AWS Certified Database - Specialty

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This credential helps organizations identify and develop talent with critical skills for implementing cloud initiatives. Earning AWS Certified Database – Specialty validates expertise in recommending, designing, and maintaining optimal AWS database solutions.

Who should take this exam?

AWS Certified Database – Specialty is intended for individuals with experience and expertise working with on-premises and AWS Cloud-based relational and non-relational databases. Before you take this exam, we recommend you have:

  • Five years of experience with common database technologies
  • Two years of hands-on experience and expertise working with on-premises and AWS Cloud-based relational and NoSQL databases
  • Ability to understand and differentiate the key features of AWS database services
  • Ability to analyze needs and requirements to design and recommend appropriate database solutions by using AWS services

What does it take to earn this certification?

To earn this certification, you’ll need to take and pass the AWS Certified Database – Specialty exam (DBS-C01). The exam features a combination of two question formats: multiple choice and multiple response. Additional information, such as the exam content outline and passing score, is in the exam guide.

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Exam overview

Level: Specialty
Length: 180 minutes to complete the exam
Cost: 300 USD
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Format: 65 questions; either multiple choice or multiple response.
Delivery method: Pearson VUE and PSI; testing center or online proctored exam.

Note: The last day for candidates to complete an exam appointment through PSI is December 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm UTC. Starting January 1, 2023, all AWS Certification exams will be delivered through Pearson VUE.

Languages offered

This exam is offered in the following languages: English, Japanese, Korean, and Simplified Chinese.

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You’ve set your goal. Now it’s time to build knowledge and skills to propel your career. Check out these resources from AWS Training and Certification that are relevant to AWS Certified Database - Specialty. We don’t require that you take any specific training before you take an exam. These recommended resources are opportunities to learn from the experts at AWS.

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