The 12 AWS Certifications: Which is Right for You and Your Team? (2023)

As companies increasingly shift workloads to the public cloud, cloud computing has moved from a nice-to-have to a core competency in the enterprise. This shift requires a new set of skills to design, deploy, and manage applications in cloud computing.

As the market leader and most mature provider in the cloud computing space, analysts such as Gartner consider AWS a thought leader and point of reference for all of its competitors. In 2022, AWS continues to lead in public cloud adoption, and it currently offers 12 certifications that cover both foundational and specialty cloud computing topics.

Why choose the right AWS certification? Here’s why it matters.

Choosing the right AWS certification: What’s the value?

Getting AWS certified shows that you have some of the most in-demand (and profitable) skills as validated by one of the most recognizable entities in cloud computing. In the enterprise, certification demonstrates a shared understanding of a platform, a shared terminology, and a certain level of cloud expertise that can speed up time to value for cloud projects.

Why is AWS certification important?

Even as enterprises adopt multi-cloud strategies, this doesn’t diminish the importance of an AWS certification – quite the opposite. With more than one million customers, AWS is still the provider of choice for public cloud adoption, where 64% of enterprises and 68% of SMBs are running applications (according to the 2018 RightScale State of the Cloud Report). Continued strong financial performance, a constant stream of new services, and a continuous geographic expansion (including a dedicated intelligence community region announced in 2017) are an indication that there is still much more to come.

Candidate certifications

AWS certifications themselves stand out for their rigor and thoroughness in evaluating a candidate’s skills, with an emphasis on hands-on experience and best practices. If you’re already working with AWS, preparing for a certification can help strengthen your knowledge by clarifying key concepts. If you’re new to AWS, it can provide the foundational knowledge and skills you’ll need to work with AWS services and solutions down the road. For organizations looking for new recruits, AWS certifications validate a candidate’s familiarity and knowledge of best practices in cloud architecture, management, and security.

Employer certifications

In the enterprise, the core training materials used to prepare for AWS certifications are a valuable component in a company’s own internal training path. As IT environments become more customized and requirements for new skills grow, an increasing number of companies are building their own certification programs. Many of them are using vendor certification training paths in conjunction with internal training materials to stand up certification tracks specific to their business needs.

How long does it take to become AWS certified?

With a full-time job and other commitments, investing 80 hours of study usually takes two months. If you are entirely new to AWS, we recommend approximately 120 hours or three months to prepare. Start with the fundamentals, and then move to the Solutions Architect – Associate Learning Path.

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Which cloud certification is best?

AWS currently offers 12 certifications: a foundational certification, three associate-level certifications, two professional-level certifications, and six specialty certifications. You can find a full overview of all Learning Paths to prepare for the certifications on the Cloud Academy’s AWS Certifications page.

  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (CLF-C01)
  • AWS Certified Developer – Associate (DVA-C01)
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate (SOA-C02)
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-C03)
  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional (DOP-C01)
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01)
  • AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty (ANS-C01)
  • AWS Certified Security – Specialty (SCS-C01)
  • AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty (MLS-C01)
  • AWS Certified Database – Specialty (DBS-C01)
  • AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty (DAS-C01)
  • AWS Certified SAP on AWS – Specialty (PAS-C01)

How do I become AWS certified?

While there are no set-in-stone steps to studying for the AWS certification, these steps are the most straightforward.

  1. Enroll in an AWS training class, such as any of the ones mentioned in this article. They will certainly increase your knowledge of cloud computing and AWS.
  2. Review any Study or Exam Guides available.
  3. Read multiple AWS whitepapers. These hold some invaluable information, which may answer many of your questions.
  4. Practice, practice, practice. Practice exams will help ease any worries or stress you may be having about the certification exam.
  5. Schedule the exam once you are ready. It typically takes anywhere from 80-120 hours of practice/studying to be prepared for the exam based on experience and the certification you are pursuing.

