Skip to main content

AWS Solutions Architect Professional: How to Get Ready!

Cloud Academy has three courses to help you achieve the AWS Solutions Architect Professional certification. On top of that, we’ve also released some great new content to prepare for all AWS certifications, visit Cloud Academy’s AWS library for the latest.


As you probably already know, Amazon offers a set of certifications for its Amazon Web Services products. They currently feature three different paths for Solutions Architects, Developers and SysOps Administrators, and all of them for the basic level of certification, which Amazon calls “Associate Level”.

AWS also offers professional certification for Solutions Architects and DevOps Engineers with the “AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional” and the “AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional” exams. The price for sitting a Professional certification exam is 300$ . The professional level exams are 3 hours. Either is a valuable certification for anyone’s resume.
I think you should really consider getting ready for these exams and leveraging the certification to your advantage. Most candidates won’t have this area certified by AWS and gaining this should help you advance your career in the Cloud industry.   Earning the Associate Level Certification is mandatory to access the Professional Level.

Getting ready to it

First things first: prepare for the Associate Level and complete that certification. This is mandatory to access the Professional Level. You will need basic knowledge of AWS products to get over there.  “Earning an AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level demonstrates you have the ability to identify and define requirements for an AWS-based application, as well as follow best practices for building secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform.”, Amazon says. The exam blueprint outlines that 60% of exam questions are likely to be on how to design highly available, cost-efficient, fault tolerant, scalable systems so understanding how to design solutions on AWS will be a core focus.  Questions may span from basic services like VPC, EC2,  S3, Route53, RDS, to more specialized services such as CloudFront and Simple Queue Service.  CloudCareer, our exclusive product for AWS Certifications, might well come in handy for this purpose: we’ll talk a little bit more about it later. It is included with all our plans, Growth or PRO, and actually, you can start using it without your credit card, with a 7-day free trial.

Things get harder with the Professional Level certification, obviously. Amazon recommends 2 years of hands-on AWS experience, and the exam blueprint goes into full details. .Not only you will be asked about advanced usage of Amazon AWS products, but also advanced skills in networking and IT, like multi-tier applications, large-scale distributed systems architectures, loose coupling, and stateless systems will be an argument for the certification. As you easily understand, all in all, the exam is rather thorough and comprehensive and will represent quite a challenge for many of those who have the Associate Level certification already.

CloudCareer to prepare for all the AWS Certifications

When the time comes to do some serious preparation for your exam, you need a platform that will help you to simulate it and will let you immerse into the feelings of the exam itself. A platform that helps you assess your knowledge in the very same topics you need to master to get over the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Certification and that let you learn about the things your mind is not that clear about. In one word: CloudCareer, a product included in all the CloudAcademy’s plan, Basic or Pro, and specifically designed to prepare for AWS Certifications. 
CloudCareer helps you study and test your cloud skills, and has paths for all the AWS Certifications now available from Amazon. It’s available in two versions, the basic version for those who are already experienced and only need a final verification with a good review of content, and the pro version for people with limited experience who want to learn about AWS from the ground up. our AWS Certifications tool can really be your perfect companion along the path of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Certification, check it out on its dedicated page.

UPDATE: this article has been updated on May 21st, 2016. CloudAcademy.com has AWS Certifications preparation paths for all the available certifications. You can start a free trial to try it.

Written by

Andrea Colangelo

Software Engineer with a solid focus on QA and an extensive experience in ICT. Above all, Andrea has a very strong interest in Free and Open Source Software, and he is a Debian and Ubuntu Developer since years. Non-tech interests include: Rugby, Jazz music and Cooking.

Related Posts

Sam Ghardashem
Sam Ghardashem
— May 15, 2019

Aviatrix Integration of a NextGen Firewall in AWS Transit Gateway

Learn how Aviatrix’s intelligent orchestration and control eliminates unwanted tradeoffs encountered when deploying Palo Alto Networks VM-Series Firewalls with AWS Transit Gateway.Deploying any next generation firewall in a public cloud environment is challenging, not because of the f...

