Which AWS Certification should I choose?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has emerged as the dominant cloud provider since its launch in 2006, usurping the likes of Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform. Many employers are therefore in desperate need of top AWS talent and they have had their task of identifying suitable candidates made easier with Amazon now offering an extensive range of AWS Certification Exams.

AWS Certification Tiers

IT professionals hoping to validate their credentials have four tiers of AWS Certification to choose from requiring advancing levels of expertise from Foundation to Specialty. Amazon also offer role-based paths for Cloud Practitioners, Solutions Architects, Developers, and SysOps Administrators as detailed below:

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

Foundation AWS Certification

Choosing the right AWS Certification for you depends entirely on your previous experience of the platform. Those with little or no AWS knowledge would probably be best advised to start out with the new AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam. Completing this course leaves individuals with an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud and provides a solid base from which they can attempt more difficult exams in the future.

Amazon offer snippets of training material online to help candidates prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam. Alternatively you can join us for one of our free AWS taster sessions. In just four hours we will teach you the foundations of AWS. To find out more please ring 020 3965 1966.

Associate AWS Certification

IT professionals with at least some AWS experience often decide to obtain their first certification by sitting the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam. Amazon have designed this course for IT professionals who are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively demonstrate how to design distributed systems on AWS.

Course content focuses on core AWS services such as Identity and Access Management (IAM), Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), S3 and EC2. Candidates are consequently left with a good understanding of AWS in terms of its approach to security, networking, data storage, and compute capability.

How to prepare for AWS Certification Exams

Professional training is not necessarily a prerequisite to taking an AWS exam but it is strongly recommended, especially for those hoping to pass at the first attempt and pursue a career in the industry. But don’t be overwhelmed. For a discounted price of £1,675, 360 GSP can prepare you to the pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam in weekend classes spread over just six days.

As well as training from industry-certified instructors you will also gain vital practical experience to give you the best chance of securing your dream job in AWS immediately after being certified.

If you are considering AWS Certification, please give us a call on 020 3965 1966. A member of our expert team of career advisors will be able to answer your questions and talk you through your options.


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