Let’s take a closer look at each exam.

Foundational Certification

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner is an entry-level certification designed to validate a candidate’s overall understanding of the AWS cloud.

  • Recommendations: At least six months of general AWS cloud experience in any role (technical, managerial, sales, etc.)
  • Format: Multiple choice & Multiple response questions
  • Length: 90 minutes
  • Cost: 100 USD

Areas Covered:

  • Understanding of basic AWS architectural principles
  • The value proposition of the AWS cloud
  • Key AWS services and their common use cases
  • Basic security and compliance, the shared responsibility model for security
  • Core deployment and operating principles
  • Cloud costs and economics and billing practices

Prepare for the Foundational Certification, with Cloud Academy’s Cloud Practitioner Certification Preparation for AWS Learning Path.

Associate-Level Certifications

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-C03)

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam is designed for those with some experience in designing distributed applications. Candidates will need to be able to demonstrate their ability to design, manage, and implement applications using tools and services on the AWS platform. This exam was updated in August 2022 to include more AWS services and best practices. More information on this can be found here.

  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple-response
  • Time: 130 minutes
  • Cost: 150 USD

Areas Covered:

  • Network technologies and how they work in AWS
  • How AWS-based applications work and how client interfaces connect to the AWS platform
  • How to build secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform
  • Deploying hybrid systems – those with an on-premises data center and AWS components
  • The exam domains include the design of highly available, scalable and performant systems, (requires familiarity with AWS infrastructure and concepts), implementation and deployment in AWS, AWS-related data security practices, and cost optimization techniques

Prepare for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate with Cloud Academy’s Solutions Architect – Associate Certification Preparation for AWS Learning Path.

AWS Certified Developer – Associate

The AWS Certified Developer – the Associate exam is all about developing and maintaining AWS-based applications. You will need to know how to write actual code that uses AWS software to access AWS applications from within your custom business applications.

  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple-response
  • Time: 130 minutes
  • Cost: 150 USD

Areas Covered:

  • Understanding the basic AWS architecture and the core AWS services
  • Hands-on experience designing, developing, deploying, debugging, and maintaining applications
  • Working knowledge of applications that utilize key AWS services such as AWS databases, notifications, workflow services, and services for storage and change management services

Prepare for this certification with Cloud Academy’s Developer – Associate Certification Preparation for AWS Learning Path.

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate

The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – the Associate exam is the only certification that is fully geared toward system administrators. Passing this exam requires both technical expertise and conceptual knowledge of the operational aspects of the AWS platform. Previous experience as a Linux or Windows administrator will be a plus.

  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple-response, and Exam lab. Exam labs contain a scenario that is composed of a set of tasks to perform in the AWS Management Console or AWS CLI
  • Time: 180 minutes
  • Cost: 150 USD

Areas Covered:

  • Deploying applications to the AWS platform across distributed architectures
  • Sending and receiving data between data centers and multi-VPC architectures
  • Selecting the appropriate AWS services to meet an organization’s needs
  • Provisioning, managing, and securing systems in an AWS environment

Prepare for this certification with Cloud Academy’s SysOps Administrator – Associate Certification Preparation for AWS Learning Path.

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Professional-level Certifications

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional

A professional AWS architect is someone who can evaluate an organization’s requirements and make architectural recommendations for implementing and deploying applications on AWS. The Certified Solutions Architect Professional certification requires a high degree of technical skill and experience designing AWS-based applications. This exam will be updated in November 2022 to include more AWS services and best practices. More information on this can be found here.

  • Recommendations: Two years of hands-on experience designing and deploying cloud architecture on AWS and best practice knowledge of multi-application architectural design is recommended.
  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple-answer
  • Time: 180 minutes
  • Cost: 300 USD

Areas Covered:

  • Best practices for architecting the designing scalable applications on AWS
  • Selecting the right AWS service for the requirements of an application ensuring its highly available, fault-tolerant and reliable
  • Migration of complex application systems to AWS across a multi-tier architecture design
  • Knowledge of cost optimization strategies

Prepare for this certification with Cloud Academy’s Solutions Architect – Professional Certification Preparation for AWS Learning Path.

AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional

The DevOps Engineer certification is all about provisioning, operating, and managing applications on the AWS platform. This exam focuses heavily on continuous delivery (CD) and the automation of processes, two fundamental concepts of the DevOps movement.

  • Recommendations: Experience in provisioning and managing AWS-based applications, as well as a firm understanding of modern application development such as the agile development methodology, is recommended.
  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple answer
  • Time: 180 minutes
  • Cost: 300 USD

Areas Covered:

  • The basics of modern CD methodologies
  • How to implement and manage CD systems
  • Set up, monitoring, security controls, and logging systems on AWS
  • How to implement highly available, scalable, and self-healing systems on AWS
  • How to design and manage tools that enable automation of production operations

Prepare for this certification with Cloud Academy’s DevOps Engineer – Professional Certification Preparation for AWS Learning Path.

Specialty Certifications

AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty

The AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty certification is for those with a background in data analytics and experience using AWS services for designing and architecting big data solutions. It is designed to validate a candidate’s experience in extracting value from data using AWS services.

  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple answer
  • Time: 180 minutes
  • Cost: 300 USD

Areas Covered:

  • Architecting best practices for implementing core AWS big data services
  • Designing, maintaining, and visualizing data
  • AWS tools for automating data analysis
  • Security best practices for data analytics solutions
  • AWS services covered include: Kinesis, Athena, Quicksight, and Rekognition

Prepare for this exam with Cloud Academy’s AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty (DAS-C01) Certification Preparation for AWS Learning Path.

AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty

The AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty certification was last updated in July 2022 and is designed to validate a candidate’s skills and experience in connection with performing complex networking tasks on AWS and hybrid IT networking architecture at scale. Candidates should have a background in architecting and implementing network solutions and advanced knowledge of networking on AWS.

  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple answer
  • Time: 170 minutes
  • Cost: 300 USD

Areas Covered:

  • Designing, developing, and deploying cloud solutions with AWS
  • Implementing core services according to architectural best practices
  • Automation for AWS tasks for network deployments
  • Security and compliance design and implementation
  • Network optimization and troubleshooting

Prepare for this certification with Cloud Academy’s Advanced Networking – Specialty Certification Preparation for AWS Learning Path.

AWS Certified Security – Specialty

The AWS Certified Security – Specialty certification covers topics that security pros and teams need to master security fundamentals, follow best practices, and build deep knowledge in key services unique to the AWS platform. It is designed to validate your AWS knowledge across security topics such as data protection and encryption, infrastructure security, incident response, identity, and access management, monitoring and logging.

  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple answer
  • Time: 170 minutes
  • Cost: 300 USD

Areas Covered:

Prepare for this certification with Cloud Academy’s Security – Specialty Certification Preparation for AWS Learning Path

AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty

The AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty certification validates your ability to create, implement, and maintain machine learning solutions for a range of business problems. This exam is for anyone who performs a development or data science role. Candidates should have one to two years of experience using ML and/or deep learning on the AWS Cloud.

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  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple answer
  • Time: 180 minutes
  • Cost: 300 USD

Areas Covered:

  • Choosing and defending the best ML approach for a given business problem
  • Identifying the relevant AWS solutions to create and deploy your ML solution
  • Designing and implementing cost-optimized, scalable, reliable, and secure ML solutions

Prepare for this certification with Cloud Academy’s Machine Learning – Specialty Certification Preparation for AWS Learning Path.

AWS Certified Database – Specialty

The AWS Certified Database – Specialty certification validates that you have an overall comprehension of all the AWS database services offered, as well as how to bring value to your business through optimized database integration and architecting. This exam is for anyone who works closely with databases and implements DB solutions. Candidates should at least two years of experience working with both AWS Cloud-based and on-premises relational and NoSQL databases.

