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?
You can register for your exam via the AWS Training and Certification Portal. Click the “Certification” tab. Then, you must sign in or create a new account to begin the exam scheduling process.

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, Kryterion, has testing centers located in hundreds of locations across the globe. You can also access a list of the available testing centers in your area with available dates and times during the exam scheduling process. We continue to bring on new testing centers in the US and Internationally. Contact us 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 72 hours 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 72 hours 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 their 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.

Q: What benefits are available to me?
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: How can show somebody else proof of my AWS Certifications?
There are several ways you can show proof of your AWS Certification. You can access your e-Certificate in your AWS Certification Account via the “Achieved Certifications” tab which provides you with a public validation link and personal code that you can forward to individuals that want proof of your AWS Certification. Second, you can forward individuals a digital badge via the “Digital Badges” tab that includes a link to help validate the current status of your AWS Certification. Last, you can share your transcript via the “Share My Transcript” link where you can send an electronic version of your AWS Certification transcript via email.

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: What should I bring to an AWS Certification exam?
You must show two forms of personal identification (ID) at the testing center. The primary form of ID must be a valid, original, hard copy (not electronic), 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: 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 a candidate has passed an exam, he/she cannot take it again unless their 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. Candidates must pay the exam price each time they attempt the exam.

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, you 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: How can I generate a receipt for my exam(s)?
To generate a receipt for any exam you have registered for, access your AWS Certification Account within the AWS Training and Certification Portal, click “Schedule and Manage Exams”, click “Exam Management”, click “Continue,” and then click the “Generate Receipts” button.

Q: Can I get a detailed report of my exam answers?
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. If you have comments or concerns about an exam question, please contact us. The subject matter expert committee will review all comments, concerns and suggestions made by candidates. Please note, AWS will not respond to questions related to specific exam content.

Q: What is an indeterminate score?
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.
AWS reserves the right to ask you to re-test if there is any suspicion of fraudulent or aberrant test scores. Retesting 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 AWS Certification Account, click the “Schedule and Manage Exams” tab, click “Exam Management”, and then “Continue”. Once you’re on the Webassessor page, 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 until 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 (Webassessor), when you cancel your exam with more than 72-hours’ notice. If you wish to cancel your exam, you must log into your AWS Certification Account, click the “Schedule and Manage Exams” tab, click “Exam Management”, and then “Continue”. Once you’re on the Webassessor page, click the “Reschedule/Cancel” button next to the exam you wish to change. Canceling within 72 hours of your exam will result in a USD 75 fee.

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: 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?
You can register for a practice exam through your AWS Certification Account. Click the “Schedule and Manage Exams” tab, click “Exam Management”, and then “Continue”. Once you’re on the Webassessor page click “Register for an Exam” and then open the “AWS Practice Exams” section to see the practice exams available for purchase.

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.

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?
Refunds are granted by our exam delivery partner, Kryterion, when you cancel your exam with 72-hours 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 AWS Certification Account, click the “Schedule and Manage Exams” tab, click “Exam Management”, and then “Continue”. Once you’re on the Webassessor page, 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 until 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 AWS Certification 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 certification to meet the recertification requirement.

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 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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