September 1, 2022

Enjoy Pluralsight’s 5 most in-demand cloud and IT certifications (Free of Charge)

By Drew Firment

Cloud and IT certifications

Cloud and IT certifications are critical for technologists to demonstrate their understanding and proficiency with cloud technologies. It also brings added benefits to the technologist. According to a recent study that we commissioned, 52 percent of learners said cloud certifications expanded their career opportunities while 80 percent of people identified a higher salary as a direct result of cloud certification.

Pluralsight and A Cloud Guru, a Pluralsight company, has mapped out the cloud skills that form the foundation that every technologist should have. As part of Pluralsight’s Cloud Happy campaign, interested learners can choose from five of the most in-demand cloud and IT certifications:

  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  • Google Cloud Digital Leader
  • Hashicorp Certified: Terraform Associate
  • Certified Kubernetes Administrator

In addition to the certification courses, learners will get access to weekly study guides and a community of learners in Discord, who are going through the same certification process, along with access to quizzes and practice exams, and skills assessments.

Visit: to access the free cloud certification resources and see below for more details.

Cloud Certifications:

  1. AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

This course takes learning to another level with interactive diagrams. The content itself is taught by Kesha Williams, award-winning software engineer and technology leader, who is highly engaging and breaks concepts down in a way that is perfect for those just starting their cloud journey. Interactive study guides are used throughout the lessons and provide learners with a visual way to consume the content. It allows them to learn in the way that is best for them.

Learners who sign up for this certification will have over 10 hours of free courses.

  1. AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

Where do you start with cloud technology if you have no experience with tech, or are just starting out? With the Azure Fundamentals course by Lars Klint, learners get a fun and engaging introduction to the Azure cloud platform and ecosystem. They’ll learn about content delivery networks with tiny huskies, IoT with Lego cars, and so much more. Learners will get a full overview of everything needed to not only pass the AZ-900 certification exam, but also prepare them for their future cloud computing journey. Some of the topics covered include Cloud concepts, Core Azure services, Security, Privacy, compliance, and trust, Pricing, and Support.

Learners who sign up for this certification will have over 14 hours of free courses.

  1. Google Cloud Digital Leader

This course is designed to give learners the foundational knowledge needed to understand the basics of cloud technology, namely digital transformation, data and AI/ML, as well as modernizing IT infrastructure and applications. This course also offers an overview of Google Cloud products and services that enable organizations’ digital transformation. After this course, learners will not only be able to speak with colleagues in technical cloud roles, they’ll be able to pass the certification exam.

Learners who sign up for this certification will have over 18 hours of free courses.

IT Certifications:

  1. Hashicorp Certified: Terraform Associate

This course takes learners through everything they need to get up and running with Terraform as an infrastructure management and automation tool, while covering the objectives on the certification exam. Made by HashiCorp, Terraform is one of the hottest tools on the market these days. Through this course, learners will cover the basics of infrastructure as code before getting into Terraform specifics. They’ll get into deploying their first configuration and more as they dive deep into Terraform’s capabilities.

Learners who sign up for this certification will have over 8 hours of free courses.

  1. Certified Kubernetes Administrator

This course focuses on the skills and knowledge required to become a fully functioning Kubernetes Administrator. Learners will begin with basic administration tasks to understand the capabilities that the Kubernetes platform provides. By the end of this course, learners will gain the practical knowledge required to hit the ground running as a Kubernetes administration wizard, and pass the certification exam.

Learners who sign up for this certification will have over 19 hours of free courses.

By Drew Firment

Drew Firment

Drew Firment, Senior Vice President of Cloud Transformation at A Cloud Guru, a Pluralsight company

Drew Firment is SVP of Cloud Transformation at A Cloud Guru. He works closely with business and technology leaders to accelerate cloud adoption by migrating talent to the cloud. Drew was previously Director of Cloud Engineering at Capital One where he led enterprise cloud operations within their Cloud Center of Excellence and migrated the early adopters of Amazon Web Services (AWS) into production. He founded Capital One's cloud engineering college that drove a large-scale talent transformation, and earned a patent for measuring cloud adoption and maturity. Drew is recognized by Amazon as an AWS Community Hero for his ongoing efforts to build inclusive and sustainable learning communities.
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