Q: What is AWS Certification?
AWS Certifications validate technical knowledge with an industry-recognized credential. Our certifications recognize IT professionals with the technical skills to design, deploy, and operate applications and infrastructure on AWS.

Q: What certifications do you offer?
See the AWS Certification Roadmap for more information about our certifications.

Q: Why should I consider getting AWS Certified?
AWS Certifications enable you to gain recognition for your 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?
You must earn a passing score via a proctored exam to earn an AWS Certification. Upon receiving a passing score, you will receive your certification credentials. Click here to review recommended preparation details for each certification.

Q: How do I register to take an AWS Certification exam?
To register for an exam, log into the AWS Training and Certification Portal and click “Certification” in the top navigation. Next, click “AWS Certification Account” followed by “Schedule New Exam”. As of August 30, individuals are redirected to PSI to complete their registration.

Q: Is there a registration fee for certification exams?
Yes, the registration fee for an Associate Exam is USD 150. The Specialty Exam is 300 USD. The Professional Exam is USD 300. Payment is good for one exam attempt.

Q: Why is a current Associate-level certification 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 expertise in their specific areas of specialization.

Q: What happened to the Security Specialty Exam?
We conducted a close review of the results of the security beta exam, and we’ve concluded that this beta exam unfortunately did not meet our quality bar. We are committed to releasing only exams that reflect the high quality of the AWS Certification program. Therefore, no individuals who completed the AWS Certified Security – Specialty beta exam will be receiving an exam score.

Q: Where can I take an AWS Certification exam?
Our testing vendor, PSI, has testing centers located 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. To view a full set of test centers, login to the AWS Training and Certification Portal and click "Certification" in the top navigation. Next, click “AWS Certification Account” followed by “Schedule and Manage Exams.” This will direct you to PSI. Enter your city or zip code to see a list of available test centers near you.

We continue to bring on new testing centers in the US and Internationally. Contact PSI if you would like to request a testing center near you.

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?
After completing your exam, you will receive results immediately on the testing screen and in an email (sent to the email address in your AWS Certification Account profile). Within 5 business days of completing your exam, your AWS Certification Account will have a transcript of your exam results under “Achieved Certifications”.

Q: What will I receive when passing the exam?
Within 5 business days of passing your exam, your AWS Certification Account will be updated with an e-certificate stating that you have successfully passed your certification exam. You will also get access to logos, digital badging, transcript sharing, and additional benefits. Benefits also include access to our AWS Certified store where you can purchase branded merchandise.

Q: How long will my certification be valid?
You will be required to update your certification (or “recertify”) every two (2) years. View the AWS Certification Recertification page for more details.

Q: What is the difference between a certification and an exam?
Certification is a credential that you can earn upon successfully 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: What are AWS Certification Digital Badges?
Digital badges are awarded when you pass an AWS Certification exam. Badges are available as long as your AWS Certification remains active. Badges may be downloaded from your AWS Certification Account by clicking the “Digital Badges” link. AWS Certification digital badges are compliant with the Open Badges standard. They can also be shared on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media outlets, as well as used in email signatures.

Q: What are AWS Certification Benefits?
Individuals that complete an AWS Certification exam can access tangible benefits that help showcase their AWS Certified achievement and provide resources to help further advance their AWS expertise.

Once you achieve an AWS Certification, gain access to tiered-benefits including, newly designed AWS Certified logos and certificates, digital badges, practice exams vouchers, branded merchandise, transcript sharing, and more. Benefits are accessed based on the AWS Certifications you have achieved. The more exams you successfully complete, the more benefits you will receive.

Q: How do I access my AWS Certification Benefits?
Gain access to exclusive AWS Certified benefits via the new AWS Training and Certification Portal. Once logged-in, go to your AWS Certification Account where you’ll have access to all your benefits.

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 exam.

Q: If I do not pass the exam, can I retake it?
In the event that you do not pass 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. If you have passed an exam, you cannot take it again unless your current certification has expired.
c. 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. You must pay the exam price each time you attempt an exam.

Q: Are special accommodations available for people with disabilities?
AWS is committed to complying with all applicable laws for individuals with disabilities. To request a special accommodation, please log into your AWS Certification Account and click the “Upcoming Exams” tab and select “Request Exam Accommodation”. Enter in the accommodations you request. If your request is based on a medical need, please be sure to attach the proper documentation (ex: doctor’s note). Accommodations are not approved until your documentation has been submitted and reviewed. After your documentation has been reviewed, a representative from PSI will be in touch to assist you in registering for your exam.  