  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple answer
  • Time: 180 minutes
  • Cost: 300 USD

Areas Covered:

  • Database Design
  • Deployment and Migration
  • Management and Operations
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting
  • Security

Prepare for this certification with Cloud Academy’s AWS Certified Database – Specialty (DBS-C01) Certification Preparation Learning Path.

AWS Certified SAP on AWS – Specialty

The newest AWS specialty certification is the AWS Certified SAP on AWS – Specialty, which was released in April 2022. This exam has been designed for individuals wanting to demonstrate critical knowledge related to SAP solutions and workloads running in the AWS Cloud.

  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple answer
  • Time: 180 minutes
  • Cost: 300 USD

Areas Covered:

  • Designing an SAP solution that runs in the AWS Cloud in adherence with the AWS Well-Architected Framework as well as SAP certification and support requirements
  • Implementing new SAP workloads on AWS
  • Migrating existing SAP workloads to AWS
  • Operating SAP workloads on AWS

Prepare for this certification with Cloud Academy’s Certified SAP on AWS – Specialty (PAS-C01) Certification Preparation Learning Path.

Recertification and Staying Up-to-Date

The number of new AWS features and services increases every year. To demonstrate continued expertise and knowledge of best practices for the most up to date AWS services, certification holders are required to recertify every three years.

If you hold the Cloud Practitioner certification, it will automatically be renewed if you pass an Associate level certification. Also, if you hold the Solutions Architect – Associate exam, this will be renewed if you pass the Solutions Architect – Professional exam. Similarly, if you hold the SysOps Administrator – Associate or Developer – Associate certification, then by passing the DevOps Engineer – Professional exam it will automatically renew these associate levels too. Passing any Associate or Professional certification will also renew your Cloud Practitioner exam if you currently hold it.

Remember that certifications are broadly representative of your knowledge at a specific point in time. The real AWS mavens don’t wait until their certification expires – they build good habits to stay current and are obsessed with learning. Here are some tips for keeping your skills current.

  • Read, a lot. Subscribe to AWS Release Notes newsletter, the Cloud Academy AWS blog posts, and others to receive the latest updates.
  • Learn by doing. Get hands-on practice experimenting with new services in Machine Learning and AI using Cloud Academy Hands-on Labs.
  • Attend re:Invent. Enough said.
  • Test your skills. Take AWS practice exams, regardless of whether you’re sitting for the exam or not.
  • Suggest training at work. Excellence begets excellence. If you surround yourself with a team of well-informed individuals who strive for excellence, you’ll move faster together.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long does it take to become AWS certified?

This largely depends on the candidate’s existing experience and knowledge of AWS, in addition to the certification level looking to be obtained, Practitioner, Associate, Professional or Specialty. AWS states in their exam guide for each certification a suggested prerequisite amount of experience before tackling the exam. For example, the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-C03), suggests that you should have 1 year of hands-on experience designing available, cost-effective, fault-tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS.

However, with dedication to your study and gaining hands-on practical experience using your own ‘free-tier’ account to get familiarity with the console and the services, you can pass your certifications without meeting these criteria. It is important to maintain a study schedule, and I would suggest at least 1 hour of study per day for the Practitioner and Associate levels, but aim to immerse yourself more each day for the Professional and Specialty levels.

How much does it cost to get AWS certified?

The prices of the exams are different based on the level of the certification:

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  • Practitioner = $100
  • Associate = $150
  • Professional = $300
  • Specialty = $300

What are the different levels of AWS certification?

