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Updated Certification Exam Validates AWS Architect Skills

We are excited to announce a new version of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate certification exam. This certification validates an individual’s ability to design and deploy well-architected solutions on AWS that meet customer requirements. The new exam version includes updated content across all domains as well as new objectives in categories such as databases, cost optimization, and security.

What Does this Certification Represent?

The solutions architect role and skill set is critical for AWS customers and partners, so we keep our exams updated to reflect the rapid pace of innovation on the AWS platform and the latest in best practices for architecting on the AWS Cloud.

To update this certification exam, we work with experienced experts in AWS architecture to set the bar for competency in an Associate-level solutions architect role. This certification demonstrates an individual meets that bar. Individuals who have AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate report an average salary in the top 10 for highest paying IT certifications globally.

When candidates earn this credential, they are demonstrating knowledge of core AWS services and best practices along with the ability to design and implement solutions on AWS that are available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, secure, and scalable. The new version of the exam covers the following domains:

  • Design Resilient Architectures
  • Design High-Performing Architectures
  • Design Secure Applications and Architectures
  • Design Cost-Optimized Architectures

Who Should Take the Exam?

We recommend candidates have one year of hands-on experience designing solutions on AWS, hands-on experience with AWS services such as compute, networking, storage, and database, and experience with AWS deployment and management services. For a comprehensive list of recommended knowledge and experience, see the exam guide.

How to Prepare for the Exam?

If you are new to architecting on AWS or looking to add to your skills, AWS Training and Certification also provides a learning path and comprehensive ramp-up guide for the architect role. The architect learning path includes classroom course offerings such as AWS Technical Essentials, Architecting on AWS, and Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate. The architect ramp-up guide starts with whitepapers and training options designed to help you learn the fundamentals of AWS Cloud. Once you have the basics, the guide moves on to cloud architect fundamentals, such as the AWS Well-Architected Framework, and how to gain exposure to best practices with hands-on labs, whitepapers, and more.

Architect learning path diagram

Resources for Organizations

If you’re an organization looking to challenge your team to the meet the bar set by experts in AWS architecture, AWS Training and Certification offers the resources you need to develop your team, innovate in the cloud, and transform your organization. Options range from comprehensive training plans to certification exam vouchers for your team. Learn more about AWS Training and Certification.

Get AWS Certified

Sign up today to take the latest AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate exam (SAA-C02) at testing centers worldwide for $150 USD. The previous version of the exam will be available through March 22, 2020.