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AWS releases a growing number of new features and services each year. To maintain your AWS Certified status, we require you to periodically demonstrate your continued expertise on the platform though a process called recertification. Recertification helps strengthen the overall value of your AWS Certification and shows customers and employers that your credential covers the latest AWS knowledge, skills, and best practices.

Recertification is required every two years for all AWS Certifications. We’ll send you an email notification about six months before your certification credential is set to expire.

If you hold an Associate certification, there are two ways to satisfy the recertification requirement:

  1. Take the Associate recertification exam
    You can take the Associate-level recertification exam for the certification you already have. For example, if you are an AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, you are eligible to take the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate recertification exam. Recertification exams run 80 minutes and cost USD 75. Recertification exams follow the same exam blueprint as the full certification exam.
  2. Earn a Professional-level certification
    You can also satisfy the recertification requirement by passing either the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional exam for the Architect path or AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional exam for the Developer or Operations path. For example, if you have achieved AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, you are eligible to take the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional exam.

If you hold a Professional-level certification, you don’t need to recertify at the Associate level. You can instead satisfy the recertification requirement by passing the Professional-level recertification exam.

  1. Take the Professional-level recertification exam
    You can take the Professional-level recertification exam for the certification you already have. For example, if you are an AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional, you are eligible to take the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional recertification exam. Professional-level recertification exams run 80 minutes and costs USD 75. Recertification exams follow the same exam blueprint as the full certification exam.

Questions? See the recertification FAQs

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