Today I passed my first AWS exam – AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. I’ve been looking at getting some AWS certifications since late 2014 and I have now finally gotten to it (especially since I now work at Amazon).
The exam itself was of average to high difficulty, there were definitely some areas which I could have studied more. My preparation involved 3 months of AWS work as a Support Engineer and also doing the A Cloud Guru exam course online which I highly recommend.
I’m putting up a reference list for learning materials that have been helpful for me while taking the exam:
Cloud Guru AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam course Cloud Guru’s exam course is probably one of the most complete to date. I highly recommend their courses.
Exam blueprint This gives you a quick overview of the exam format and area being tested, definitely worth a read.
- Amazon EC2 FAQs
- Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Documentation
- Amazon EBS FAQs
- AWS S3 FAQ and S3 documentation
- qwikLABS These are self paced labs where you get to have hands on experience with AWS. They provide step by step instructions and allows you to experience first-hand what AWS is about. The introductory labs are free, so together with the free tier offering from AWS these are the 2 best options to experience AWS without having to pay.
Last updated July 4th, 2016