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Getting Ready for Your AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Exam

Post Syndicated from Ed Van Sickle original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/architecture/getting-ready-for-your-aws-certified-solutions-architect-associate-exam/

AWS Training and CertificationSo, you decided you want to earn your AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification. Good decision! Maybe you’ve read through our exam preparation recommendations (or maybe just opened that link to do so), explored our Architect Learning Path, and are now contemplating next steps.

You may be thinking:

  • I know myself well enough to know that if I’m going to get this done on time, I need a class with an instructor on my calendar.
  • Taking Architecting on AWS and an exam readiness course seems like a good idea, but can I schedule those together?
  • Note to self: take a practice exam or two.

If these resonate, our new five-day classroom training course, Exam Readiness Intensive Workshop: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate was built with you in mind. This course combines expert, AWS-accredited instructor led training and exam readiness with AWS service deep-dives and quizzes exclusive to this course. This intensive, focused approach has already helped APN Partners and customers get ready for their certification exams on their way to achieving their AWS Certification goals.

Dive deep with architectural best practices

The course starts with learning the fundamentals of building an IT infrastructure on AWS. You’ll spend three days on the Architecting on AWS course, which builds that architectural mindset and foundation. Throughout the course, you’ll get in a “getting ready for my exam” mindset with end-of-module quizzes to help reinforce learning and provide practice in answering test questions.

Complement architectural best practices with additional AWS services and exam taking skills

Day four provides additional deep dives on AWS services not covered in Architecting on AWS and a half-day dedicated to the Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate course. You’ll review sample exam questions in each topic area and learn how to interpret the concepts being tested, so that you can more easily eliminate incorrect responses. At the end of the day, you’ll put your knowledge to the test with the first of two quizzes with guided reviews with your instructor.

Test your knowledge

Day five starts with a guided review of the practice exam. You’ll get to see if your answers are right, and if not, have an opportunity to engage the instructor to understand why your answers are wrong, and how you could have eliminated some of the options. You’ll finish day five with one more quiz to test your knowledge. With instructor-guided reviews of two quizzes and a practice exam, you can gain a boost of confidence at the end of the course before sitting for the exam.

The right course for the right candidate

This course is tailored for the individual who wants to combine learning architectural concepts and exam-taking skills from an instructor. If that’s you, find a class today delivered by AWS or one of our AWS APN Training Partners.

Expertise validation in AWS data analytics with AWS Certification

Post Syndicated from Beth Shepherd original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/big-data/expertise-validation-in-aws-data-analytics-with-aws-certification/

AWS Training and Certification now has a new exam version for the AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty certification, which validates expertise in designing, building, and maintaining analytics solutions that are efficient, cost-effective, and secure.

The new exam version includes updated content across all domains: collection, storage and data management, processing, analysis and visualization, and security. Earning AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty shows that you meet the standard set by AWS data analytics experts.

This certification was previously named AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty. The new name highlights the breadth of the data and analytics technical skills and experience that this certification validates.

This credential helps your organization innovate faster by finding and developing validated expertise, so you can be confident that your team has both the breadth and depth to deliver insights from data. Rob Koch, lead architect at S&P Global, says, “Unlocking the value behind data is crucial to any organization. It is important to strategize our abilities to access and analyze data for a specific purpose, be it for a new product, enhancing an existing product, or discovering a new connection between two disparate datasets.” Koch is also an AWS Data Hero, which is a worldwide group of IT leaders and educators with a shared passion for analytics, database, and blockchain technologies.

AWS Certifications highlight your role-based and specific technical skills to help you stand out and get noticed by colleagues and organizational leaders. AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty shows your ability to define AWS data analytics services and understand how they work together throughout the data life cycle. Koch, who has earned Foundational, Associate-level, and Specialty AWS Certifications, encourages professionals with expertise in data analytics services to pursue this credential. Koch says, “This certification will give your peers the confidence of working with someone who can help provide ideal architectural scenarios leveraging the right cloud technologies, while meeting business needs.”

Who should take the exam?

Candidates should have 2 years of hands-on experience working with AWS to design, build, secure, and maintain analytics solutions, and 5 years of general experience working with data analytics technology. For a comprehensive list of recommended knowledge and experience, see the AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty exam guide.

How should I prepare for the exam?

