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How Greg Acquired All 5 AWS Certifications
Greg’s background in technology gave him a natural advantage when it came to getting certified, but he didn’t necessarily plan to acquire all 5 from the beginning. As his career progressed, he began to become more interested in AWS and getting certified.
I used AWS for quite a number of years, and then I decided to do the certification.
Greg actually began using Cloud Academy back in its infancy in order to prepare for the certification exams. Back then, the Professional level certifications didn’t even exist, so the SysOps Associate Certification was particularly important.
He waited for his colleague to attempt the exam, and after deciding to move forward he began studying the exam blueprints.
Greg also spent a significant amount of time browsing the white papers, Cloud Academy resources, and more.
Greg’s Exam Experiences
In order to prepare for all 5 of the certification exams, Greg invested around 18 months in studying, preparation, and actually taking the exams.
Greg was able to pass all 5 of the exams on the first try through a careful regimen of preparation and studying – both with Cloud Academy and AWS learning resources.
An important tactic for him was to identify areas where he needed improvement and carefully marking it out in order to review it later.
Advice for Newcomers to the AWS Ecosystem
If you only have one Associate level certification, Greg recommends completing another Associate certification in order to develop the foundational knowledge and skills you’ll need to succeed in the Professional tier.
He also recommends downloading the blueprint and studying at least 2 hours during the week when you’re able to concentrate fully.
If you’re interested in acquiring an AWS certification, you’ll definitely want to be well-prepared. These exams are both broad and deep, and it’s essential to have hands-on knowledge of developing solutions.
You’ll want to keep your study sessions and regimen as organized as possible and make sure to mark areas where you feel you need to review the material.
To get started with your certification exam journey, be sure to check out these resources:
- Cloud Academy AWS Training and Certification Prep
- AWS Certified Developer Exam Blueprint
- AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Exam Blueprint
- AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Exam Blueprint
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Exam Blueprint
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional Exam Blueprint
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- Interview with Greg (SoundCloud)