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06 Sep 2017

Passing the AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certification


Here are some tips on getting started with the AWS Certified Solutions Architect. Contact our Training team to find out more.

Zoran Pajeska

As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, Nordcloud requires all of its AWS Architects to be certified. Therefore, one of my first tasks when I joined Nordcloud was to get certified and underpin my practical experience of the last years with a solid reference. Many people know that AWS certifications are among some of the most valuable ones in the entire IT industry. Here, I share my experiences of the certification with you...

The Exam Focus

The AWS exam blue print advises that the exam is divided into 4 parts:

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This means that there is an indication of where to focus most and what to focus less on in order to complete the test. Don't be tricked into thinking the multiple choice answers are simple. This is, in the best case scenario, of pure information value and should not stop you learning everything in depth. 

 

Preperation Tips

In order to pass the exam, I relied on both online courses and practice exams from the 'Cloud Guru' platform. Courses contain around 22 hours of lectures, divided into 14 chapters. After every chapter there are quizzes for knowledge testing. Cloud Guru also provides labs for every major AWS component, where you can try and build infrastructure and integrate different types of services. 

An important thing to do is to read the FAQs for services like VPC, EC2, S3, IAM, DynamoDB, Lambda, SQS, SNS etc. This is primarly where the questions in the exam are taken from. It is also good to watch the deep dive videos on these subjects from re:Invent and other AWS events on the AWS YouTube channel.

Finally, read the AWS Whitepapers as these will guide you on AWS Best Practice, which the senerio exam questions will all follow.

 

In the exam 

Read the question twice before you start to answer it. Typically one or two of the answers are very obviously wrong which means that you can discount them focusing on just the answers remaining. Remember you can ask for a pen and paper from the moderators to make notes on, this is always useful to focus your thoughts. Finally, if you have time at the end, go back and review all of your answers.

 

Why should people take this exam?

Amazon is one of the biggest players in the Cloud industry so this certification is in high demand. The exam is a great way to test your AWS skills and get recognised by other IT professionals and employers.

 

On Nordcloud

Nordcloud is one of the leading AWS Premier Consulting Partners, a high-valued status awarded to consultancies that have extensive experience in deploying customer solutions on AWS. We have a strong team of trained and certified technical consultants who have been AWS certified, making us one of the most trusted and recognised partners in Cloud. 

If you'd like to learn more about the Certification, and other AWS training please contact our Training team here.

 

Course: Architecting on AWS

About Nordcloud

Nordcloud is a European leader of public cloud infrastructure solutions and services. Since 2012 we've completed over 300 deployments to help our enterprise customers gain the maximum benefits of the cloud including security, agility, scalability and overall cost-savings. As an independent cloud-native company, we are representing all globally leading cloud technology providers neutrally for the customers’ benefit. With a strong Nordic heritage, Nordcloud is headquartered in Helsinki with offices in Stockholm, Malmö, Oslo, London, Amsterdam, Poznan and Munich.

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