If you’re new to data analytics on AWS or looking to add to your skills, AWS offers resources to help you build expertise and prepare for AWS Certification exams, such as recommended AWS whitepapers and FAQs. For more information, see Prepare for Your AWS Certification Exam. You can also follow the AWS Data Analytics Learning Path, which includes the 3-day classroom course Big Data on AWS and the digital courses Data Analytics Fundamentals and Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty.

Resources for organizations

Are you a leader within your organization looking to challenge your team to meet the standard set by AWS experts? AWS Training and Certification offers the resources you need to develop your team, innovate in the cloud, and transform your organization. You can take advantage of comprehensive training plans and AWS certification exam vouchers for your team.

Getting AWS certified

As of this writing, you can schedule the AWS Certified Data Analytics – Specialty certification exam to take from your home or office, or at available testing centers worldwide, for $300. A practice exam is also available for $40.

Learn more about this certification, or schedule your exam today.


About the Authors

Beth Shepherd is the Product Marketing Manager for AWS Certification. She joined Amazon in 2019 and is based in Boston.

 

 

 

Imtiaz (Taz) Sayed is the World Wide Tech Leader for Data Analytics at AWS.

 

 

 

 

AWS Training and Certification Blog Channel Helps Grow Cloud Skills

Post Syndicated from Annik Stahl original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/architecture/aws-training-and-certification-blog-channel-helps-grow-cloud-skills/

We’ve heard from our customers that cloud skills are increasingly in high demand, and we have exciting news for anyone looking for resources to help build AWS Cloud skills. We’ve launched a dedicated AWS Training and Certification Blog, with news and updates about our trainings, certifications, and education programs for learners at all skill levels.

AWS Training and Certification helps learners and organizations build the skills to get more out of the AWS Cloud. Whether exploring new ideas, sharpening cloud skills, learning about AWS services, or preparing for AWS Certification, the AWS Training and Certification blog is a central destination to help learners and organizations grow with AWS.

Maureen Lonergan, director of AWS Training and Certification, weighed in about how AWS Training and Certification came to be:

“It’s no secret that cloud technologies are changing our world at a rapid pace. You are probably also aware that there aren’t enough skilled cloud professionals. A survey from 451 Research shows that 90 percent of IT decision makers report cloud skills shortages. There simply isn’t enough qualified cloud talent to go around.

This is where we come in. We formed AWS T&C back in 2012, beginning with a small team of me and three others. Before starting at AWS, I had recently spent a life-changing gap year teaching kids in Mozambique. I had spent my adult life in training, but it was during this gap year that I knew I had found my calling in educating the world. I jumped at the opportunity to build a training strategy to help people and organizations change the world with cloud technology. This work truly inspires me daily—especially today, on my eighth anniversary at AWS since we began this learning journey.”

Head over to the blog to read behind-the-scenes insight into how we’ve built our AWS Training and Certification programs. You can learn about how the organization got started, how we’re working with higher education institutions, how we develop our AWS Certification exams, and hear more about one of our newest digital training courses.

We’ll continue to feature relevant content for solutions architects here, but we also encourage you to check the AWS Training and Certification Blog regularly for the latest, in-depth information about AWS learning resources.

Happy learning!

Updated Certification Exam Validates AWS Architect Skills

Post Syndicated from Beth Shepherd original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/architecture/updated-certification-exam-validates-aws-architect-skills/

We are excited to announce a new version of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate certification exam. This certification validates an individual’s ability to design and deploy well-architected solutions on AWS that meet customer requirements. The new exam version includes updated content across all domains as well as new objectives in categories such as databases, cost optimization, and security.

What Does this Certification Represent?

The solutions architect role and skill set is critical for AWS customers and partners, so we keep our exams updated to reflect the rapid pace of innovation on the AWS platform and the latest in best practices for architecting on the AWS Cloud.

To update this certification exam, we work with experienced experts in AWS architecture to set the bar for competency in an Associate-level solutions architect role. This certification demonstrates an individual meets that bar. Individuals who have AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate report an average salary in the top 10 for highest paying IT certifications globally.

When candidates earn this credential, they are demonstrating knowledge of core AWS services and best practices along with the ability to design and implement solutions on AWS that are available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, secure, and scalable. The new version of the exam covers the following domains:

  • Design Resilient Architectures
  • Design High-Performing Architectures
  • Design Secure Applications and Architectures
  • Design Cost-Optimized Architectures

Who Should Take the Exam?

