Q: What is AWS Certification?

AWS offers Associate-level certifications for Solutions Architects, SysOps Administrators and Developers. We offer Professional-level certifications for Solutions Architects and DevOps engineers. Additional certifications are in development. See the AWS Certification Roadmap.

Q: What is the difference between a certification and an exam?

Certification is a credential that an individual earns upon successfully completing a set of certification requirements, which typically includes passing an exam.

Q: What is a certification credential?

A credential is a logo badge and title that you may use on your business cards and other professional collateral to designate yourself as AWS Certified.

Q: Why should I consider getting AWS Certified?

AWS Certifications enable individuals to gain recognition for their knowledge and skills in working with AWS services. Additionally, preparing for certification requirements provides an opportunity to expand your expertise working with AWS services.

Q: How do I become AWS Certified?

Individuals must meet specific certification requirements to earn an AWS certification credential. Click here to review details for each certification. Upon completion of all requirements, you will receive your certification credentials.

Q: How do I register to take an AWS Certification exam?

AWS Certification exams are administered at Kryterion testing centers across the globe. Register online today for your exam appointment.

Q: Where can I take an AWS Certification exam?

Kryterion testing centers are located in hundreds of locations across the globe. We continue to bring on new testing centers in the US and Internationally. Contact us if you would like to request a Kryterion testing center near you.

Q: Am I required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) before taking an AWS Certification exam?

To preserve the security and value of the certification program, all candidates must accept the terms and conditions of AWS Certification Program Agreement during the registration process. Candidates who sit for AWS exams must agree to the terms and conditions of the AWS Certification Program Agreement before beginning the certification exam. The AWS Certification Program Agreement applies to all exams. All content, including without limitation any questions, answers and/or diagrams of the Amazon Web Services certification exams are the proprietary and confidential property of Amazon Web Services (AWS). They may not be copied, reproduced, modified, published, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in anyway without the express written authorization of AWS. Agreeing to the AWS Certification Program Agreement is required to be officially certified and to maintain valid certification.

Q: Is there a registration fee for exams?

Yes, the registration fee for an Associate Exam is USD 150. The Professional Exam is USD 300.

Q: How can I generate a receipt for my exam(s)?

To generate a receipt for any exam you have registered for, login to Webassessor and on the homepage click the “Generate Receipts” button.

Q: What should I bring to an AWS Certification exam?

Candidates must show two forms of personal identification (ID). Primary form must be a valid, government-issued ID containing both a photo and signature. The secondary form of ID needs to be valid and contain a signature.

 

Acceptable Forms of Primary ID (name, photograph, signature, valid/current):

  • Government-issued Driver’s license
  • U.S. Department of State Driver’s License
  • National/State/Country Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Passport cards
  • Military ID
  • Alien Registration Card (Green Card, Permanent Resident Visa)

Note: Irish natives may use a Public Services Card as a primary form of identification, in Ireland only.

Acceptable forms of Secondary ID (name, signature, valid/current):

  • U.S. Social Security Card
  • Debit/(ATM) Card
  • Credit Card
  • School ID (without a signature for minors is acceptable)
  • any form of ID on the primary list

Note: In Japan, the blue colored (not pink) Health Insurance Card is an acceptable form of secondary identification. However, the paper form of the Health Insurance is not acceptable.

You can NOT bring food, laptops, backpacks, notepads, or other personal equipment to the test area. For all exams, you can request a whiteboard and marker (some centers may hand out paper and pencil), which must be returned before you leave. During check in you’ll be asked to turn out your pockets (on jackets, pants, etc.) to verify they’re empty and free of prohibited items. Eyewear will also be inspected to ensure that it’s not technology-enabled.

Q: Can I use reference materials during an AWS Certification exam?

Use of reference materials and/or electronic devices is not allowed at any time during the examination.

Q: What score is required to pass an AWS Certification exam?

AWS Certification passing scores are set by using statistical analysis and are subject to change. AWS does not publish exam passing scores because exam questions and passing scores are subject to change without notice.

Q: When will I get my exam results?

You will receive your exam results on-screen immediately after completing your exam.

