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5 Insider Tips for AWS Recertification

AWS certifications provide leverage for IT professionals with the required skills – principally in designing, deploying, and operating applications and the infrastructure on Amazon Web Services – looking to advance their careers. However, there are some key issues you should be aware of with regards to recertification. 
For maintaining your AWS-certified status, you are required once in a while to establish your continued proficiency on the AWS platform through what is known as “recertification.” This process helps in strengthening the complete value of the AWS certification by demonstrating to employers and customers that you are armed with the latest AWS skills, knowledge, and best practices.
Read on to learn more about the five most important AWS recertification insider tips that will help make the process as painless as possible.

Insider Tip 1.) Brush Up On Forgotten Skills

It is very easy to forget things and even easier to lose your attained skills in the hectic modern world. You might have studied and worked across different cloud computing environments, but forgotten unused skills and concepts related to your certification.
Fortunately, our video courses can help you to refresh those lesser-used skills.
Our video courses can form an integral component of your recertification study plan. These courses also offer examples of ‘real’ circumstances outside the classroom by exposing students to factual work-related issues and real computing scenarios.

Insider Tip 2.) Ask Lots Of Questions

A wise man once told me: “There are no stupid questions, but if you don’t ask you might feel stupid later on.”
If you’re struggling with a concept you’ve not dealt with over the course of your career in recent years, be sure to ask lots of questions.
Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post and ask any questions you may have about a particularly challenging AWS concept.

Insider Tip 3.) Practice, Practice, Practice

The old saying “practice makes perfect” can be applied to all kinds of learning, from creative writing and high school chemistry to sports and music. With experts linger debating upon of hours and type of practices which is ideal for success, however, it is clear: practice improves your performance.
Cloud Academy’s hands-on labs offer a completely operational live AWS environment where you can experience real-world cloud computing. With the help of click-based guidance, you can concentrate on the concepts which you value the most. Our experiential-oriented labs will guide you through the entire process and will provide notifications for each and every successful step along the way.

Insider Tip 4.) Study the Official Exam Blueprints

Below are brief summaries of the exam blueprints for different AWS certifications. You can review the official exam blueprints on the Amazon Web Services site – these links are listed below for each AWS certification.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

The Associate exam is meant for people who execute a Solutions Architect role. With the help of this exam it is validated that an examinee is able to:

  • Recognize and meet the requirements for defining a solution which would be built via architecture best practices.
  • Providing supervision on architectural best practices to system administrators and developers over the project lifecycle. The skills and knowledge essential at this level must include all of the below-mentioned.

AWS Knowledge

  • Having hands-on experience with networking, compute, database AWS services and storage.
  • Having proficient experience in architecting complex distributed systems.

General IT Knowledge

  • Outstanding understanding of multi-tier architectures: caching, web servers, load balancers, storage and application servers.
  • A proficient understanding of NoSQL and RDBMS (Relational Database Management System).

Click here to access the official AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam blueprint.
You can also learn more by completing our AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate learning path.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional

This exam is meant for individuals who execute a Solutions Architect role. With the help of this exam it is validated that an examinee is able to:

  • Recognize and meet the requirements for defining a solution would be built on AWS.
  • Advance systems by leading new features and services.

The skills and knowledge essential at this level must include all of the below-mentioned areas.
AWS Knowledge

  • Knowledge about the AWS core services which includes Storage and CDN, Compute and Networking, Application Services, Database, Deployment, and Management.
  • Security features offered by AWS along with the best practices

General IT Knowledge

  • Knowledge about large-scale distributed systems architecture and a proficient understanding of NoSQL and RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
  • Eventual consistency

Click here to access the official AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional exam blueprint.
You can also learn more by completing our AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional learning path.

AWS Certified Developer – Associate

The AWS Certified Developer – Associate Level exam is meant for individuals who contribute as a developer. With the help of this exam it is validated that an examinee is able to:

  • Develop, design and deploy cloud-based solutions with the help of AWS.
  • Understand the core AWS services, its uses, and the basic architecture best practices.

The skills and knowledge essential at this level must include all of the below-mentioned areas.
AWS Knowledge

  • Having expert level experience with AWS technology.
  • Having hands-on experience in programming with AWS APIs.

General IT Knowledge

  • Have a working understanding of loosely and stateless coupled distributed applications.
  • Understanding developing with RESTful API interfaces.

Click here to access the official AWS Certified Developer – Associate exam blueprint.
You can also learn more by completing our AWS Certified Developer – Associate learning path.

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate

The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate Level exam it is validated that an examinee is able to:

  • Carry out the scalability and stability required by the business on AWS.
  • Provision systems, services, and deployment automation on AWS.

The skills and knowledge essential at this level must include all of the below-mentioned areas.
AWS Knowledge

  • At least a year of hands-on AWS platform experience
  • Specialized experience with operating/ managing production systems on AWS

General IT Knowledge

  • At least 1-2 years’ of experience of working in a systems operations role as a systems administrator
  • Having experience in understanding the virtualization technology

Click here to access the official AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate exam blueprint.
You can also learn more by completing our AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate learning path.

AWS DevOps Engineer – Professional

The AWS DevOps Engineer Professional Level exam is meant for people who are into DevOps role. With the help of this exam it is validated that an examinee is able to:

  • Manage and Implement constant delivery methodologies and systems on AWS
  • Implement, automate and understand the security controls, compliance validation and governance processes.

The skills and knowledge essential at this level must include all of the below-mentioned areas.
AWS Knowledge

  • AWS Services: Network and Compute, CDN and Storage, Analytics, Database, Application Services, Management and Deployment.
  • At least two years of hands-on production AWS systems experience.

General IT Knowledge

  • Networking concepts.
  • Robust system administration (Linux/Unix or Windows).

Click here to access the official AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional exam blueprint.
You can also learn more by completing ourAWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional learning path.

Insider Tip 5.) Take Practice Quizzes

One of the most efficient ways to quickly memorize important information is through repetition. Our quizzes can not only help with that aspect of learning, but also explain complex concepts with easy-to-follow explanations.
Cloud Academy quizzes feature two different modes to help you maximize your learning experience:

  1. Study Mode: In study mode, you have as much time as you need to answer the questions. After you answer a question, an expert-written explanation walks you through the correct solution.
  2. Test Mode: For a more realistic testing scenario, this is the mode for you. In test mode, you’ll have a time limit for each question – and no explanation will be provided.

Our quizzes offer a terrific mechanism for assessing the level of your knowledge and identifying areas where you need improvement. A lot of man-hours have been spent in developing these quizzes, and we think you’ll find them helpful on your recertification journey.

We’re Here to Help!

If you’re looking to get recertified for Amazon Web Services, we’re here to help you accomplish your goals. We offer a 7-day free trial that gives you access to our expert-led video courses, self-test quizzes, and experiential labs and more. You’re on the right track to success!

Written by

Sudhi is part of Cloud Technology Partners & is a trusted advisor and strategic consultant to many C level executives and IT Directors. He brings 18+ years diverse experience covering software, IT operations, cloud technologies, and management. Have led several global teams in HP, Sun/Oracle, SeeBeyond and few startups to deliver scalable and highly available business/technology products and solutions. He has expertise in systems management, monitoring and integrated SaaS and on-premise applications addressing a wide range of business problems.

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