AWS Certification FAQs

Frequently asked questions about getting AWS certified and AWS Certification

AWS Certification helps learners build credibility and confidence by validating their cloud expertise with an industry-recognized credential and organizations identify skilled professionals to lead cloud initiatives using AWS. 

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  • Top questions
  • About AWS Certification
  • Prepare for your exam
  • Schedule your exam
  • Exam scoring and content
  • Benefits and certification validation
  • Top questions
    • Are there any mandatory training or exam requirements to take an AWS Certification exam?

      Training is recommended as part of your certification preparation, but it is not mandatory for the completion of the certification.

      Go to aws.amazon.com/training to find the role-based learning path that's right for you.

    • Which AWS Certification is right for me?

      Learn about each AWS Certification exam here. To learn more about the benefits of AWS Certification, see aws.amazon.com/certification/benefits.

    • How do I register to take an AWS Certification exam?

      To register for an exam, sign in to aws.training and click Certification in the top navigation. Next, click the AWS Certification Account button, followed by Schedule New Exam. Find the exam you wish to take and click either the Schedule at PSI or Schedule at Pearson VUE button. You will then be redirected to the test delivery provider’s scheduling page, where you will complete your exam registration.

    • What is the retake policy?

      Test takers who do not pass an exam must wait 14 days before they are eligible to retake the exam. There is no limit on exam attempts until the test taker has passed. For each exam attempt, the full registration price must be paid. Beta exam test takers are eligible for one attempt only.

    • How can I know which services and features are covered in an exam?

      AWS Certification does not publish a list of all services and/or features that are covered in a certification exam. However, the exam guide for each exam does list the current topic areas and objectives covered in the exam. Exam guides can be found here.

    • When will I get my exam results?

      Upon completing your exam, you will receive a pass or fail notification on the testing screen.

      Most of our exams use a scale-scoring method. You will receive an email confirming your exam completion. Your detailed exam results will be available within five business days of completing your exam on your AWS Certification Account under Previous Exams. Our practice exams, as well as the AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty and AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty exams use the original percentage scoring method. You will receive an email after completing your exam, which includes your detailed exam results. Within five business days of completing your exam, your AWS Certification Account will have a record of your exam results under Previous Exams.

      Beta exam results are typically available 90 days (13 weeks) or less from the close of the beta exam. You will be notified via email once your exam results are available in your AWS Certification Account.

    • Is there an option to reschedule my exam if I cannot make my scheduled appointment?

      Yes. You can cancel or reschedule your exam up to 24 hours before your scheduled appointment without additional fees. To reschedule or cancel your exam, go to your AWS Certification Account and click the Manage PSI Exams or Manage Pearson VUE exams button. If you scheduled with PSI, click the View Details button on the scheduled exam you wish to manage. If you scheduled with Pearson VUE, you can select the scheduled exam you wish to manage from the Upcoming Appointments menu. Once you reach the 24-hour window before your scheduled appointment, you will not be able to cancel or reschedule your exam. If you miss your scheduled exam appointment, you will forfeit the exam fee and are not eligible for a refund. You will not 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.

    • How can I verify an individual's certification status?

      To verify a certificate, you can ask the certificate holder to share their Validation Number, which can be found on the bottom right of their certificate. Your certification can be found in your AWS Certification Account. Once they have provided you with the Validation Number, you can verify the certification on our website here. You can also verify by clicking an individual’s shared digital badge, which includes a link to verify certification status.

      To register for an exam, sign in to aws.training and click Certification in the top navigation. Next, click the AWS Certification Account button, followed by Schedule New Exam. Find the exam you wish to take and click either the Schedule at PSI or Schedule at Pearson VUE button. You will then be redirected to the test delivery provider’s scheduling page, where you will complete your exam registration.

    • Can I get a list of AWS Certified individuals?

      The AWS Privacy Policy does not allow us to share personally identifiable information or exam pass/fail results without explicit candidate consent. 

    • Are there benefits offered to AWS Certified individuals?

      In addition to validating your technical skills, AWS Certification gives you tangible benefits to help you showcase your achievement and further advance your AWS expertise. View the AWS Certification Benefits page for a complete list of benefits.

    • What are the pre-requisites to take Professional or Specialty exams?

      In October 2018, we removed pre-requisites to give candidates more flexibility. Candidates are no longer required to have an Associate certification before pursuing Professional certification, and they are no longer required to have Cloud Practitioner or Associate certification before pursuing Specialty certification. We still encourage exam candidates pursue our recommended learning paths as they advance and validate their skills.  

  • About AWS Certification
  • Prepare for your exam
    • Are there any mandatory training or exam requirements to take an AWS Certification exam?

