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AWS Certification demonstrates technical expertise, helps you advance your career, and helps employers find skilled cloud professionals.

  • Demonstrate you have expertise to design, deploy, and operate highly available, cost-effective, and secure applications on AWS
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  • Identify skilled professionals to lead IT initiatives with AWS technologies
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We offer four role-based paths with advancing levels of expertise, plus three Specialty certifications:

Role-Based Certifications

Foundational - Validates overall understanding of the AWS Cloud. Prerequisite to achieving Specialty certification or an optional start towards Associate certification.

Associate - Technical role-based certifications. No prerequisite.

Professional - Highest level technical role-based certification. Relevant Associate certification required.

Specialty Certifications

Validate advanced skills in specific technical areas. Cloud Practitioner or Associate-level certification required.  


  • Cloud Practitioner

    The Cloud Practitioner exam provides individuals with an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud to validate their knowledge with an industry-recognized credential.

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    This exam provides individuals in a larger variety of cloud and technology roles with a way to validate their AWS Cloud knowledge and enhance their professional credibility. This exam covers four domains, including: cloud concepts, security, technology, and billing and pricing. Learn more >>

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  • Architect

    Architecting exams validate technical knowledge for solutions architects, solution design engineers, and anyone who designs applications and systems on AWS.

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    This exam validates your ability to effectively demonstrate knowledge of how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies. We recommend candidates have at least one year of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable and distributed systems on AWS. Learn more >>

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    This exam tests your advanced technical skills and experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. This is for anyone that has completed an AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification with two or more years of hands-on experience designing and deploying cloud architecture on AWS.  Learn more >>

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  • Developer

    Developing exams validate technical knowledge for software developers who develop cloud applications on AWS.

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    This exam tests your technical expertise in developing and maintaining applications on the AWS platform. This is for anyone with one or more years of hands-on experience designing and maintaining an AWS-based application plus in-depth knowledge of at least one high-level programming language.  Learn more >>

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    This exam tests your technical expertise in provisioning, operating, and managing distributed application systems on the AWS platform. This is for anyone that has achieved AWS Certified Developer - Associate or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate certification with two or more years of hands-on experience provisioning, operating, and managing AWS environments.  Learn more >>

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  • Operations

    Operations exams validate technical knowledge for SysOps administrators, systems administrators, and those in a DevOps role who create automatable and repeatable deployments of applications, networks, and systems on the AWS platform.

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    This exam tests your technical expertise in deployment, management, and operations on the AWS platform. This is for anyone with one or more years of hands-on experience operating AWS-based applications.  Learn more >>

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    This exam tests your technical expertise in provisioning, operating, and managing distributed application systems on the AWS platform. This is for anyone who has achieved AWS Certified Developer - Associate or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate certification and has two or more years of hands-on experience provisioning, operating, and managing AWS environments.  Learn more >>

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  • Specialties

    Specialty exams validate technical knowledge for AWS experts who also possess expertise in specific technical areas. They’re designed for individuals with at least one role-based AWS Certification plus deep proficiency and real-world experience in an area of specialization.

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    This exam tests your technical expertise in designing and implementing AWS services to derive value from data. This is for anyone who performs complex Big Data analyses. Learn more >>

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    This exam tests your technical expertise in designing and implementing AWS and hybrid IT architectures at scale. This is for anyone who performs complex networking tasks. Learn more >>

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    This exam tests your technical expertise in securing the AWS platform. This is for anyone in an experienced security role. Learn more >>

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