How Do I Become AWS Certified?

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If you have decided to achieve an AWS certification training to become more competent and advance in your career, you have come to the right place! Here we bring you a step by step guide on how to achieve your desired certification.

Step 1: Choose your ideal certification

You should keep in mind your aim and what you are looking to get out of the certification. Each certification suits different individuals, and one particular certification might not be beneficial to everyone equally. Your primary role as an employee and work requirements majorly factor in the certification you want to choose.

There are three levels of the Amazon Web Services certifications

Associate: If you are a beginner and have no other AWS certification, this is where you start. You can choose one of the following certifications:-

  1. Cloud practitioner: Designed for individuals who work with Cloud. This aims at teaching basic knowledge on how to transfer and manage data on Cloud
  2. Solutions Architect: Aimed for those working as architects and design and deploy large amounts of data and applications
  3. Developer: for developers with a couple of months to years experience
  4. AWS SysOps Administrator certification: For system administrators with hands-on experience

Professional: If you already have an associate Amazon Web Services certification as your core, and want to further develop AWS related skills, or want to grace your resume with most certifications, followings are what you are looking for:

  1. Solutions Architect: For architects willing to acquire in-depth knowledge about deploying and designing data. This requires the associate level certification as a prerequisite.
  2. DevOps Engineer: Aims at teaching operating and managing distributed application systems

Specialist: This certification would require some prerequisite certifications, and aims to instill extensive knowledge and skills pertaining to your specialty.

  1. Big Date: For individuals who perform complex big data analysis
  2. Advanced networking: For those who deal with complex network tasks
  3. Security: For professionals working to secure platforms
  4. Machine learning: For developers, data scientists, data platform engineer etc

Step 2: Gather all the study material

Once you have decided which AWS certification training suits best for you, it is time to prepare! You can find preparatory material in the form of books, videos or pdf files over the internet. One helpful technique is to always take help from the certification guidelines and the whitepapers. If you are attempting the aws sysops administrator certification, for example, the whitepapers would teach you the most common and important questions,

Step 3: Take classes

Be it an easy certification as cloud practitioner of aws sysops administrator certification you should be taking tuitions.  You will find that there are multiple ways of doing this, depending on how much time and money you are willing to spare. Following are the most helpful ways to achieve your training:-

1.    Take AWS certification online classes

There is a variety of ways this can work. Firstly, you could find an online course on websites such as Coursera, Edx etc related to your certification program. The course could be paid or free- choose according to your budget. Secondly, you might also find sites like youtube where step by step videos teaching you the necessary skills and knowledge required to pass the exam, are updated. Thirdly, the best way to prepare for your AWS certification training is to find an online tutor through skype and learn from them! This could prove to be the most expensive online method, but it will be worth your money as you can get your queries solved and revisit your weak topics as many times as you want, at the comfort of your home.

2.    Find a home tutor

Another great way to avoid wasting time, money and energy on the commute is to get a home tutor. A home tutor for an AWS certification training is usually hard to find, but if you are willing to pay a good salary to them, then you sure would! In case of not being able to find a trainer, you could turn to a friend or colleague who has the AWS certification to come to your home and teach you. You should offer to pay them for their assistance.

Getting a home tutor is the best way as it gives a one-on-one interaction, thus you can learn at ease.

3.    Join an academy

Joining an academy might not be preferred by some due to it being tiresome, expensive and time-consuming. However, an academy is where you not only find the most qualified person to teach you, but also would meet classmates who have the same career trajectory as you, and make more contacts with people in the same field as you. Meeting new people and increasing your contacts could result in long term career benefits.

Step 4: Prepare according to the exam pattern

It is essential to find the exam pattern of the certification you are training in, so you can train accordingly! Each exam, say Amazon Web Services sysops administrator certification and big data certification, has a different patter. You should know the question pattern (MCQs, BCQs, practical questions etc), the number of questions, and the duration of the exam. This would help you preparation be more focused and efficient, and you would be to attempt the real exam rather easily.

You should also be aware of any certification exams or questions have negative marking and practice attempting the questions accordingly.

Step 5: Attempt a practice exam

Attempting a practice exam is among the most important steps in your Amazon Web Services certification training! Find an online practice exam in your training and attempt it! This will help you assess how good you are at attempting the question paper and managing time. Simulating a real exam environment would allow you to get comfortable with the exam, and in turn, you would be less likely to get as nervous attempting it as you would be otherwise. Our suggestion would be to deduct some points from your practice exam result and consider that as your real score, as attempting it in the comfort of home is easier!

Step 6: Go take the exam!

Now that you are ready, it is foolish to waste any amount of time! You should register for the certification on a date that would be suitable for you and when you are free from any commitments and take the paper. You should sleep well, have a good breakfast and be well hydrated before your exam!

Good luck!