AWS Certification uses beta exams to test new exam questions before they are used in a live exam. An exam goes through the beta process before the exam is launched for the first time. AWS Certification also completes a beta process when an exam outline changes. Beta exams are offered at a 50% discount from standard exam pricing.

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The AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty beta examination is intended for individuals with one to two years of hands-on experience developing, architecting, or running machine learning (ML)/deep learning workloads on the AWS Cloud.

It validates an examinee’s ability to:

  • Select and justify the appropriate ML approach for a given business problem.
  • Identify appropriate AWS services to implement ML solutions.
  • Design and implement scalable, cost-optimized, reliable, and secure ML solutions.

Recommended AWS and General IT Knowledge and Experience:

  • The ability to express the intuition behind basic ML algorithms
  • Experience performing basic hyperparameter optimization
  • Experience with ML and deep learning frameworks
  • The ability to follow model-training best practices
  • The ability to follow deployment and operational best practices


More information and resources can be found in the exam guide


We have two betas available for the new versions of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional and AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional exams. Registration for both exams opens on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 and exam testing starts on Monday, October 22. Beta exams are priced at 150 USD, half the price of the standard exam, and exam results will typically become available 90 days or less from the close of the beta exam.

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The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional beta examination is intended for individuals with two or more years of experience designing, and deploying cloud architecture on AWS.

It validates an examinee’s ability to:

  • Design and deploy dynamically scalable, highly available, fault-tolerant, and reliable applications on AWS
  • Select appropriate AWS services to design and deploy an application based on given requirements
  • Migrate complex, multi-tier applications on AWS
  • Design and deploy enterprise-wide scalable solutions on AWS
  • Implement cost-control strategies


Recommended AWS and General IT Knowledge and Experience:

  • Two or more years of hands-on experience designing and deploying cloud architecture on AWS
  • Ability to evaluate cloud application requirements and make architectural recommendations for implementation, deployment, and provisioning applications on AWS
  • Ability to provide best practice guidance on the architectural design across multiple applications and projects of the enterprise

 

More information and resources can be found in the exam guide


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The AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional beta examination is intended for individuals with two or more years’ experience provisioning, operating, and managing AWS environments.

It validates an examinee’s ability to:

  • Implement and manage continuous delivery systems and methodologies on AWS
  • Implement and automate security controls, governance processes, and compliance validation
  • Define and deploy monitoring, metrics, and logging systems on AWS
    Implement systems that are highly available, scalable, and self-healing on the AWS platform
  • Design, manage, and maintain tools to automate operational processes


Recommended AWS and General IT Knowledge and Experience:

  • Two or more years’ experience provisioning, operating, and managing AWS environments
  • Experience developing code in at least one high-level programming language
  • Experience building highly automated infrastructures
  • Experience administering operating systems
  • Understanding of modern development and operations processes and methodologies

More information and resources can be found in the exam guide


Q: What is a beta exam?
AWS Certification uses beta exams to test new exam questions before they are used in a live exam. An exam goes through the beta process before the exam is launched for the first time. AWS Certification also completes a beta process when an exam outline changes.

Q: What is the benefit of taking a beta exam?
Beta candidates have the opportunity to take the newest exams first. If the beta is successful, candidates who pass the exam will be among the first to hold the new certification. In addition, beta exams are typically offered at 50% off standard exam pricing.

Q: When will I get my beta exam results?
Beta exam results are typically available 90 days (13 weeks) or less from the close of the beta exam.

Q: What happens if I pass the beta?
If the beta exam is successful and a full version of the exam is released, candidates who passed the beta exam will be awarded the AWS Certification. Your certification will be valid for two (2) years after you pass the beta exam.

Q: What happens if I do not pass the beta exam?
Individuals who participate in beta exams but do not pass are eligible to receive a voucher to retake the exam at no cost once it is released.

Q: Why is there a beta exam for an existing AWS Certification exam?
We develop new exam outlines to maintain the currency of our certification exams. We offer a beta version of the new exam in order to gather statistical information about new questions that fit the new outline. After the beta process is complete, the exam will be republished and map to the new exam outline.

Q: Where do I take the beta exam?
Beta exams are delivered by our training vendor, PSI. PSI has testing centers in hundreds of locations across the globe. You can access a list of the available testing centers in your area with available dates and times during the exam scheduling process.

Q: How do I register for a beta exam?
Here are the steps to register:

  • Go to: https://www.aws.training/
  • Click “Sign In” to sign in or create an account
    • APN Partners should sign in using their APN Portal credentials
    • If this is your first time signing in, update your demographic information
  • Once you are signed in, click the “Certification” Tab
  • Click “AWS Certification Account”
    • If this is your first time signing in, follow the prompts to create a new AWS Certification Account
  • From your AWS Certification Account, click “Schedule New Exam”
  • You will be directed to our testing vendor, PSI, to find and schedule an exam
  • Select the beta exam and follow the prompts to complete your registration

Please contact us if you have questions about exam registration.

Q: Why is beta registration limited?
We are offering a beta version of the new exam in order to gather statistical information about new questions that fit the new outline. Once we reach our capacity for this statistical analysis, we may close registration for the beta exam. Anyone who has already registered will have the opportunity to complete their beta exam as scheduled.  

Q: What languages are beta exams available in?
Beta exams are available in English. We anticipate more languages will be available once the exam is released in full.

Q: What prerequisites are required to take these Professional beta exams?
In October 2018, we removed pre-requisites to give candidates more flexibility. Candidates are no longer required to have an Associate certification before pursuing Professional certification, and they are no longer required to have Cloud Practitioner or Associate certification before pursuing Specialty certification. We still encourage exam candidates pursue our recommended learning paths as they advance and validate their skills.

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