We recommend candidates have one year of hands-on experience designing solutions on AWS, hands-on experience with AWS services such as compute, networking, storage, and database, and experience with AWS deployment and management services. For a comprehensive list of recommended knowledge and experience, see the exam guide.

How to Prepare for the Exam?

If you are new to architecting on AWS or looking to add to your skills, AWS Training and Certification also provides a learning path and comprehensive ramp-up guide for the architect role. The architect learning path includes classroom course offerings such as AWS Technical Essentials, Architecting on AWS, and Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate. The architect ramp-up guide starts with whitepapers and training options designed to help you learn the fundamentals of AWS Cloud. Once you have the basics, the guide moves on to cloud architect fundamentals, such as the AWS Well-Architected Framework, and how to gain exposure to best practices with hands-on labs, whitepapers, and more.

Architect learning path diagram

Resources for Organizations

If you’re an organization looking to challenge your team to the meet the bar set by experts in AWS architecture, AWS Training and Certification offers the resources you need to develop your team, innovate in the cloud, and transform your organization. Options range from comprehensive training plans to certification exam vouchers for your team. Learn more about AWS Training and Certification.

Get AWS Certified

Sign up today to take the latest AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate exam (SAA-C02) at testing centers worldwide for $150 USD. The previous version of the exam will be available through March 22, 2020.

New AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Exam: Now in General Availability

Post Syndicated from Janna Pellegrino original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/architecture/new-aws-certified-solutions-architect-associate-exam-now-in-general-availability/

We’ve updated our AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam to include new services and architectural best practices, including the pillars of the Well-Architected Framework.

About The Exam

The new AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (Released February 2018) exam validates knowledge of how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies. We recommend candidates have at least one year of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable and distributed systems on AWS before taking the exam. This exam covers:

  • Designing resilient architectures
  • Defining performant architectures
  • Specifying secure applications and architectures
  • Designing cost-optimized architectures
  • Defining operationally excellent architectures

How To Prepare

We also refreshed our exam preparation resources. If you are looking to expand your Architecting knowledge, we recommend the following resources:

AWS Training (aws.amazon.com/training)

AWS Materials

AWS Whitepapers (aws.amazon.com/whitepapers) Kindle and .pdf and Other Materials

  • Architecting for the Cloud: AWS Best Practices whitepaper, February 2016
  • AWS Well-Architected webpage (various whitepapers linked)

Note that if you’ve already started preparing, you also have the option to take the previous version of the exam through August 12, 2018.

Next Steps

If you’re interested in taking this new exam, learn more at the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate webpage, or register for the exam today.

 

Announcing our new beta for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam

Post Syndicated from Janna Pellegrino original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/architecture/announcing-our-new-beta-for-the-aws-certified-security-specialty-exam/

Take the AWS Certified Security – Specialty beta exam for the chance to be among the first to hold this new AWS Certification. This beta exam allows experienced cloud security professionals to demonstrate and validate their expertise. Register today – this beta exam will only be available from January 15 to March 2!

About the exam

This beta exam validates that the successful candidate can effectively demonstrate knowledge of how to secure the AWS platform. The exam covers incident response, logging and monitoring, infrastructure security, identity and access management, and data protection.

The exam validates:

  • Familiarity with regional- and country-specific security and compliance regulations and meta issues that these regulations embody.
  • An understanding of specialized data classifications and AWS data protection mechanisms.
  • An understanding of data encryption methods and AWS mechanisms to implement them.
  • An understanding of secure Internet protocols and AWS mechanisms to implement them.
  • A working knowledge of AWS security services and features of services to provide a secure production environment.
  • Competency gained from two or more years of production deployment experience using AWS security services and features.
  • Ability to make tradeoff decisions with regard to cost, security, and deployment complexity given a set of application requirements.
  • An understanding of security operations and risk.

Learn more and register >>

Who is eligible

The beta is open to anyone who currently holds an Associate or Cloud Practitioner certification. We recommend candidates have five years of IT security experience designing and implementing security solutions, and at least two years of hands-on experience securing AWS workloads.