There are 4 different levels of certification with AWS

  • Practitioner: This is considered the foundation level when starting our your certification journey with AWS and is a recommended and optional step before taking the Associate level certifications.
  • Associate: These certifications require more experience than the Practitioner, and you should have some hands-on experience in provisioning resources in addition to some problem-solving skills in AWS.
  • Professional: Although you can take the professional level certifications first, it’s recommended to attain at least the associate level certifications first to provide a base-level knowledge of AWS that is required to take the more advanced professional level certifications. Before taking this level of certification you must have a comprehensive understanding of many different attributes of how to run, optimize, and troubleshoot solutions within AWS.
  • Specialty: The Specialty level certifications hone in on one particular domain within AWS, for example, ‘Security’ or ‘Databases’, and therefore require deep technical knowledge and experience within that particular topic. These are comparable to the Professional level certification with regards to difficulty.

Which certification is best in AWS?

All AWS certifications are important and are a great asset to have from a professional standpoint. Deciding which one to take, or which one is ‘best’ largely depends on your interests, your role, and where you would like to take your career.

For example, If you enjoy working in the networking and architectural space, then the following route would be a great fit:

  • AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • AWS Solutions Architect – Associate
  • AWS Solutions Architect – Professional
  • Networking Specialty

However, if you were a keen developer or were looking to move into application development, then you might select a different route:

  • AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • AWS Developer – Associate
  • AWS DevOps Engineer – Professional

So it really depends on what you are trying to achieve as an individual, and where you want to take your career.

Are AWS certifications worth it?

Any certification that demonstrates your knowledge and expertise within the I.T industry is certainly worth obtaining. In a market that is full of competition, being able to stand out above a crowd can help you get noticed and put you on your journey to achieve your professional goals.

If there are a number of candidates applying for a position, and all have the same credentials and experience, but one of them has a number of recognized AWS credentials to reinforce their knowledge, then this goes a long way in making you the chosen candidate.

It is not just about validating your knowledge however, it says a lot about you as a person. It shows commitment, dedication, the willingness to learn, the drive to stay at the forefront of innovation, and sometimes this demonstrates more to people than what the actual certification stands for.

Can I get AWS certifications online?

Yes, you can now take AWS certifications online and from the comfort of your own home. There are some points that you need to be aware of all of which can be found online.

However to summarize, here are the key elements to be aware of:

  • You must be able to communicate with an English, Japanese, or Mandarin-speaking proctor. Exams can be taken in different languages, but communication with the proctor will be in English (Pearson VUE also supports online proctoring in Japanese and PSI supports online proctoring in Mandarin)
  • You must ensure that your computer meets the system requirements for online proctoring
  • When taking the exam, you will need to be a private and quiet place, and you must ensure that you will not be interrupted
  • Unlike in certification centers, you are NOT allowed to leave your workstation or move out of sight from your webcam during the online exam
  • Online proctoring is now available from both Pearson VUE or PSI (in mainland China, you must use PSI)

FAQs

What is the most useful AWS certification? ›

The Solutions Architect – Associate certification is our choice for the best AWS cloud certification overall. It is the most popular certification offered by AWS and provides a solid foundation in AWS cloud computing. IT professionals with this certificate are also among the highest earners in the industry.

Why should my team get AWS certified? ›

Earn tangible benefits to help you showcase your achievements and advance your expertise. Once AWS Certified, you'll be eligible for perks that can help you show off your achievements and keep learning. In addition to validating your technical skills, AWS Certification can help you advance your expertise.

Which is the easiest certification in AWS? ›

Which AWS certification is easiest? The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (CCP) is the easiest Amazon Web Services certification. It's a cloud beginner-friendly certification that covers the basics of AWS and the cloud and requires no technical experience as a prerequisite.

How many questions do you need to get right on AWS exam? ›

The exam includes 65 questions and has a time limit of 130 minutes. You need to score a minimum of 720 out of 1000 points to pass the exam. The question format of the exam is multiple-choice (one correct response from four options) and multiple-response (two correct responses from five options).

Which is the hardest AWS exam? ›

AWS Certified Solutions Architect (CSA) is one of the most difficult AWS certification exams. It consists of 100 questions and takes around three hours to complete. Candidates need to score at least 620 points to pass the exam.

