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Amazon Web Services: How do I get AWS Certified?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) can no longer be ignored, especially if you’re an IT professional hoping to advance your career anytime soon. Amazon have cemented their place above Microsoft and Google as the biggest player in cloud computing today and employers are consequently prepared to pay a premium for workers who have certified AWS skills.

The good news is an exciting new career may not be as far-off as you think.  Amazon currently offer very achievable role-based paths to certification whether you’re an aspiring Cloud Practitioner, Solutions Architect, Developer, or SysOps Administrator.

Here’s all you need to know about getting AWS certified in 2019:

AWS Certification roadmap

There are four tiers of certification with advancing levels of expertise from Foundation to Specialty. IT professionals have an extensive list of exams to choose from depending on their desired career path, as outlined below.

Foundation Certification– gives candidates an overall understanding of the Amazon’s cloud. An optional start towards Associate certification but compulsory if you’re hoping to achieve Specialty certification.

  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

Associate Certification – recognises IT professionals with the technical skills to design, deploy, and operate applications and infrastructure on the platform. No prerequisite.

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

  • AWS Certified Developer – Associate
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate

Professional Certification – requires relevant Associate certification as Amazon’s highest level of technical role-based certification.

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional
  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional

Specialty Certification – validates advanced skills in specific technical areas and require at least one active role-based certification.

  • AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty
  • AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty

AWS Exams

Exams are offered in multiple languages and use various formats, including multiple-choice, multiple-response and sample direction questions. Exams take place in accredited test facilities, of which there are hundreds all over the world. Associate-level exams last 80 minutes while Professional and Specialty certifications take 170 minutes.

Candidates receive their results on the testing screen and in an email immediately after completing the exam. Amazon set certification passing scores using statistical analysis and so they are subject to change.

Within five business days successful candidates will also receive an e-certificate along with access to AWS-certified logos for personal and professional use. Those who fail must wait at least two weeks to retake the AWS exam.

Professional training is not necessarily required prior to attempting a certification exam with Amazon offering practice exams and other study materials for a fee. However studies show candidates stand a greater chance of passing their exams at the first attempt and securing a job in the industry if they have received hands-on professional training from an expert.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

A common approach to obtaining initial certification is to start with the Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam. This course will test your technical expertise in designing and deploying scalable, highly available, and fault-tolerant systems on AWS. Amazon recommend it to IT professionals with one or more years of experience designing distributed applications and systems on the platform.

Accelerate to Associate with 360 GSP

360 GSP can help you kickstart a new cloud career with the Accelerate to Associate course, currently available for a discounted price of just £1,675. This course  is aimed at IT professionals who have some experience designing applications and systems on the AWS platform but want to expand their skills and progress their careers.

Our industry-certified trainers will prepare you to pass your Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam in classes spread over just six days.  Crucially, you will also get the practical experience needed to start using your knowledge in meaningful ways immediately after being certified.

If interested, please feel free to ring a member of our expert team on 020 3695 1966 today. They will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and talk you through the enrolment process

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