Q: If I fail the exam can I retake it?

In the event that you fail to pass an AWS certification exam, you may retake the exam subject to the following conditions:

a. You must wait 14 days from the day you fail to take the exam again.

b. You can take an exam up to three times in one year from the date of your first attempt.

c. If a Candidate has passed an exam, he/she cannot take it again without prior consent from AWS.

d. AWS beta examinations may only be taken one (1) time by each candidate.

e. A test result found to be in violation of the retake policy will be marked invalid, which will result in no credit awarded for the test taken. Repeat violators will be banned from participation in the AWS Certification Program.

f. Candidates must pay the exam price each time they attempt the exam.

Q: What will I receive when passing the exam?

You will receive a certificate stating that you have successfully passed the certification exam. Additionally, once you have completed all requirements for a given certification, you will earn the certification credential and be authorized to use the certification title and logo on your business cards and other professional collateral.

Q: Can I get a detailed report of my exam answers?

Exam Content

In order to maintain the integrity of the exam, exam content is not available for review. Some high-level feedback is provided to help you understand how you scored in various sections of the exam. Candidates who have comments or concerns about an exam question should contact us. The subject matter expert committee will review all comments, concerns and suggestions made by candidates. However please note, AWS will not respond to questions related to specific exam content.

Exam Scoring

Passing Scores: AWS Certification does not publish exam passing scores because they are set by using statistical analysis and are subject to change.

Classifying scores as indeterminate: AWS regularly monitors the performance of all exams to ensure the validity of exam results. During the monitoring of exam performance, AWS may classify scores as indeterminate when there are discrepancies for which there is no reasonable explanation. A classification of indeterminate can stem from a number of factors. In an effort to ensure valid certifications, AWS will allow candidates whose results are indeterminate the option of retaking the exam at no cost. Scores classified as indeterminate will not be considered valid and will not be eligible for certification. If it is determined that a breach of the Candidate Conduct Policy has contributed to the classification of indeterminate, AWS will also take additional action as laid out in the Candidate Agreement.

Candidate retesting: AWS reserves the right to ask any candidate to re-test if there is any suspicion of fraudulent or aberrant test scores. Re-testing will take place at a facility of our choosing at a mutually agreeable time.

Q: What do I do if I need to cancel or reschedule my exam appointment?

If you wish to reschedule or cancel your exam, you must log into your account at https://www.webassessor.com/aws. Once you’re logged in, click the “Reschedule/Cancel” button next to the exam you wish to change. Canceling or rescheduling within 72 hours of your exam time will result in a USD 75 fee. Candidates who miss their scheduled exam appointment will forfeit the exam fee and are not eligible for a refund. You will be able to register again for the exam 24 hours after your missed exam time. Missing the exam does not result in a ‘fail’ status.

Q: What is the refund policy?

A full refund is granted by our exam delivery partner, Kryterion, when you cancel your exam with a 72-hour notice. If you wish to cancel your exam, you must log into your account at https://www.webassessor.com/aws.

Q: Can I request an exam invoice?

Yes. To request an exam invoice, please enter your details here.

Q: How long will my certification be valid?

All customers and partners will be required to update their certification (or “recertify”) every two (2) years. View the AWS Certification Recertification page for more details.

Q: Are special accommodations available for people with disabilities?

AWS is committed to complying with all applicable laws for individuals with disabilities. AWS will provide ADA accommodations for those with needs. Please contact us for further information.

Q: Chinese customers: How can I receive an official Fapiao?

To receive an official fapiao, Chinese customers will need to purchase this through an authorized reseller partner. Click here for further instructions.

Q: US Veterans: Is my exam fee eligible for GI Bill reimbursement?

Yes. Any qualifying US veteran covered under a GI Bill with an education provision can submit a reimbursement request to Veterans Affairs for AWS Certification exams taken after December 10, 2015. To qualify, candidates must purchase their exam via Webassessor and submit the VA application for reimbursement. The VA will only pay for the exam fee. Costs connected with preparing for a certification (e.g. training courses or practice exams) are not reimbursable. Learn more

Q: US Veterans: Is my AWS training class fee also eligible for GI Bill reimbursement?

