Can I get AWS Certified without IT experience?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has transformed the cloud computing landscape, displacing Google and Microsoft as the provider of choice for many major organisations today. AWS specialists are consequently in high demand and short supply so it is no surprise that IT professionals are rushing to get AWS Certified in order to validate their expertise with industry-recognised credentials.

Salaries for AWS professionals are only on the up, causing some IT novices to explore the possibility of an exciting new cloud career. But can you get AWS Certified without previous experience in the industry?

The simple answer is yes. However don’t be under any illusions that passing your AWS exams will be a breeze. AWS Certification is designed to help employers find skilled AWS professionals. This means you will need to learn how to design, deploy, and operate infrastructure and applications on the AWS Cloud.

AWS Certification Tiers

Once you’ve decided to pursue AWS Certification you’ll need to pick a course and there’s no shortage to choose from. Amazon offer four tiers of certification from Foundation to Speciality with role-based paths for Cloud Practitioners, Solutions Architects, Developers, or SysOps Administrators:

Foundation AWS Certification

  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

Associate AWS Certification

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

Professional AWS Certification

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

Specialty AWS Certification

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

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam

If you are lacking in IT experience it may be a good idea to first dip your toes in the AWS waters and take advantage of Amazon’s free online training. Their new AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials course is designed to help candidates prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.

With this said, candidates stand a far greater chance of passing their exams at the first attempt and landing a job in AWS after getting certified if they have received hands-on training from a professional. 360 GSP offer a range of AWS training programmes, led by industry experts and designed to prepare you for a career in cloud computing. If interested why not attend one of our Introduction to AWS taster sessions? To find out more give us a call on 020 3965 1966.

Accelerate to Associate with 360 GSP

For many the next step would be to sit the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam. There is no prerequisite to taking this course but the bad news for candidates without previous IT experience is that Amazon recommend it only to those with one or more years of hands-on experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform.

However help could be at hand in the shape of 360 GSP’s Accelerate to Associate course. For a currently reduced price of £1,675 our industry-certified trainers will prepare you to pass the Solutions Architect exam in just six weekend classes. You will also leave with the hands-on experience required to start using your AWS expertise in practical ways after successfully obtaining certification.

If you’re considering AWS Certification please don’t hesitate to give 360 GSP a call on 020 3965 1966 today. A member of our team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and talk you through the next steps.

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