Coming soon to AWS Certification

Find out about upcoming exam updates, beta exams, and new certifications

What's coming

  • New beta exam: Advanced Networking
  • New exam languages: Security
  • New exam: SAP on AWS
  • New beta exam: Advanced Networking
  • New beta exam: AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Specialty

    Posted: January 25, 2022
    Beta exam registration is now open. Sign in to your AWS Training and Certification account, select Register for an Exam, and schedule AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty beta with either PSI or Pearson VUE.

    We’re making updates to the AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Specialty exam to ensure it validates knowledge and skills for current AWS services and best practices. The new version has updated content across all domains, as well as new topics aligned with AWS Networking innovations. The updated content supports complex networking scenarios including global and hybrid networks, network security, operational efficiency, and governance. The updated exam will be in beta from February 22 to April 4, 2022.
     
    If you’d like to be one of the first individuals to take this new version, please review the beta exam guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare. The guide outlines the test domains, weight of each domain, and detailed topics within them. The guide also includes lists of in-scope and out-of-scope AWS services for the exam.
     
    The beta exam is available in English for 150 USD, which is a 50% discount off the standard exam price. You can take the beta exam from our test delivery providers, PSI and Pearson VUE, either from the comfort and convenience of your home or at any of their testing centers worldwide. You’ll have 220 minutes to complete the exam. Your detailed exam results will be available in your AWS Certification Account under Previous Exams by mid-June 2022. You will not receive a pass or fail notification on the testing screen upon completion of the exam.
     
    We plan to make the new version available and retire the current version in July 2022.

     

    About the beta exam

    Format: Multiple choice and multiple response questions only
    Type: Specialty
    Delivery method: Pearson VUE and PSI; testing center or online proctored exam
    Time: 220 minutes
    Cost: 150 USD (a 50% discount from the standard price)
    Language: English
    Score availability: By mid-June 2022

    Important dates

    First day to register for the beta exam
    Now open!
    First day to take the beta exam February 22, 2022
    Last day to take the beta exam April 04, 2022
    Expected availability of standard exam July 2022
  • New exam languages: Security
  • New languages available: AWS Certified Security - Specialty

    Posted: November 9, 2021

    The AWS Certified Security - Specialty exam will soon be available in French (France), German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish (Latin America). These options will be available through our test delivery providers, Pearson VUE and PSI. We previously announced availability in these languages for AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, and AWS Certified Developer - Associate exams. You can review language availability for all exams on the Explore all AWS Certification exams page.

    The chart below shows all the available and upcoming options for each exam and provides the link to the relevant exam guide. You will be able to register for an exam and take an exam on the date listed below:

    Language
    AWS Certified Security - Specialty (SCS-C01) 
    French (France)
    January 27, 2022 (exam guide
    German
    January 27, 2022 (exam guide)
    Italian
    January 27, 2022 (exam guide)
    Portugueses (Brazil)  January 27, 2022 (exam guide)
    Spanish (Latin America)  January 27, 2022 (exam guide)
  • New exam: SAP on AWS
  • New exam: AWS Certified: SAP on AWS - Specialty

    Posted: September 28, 2021

    We are announcing a new AWS Certification that validates skills in managing and deploying SAP workloads on AWS. The AWS Certified: SAP on AWS - Specialty exam will be available in beta in Q4 2021. More than 5,000 active AWS customers run SAP on AWS, and now, individuals with the skills to do so can showcase their expertise with an industry-recognized credential from AWS.

    You can view a description of what to expect in the exam guide. To help you prepare, the outline includes the test domains, the weight of each domain, and detailed learning objectives with example AWS services.

    You will be able to register to take the new AWS Certified: SAP on AWS - Specialty beta exam starting on October 26, 2021. The beta exam will be available to take from home with online proctoring, at testing centers worldwide, and at AWS re:Invent 2021. If you take and pass the beta exam, you can be among the first to earn the AWS Certified: SAP on AWS - Specialty certification.

    About the beta exam

    Format: Multiple choice and multiple response questions only
    Type: Specialty
    Delivery method: Pearson VUE and PSI; testing center or online proctored exam
    Time: 220 minutes
    Cost: 150 USD (a 50% discount from the standard price)
    Language: English
    Score: Available approximately 90 days after the end of the beta 

    Important dates

    First day to register for the beta exam 10/26/2021
    First day to take the beta exam 11/22/2021
    Last day to take the beta exam 1/11/2022
    Expected availability of standard exam Q2 2022

FAQ

  • What is an exam guide?

    AWS Certification exam guides include the content outline and relevant details for a certification exam. Creating an exam guide is a critical component in our rigorous process for industry-recognized exams and credentials.

  • Why is there a new exam guide for an existing AWS Certification?

    We develop new exam outlines to maintain the currency of our certification exams. We also provide a revised exam guide when an outline changes.

  • For exams with new versions that are coming soon, which exam should I take?

    We encourage candidates to review exam guides carefully and consider how long they need to prepare for an exam. They should also consider exam availability dates when making a decision about which version to take. Passing a beta exam or standard exam will result in earning an AWS Certification valid for three years.

  • How frequently are exams updated?

    AWS Certifications are designed to validate experience and knowledge of current AWS technology and best practices. Domains and objectives for each certification are carefully created by AWS subject matter experts. Once a certification is available, exams are refreshed on an ongoing basis. AWS subject matter experts will update domains and objectives as needed to reflect new AWS technology or best practices. The frequency varies by exam. If you’re interested in taking part in our rigorous approach to creating and updating our exams, learn more about our SME program.

  • What is a beta exam?

    AWS Certification uses beta exams to test exam item performance before use in a live exam. An exam goes through the beta process before the exam is launched for the first time. AWS Certification also completes a beta process when an exam outline changes.

  • What is the benefit of taking a beta exam?

    Beta candidates have the opportunity to take the newest exams first and to participate in data gathering about the performance of exam questions. For new exams, candidates who pass the exam can be among the first to hold the new certification. In addition, beta exams are typically offered at 50% off standard exam pricing.

  • What happens if I pass the beta?

    Candidates who pass the beta exam will be awarded the AWS Certification once scores are released, typically 90 days from the end of the beta period. Your certification will be valid for three years from the day scores are released.

  • What happens if I do not pass the beta exam?

    Individuals who participate in beta exams but do not pass can retake the exam once the standard version is released. A passing score on the beta or standard exam is required to earn the certification.

  • Why is there a beta exam for an existing AWS Certification exam?

    We develop new exam outlines to maintain the currency of our certification exams and provide a revised exam guide when an outline changes. A beta period for the updated version allows us to gather statistical information about new questions that fit the new outline.  

  • Where do I take the beta exam?

    Beta exams are delivered by our testing vendors, PSI and Pearson VUE. Testing centers are available in thousands 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.

  • Why is beta registration limited?

    We offer beta versions of new exams in order to gather statistical information about new questions that fit the new outline. Once we reach our capacity for this statistical analysis, we may close registration for a given beta exam. Anyone who has already registered will have the opportunity to complete their beta exam as scheduled.

  • What languages are beta exams available in?

    Beta exams are available only in English. We anticipate more languages will be available once the exam is released in full.

  • What prerequisites are required to take these beta exams?

    There are no prerequisites for our AWS Certification exams, including beta exams. In October 2018, we removed prerequisites to give candidates more flexibility for our exams.  

Have more questions? See our AWS Certification FAQ