AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

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AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate showcases knowledge and skills in AWS technology, across a wide range of AWS services. The focus of this certification is on the design of cost and performance optimized solutions, demonstrating a strong understanding of the AWS Well-Architected Framework. This certification can enhance the career profile and earnings of certified individuals and increase your credibility and confidence in stakeholder and customer interactions.

This exam does not require deep hands-on coding experience, although familiarity with basic programming concepts would be an advantage.

Who should take this exam?

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate is a great starting point on the AWS Certification path for individuals who may have any of the following:

  • Experience in AWS technology
  • Strong on-premises IT experience and understanding of mapping on-premises to cloud
  • Experience working in other cloud services

What you'll learn

Preparing for and attaining this certification will showcase:

  • Knowledge and skills in compute, networking, storage, and database AWS services as well as AWS deployment and management services
  • Knowledge and skills in deploying, managing, and operating workloads on AWS as well as implementing security controls and compliance requirements
  • Knowledge and skills in using the AWS Management Console and the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI)Understanding of the AWS Well-Architected Framework, AWS networking, security services, and the AWS global infrastructure
  • Ability to identify which AWS services meet a given technical requirement and to define technical requirements for an AWS-based application

What does it take to earn this certification?

To earn this certification, you’ll need to take and pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam (SAA-C03). 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: Associate
Length: 130 minutes to complete the exam
Cost: 150 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, French (France), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Simplified Chinese, and Spanish (Latin America). Additional languages Spanish (Spain) and Traditional Chinese are available through Pearson VUE only.

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