Q: I am a US Veteran. 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, you must purchase your exam via your AWS Certification Account 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: I am a US Veteran. Is my AWS training class fee also eligible for GI Bill reimbursement?
No. Only AWS Certification exam fees are eligible. Learn more.

Q: Chinese customers: How can I receive an official Fapiao document?
Chinese customers will need to purchase an official Fapiao document through an authorized reseller partner. Click here for further instructions.

Q: I have another question about AWS Certification. Who should I contact?
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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, 60 minutes to complete the DevOps – Engineer Professional practice exam, and 90 minutes to complete the Solutions Architect – Professional practice exam.

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, the DevOps Engineer – Professional practice exam will cover 20 questions, and the Solutions Architect – Professional practice exam 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. A Professional practice exam is USD 40.

Q: How do I register for a practice exam?
To register for a practice exam, log into the AWS Training and Certification Portal and click “Certification” in the top navigation. Next, click “AWS Certification Account” followed by “Schedule New Exam”. As of August 30, individuals are redirected to PSI to complete their registration. You will receive a confirmation email once you have purchased your practice exam.

Q: I previously registered for a practice exam in Webassessor. Can I still take it?
Yes, you can still take your previously scheduled exam through the Webassessor. From your AWS Certification Account, click “Manage Webassessor Exams” to view your exam registrations. You can then connect into your Webassessor account to manage your exams.

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 Professional level exam for the same certification track. You can take a recertification exam up to 1 year after expiration.

Q: How do I know if I need to recertify?
AWS will send out email notifications using the email address you provided in your AWS Certification Account.

Q: What is the refund policy for recertification exams?
Refunds are granted by our exam delivery partner, PSI, when you cancel your exam with 48-hours notice.  

Q: What if I don’t receive a notification that my exam is about to expire?
Please ensure that your AWS Certification Account has your most current contact information. Certification status can also be found in the "Achieved Certifications" section of your AWS Certification Account.

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 certification to meet the recertification requirement.

Q: What happens if I allow my certification to expire?
You can still take a recertification exam up to one year after your certification expires. Until/unless you recertify, 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 recertification 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 do not pass the recertification exam, can I retake it?
If you do not pass 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 must pay the full recertification exam fee each time you retake the exam.

Q: Who should I contact if I have another question?
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Q: What is a beta exam? What are the benefits of taking a beta exam?
We offer beta exams for a 50% discount off normal exam pricing in order to ensure a new exam meets our quality bar before full release. Candidates have the opportunity to take the newest exams first. If the beta is successful, candidates who passed the exam will be among the first to hold the new certification.

Q: How long will the beta exam be available for?
Registration will open on September 18 and exams will be available for scheduling from September 18 – October 6. There are a limited number of seats available and registration will close once we reach capacity. Any individuals who have already scheduled an exam once registration is closed will have the opportunity to complete the exam as scheduled.

Q: How much does the beta exam cost?
The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner beta exam costs $50.

Q: When will I get my beta exam results?
It takes several weeks to calibrate exam results after the beta period concludes. We hope to have results available before the end of 2017. The timeline depends on the success of the beta exam.

Q: What happens if I pass the beta exam?
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 Certified Cloud Practitioner certification.

Q: What happens if I do not pass the beta exam?
Candidates who do not pass the beta exam will receive a voucher to re-attempt the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam once it is released.

Q: Who is eligible for this beta exam?
Only individuals who have never taken an AWS Certification exam are eligible to take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner beta exam. This exam is intended for individuals who have the knowledge and skills to demonstrate an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud, and is independent of specific technical skills addressed by other AWS Certifications (Solutions Architect, Developer, Systems Operations, DevOps, Big Data, and Advanced Networking). Candidates for this exam may serve in sales, marketing, finance, and legal roles. They may be business analysts, project managers, chief experience officers, AWS Academy students, and other IT-related professionals.

Q: Where do I take the beta exam?
Beta exams are delivered by our testing partner, 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: What languages will the beta exam be available in?
The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner beta exam will be available only in English. We anticipate more languages will be available once the exam is released in full.

Q: What “level” is this new Cloud Practitioner certification?
This exam is considered “entry-level” for our AWS Certification program. There are no required prerequisites. Once the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam is released in full, it will serve as a pre-requisite option for Specialty Exams. Individuals who hold either an associate or a cloud practitioner certification will be eligible to take specialty exams. Individuals can choose to pursue the Cloud Practitioner certification before attempting an associate exam, but it is not a requirement.