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On this accelerated 9 day NCTA CloudMASTER course, you’ll learn practical skills to manage cloud technologies from a wide range of leading providers, 40% faster than traditional training. The course covers cloud technologies from Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Drupal, VMWare, WordPress, Google Docs and Digital Ocean.

You’ll learn how the technologies work in each cloud system, from multiple perspectives. You’ll then move on to learning the specifics of how the cloud systems operate in your business. This will help you deploy complex applications across multiple cloud technologies. You’ll also learn practical cloud architecture skills, helping you plan and implement cloud architecture to complete your specific business goals.

Through Firebrand’s unique Lecture | Lab | Review technique, official NCTA instructors and course materials, you’ll be prepared for all three CloudMASTER exams. You’ll cover topics like:

  • Identifying business benefits of cloud computing
  • Implementing Azure cloud services and virtual machines
  • Implementing Rackspace cloud servers
  • Protecting business continuity

This course is best suited to System Administrators looking to improve all areas of their cloud implementation knowledge. Learning practical skills will help Administrators conduct smoother implementation of cloud technologies, throughout the entire process.

Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. Two options of training. Choose between residential classroom-based, or online CloudMASTER courses
  2. You'll be CloudMASTER certified in just 9 days. With us, you’ll be CloudMASTER trained in record time
  3. Our CloudMASTER course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  4. Pass CloudMASTER first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  5. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  6. You’ll learn CloudMASTER faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  7. You’ll be studying CloudMASTER with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 75966 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business


Benefits of Training with Firebrand

  • Two options of training - Residential classroom-based, or online courses
  • A purpose-built training centre – get access to dedicated Pearson VUE Select facilities
  • Certification Guarantee – pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)
  • Everything you need to certify – you’ll sit your exam on the course and return home certified
  • No hidden extras – one cost covers everything you need to certify


Cloud Technologies

In this course, you will manage the core set of cloud technologies needed to function as a Certified Cloud Master:

  • Lesson 1: Identifying Business Benefits of Cloud Computing
  • Lesson 2: Selecting End-User Cloud Technologies
  • Lesson 3: Supporting the Business Case for Cloud Computing
  • Lesson 4: Applying Cloud Computing Models
  • Lesson 5: Integrating Cloud Services
  • Lesson 6: Selecting and Implementing Free Software as a Service (SaaS) Solutions
  • Lesson 7: Selecting and Implementing a Paid SaaS Solution
  • Lesson 8: Selecting SaaS Solutions for Small Businesses
  • Lesson 9: Selecting SaaS Solutions for Medium-sized to Enterprise Businesses
  • Lesson 10: Integrating SaaS Solutions
  • Lesson 11: Selecting Platform as a Service (PaaS) Solutions
  • Lesson 12: Selecting Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Solutions

Cloud Operations

In this course, you will deploy, configure, and administer Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions as needed to function as a Certified Cloud Master:

  • Lesson 1: Cloud Operations
  • Lesson 2: Planning Cloud Service Implementation
  • Lesson 3: Deploying a Cloud Application with Digital Ocean
  • Lesson 4: Deploying a Cloud Application with Heroku
  • Lesson 5: Deploying Websites with Microsoft Azure
  • Lesson 6: Implementing Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines
  • Lesson 7: Managing Azure Applications with Visual Studio
  • Lesson 8: Deploying Applications to Opscode Chef
  • Lesson 9: Managing Server State with Puppet
  • Lesson 10: Implementing Rackspace Cloud Servers
  • Lesson 11: Importing and Exporting Data from Cloud Services
  • Lesson 12: Managing Security and Compliance in Cloud Solutions
  • Lesson 13: Planning and Executing a Phased Cloud Migration

Cloud Architecture

In this course, you will manage the design and plan the implementation of cloud architectures as needed to function as a Certified Cloud Master:

  • Lesson 1: Planning a Cloud Solution Architecture
  • Lesson 2: Selecting Amazon Web Services Building Blocks
  • Lesson 3: Selecting AWS Infrastructure Components
  • Lesson 4: Selecting Rackspace Cloud Features and Components
  • Lesson 5: Selecting Microsoft Azure Features and Components
  • Lesson 6: Managing Hardware Requirements and Constraints
  • Lesson 7: Selecting Operating Systems for Cloud Solutions
  • Lesson 8: Determining Database Support for Applications
  • Lesson 9: Selecting Middleware to Meet Application Performance Requirements
  • Lesson 9: Selecting Middleware to Meet Application Performance Requirements
  • Lesson 10: Determining Licensing Requirements for Cloud Services
  • Lesson 11: Protecting Business Continuity
  • Lesson 12: Securing Data with Encryption
  • Lesson 13: Securing Access to Cloud Services
  • Lesson 14: Securing Data in Transit and at Rest
  • Lesson 15: Monitoring Security
  • Lesson 16: Managing Volume
  • Lesson 17: Managing the Application Experience
  • Lesson 18: Managing Business Requirements for Cloud Solutions

Exam Track

You'll sit the following exams at the Firebrand Training Centre, covered by your Certification Guarantee:

  • NCTA Cloud Technologies exam
  • NCTA Cloud Operations exam
  • NCTA Cloud Architecture exam

You must pass all three exams to achieve the NCTA CloudMASTER certification.

What's Included


  • Official NCTA course materials
  • Official NCTA exams

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Doesn't apply for online courses
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)


Before sitting this course you should have experience with basic client and server deployment, configuration, and use. You should also have knowledge of configuring network connectivity, configuring server and client communications, installing Windows or Linux servers, using administrative tools, configuring system properties, and configuring networking settings.

You can get your knowledge to this standard by sitting the following course:

Plus, the following courses can help boost your knowledge of administration of specific operating system technologies

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


Here's the Firebrand Training review section. Since 2001 we've trained exactly 75966 students and asked them all to review our Accelerated Learning. Currently, 96.74% have said Firebrand exceeded their expectations.

Read reviews from recent accelerated courses below or visit Firebrand Stories for written and video interviews from our alumni.

"Course was very good, I liked the analogies given to explain complex networking areas it really helped. The instructor was very good at bringing information to a level everyone could understand and then further on that. "
Ewan jamieson, Mr. (17/2/2020 (Monday) to 22/2/2020 (Saturday))

"Knowledgeable, well spoken and relatable instructor. The instructor explained difficult concepts clearly and provided good examples to help us understand the material. He also discussed real-world examples to help solidify how the concepts are applied in the field. There were a few technical issues with the remote learning and remote labs, but overall a great experience, especially so when considering the current situation with COVID-19."
JE, Mitchells & Butlers. (4/5/2020 (Monday) to 7/5/2020 (Thursday))

"I would highly recommend taking up a course with Firebrand because the way the course is delivered is very helpful and useful for someone who either has no knowledge or some knowledge. The instructors do everything they can to ensure everyone is learning and is always on hand to help anyone who is struggling with anything. Everyone on the course is also very helpful and in the same position as they want to learn to. So there is not just the instructor but the class as a whole to assist. The facility is very nice and I will definitely be coming back for any future courses I attend. "
CP, Innovate Ltd. (4/5/2020 (Monday) to 7/5/2020 (Thursday))

"Firebrand have very passionate instructors."
Anonymous (4/5/2020 (Monday) to 7/5/2020 (Thursday))

"Extremely useful course, detailed understanding and trainer had good grasp on the information and was able to explain it in different ways to help our understanding and help us to relate this to our own working environment."
SA, Lloyds Banking Group. (4/5/2020 (Monday) to 6/5/2020 (Wednesday))

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