Read more
  • Amazon Web Services
  • AWS
Joe Nemer
Joe Nemer
— May 3, 2019

AWS Config Best Practices for Compliance

Use AWS Config the Right Way for Successful ComplianceIt’s well-known that AWS Config is a powerful service for monitoring all changes across your resources. As AWS Config has constantly evolved and improved over the years, it has transformed into a true powerhouse for monitoring your...

Read more
  • AWS
  • Compliance
Francesca Vigliani
— April 30, 2019

Cloud Academy is Coming to the AWS Summits in Atlanta, London, and Chicago

Cloud Academy is a proud sponsor of the 2019 AWS Summits in Atlanta, London, and Chicago. We hope you plan to attend these free events that bring the cloud computing community together to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS. These events are all about learning. You can learn how t...

Read more
  • Amazon Web Services
  • AWS
  • AWS Summits
Joe Nemer
Joe Nemer
— April 1, 2019

AWS EC2 Instance Types Explained

Amazon Web Services’ resource offerings are constantly changing, and staying on top of their evolution can be a challenge. Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances are one of their core resource offerings, and they form the backbone of most cloud deployments. EC2 instances provide you with...

Read more
  • AWS
  • EC2
Sanket Dangi
— February 11, 2019

WaitCondition Controls the Pace of AWS CloudFormation Templates

AWS's WaitCondition can be used with CloudFormation templates to ensure required resources are running.As you may already be aware, AWS CloudFormation is used for infrastructure automation by allowing you to write JSON templates to automatically install, configure, and bootstrap your ...

Read more
  • AWS
  • formation
Andrew Larkin
— January 24, 2019

The 9 AWS Certifications: Which is Right for You and Your Team?

As companies increasingly shift workloads to the public cloud, cloud computing has moved from a nice-to-have to a core competency in the enterprise. This shift requires a new set of skills to design, deploy, and manage applications in cloud computing.As the market leader and most ma...

Read more
  • AWS
  • AWS certifications
Andrew Larkin
— November 28, 2018

Two New EC2 Instance Types Announced at AWS re:Invent 2018 – Monday Night Live

The announcements at re:Invent just keep on coming! Let’s look at what benefits these two new EC2 instance types offer and how these two new instances could be of benefit to you. If you're not too familiar with Amazon EC2, you might want to familiarize yourself by creating your first Am...

Read more
  • AWS
  • EC2
  • re:Invent 2018
Guy Hummel
— November 21, 2018

Google Cloud Certification: Preparation and Prerequisites

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has evolved from being a niche player to a serious competitor to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. In 2018, research firm Gartner placed Google in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service for the first time. In t...

Read more
  • AWS
  • Azure
  • Google Cloud
Khash Nakhostin
Khash Nakhostin
— November 13, 2018

Understanding AWS VPC Egress Filtering Methods

In order to understand AWS VPC egress filtering methods, you first need to understand that security on AWS is governed by a shared responsibility model where both vendor and subscriber have various operational responsibilities. AWS assumes responsibility for the underlying infrastructur...

Read more
  • Aviatrix
  • AWS
  • VPC
Jeremy Cook
— November 10, 2018

S3 FTP: Build a Reliable and Inexpensive FTP Server Using Amazon’s S3

Is it possible to create an S3 FTP file backup/transfer solution, minimizing associated file storage and capacity planning administration headache?FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a fast and convenient way to transfer large files over the Internet. You might, at some point, have conf...

Read more
  • Amazon S3
  • AWS
Albert Qian
Albert Qian
— October 18, 2018

Microservices Architecture: Advantages and Drawbacks

Microservices are a way of breaking large software projects into loosely coupled modules, which communicate with each other through simple Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).Microservices have become increasingly popular over the past few years. The modular architectural style,...

Read more
  • AWS
  • Microservices
Stuart Scott
— October 2, 2018

What Are Best Practices for Tagging AWS Resources?

There are many use cases for tags, but what are the best practices for tagging AWS resources? In order for your organization to effectively manage resources (and your monthly AWS bill), you need to implement and adopt a thoughtful tagging strategy that makes sense for your business. The...

Read more
  • AWS
  • cost optimization