No. Only AWS Certification exam fees are eligible. Learn more

Q: What are AWS Certification – Specialty exams?

AWS Certification – Specialty Exams are an advanced certification for AWS experts who also possess expertise in specific technical areas. They’re designed for people with at least one current associate-level AWS Certification plus deep proficiency and real-world experience in an area of specialization. The first three specialties are for security, advanced networking, and big data.

Q: Why is a current Associate-level certifications a prerequisite for AWS Certification – Specialty exams?

Based on feedback from customers and existing AWS certified individuals, we designed these exams for individuals who already have both an expertise with the platform and their specific areas of specialization.

Q: I have a question about AWS Certifications. Who should I contact?

Click here to contact us.

 

Q: Do you have practice exams available for all current exams?

Yes, practice exams are available for all current Associate and Professional Exams. Many of our practice exams are available in multiple languages.  

Q: How much time will I have to complete the practice exam?

You will have 30 minutes to complete Associate practice exams and 90 minutes to complete Professional practice exams.

Q: How many questions do the practice exams cover and how do the practice exams compare to the actual exams?

Associate practice exams will cover 20 questions and Professional practice exams will cover 40 questions. The practice exams have been designed to include a well-balanced selection of questions with a proportionate amount of exam concepts that are covered in actual exams.

Q: Do I have to pay for each exam attempt?

Yes, each attempt requires an exam payment.

Q: Is there a registration fee for practice exams?

Yes, the registration fee for an Associate practice exam is USD 20. The Professional practice exam is USD 40.

Q: How do I register for a practice exam?

You can register for a practice exam through Kryterion in your Webassesor account. Once you login, click “Register for an Exam” on the top header. Practice exams will be listed under the “AWS Certification – Practice Exams” section.

Q: What is the AWS Recertification policy?

All AWS Certified individuals are required to renew their certification(s) every two years. To meet this requirement, you must either: (a) pass a recertification exam; or (b) pass the the Professional level exam for the same certification.

Q: How do I know if I need to recertify?

AWS will send out email notifications using the email address you provided in your Webassessor account.

Q: What is the refund policy?

Refunds are granted by our exam delivery partner, Kryterion, when you cancel your exam with a 72-hour notice. No other refund requests are granted.

Q: What do I do if I need to cancel or reschedule my exam appointment?

If you wish to reschedule or cancel your exam, you must log into your account at https://www.webassessor.com/aws. Once you’re logged in, click the “Reschedule/Cancel” button next to the exam you wish to change. Canceling or rescheduling within 72 hours of your exam time will result in a USD 75 fee. Candidates who miss their scheduled exam appointment will forfeit the exam fee and are not eligible for a refund. You will be able to register again for the exam 24 hours after your missed exam time. Missing the exam does not result in a ‘fail’ status.

Q: What if I don’t receive a notification that my exam is about expire?

Please ensure that your Webassessor account has your most current contact information. If you do not receive an email and want to check your status, please contact us.

Q: Will completing an associate certification in another role fulfill my recertification requirement?

No. Because AWS Certifications are separated by different roles, earning another certification in a different role does not meet recertification requirements. For example, if you are an AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, you must recertify at this level or achieve AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional.

Q: What happens if I allow my certification to expire?

You will lose all benefits associated with your AWS Certification(s). To reinstate your status in the program you will be required to take the applicable exams.

Q: How is the recertification exam different from the standard exam?

The recertification exam includes different questions from the standard exam. You have 80 minutes to complete the exam. The recertification exam covers the same content as defined in the exam blueprint.

Q: Are there any exam discounts available to help me get recertified?

The cost of a recertification exam for both Associate and Professional is USD 75, which is 50% less than the standard associate exam and 75% less than the professional exam.

Q: If I fail the recertification exam can I retake it?

If you fail the exam, you can retake the exam subject to the following conditions:

  • You must wait 14 days from the day you fail to schedule your next exam attempt.
  • You can take the exam up to three times in one year from the date of your first attempt.
  • You must pay the full exam fee each time you retake the exam.

Q: Who should I contact if I have a question?

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