AWS Certified Database - Specialty (DBS-C01) Certification Preparation for AWS

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This certification Learning Path is specifically designed to prepare you for the AWS Certified Database - Specialty (DBS-C01) released in April 2020. It covers all the elements required across all of the domains outlined in the exam blueprint. Throughout this learning path, you will be guided via our courses, hands-on labs, lab challenges, and a preparation exam at the end, all of which are focused on areas that will be assessed within the exam.  

Intended Audience

This learning path is suitable for anyone wanting to pass the AWS Certified Database - Specialty DBS-C01 exam. As defined in the exam blueprint, which can be found here, the exam has been designed for individuals who perform in a database-focused role and validates an examinee’s comprehensive understanding of databases, including the concepts of design, migration, deployment, access, maintenance, automation, monitoring, security, and troubleshooting.

Learning Objectives

As defined by AWS, the aim of the certification is to validate your knowledge by being able to: 

  • Understand and differentiate the key features of AWS database services.
  • Analyze needs and requirements to design and recommend appropriate database solutions using AWS services.

As a means of demonstrating this knowledge, you will be tested across 5 different domains, with each domain contributing to a total percentage of your overall score. These domains are broken down as:

Domain 1: Workload-Specific Database Design 26%

Domain 2: Deployment and Migration 20% 

Domain 3: Management and Operations 18% 

Domain 4: Monitoring and Troubleshoot 18%

Domain 5: Database Security 18%

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.


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Learning Path Steps


This brief course introduces the AWS Certified Database - Specialty (DBS-C01) learning path, and outlines the five domains covered in the exam.


An explanation of the core components that make up the AWS Global Infrastructure


This course covers AWS databases at a very high level and will include how they work, their strengths, and what workloads are best suited for them.


This course (part of a two-part series on AWS database fundamentals) introduces you to Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache, and Amazon Neptune.


In this lab, you will create a DB subnet group, a Neptune Database, and you will perform some SPARQL commands.


Knowledge Check: Database Fundamentals for AWS Part 1


This course (part of a two-part series on AWS database fundamentals) introduces you to Amazon Redshift, Amazon QLDB, Amazon DocumentDB, and Amazon Keyspaces.


Knowledge Check: Database Fundamentals for AWS Part 2


This introductory course provides a foundational awareness of the tools AWS available to monitor Amazon RDS databases


This course explores Amazon RDS Performance Insights, a performance monitoring and tuning feature that can quickly assess the database load on an Amazon RDS database instance.


A hands-on lab introducing you to the high performance and high availability Amazon Aurora database engine.


Learn how to rewind a MySQL Aurora RDS database using Backtrack. Backtrack can seamlessly restore your database in minutes and lets you move back and forth to examine data changes in detail.


ElastiCache is a web service that makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale an in-memory cache in the cloud. This lab experience will guide you during the creation of an Elasticache cluster and its the first usage.


This course explores how to scale your RDS databases based on reads or writes, horizontally or vertically.


In this course, you'll learn about RDS multi-AZ and will come away knowing when to implement and use this feature within your own environment.


You will learn the steps to create and use the MySQL Relational Database using Amazon RDS.


This course explores the cost metrics associated with the Amazon Relational Database Service, known as RDS.


In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of Amazon DynamoDB, including table design, reading, writing, and working with large tables.


This course explores how to configure operational parameters for AWS Databases.


This course explores the different strategies that are available to back up and restore your AWS databases across Amazon RDS and Amazon DynamoDB.


This course covers the different options available to you to enable you to authenticate to your Amazon RDS and Amazon DynamoDB Databases.


Move your first steps using DynamoDB. Create tables with and withoud secondary indexes, learn how to add new rows and query your data by using the AWS Management Console.


This course explores the various configuration options and techniques that you can use to create highly available Amazon Aurora databases.


This course explores Amazon Web Service's DynamoDB and teaches you how to architect DynamoDB setups.


This short course focuses on the DynamoDB Accelerator, more commonly referred to as DAX.


This course explains AWS Identity & Access Management (IAM), what it is, and how to implement it.


This course looks at how to secure your big data within AWS by implementing different data encryption options.


This course explores the security best practices when working with AWS databases, specifically looking at RDS and DynamoDB with some extra content related to Aurora.


This course looks at the different encryption mechanisms that can be utilized across different AWS Database services, thereby enhancing the security posture and protection of your data.


In this course, you'll learn about the AWS Database Migration Service and the AWS Database Schema Conversion Tool and how they can be used to migrate data.


In this course, you will learn the basics of KMS, what it will cost to implement, how to encrypt data, and more...


This course explores how to use automation when creating Amazon RDS databases. It includes using AWS Secrets Manager for increasing the security of provisioned resources by limiting human intervention.


Learn how to use AWS SecretsManager and Amazon Relational Database Service to generate, store, and rotate a password in Secrets Manager. Use Secrets Manager with a Python application.


Learn how to migrate a MySQL database to Amazon Aurora Postgres with the AWS Database Migration Service.


In this lab challenge, your database skills are tested as you are tasked to migrate data between two real RDS instances using AWS Database Migration Service.


This course focuses on some of the common disaster recovery strategies designed to help your organization recover from an incident that has affected your AWS environment.


This course explores AWS CloudTrail and AWS Config, two services used to help you audit, monitor and evaluate your AWS infrastructure and resources.


Cert Prep: Certified Database - Specialty for AWS

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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 90+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 100,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

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