Posted On: Jul 27, 2021

Today, we are announcing that a new version of the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate exam is now available. This is the first AWS Certification exam to allow candidates to demonstrate skills with exam labs. AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate is intended for system administrators in cloud operations roles to validate technical skills.

The exam features a combination of three possible question formats, including multiple choice, multiple response, and exam labs. Exam labs will allow candidates to showcase their skills by building solutions using the AWS Management Console and AWS Command Line Interface (CLI). The new exam also reflects innovations in the AWS platform and the latest best practices for the role. An updated description of the new exam is available now in the exam guide.  

The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate exam is available in English, Japanese, Korean, and Simplified Chinese for 150 USD. Candidates can take the exam (SOA-C02) from our test delivery provider, Pearson VUE, either from home with online proctoring or at select testing centers worldwide. To learn more about the exam and schedule your appointment, visit the AWS Certification website.  

To get started, explore the list of resources for preparation:

  • Sample exam labs: Candidates who register for the exam on or by December 31, 2021 get access to a free sample exam lab to help them prepare.
  • Practice exam: We are also offering a 55-question practice exam with question-level feedback. The practice exam will be available from our test delivery provider, PSI, for 20 USD. Candidates can simulate the exam experience by choosing to see feedback at the end of the practice exam or choose to see feedback after answering each question.
  • Exam Prep training: To get ready for exam day and review topics related to the exam, we are also offering two free digital courses: Introduction to AWS Certification and Exam Readiness: AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate. Both digital courses are available at
  • Tips for Taking an AWS Certification with Exam Labs: This blog shares insights on what to expect when taking an AWS Certification exam with exam labs and offers tips to help you prepare.