Which AWS certification is best for salary? ›

The highest-paying certification in the U.S. this year is the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional certification — with an average salary of $168,080.

Can I get a job with AWS certification without experience? ›

As long as you have this certificate, you can have a job in Amazon Web Service without experience. You can start with entry-level jobs at first, but keep in mind that this would be your first step in your career.

What AWS certifications are worth IT? ›

AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional (46%) AWS Certified Security – Specialty (38%) AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty (24%) AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty (23%)

What skills do you need for AWS certification? ›

AWS Cloud Architect Essential Skills
  • Java, Python or C# Most architects have a software development background. ...
  • Networking. ...
  • Data storage fundamentals. ...
  • Security foundations. ...
  • AWS service selection. ...
  • Cloud-specific patterns and technologies. ...
  • Communication.

Can I learn AWS in 3 months? ›

If you are aiming for a specialty certification, I highly recommend earning your AWS Solution Architect – Associate certification first to ensure your foundational knowledge of basic AWS concepts. It took me three months with seven hours/week of study, to pass the AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty certification.

Which certification is perfect for beginners? ›

CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ (ITF+)

If you're switching career paths or beginning your IT career, this CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ certification is ideal for you. It is designed to verify your fundamental understanding of IT basics.

What certification is easiest to get? ›

Easy certifications to obtain
  • First aid certifications. ...
  • Project management certifications. ...
  • Software certifications. ...
  • Government certifications. ...
  • Notary public certification. ...
  • Forklift operator license. ...
  • Computer programming certifications. ...
  • Marketing certifications.
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How many times can you fail AWS exam? ›

There is no limit on exam attempts. However, you must pay the full registration fee for each exam attempt. Once you have passed an exam, you will not be able to retake the same exam for two years. If the exam has been updated with a new exam guide and exam series code, you will be eligible to take the new exam version.

How do I know if I pass or fail an AWS exam? ›

The passing standard is represented by a scaled score of 700 for Foundational-level exams, 720 for Associate-level exams, and 750 for Professional-level and Specialty exams.

What is the pass percentage for AWS exam? ›

The Design part assesses an individual's ability to design and develop cloud-based solutions that are scalable, resilient, and efficient. The pass percentage for the AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam is 97%. This means that 97% of the candidates who took the exam passed it.

What AWS level requires 6 months? ›

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner is an entry-level certification designed to validate a candidate's overall understanding of the AWS cloud. Recommendations: At least six months of general AWS cloud experience in any role (technical, managerial, sales, etc.)

Is AWS hard for beginners? ›

PRO TIP: AWS is not easy to learn for beginners. The platform is very complex and requires a lot of experience to understand all the features and functionality. If you are new to AWS, it is recommended that you seek professional help or take a course to learn the platform.

What is the highest salary in AWS? ›

As per Glassdoor, the salary of AWS Developers in India is about ₹528,322 p.a. It starts from ₹200,000 p.a. and can go up to ₹1,500,000 p.a.

Who pays more AWS or Google? ›

There's also a compensation element involved here: Stack Overflow's latest Developer Survey queried specialists in the world's largest cloud platforms about their median salaries and found that specialists in Google Cloud Platform pulled down a median salary of $55,600 per year, just behind Azure ($62,630) and AWS ($ ...

How much does a Level 5 make at AWS? ›

💰 $234k - average Amazon Solutions Architect (L5) salary [updated 2022] | Candor.

What is starting salary for AWS? ›

Average starting Salary for AWS in India is around ₹2.0 Lakhs per year (₹16.7k per month).

Can I do AWS without coding? ›

One specific question everyone want to about: Does Amazon Web Service require coding? The answer will make you happy and motivate you to begin your career as soon as possible. Amazon Web Service does not need any programming. Amazon does not require any prior expertise or understanding of programming.

Which AWS job does not require coding? ›

Skills Required

The role of an AWS Solution Architect does not have any specific coding requirements.

