Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to dominate the cloud computing battle. Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform are both lagging behind Amazon’s offering in terms of revenue and general popularity among major organisations. AWS is the cloud provider of choice for Netfilx, Airbnb, Slack – the list goes on. With skilled AWS professionals in high demand and short supply it is easy to see why many IT professionals are now in a hurry to validate their credentials. But those hoping to obtain AWS Certification free of charge will be disappointed. From examination fees to professional training, there are unsurprisingly various costs associated with obtaining certification.
AWS Certification Training
It is however free to set up an AWS Certification account with Amazon. This is where, amongst other things, candidates can schedule exams, view transcripts and access certification benefits. Aspiring AWS experts can also access a wealth of free self-learning resources online to familiarise themselves with Amazon’s cloud. QwikLABS for example, offer free introductory AWS labs, available to anyone with a registered account. With each lab generally taking less than 30 minutes to complete, candidates can practice for AWS Certification exams using the actual AWS console and step-by-step instructions to tackle real-world scenarios.
But while professional training is not compulsory prior to achieving AWS Certification, it is certainly recommended. Candidates stand a far greater chance of passing exams at the first attempt and eventually landing a job in the industry if they have received hands-on training from a certified AWS expert. 360 GSP offer a range of AWS training programmes, designed to prepare you to pass your exams and give you that vital practical experience employers are looking for.
If you can’t decide whether AWS Certification is for you, it may be a good idea to join us for one of our free AWS Webinars. Our cloud expert will introduce you to the fundamentals of AWS and explain what we can do for you.
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Alternatively, we also host regular Introduction to AWS taster sessions. To find out more please give us a call on 020 8672 4151.
AWS Certification exam fees
There are four tiers of AWS Certification to choose from requiring increasing levels of expertise from Foundation to Specialty. All candidates must pay exam registration fees with prices depending on the level of certification being sought, as detailed below:
- Foundation – $100
- Associate – $170
- Professional – $300
- Specialty – $300
AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
Many IT professionals decide to begin their AWS Certification journey with the Associate level AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam. To pass this exam candidates must be able to effectively demonstrate knowledge of how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies. Amazon suggest candidates should have at least one year of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable and distribute systems on AWS.
However, our industry-certified trainers can prepare you for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam in just six days of weekend classes. Currently available for a discounted price of £1,675, the Accelerate to Associate course also provides candidates with the hands-on experience necessary to use their skills in a professional capacity after obtaining AWS Certification.
If you are considering AWS Certification or want to find out more about our programmes, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0208 672 4151. A member of our expert team will be able to talk you through the enrolment process and answer any questions you may have.