Solving a Need

The National Cloud Technologists Association and the CloudMASTER® program were born in 2012 out of a genuine need for hands-on, vendor-neutral public cloud training. Before creating the NCTA, CEO Richard Schatzberg had a team in need of cloud training but could find no viable solution to teach the practical skills necessary to manage cloud services.

Vendor-Neutral Approach

Having a team with little cloud expertise is not uncommon. In fact, lack of resources is the number one challenge organizations that have adopted cloud solutions face. As cloud adoption accelerates, so, too, does the need for related skills. But with so many different vendors, it can be difficult to determine what training is most relevant and necessary since most training and certification is vendor-specific.

Practical Application

Unlike other cloud programs, CloudMASTER® training and certification reflects a portfolio of skills related to the leading public cloud service providers through practical activities and lab exercises. Through the three components of CloudMASTER®, students learn and are able to demonstrate their ability to use common SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS solutions including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Digital Ocean, Puppet, Chef, and more. 

Certified Cloud Technologist

An overview of cloud computing which helps develop a deep understanding of common public cloud technologies and the benefits and trends that push organizations to transition their data to the cloud. You will receive multiple points of view, first-hand experience and a foundation in managing industry-leading cloud services like Amazon Web Services, Drupal, Wordpress, and Google Docs.

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Certified CloudOps Specialist

A deep dive into the tools available to facilitate migration, automation, and security in the cloud. Demonstrates the ability to deploy and configure various PaaS and IaaS cloud services, employ automation tools such as Chef and Puppet to manage cloud services, explore data import/export techniques and considerations, manage security and compliance in the cloud and plan and execute a phased cloud migration.

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Certified Cloud Architect

Demonstrates critical skills in successful planning of cloud projects, determining business requirements when moving to the cloud, and documenting information and recommendations for upper management. Candidates who earn this credential can compare, evaluate, and recommend cloud service providers, design secure and scalable cloud solutions, and give compelling, data-backed presentations that result in the green-lighting of cloud projects.

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Download the Certified CloudMASTER® Exam Objectives
Download the exam objectives for a thorough understanding of the skills validated by the NCTA CloudMASTER® exam. The CloudMASTER® exam aggregates the Cloud Technologist, CloudOps Specialist, and Cloud Architect exams into one for those who chose to challenge a single exam to earn the CloudMASTER® designation instead of taking the three subject-focused exams to achieve the same result.
Download the NCTA Candidate Agreement
Download the NCTA Candidate Agreement for a thorough understanding of the requirements for each NCTA exam candidate.
Having started with the Mainframe and then the PC and Network Distribution, this is an excellent opportunity to view, learn and understand the latest in the IT world, Cloud Computing. The cloud computing courses offer an introduction and teaches the structure, features and more importantly the potential of the use of the Cloud.
R. Clark Webb
Senior Project Manager
New York Metropolitan Transit Authority

NCTA courses are now approved for CompTIA Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits!

By taking the following NCTA courses, students can claim 1 CEU per NCTA course hour towards maintaining the CompTIA certifications below:

NCTA Cloud Architecture – A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+
NCTA Cloud Operations – A+, Network+, Cloud+, CASP
NCTA Cloud Technologies – A+, Network+, Cloud+, CASP

Richard Schatzberg, CEO

Richard is the Chief Commercial Officer of NeST Technologies, Inc., a global software services and business process/knowledge outsourcing firm. He leads North American operations and provides sales and business development leadership in other global markets. As a technology entrepreneur, he has founded several businesses that leverage technology to create positive social, economic and business impact.

Philip Failla, COO

Philip is an experienced corporate executive and has been an equity partner in a variety of businesses, including information technology, healthcare, office products and ecommerce. His background includes investment banking, corporate finance and ecommerce development and operations. He is currently an adviser to a growing business application and consulting company and a founding member of the National Cloud Technologists Association.

Hart Singh, CLO

Hart is the Chief Learning Officer of the National Cloud Technologists Association. An MIT-educated software entrepreneur, his passion is to spot large "under-your-nose" opportunities and solve the end-to-end problem. Previously, he co-founded Enforsys, an end-to-end police department Information System solution now used by more than 150 New Jersey police departments, 500 departments in 14 states and as a platform for Homeland Security.

Mohammad Zaman, Instructor

"Mo" is Director of Cloud Platform Services at Virtustream, which provides professional and operational services such as IT Infrastructure-as-a-Service, modern data centers, fully managed application solutions and security tools to large global enterprises. He specializes in designing, consulting, and executing IT strategy.

Jeffery Bryson, Executive Director

Jeffery is an experienced leader for over 35 years in the consulting and training industry. A founding member and Managing Partner of The Capabilities Group, his company specializes in the recruitment, development and leadership of high performing teams. He focuses on improving performance for executives, entrepreneurs, leaders and employees in the Fortune 500 marketplace.

Kevin L. Jackson, Instructor

Kevin is a senior information technologist specializing in solutions that meet critical commercial and government operational requirements. Currently working as an independent consultant, he has previously worked at NJVC, Sirius Computer Solutions, IBM, JP Morgan Chase and SENTEL Corporation.

The CloudMASTER® training provided hands on experience with managing and deploying DNS, MSFT 360, Google Apps, Drupal Gardens and much more. It also helped me gain hands on experience with IaaS and PaaS deployments and use of automation platforms such as Chef. Since completing the CloudMASTER® program and combined with my past work experience, I’m more comfortable working with senior level IT executives and truly understanding many of the challenges my customers and prospects face as they look to transform their business.
Michael Weill
Area Sales Manager

Hundreds of people around the world have taken NCTA training courses and earned their NCTA certificates - and we're just getting started! NCTA certificates now come with a digital badge that can be posted to LinkedIn, and more!

Watch our CloudMASTER® 1-minute webinar to find out why cloud computing skills are in demand.


Logical Operations develops and publishes professional training courseware that completely transforms the student learning experience. The commercial training center is the exclusive training content provider of the National Cloud Technologists Association.
New Jersey's Science & Technology University is our founding traning partner and serves on our Academic Advisory Council. NJIT partners with us to offer classroom-based training programs. 
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is North America's largest transportation network, serving a population of 15.1 million people in the New York region. We work with MTA to ensure MTA agencies and its employees benefit from the business economies that cloud computing technology provides.

Any organization can offer NCTA classes using courseware purchased from Logical Operations. Only those organizations that use certified NCTA trainers are recognized as an official NCTA training provider - we highly recommend you connect with an organization below for NCTA training courses in your region!

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