Do AWS hire freshers? ›

There are great amount of opportunities for the AWS jobs for freshers in India. These three players are the market leaders in the cloud computing: Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Is AWS certification good on resume? ›

For instance, Microsoft Certified: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals, AWS Certified Developer, Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect, Project Management Professional(PMP), are highly sought-after certifications on resumes that grab recruiters' attention.

Do AWS jobs pay well? ›

An entry-level AWS professional makes between $70,000 and $90,000 per year. A senior AWS professional earns between $135,000 and $166,000 per year. AWS salaries can vary across different jobs.

Which AWS certification is easy to clear? ›

You can choose to depend upon your experience and skills but if you're a beginner, I highly recommend you to start with AWS Cloud Practitioner certification, that's the easiest of all and you can pass this exam in just one week of serious study.

How do I pass my AWS certification exam? ›

7 best tips for passing any AWS Certification exam
  1. Look for the right keywords in the questions.
  2. Answer the question first, then look at the choices.
  3. Eliminate the answers that don't fit your primary thought.
  4. Don't spend too much time on each question.
  5. In doubt? ...
  6. Review your flagged answers.
  7. Request exam accommodations.
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Can I learn AWS without coding knowledge? ›

Because getting started with and learning AWS does not require any coding or programming skills!

Is AWS still free after 12 months? ›

AWS Free Tier includes the following free offer types: 12 Months Free – These tier offers include 12 months free usage following your initial sign-up date to AWS. When your 12 month free usage term expires, or if your application use exceeds the tiers, you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go service rates.

Does AWS charge after 1 year? ›

Important: The AWS Free Tier makes certain amounts and types of resources for new AWS accounts available free of charge for a one-year period. Any amounts and types of resources that aren't covered are charged at standard rates.

Do AWS exams expire? ›

Certification through AWS is valid for three years from the date it was earned. Before the three-year period expires, you must recertify to keep your certification current and active.

Which certification has highest salary? ›

Given below are the top certifications that pay well.
  • Full Stack Web Development.
  • Cloud Computing.
  • DevOps.
  • Digital Marketing.
  • Business Analytics.
  • Data Science.
  • Artificial Intelligence.
8 Nov 2022

What certification should I get with no experience in IT? ›

Here are the top 5 entry-level certifications mentioned in most entry-level job descriptions:
  • CompTIA A+ ...
  • Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) ...
  • CompTIA Network+ ...
  • CompTIA Security+ ...
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Practitioner. ...
  • Looking beyond entry-level certifications.
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Which certification is most demanding? ›

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
  • Nutanix Certified Associate.
  • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional.
  • Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I.
7 Oct 2022

Which certifications are most in demand 2022? ›

Top Certifications to Acquire in 2022
  • Web Development Certification.
  • Cloud Solutions Architect Certification.
  • Salesforce Certification.
  • Big Data Certification.
  • Digital Marketing Certification.
  • Cybersecurity Certification.
  • RPA Certification.
  • AI Certification.

How do I choose a certification? ›

The decision goes beyond just choosing between entry-level or advanced certificates.
...
3. Do your homework
  1. What are the requirements?
  2. How much time will you need to invest?
  3. Is it industry-recognized?
  4. How does it link to your career path?
  5. Will you have to get recertified?
  6. Are there retake vouchers for exams?

What certificate can I get in 3 months? ›

Top careers with three-month certificate programs
  • Medical billing and coding specialist.
  • Web designer.
  • HVAC technician.
  • Truck driver.
  • Licensed real estate agent.
  • IT support.
  • Brick mason.
  • Personal trainer.
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What is AWS fail fast? ›

When you hear people say “fail forward”, “celebrate failure”, or “fail fast”, what they really mean is, “something went wrong and we learned something meaningful.” And, speed matters, “fail fast” is about learning as quickly as possible.

How many hours is AWS exam? ›

AWS Certification exam durations can vary anywhere from 90 to 180 minutes, depending on the AWS Certification.

