AWS DevOps Engineer Professional - Summary

Specifically designed to help you prepare for the AWS DevOps Engineer - Professional Certification, this hands-on oriented Learning Path provides over 60 hours of interactive content comprised of hands-on labs, video courses, and a preparation exam. This training content has been carefully created to help you study for this AWS certification.

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Learning Objectives

The aim of the certification is to validate your knowledge across a number of different key areas, which have been defined by AWS as being able to:

  • Implement and manage continuous delivery systems and methodologies on AWS
  • Implement and automate security controls, governance processes, and compliance validation
  • Define and deploy monitoring, metrics, and logging systems on AWS
  • Implement systems that are highly available, scalable, and self-healing on the AWS platform
  • Design, manage and maintain tools to automate operational processes 

As a means of demonstrating this knowledge, you will be tested across 6 different domains, with each domain contributing to a total percentage of your overall score. These domains are broken down as:

  • Domain 1: SDLC Automation 22%
  • Domain 2: Configuration Management and Infrastructure as Code 19%
  • Domain 3: Monitoring and Logging 15%
  • Domain 4: Policies and Standards Automation 10%
  • Domain 5: Incident and Event Response 18%
  • Domain 6: High Availability, Fault Tolerance and Disaster Recovery 16%

As you progress through the learning path, you will gain all the information and knowledge required to fulfill the domain expectations, gaining a deep understanding within each area.

Intended Audience 

This learning path is suitable for those wanting to pass the AWS DevOps Engineer - Professional Certification Exam.


This is one of the 2 Professional level certifications available with AWS and it's guided to those who already have experience with AWS, and ideally, have already passed the AWS Certified Developer - Associate exam, but this is not a prerequisite in taking this certification.


Hello, and welcome to the final section of this learning path. By now, you would've covered a vast amount of information, from theory courses to hands-on apps plus the mock test, all preparing you to successfully pass the AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional Exam. You will now have a greater understanding of all the points measured within the six different domains which to recap was as follows.

Domain one, SDLC automation. This domain covers all areas of the software development lifecycle within AWS. It covers a range of AWS services to test your awareness of best practices and concepts. You must fully understand the SDLC and the core services used. And this domain has the largest percentage area of the certification.

Domain two, configuration management and infrastructure as code. This domain covers the second-highest percentage at 19% and assesses your level of understanding and ability to implement a state of configuration management across your deployments from security and compliance to selecting the most appropriate AWS service to manage your infrastructure.

Domain three, monitoring and logging. This domain will focus on your awareness and insight into all things monitoring and logging in AWS. This covers a number of different services and you need to ensure that you know how to determine what data you can log, how to track it, and how to monitor that logged data to your benefit using automation services. Having the ability to set up logging and monitoring strategies to gain a deeper understanding of your infrastructure is essential.

Domain four, policies, and standards automation. This domain has a focus on security and governance, enabling you to show how to implement standards of cultural infrastructure using AWS services and adhering to strict compliance controls as and when needed. It also has a requirement that requires you to show how you could implement this through the use of automation methods.

Domain five, incident, and event response. This domain focuses on the best practices and processes to help you identify and resolve incidents as and when they arise within your environment as quickly as possible using automated and event-driven actions.

Domain six, high availability, fault tolerance, and disaster recovery. This domain will ask you a number of questions to ascertain your knowledge and understanding of the AWS Global Network and how you can use it to implement a range of solutions to help you build resiliency and high availability in addition to implementing a successful backup and DR strategy.

Now you have solidified your knowledge, I recommend you review some of the AWS whitepapers to reinforce your understanding, all of which can be found here. Running containerized microservices on AWS, Infrastructure as Code, Practicing Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery on AWS, Import Windows Server to Amazon EC2 with PowerShell, Blue/green deployment on AWS, Introduction to DevOps on AWS.

Thank you for taking the time in pursuing this learning path and I wish you the very best of luck when you take your exam. It would be great to hear how well you've done, so please contact us at with your news. I wish you good luck and thank you again.

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To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

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