      Training is recommended as part of your certification preparation, but it is not mandatory for the completion of the certification. Go to aws.amazon.com/training to find the role-based learning path that's right for you. For professional and specialty certifications, it is recommended, but not required that candidates hold AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification and/or an associate-level certification.

    • What's the best way for me to prepare for my exam?

      The best preparation for certification exams is practical experience. We recommend six months to two years of hands-on experience using AWS. We also offer training and materials to help you prepare.

      View the AWS Certification Preparation page for recommended training, practice exams, exam guides, whitepapers, sample questions, and other resources.

    • Are there practice exams available?

      Yes, practice exams are available for all current Foundational, Associate, and Professional Exams, as well as most of our Specialty exams. The practice exams will allow you to test your knowledge online in a timed environment, and experience the exam format and platform prior to taking the full exam.

    • How do I purchase a practice exam?

      Practice exams can be purchased from our exam deliver providers through your AWS Certification Account. The Foundational and Associate-level practice exams are 20 USD and the Professional and Specialty practice exams are 40 USD. Purchase of a practice exam provides you with one attempt. 

    • How long will I have access to my practice exam?

      Access to the practice exam will expire after 180 days, and once the practice exam is launched, you will have 30 days to complete the exam, or until the allotted practice exam time expires. You can pause your practice exam by closing out your exam browser. Selecting “End Test” will mark the exam complete and it cannot be restarted. 

    • What feedback will I get from my practice exam?

      After completing your practice exam, you will receive a score report email with high-level feedback to help you understand how you scored on the exam content covered on the practice exam. Answers to the practice exam are not provided to the test taker. You can use the exam guide in conjunction with your score report to help you with your exam preparation. 

  • Schedule your exam
    • How do I register for an AWS Certification exam?

      To register for an exam, sign in to aws.training and click Certification in the top navigation. Next, click the AWS Certification Account button, followed by Schedule New Exam. Find the exam you wish to take and click either the Schedule at PSI or Schedule at Pearson VUE button. You will then be redirected to the test delivery provider’s scheduling page, where you will complete your exam registration.

    • Where can I take an AWS Certification exam?

      AWS exams are available from both Pearson VUE's and PSI's network of testing centers.

      You can search for PSI test centers at https://awsavailability.psiexams.com.

      You can search for Pearson VUE test centers at https://home.pearsonvue.com/test-taker.aspx

    • How much does an AWS Certification exam cost?

      The Cloud Practitioner exam is 100 USD. Associate-level exams are 150 USD. Professional-level and Specialty exams are 300 USD. You can renew your certification by using your 50% off voucher code to take the current, full exam at 50% off. Please note that taxes (such as Value Added Tax) may apply. 

    • What is the retake policy?

      Test takers who do not pass an exam must wait 14 days before they are eligible to retake the exam. There is no limit on exam attempts until the test taker has passed. For each exam attempt, the full registration price must be paid. Beta exam test takers are eligible for one attempt only. 

    • Is there an option to reschedule my exam if I cannot make my scheduled appointment?

      Yes. You can cancel or reschedule your exam up to 24 hours before your scheduled appointment without fees. To reschedule or cancel your exam, go to your AWS Certification Account and click the Manage PSI Exams or Manage Pearson VUE exams button. If you scheduled with PSI, click the View Details button on the scheduled exam you wish to manage. If you scheduled with Pearson VUE, you can select the scheduled exam you wish to manage from the Upcoming Appointments menu. Once you reach the 24-hour window before your scheduled appointment, you will not be able to cancel or reschedule your exam. If you miss your scheduled exam appointment, you will forfeit the exam fee and are not eligible for a refund. You will not 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.

    • How do I arrange a special accommodation for my exam?

      Special accommodations will be arranged with the test delivery provider, prior to registering for your exam. PSI & Pearson VUE do not share accommodation request details, so the appropriate documentation will need to be provided to the test delivery provider you wish to test with.

      To get started, sign in to aws.training and click Certification in the top navigation. Next, click the AWS Certification Account button, followed by Request Exam Accommodation. This page will provide you with instructions on how to submit your accommodation requests to the test delivery provider you choose.

    • Where can I find a test center near me?

      You can search for PSI test centers at https://awsavailability.psiexams.com.

      You can search for Pearson VUE test centers at https://home.pearsonvue.com/test-taker.aspx

    • How can I purchase exam vouchers?

      You can still purchase vouchers through PSI. These vouchers will be valid at PSI and Pearson VUE. There will be no direct voucher purchases with Pearson VUE. In the weeks following the Pearson VUE launch, we will be launching a new, self-service portal to facilitate voucher purchases and voucher management. At that time, vouchers will be purchased exclusively through this portal. Stay tuned for more information on voucher purchases in the coming weeks. 