How to prepare

We have training and other resources to help you prepare for the beta exam:

AWS Security Fundamentals Digital| 3 Hours
This course introduces you to fundamental cloud computing and AWS security concepts, including AWS access control and management, governance, logging, and encryption methods. It also covers security-related compliance protocols and risk management strategies, as well as procedures related to auditing your AWS security infrastructure.

Security Operations on AWS Classroom | 3 Days
This course demonstrates how to efficiently use AWS security services to stay secure and compliant in the AWS Cloud. The course focuses on the AWS-recommended security best practices that you can implement to enhance the security of your data and systems in the cloud. The course highlights the security features of AWS key services including compute, storage, networking, and database services.

Online resources for Cloud Security and Compliance

Review documentation, whitepapers, and articles & tutorials related to cloud security and compliance.

Learn more and register >>

Please contact us if you have questions about exam registration.

Good luck!

Now Available: New Digital Training to Help You Learn About AWS Big Data Services

Post Syndicated from Sara Snedeker original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/big-data/now-available-new-digital-training-to-help-you-learn-about-aws-big-data-services/

AWS Training and Certification recently released free digital training courses that will make it easier for you to build your cloud skills and learn about using AWS Big Data services. This training includes courses like Introduction to Amazon EMR and Introduction to Amazon Athena.

You can get free and unlimited access to more than 100 new digital training courses built by AWS experts at aws.training. It’s easy to access training related to big data. Just choose the Analytics category on our Find Training page to browse through the list of courses. You can also use the keyword filter to search for training for specific AWS offerings.

Recommended training

Just getting started, or looking to learn about a new service? Check out the following digital training courses:

Introduction to Amazon EMR (15 minutes)
Covers the available tools that can be used with Amazon EMR and the process of creating a cluster. It includes a demonstration of how to create an EMR cluster.

Introduction to Amazon Athena (10 minutes)
Introduces the Amazon Athena service along with an overview of its operating environment. It covers the basic steps in implementing Athena and provides a brief demonstration.

Introduction to Amazon QuickSight (10 minutes)
Discusses the benefits of using Amazon QuickSight and how the service works. It also includes a demonstration so that you can see Amazon QuickSight in action.

Introduction to Amazon Redshift (10 minutes)
Walks you through Amazon Redshift and its core features and capabilities. It also includes a quick overview of relevant use cases and a short demonstration.

Introduction to AWS Lambda (10 minutes)
Discusses the rationale for using AWS Lambda, how the service works, and how you can get started using it.

Introduction to Amazon Kinesis Analytics (10 minutes)
Discusses how Amazon Kinesis Analytics collects, processes, and analyzes streaming data in real time. It discusses how to use and monitor the service and explores some use cases.

Introduction to Amazon Kinesis Streams (15 minutes)
Covers how Amazon Kinesis Streams is used to collect, process, and analyze real-time streaming data to create valuable insights.

Introduction to AWS IoT (10 minutes)
Describes how the AWS Internet of Things (IoT) communication architecture works, and the components that make up AWS IoT. It discusses how AWS IoT works with other AWS services and reviews a case study.

Introduction to AWS Data Pipeline (10 minutes)
Covers components like tasks, task runner, and pipeline. It also discusses what a pipeline definition is, and reviews the AWS services that are compatible with AWS Data Pipeline.

Go deeper with classroom training

Want to learn more? Enroll in classroom training to learn best practices, get live feedback, and hear answers to your questions from an instructor.

Big Data on AWS (3 days)
Introduces you to cloud-based big data solutions such as Amazon EMR, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Kinesis, and the rest of the AWS big data platform.

Data Warehousing on AWS (3 days)
Introduces you to concepts, strategies, and best practices for designing a cloud-based data warehousing solution, and demonstrates how to collect, store, and prepare data for the data warehouse.

Building a Serverless Data Lake (1 day)
Teaches you how to design, build, and operate a serverless data lake solution with AWS services. Includes topics such as ingesting data from any data source at large scale, storing the data securely and durably, using the right tool to process large volumes of data, and understanding the options available for analyzing the data in near-real time.

More training coming in 2018

We’re always evaluating and expanding our training portfolio, so stay tuned for more training options in the new year. You can always visit us at aws.training to explore our latest offerings.

