How to Become AWS Certified and What’s New in AWS Certification?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers the following role-based certifications to validate skills in different technical areas as on today.

1. AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
2. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
3. AWS Certified Developer – Associate
4. AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate
5. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional
6. AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional
7. AWS Certified Security – Specialty
8. AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty
9. AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty
10. AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty

1. AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

Brief: This examination is intended for individuals who have the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively demonstrate an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud, independent of specific technical roles addressed by other AWS Certifications. (Read More)
Exam Fee: 100 USD
Exam Duration: 90 minutes
ATechnologyGuru’s Recomendation: If you are new to cloud go for this exam.

2. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

Brief: This exam validates an examinee’s ability to effectively demonstrate knowledge of how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies. (Read More)
Exam Fee: 150 USD
Exam Duration: 130 minutes
ATechnologyGuru’s Recomendation: If you are infrastructure person or want to explore new area of expertise then go for this exam.

3. AWS Certified Developer – Associate

Brief: This is intended for individuals who perform a developer role and have one or more years of hands-on experience developing and maintaining an AWS based application. (Read More)
Exam Fee: 150 USD
Exam Duration: 130 minutes
ATechnologyGuru’s Recomendation If you are programmer/developer for Java, Pythan, etc, and interested more in CI/CD then go for this exam.

4. AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate

Brief: This exam is intended for individuals with one to two years of experience as a systems administrator in a systems operations role. (Read More)
Exam Fee: 150 USD
Exam Duration: 130 minutes
ATechnologyGuru’s Recomendation: If you are system administrator then go for this exam.

5. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional

Brief: This exam validates advanced technical skills and experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. AWS recommends passing “AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate” before going for this certification. (Read More)
Exam Fee: 300 USD
Exam Duration: 170 minutes
ATechnologyGuru’s Recommendation: We recommend this certificate for experienced infrastructure person. We recommend you give exam directly if you are highly experienced. Giving Associate level exam is not mandatory now, you can give this exam directly. AWS Professional and Specialty Exams has NO Prerequisites Now

6. AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional

Brief: This exam validates technical expertise in provisioning, operating, and managing distributed application systems on the AWS platform. This includes more towards Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, etc. AWS recommends passing “AWS Certified Developer – Associate” or “AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate” certification before going for this exam. (Read More)
Exam Fee: 300 USD
Exam Duration: 170 minutes
ATechnologyGuru’s Recomendation: If you are on development platform then go for this exam. We recommneds, you give exam directly if you are highly experienced one as giving Associate level exam is not mandatory before giving Professional level exam. AWS Professional and Specialty Exams has NO Prerequisites Now

7. AWS Certified Security – Specialty

Brief: This Specialty exam allows experienced cloud security professionals to demonstrate and validate their knowledge of how to secure the AWS platform. AWS recommends a minimum of five years of IT security experience designing and implementing security solutions. At least two years of hands-on experience securing AWS workloads and Security controls for workloads on AWS.(Read More)
Exam Fee: 300 USD
Exam Duration: 170 minutes
ATechnologyGuru’s Recomendation: If you are very good in “IT security” then prepare for it and go for this exam.

8. AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty

Brief: This Specialty exam validates technical skills and experience in designing and implementing AWS services to derive value from data. The examination is for individuals who perform complex Big Data analyses and validates an individual’s ability to implement core AWS Big Data services according to basic architecture best practices, Design and maintain Big Data and leverage tools to automate data analysis. (Read More)
Exam Fee: 300 USD
Exam Duration: 170 minutes
ATechnologyGuru’s Recommendation: If you are very good at “Big Data” then prepare for it and go for this exam.

9. AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty

Brief: This Specialty exam validates advanced technical skills and experience in designing and implementing AWS and hybrid IT network architectures at scale. This examination is for individuals who perform complex networking tasks, and it validates an individual’s ability to “Design, develop, and deploy cloud-based solutions using AWS”, “Implement core AWS services according to basic architecture best practices”, “Design and maintain network architecture for all AWS services” and “Leverage tools to automate AWS networking tasks”. (Read More)
Exam Fee: 300 USD
Exam Duration: 170 minutes
ATechnologyGuru’s Recommendation: If you are very good at “Networking” then prepare for it and go for this exam.

What’s New in AWS Certification?

10. AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty Beta Exam

Brief: Be the first to pass the new exam. It’s recommended for a person who performs an Alexa Skill Builder role having at least 6 months of hands-on experience building and designing Alexa skills, have proficiency with a programming language, as well as who have published at least one skill. This beta exam is available until February 1, 2019. (Read More)
Exam Fee: 150 USD
Exam Duration: 180 minutes
ATechnologyGuru’s Recommendation: If you are having good Alexa Skill Builder skill then go for this exam.

Conclusion:

It’s not mandatory that whatever role you are performing, you should only do that certification. You can go ahead for any certification based on your interest. You can prepare and give the exam even if you are new in any area, but give with full preparation. Anyhow if you don’t have practical knowledge in any are and have certification will be challenging. All examinations don’t have any prerequisite now hence you can give any examination directly. AWS Professional and Specialty Exams has NO Prerequisites Now

 

For updated Certification details, you can always visit: https://aws.amazon.com/certification/



By: Himanshu Shekhar

Himanshu Shekhar is Chief Technology Officer, having expertise in Mobile Apps, Java, J2ee, Oracle, Web, IoT, DevOps, Microseconds, Blockchain and AWS Cloud since 18 years. He is Certified Professional of many Technologies.

He worked in the technology division of companies like Sunlife Financial (Fortune 500 Company), Aricent Technologies (Now Altran Group).

He worked on projects for companies like "Alcatel Lucent NJ USA", "Sandisk USA", "SiS Taiwan", "Photeon GmBH Germany", "AvotMedia Sunnyvale USA", "THQ Wireless", "Ericsson" and many more.

He is a founder of "A Technology Guru".


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