What is grade pass in AWS exam? ›

Your results for the examination are reported as a scaled score from 100 through 1000, with a minimum passing score of 700. Your score shows how you performed on the examination as a whole and whether or not you passed.

Is AWS certificate hard? ›

Let's be clear: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate is not an easy exam. It is not a test where you can simply buy a stack of practice exams, run through them over and over, and expect to pass. The exam is very scenario-focused.

Which AWS certification is most in demand? ›

AWS Certified Solutions Architect (CSA) is the most in-demand AWS certification. There are currently more than 1,000 CSA certification holders in the world. This indicates that the certification is highly respected and is considered a key skill for those looking to work in the AWS market.

Which is the easiest AWS exam? ›

Which AWS certification is easiest? The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (CCP) is the easiest Amazon Web Services certification. It's a cloud beginner-friendly certification that covers the basics of AWS and the cloud and requires no technical experience as a prerequisite.

How many people fail the AWS cloud Practitioner exam? ›

AWS has a pass rate of 97%. AWS is a popular cloud computing platform that enables users to create, manage, and deploy applications. AWS cloud practitioners are required to have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, or a related field.

What is a good score on AWS? ›

For AWS Certification exams, 750 is the passing scaled score for all Professional-level and Specialty exams.

Which AWS service is most in demand? ›

Here is the list of Top 30 AWS Services List:
  • Service #1. Amazon EC2 [Elastic Compute Cloud]
  • Service #2. Amazon S3.
  • Service #3. AWS Aurora.
  • Service #4. Amazon DynamoDB.
  • Service #5. Amazon RDS.
  • Service #6. Amazon Lambda.
  • Service #7. Amazon VPC.
  • Service #8. Amazon CloudFront.

Is AWS 2022 certification worth IT? ›

And the answer is yes. AWS certifications come with a variety of perks. 60% of cloud computing job postings today ask for AWS-related skills, which indicates that the AWS certified experts are highly valued in the market.

Is IT worth getting all AWS certifications? ›

It's therefore no surprise that cloud computing experts such as those with Amazon Web Services (AWS) certifications are in increasingly high demand. So, if one of the overarching questions in your mind is, “are AWS certifications worth it in 2022?” the answer is a resounding yes!

How difficult is AWS exam? ›

AWS Associate-level exams are tough because they cover a LOT of ground. Test takers who fail once (or twice) report questions about completely different services the second (or third) time around. This reveals just how broad the testing objectives can be, so don't rely on one source of study material.

What is AWS certification salary? ›

AWS Certification Salaries

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional: $161,409. AWS Certified Developer – Associate: $159,767. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate: $159,033. AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate: $158,777.

What are highest paying AWS jobs? ›

Here are the top 10 AWS salaries earned by professionals based on their skills and experience in various parts of the world.
  • AWS Cloud Architect Salary. ...
  • AWS Big Data Specialist Salary. ...
  • AWS Cloud Network Engineer Salary. ...
  • AWS DevOps Engineer Salary. ...
  • AWS Cloud Practitioner Salary. ...
  • AWS Solutions Architect Salary.

Is Netflix moving away from AWS? ›

Netflix completed its move to AWS in 2016, closing its last data center and shifting to its competitor's cloud service. It does continue to run its own content delivery network (CDN), consisting of low-latency equipment installed in Edge locations close to its customers.

Which AWS certificate is in demand? ›

AWS Certified Solutions Architect (CSA) is the most in-demand AWS certification. There are currently more than 1,000 CSA certification holders in the world. This indicates that the certification is highly respected and is considered a key skill for those looking to work in the AWS market.

What percentage do you need to pass AWS exam? ›

However, a score of 70% or higher is generally considered a passing score. The certification covers the basics of working with AWS, including using the AWS console, the AWS GovCloud, and the AWS Lambda service. The certification also covers using AWS services for data storage, compute, and networking.

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