    • I have a certification exam voucher. Which vendor can I use it with?

      Exam vouchers (partial discount or full exam value) are valid for a single use, and you can choose to use that voucher with PSI or Pearson VUE. There are a few exceptions:

      • Any voucher received from PSI customer support can only be used with PSI
      • Any voucher received from Pearson VUE customer support can only be used with Pearson VUE
      • Any voucher received from AWS customer support can only be used with the test delivery provider you have elected to test with

       

    • I have a practice exam voucher. Which vendor can I use it with?

      As of April 8, all issued practice exam vouchers can be redeemed with PSI only. At the end of April, we will provide a new process for purchasing and using practice exam vouchers with either PSI or Pearson VUE. 

  • Exam scoring and content
    • How many questions do I need to answer correctly to achieve a passing score?

      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 updated to reflect changes in test forms as the content is updated. 

    • How often are exams updated?

      AWS Certification regularly rotates questions in and out that adhere to the exam guide. Major revisions to an exam, including changes to an exam guide, will be made public. The exam guide for each exam lists the current topic areas covered by the exam. Exam guides can be found here. 

    • When AWS releases a new product or service, how soon will it appear on the exam?

      A new product, service, or feature must be generally available (GA) for 6 months prior to it appearing on a certification exam. Note that this applies only to certification exams, not training: training will cover new services and features more quickly. The AWS Certification team wants to ensure candidates have enough time to work with new services and features before they are assessed against the new material.

    • How can I know which services and features are covered in an exam?

      AWS Certification does not publish a list of all services and/or features that are covered in a certification exam. However, the exam guide for each exam does list the current topic areas and objectives covered in the exam. Exam guides can be found here

    • An existing service or feature has changed. How will that be reflected in my exam?

      The AWS Certification team will replace exam questions determined to be impacted by the change. 

    • How should I answer a question that I think has been affected by a change in a service or feature?

      Choose the best available answer from the options in the question. 

    • Are practice exams and live exams scored in the same way?

      No. Practice exams are scored based on percent correct. For example, if you answer 16 out of 20 practice exam questions correctly, your score is 16/20 or 80%. Practice exams are useful preparation tools that can help you gauge your readiness for a certification exam. However, passing a practice exam does not guarantee that you will pass the certification exam.

      Scores on live certification exams are reported as a score from 100 to 1000. Your score shows how you performed on the examination as a whole and whether or not you passed. Scaled scoring models are used to equate scores across multiple exam forms that may have slightly different difficulty levels. Scaled scores are a mathematical conversion of the number of items that a candidate correctly answers so that there is a consistent scale used across all forms of an exam. 

    • When will I get my exam results?

      Upon completing your exam, you will receive a pass or fail notification on the testing screen.

      Most of our exams use a scale-scoring method. You will receive an email confirming your exam completion. Your detailed exam results will be available within five business days of completing your exam on your AWS Certification Account under Previous Exams. Our practice exams, as well as the AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty and AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty exams use the original percentage scoring method. You will receive an email after completing your exam, which includes your detailed exam results. Within five business days of completing your exam, your AWS Certification Account will have a record of your exam results under Previous Exams.

      Beta exam results are typically available 90 days (13 weeks) or less from the close of the beta exam. You will be notified via email once your exam results are available in your AWS Certification Account.

  • Benefits and certification validation
    • Are there benefits offered to AWS Certified individuals?

      In addition to validating your technical skills, AWS Certification gives you tangible benefits to help you showcase your achievement and further advance your AWS expertise. View the AWS Certification Benefits page for a complete list of benefits.

    • Where can I access my benefits

      Gain access to exclusive AWS Certified benefits via aws.training. Once signed in, go to your AWS Certification Account where you’ll have access to all your benefits. Benefits will be available within five business days after passing your exam. 

    • How can I verify an individual's certification status?

      To verify a certificate, you can ask the certificate holder to share their Validation Number, which can be found on the bottom right of their certificate. Your certification can be found in your AWS Certification Account. Once they have provided you with the Validation Number, you can verify the certification on our website here: http://aws.amazon.com/verification. You can also verify by clicking an individual’s shared digital badge, which includes a link to help validate certification status.

    • How can I get AWS Certified swag?

      The AWS Certified store gives AWS Certified individuals the opportunity to purchase AWS Certified merchandise. Access to the AWS Certified Store requires successful completion of one or more AWS Certifications. Access to merchandise is based on the certification you have achieved (e.g. Associate, Professional).

    • Can I get a list of AWS Certified individuals?

      The AWS Privacy Policy does not allow us to share personally identifiable information or exam pass/fail results without explicit candidate consent.