AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

Showcase foundational knowledge of AWS cloud services and cloud computing

Exam overview

Category Foundational
Exam duration 90 minutes
Exam format 65 questions; either multiple choice or multiple response
Cost 100 USD. Visit Exam pricing for additional cost information, including foreign exchange rates
Test in-person or online
Pearson VUE testing center or online proctored exam
Languages offered English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Bahasa (Indonesian), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin America), French (France), German, Italian, and Portuguese (Brazil)

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner validates foundational, high-level understanding of AWS Cloud, services, and terminology.  This is a good starting point on the AWS Certification journey for individuals with no prior IT or cloud experience switching to a cloud career or for line-of-business employees looking for foundational cloud literacy.

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This exam is designed for candidates new to Cloud who may not have an information technology (IT) background. This exam is for line-of-business roles like sales, marketing, product or project management, to get a foundational understanding of AWS Cloud. Candidates for this exam could have up to 6 months of exposure to AWS Cloud, but this is not required.

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, AWS Certified Developer - Associate, and/or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate are next certifications that other cloud professionals have earned to advance further in cloud architect, cloud engineer, developer, and systems administrator roles.

Earning this certification validates high-level understanding of AWS Cloud, services, and terminology. This certification serves as an entry point to a cloud career for candidates from non-IT backgrounds switching to cloud. Job listings requiring AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner have increased 84% (Oct 2021 - Sept 2022) per Lightcast™ October 2022. This certification is also ideal for line-of-business employees (sales, product management, project management, etc.) who want to gain cloud literacy and communicate more effectively with technical teams and customers.

This certification is valid for 3 years.

Before your certification expires, you can recertify through one of the options below:

  • Complete the new AWS Cloud Quest: Recertify Cloud Practitioner game-based learning. This guided, self-paced option is free during the beta period November 21, 2023 – January 31, 2025. No exam prep or exam is needed for this game-based recertification option.
  • Pass the latest version of the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam
  • Pass an Associate-level or Professional-level exam

Yes. Once you earn one AWS Certification, you get 50% discount on other AWS Certification exams. You can sign in and access this discount in your AWS Certification Account.