AWS Training & Certification Update – Free Digital Training + Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-training-certification-update-free-digital-training-certified-cloud-practitioner-exam/

We recently made some updates to AWS Training and Certification to make it easier for you to build your cloud skills and to learn about many of the new services that we launched at AWS re:Invent.

Free AWS Digital Training
You can now find over 100 new digital training classes at aws.training, all with unlimited access at no charge.

The courses were built by AWS experts and allow you to learn AWS at your own pace, helping you to build foundational knowledge for dozens of AWS services and solutions. You can also access some more advanced training on Machine Learning and Storage.

Here are some of the new digital training topics:

You can browse through the available topics, enroll in one that interests you, watch it, and track your progress by looking at your transcript:

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
Our newest certification exam, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, lets you validate your overall understanding of the AWS Cloud with an industry-recognized credential. It covers four domains: cloud concepts, security, technology, and billing and pricing. We recommend that you have at least six months of experience (or equivalent training) with the AWS Cloud in any role, including technical, managerial, sales, purchasing, or financial.

To help you prepare for this exam, take our new AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials course , one of the new AWS digital training courses. This course will give you an overview of cloud concepts, AWS services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. In addition to helping you validate your overall understanding of the AWS Cloud, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner also serves as a new prerequisite option for the Big Data Specialty and Advanced Networking Specialty certification exams.

Go For It!
I’d like to encourage you to check out aws.training and to enroll in our free digital training in order to learn more about AWS and our newest services. You can strengthen your skills, add to your knowledge base, and set a goal of earning your AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification in the new year.

Jeff;

Start off the New Year by earning AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

Post Syndicated from Janna Pellegrino original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/architecture/start-off-the-new-year-by-earning-aws-certified-solutions-architect-associate/

Do you design applications and systems on AWS? Want to demonstrate your AWS Cloud skills? Ring in 2018 by becoming an AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. It’s a way to validate your expertise with an industry-recognized credential and give your career a boost.

Why get certified, you ask? According to the 2017 Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report, cloud certifications, including AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, generally have salaries well above average. For example, a typical U.S. salary for AWS Certified IT staff is 27.5 percent higher than the normal salary rate. Looking ahead, the report also finds that the IT industry will continue investing heavily in certification as a way to validating employees’ skills and expertise.

Here are our tips for preparing for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam—which we hope you’ll pass with flying colors.

Learn About the Exam

View the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Exam Guide. It covers concepts within the exam and gives you a blueprint of what you need to study.

The exam tests your technical expertise in designing and deploying scalable, highly-available, and fault-tolerant systems on AWS. It’s for anyone with one or more years of hands-on experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform.

Continue with Digital and Classroom Training

Next, brush up on key AWS services covered in the exam with our new free digital training offerings at aws.training. Our 100+ bite-sized online courses are each 10 minutes long so you learn AWS fundamentals at your own pace.

Just getting started learning the fundamentals of the AWS Cloud? We recommend you take our AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials course, part of our free digital training offerings.

For more in-depth technical training, register for our immersive Architecting on AWS course. It’s three days of instructor-led classroom training, books, and labs, built and taught by AWS experts.

Study with Exam Prep Resources

Once you have an idea of what’s on the exam, and you’ve taken training to prepare, it’s time to prepare for the exam itself.

Dig deeper into the exam’s concepts and topics with the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Exam: Official Study Guide. It provides access to content written by AWS experts, real-world knowledge, key exam essentials, chapter review questions, an interactive online learning environment, and much more.

Next, study AWS whitepapers and FAQs with content related to the exam. You can find links to our suggested whitepapers at FAQs at https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certification-prep/ under the Solutions Architect – Associate tab.

You can also take an Exam Prep Workshop and learn exam strategies from a certified technical instructor.

Once you’re ready, put your knowledge to the (practice) test with sample questions. Register for an online practice exam to test your knowledge in a timed environment.

Schedule Your Exam and Get Certified

Now you’re ready to take the exam! Go to aws.training to schedule an exam at a testing center near you at. Once you’ve passed and are AWS Certified, you’ll enjoy AWS Certification benefits like access to the AWS Certified LinkedIn Community, invitations to AWS Certification Appreciation Receptions, digital AWS Certified badges, access to AWS Certified merchandise, and more.

Learn More

Visit us at aws.amazon.com/training for more information on digital training, classroom training, and AWS Certifications.