles. We deep dive into each exam, explaining the requirements, the price, the level and some tips:

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