Once you have experience on Amazon Web Services products and services, it’s time to think on your AWS Cloud certifications. These can be obtained by taking an official exam on a service or services of Amazon Web Services, reaching a level of expertise on this platform.
What is the purpose of having AWS certifications? Not only they are a strong and valuable asset at a professional level, but they will also provide you with the tools to strengthen your team and achieve your goals. At CAPSiDE we have several teammates with different AWS certifications, which they renew over the years as they expire.
Let’s see in further detail where to start and what types of AWS certifications you can choose from:
Types of AWS Cloud certifications
Foundational AWS Certification: Recommended to those to have at least six months of fundamental AWS Cloud and industry knowledge.
- AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner: This certification provides you with a large variety of cloud and technology roles, enhancing your resume and your professional credibility within your company. This exam covers four domains: Cloud concepts, security, technology, and billing and pricing.
Associate AWS Certification: Recommended to those who have a year or over a year of experience solving problems and implementing solutions using the AWS Cloud.
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate: This certification validates your ability to effectively demonstrate knowledge on design and deployment of secure applications on AWS.
- AWS Certified Developer – Associate: This certification validates your ability to demonstrate how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies.
- AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate: This certification validates the technical expertise in deployment, management, and operations on the AWS platform.
Professional AWS Certification: Recommended to those who have two years or over of experience designing, operating and troubleshooting solutions using the AWS Cloud.
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional: Aimed at users who can create complex solutions with services, administration and data security.
- AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional: Aimed at users who can use DevOps practices to develop and maintain AWS applications.
Specialty AWS Certification: To obtain it, high technical AWS Cloud experience is required as specified in the exam guide.
- AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty: Recommended for candidates who already have a valid AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner or Associate level certification. Design and implement main AWS services according to basic best practices for architecture.
- AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty: Intended for individuals who perform complex Big Data analyses. Design and implement AWS services to derive value from data, hence automating their analysis.
- AWS Certified Security – Specialty: Learn processes and best practices to protect your platform on AWS. This certification qualifies the user as an expert in AWS data protection mechanisms, data encryption methods and secure Internet protocols.
- AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty: This certification is intended for people in positions of development or data management. It validates the candidate as able to design, implement and maintain machine learning (ML) solutions on AWS.
- AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty: Develop skills for devices with Alexa and be capable of explaining the value of voice commands, the UX design and its architecture.
How to get ready for a certification exam?
When it comes to taking an exam, there’s no better preparation than practical experience. There are many AWS Training courses and other useful resources out there to prepare for the certification. Review the exam guides you will find on the AWS website for further information on the competencies evaluated in the certification exam.
- Step 1: The best preparation for certification exams is practical experience on AWS Cloud. To do so, you can go to an authorized partner like CAPSiDE.
- Step 2: Take a look at the concepts included in your exam, so you can plan ahead your study sessions. If necessary, AWS has training and supplementary material at your disposal to finish your preparation.
- Step 3: Take a preparation test through the AWS Exam Readiness courses. A test of this kind will help you interpret the questions on your exam and schedule the study time you need.
The Exam Readiness courses available are:
- Step 4: When you’re ready to take the real exam, register on aws.training, schedule your exam whenever fits you best and get your AWS certification in your nearest examination center.
With a wide range of exams applied to different capacities, AWS Cloud certifications are a proven and recognized way to validate your technical knowledge. Moreover, they will also allow you to move beyond your Amazon Web Services experience. If you’ve already taken an AWS training, don’t hesitate to add an official certification to your CV!