The Cloud Academy Certified Developer - Associate Learning Path has helped thousands of students master the AWS Developer - Associate certification. This iteration of our certification Learning Path is specifically designed to prepare you for the AWS certification exam released in June 2018. "Hands-on experience" is mentioned in the first pre-requisites of the AWS exam blueprint, so we have included more hands-on labs in this latest release of our Learning Path to fast track your learning and help you succeed.
This learning path is suitable for anyone wanting to pass the AWS Developer Associate Certification exam. Until November 2018 AWS will have two versions of the Developer Associate exam available. If you are new to the Developer Associate exam we suggest starting this new learning path that has been built around the latest certification exam guide. If you prefer to sit or renew the previous exam then you should choose our previous learning path.
Learning Path Outline
The components of this learning path have been grouped together in the following categories where you will find both courses and labs to take you through each topic:
- Access Management
- Edge Services
- Serverless Architecture
- Developer Tools
Ultimately the objective is to gain the knowledge required to successfully pass the AWS Certified Developer - Associate Certification.
This Learning Path will help to develop students' knowledge of DevOps with AWS. You will learn about key services, techniques and methodologies including CI/CD, Serverless and the decoupling of architecture to design, implement and support optimizes and resilient applications at scale.
The advantage of getting AWS certified depends on your own profile and expectations but you can find two universal benefits:
- You will master your professional skills as a software developer who develops cloud applications on AWS. This training is an excellent way to learn more topics and best practices. A key to success is to cover each domain included in the exam and go deep, one by one.
- This Exam will especially help you to master these concepts:
- Pick the right AWS services for the application you develop
- Write code that optimizes performance of AWS services used by your application
- Leverage AWS SDKs to interact with AWS services from your application
All this knowledge is definitely a plus for your career, which brings the 2nd main benefit:
- You will be more valuable in the job market. AWS certifications are high in demand in the cloud computing job market: companies are looking for these specific skills, all over the world. Being AWS certified will help your resume to stand out and maybe land you into a better position.
- One last point: it’s also a great way to get a raise, as AWS certified employees are usually paid more than the non-certified. That’s definitely a good reason to study and pass this exam!
A basic understanding of cloud computing will help. We provide an introduction to AWS services, however, if you are new to cloud computing you might want to consider completing our What is Cloud Computing? Course first.
On completion of this learning path, you might want to take a look at our AWS Solutions Architect - Associate Certification Preparation for AWS Learning Path.
What is AWS Certified Developer Associate?
AWS Certified Developer Associate is an Exam, set by Amazon Web Services, to test an individual's ability to successfully demonstrate developing and maintaining within the AWS platform. Intended for individuals already in a development role, AWS recommends having at least one or more years of hands-on experience in order to be able to pass this exam and become certified. The main requisite of this certification is to have a good understanding of core AWS services, uses, and basic AWS architecture best practices.
How do I prepare for AWS certification?
The best way you can prepare for any AWS certification exam is to engage with one of Cloud Academy’s dedicated Learning Paths. We have many Learning Paths covering all of the Exam Certification roles, at Associate, Professional and Specialty level) and provide extensive, efficient and expertly instructed training plans to help you pass the certification Exams with flying colors. From Big Data to Solutions Architect, Data Engineer to Security, Certified Developer and more; visit our Content Training Library to start your journey.
What can I do with AWS certification?
Getting an AWS certification can open many doors. There are a plethora of job roles in the Cloud Computing space that ask for candidates to be AWS certified in specific areas and as the market becomes more competitive, and AWS Certification is what will make you stand out from the crowd.
Do AWS certifications expire?
Yes, AWS Certifications expire after 2 years. After your certification has expired, you will have to sit the examination again.
How many AWS certifications are there?
There are currently 9 AWS certifications on offer. These certifications cover the certified roles of Cloud Practitioner, Developer, SysOps Administrator, Solutions Architect, DevOps Engineer, Big Data, Advanced Networking, and Security. Some of these certifications, such as Solutions Architect, have both Associate and Professional level certifications and are treated as separate entities and certifications.
How long does it take to prepare for an AWS certification?
On average, it takes around 80 hours to study for each certification. One must factor in how this will fit within a working life and other commitments. It is also dependent on your current knowledge level and skill and the type of certification you are studying for. If you are looking to study for a particular certification, visit our Content Training Library, where you will find our expert Learning Paths, tailored to your needs and ready to guide you from start to finish.
Learning Path Steps
This course explains AWS Identity & Access Management (IAM), what it is, and how to implement it.
Learn how to create and manage IAM users, groups and policies to securely control access to AWS services and resources.
Learn how to manage our organization using IAM Users and Groups and IAM Roles
Knowledge Check: Overview of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
This course dives into the fundamental elements of AWS compute services, discussing the features and advantages of each one.
By completing this hands-on lab, you will be able to create your first Amazon EC2 instance using the AWS Management Console.
You will learn the steps to launch and configure a Windows virtual machine using Amazon AWS.
Knowledge Check: AWS Compute Fundamentals
The AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) is a unified tool to manage your AWS services. With just one tool to download and configure, you can control multiple AWS services from the command line and automate them through scripts.During this lab, you will learn h...
This course (part of a two-part series on AWS database fundamentals) introduces you to Amazon RDS, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon ElastiCache, and Amazon Neptune.
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
You will learn the steps to create and use the MySQL Relational Database using Amazon RDS.
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.
In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of Amazon DynamoDB, including table design, reading, writing, and working with large tables.
This course covers the wide range of storage services within AWS, their key features, and when and why you would use them.
Knowledge Check: Storage Fundamentals
How to Optimize S3 Performance
In this course, you'll learn about the S3 encryption and decryption process for S3 Managed Keys, KMS Managed Keys, and Customer Provided Keys.
In this course, you will learn the basics of KMS, what it will cost to implement, how to encrypt data, and more...
How to encrypt and EBS volume
In this lab, you'll learn about Amazon Key Management Service to encrypt S3 and EBS Data at an intermediate level. Get started today!
This course explains the various features and use cases of Amazon CloudFront and includes a walkthrough of how to create a Web Distribution.
Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery web service. It integrates with other Amazon Web Services products to give developers and businesses an easy way to distribute content to end users with low latency, high data transfer speeds, and no minimum usage com...
In this beginner-level course, you'll learn the basics of the Amazon ElastiCache service.
In this course, you'll learn to design greater applications using managed services in a decoupled environment and understand the differences between SQS, SES, and SNS.
This course explores what serverless computing is and how using the computing resource as a service differs from traditional computing models.
This course on AWS Lambda shows you how to implement solutions and applications using a serverless architecture.
This course walks you through how to create an API using the AWS API Gateway service.
In this course, you'll learn how to create a multi-tier serverless architecture on AWS using Amazon API Gateway, AWS Lambda, AWS Step Functions and Amazon Polly text to speech.
This course delves into implementing a series of AWS Lambda functions to help build your knowledge and familiarity with serverless computing.
Learn how to create and run your first AWS Lambda function.
Learn how to design, configure, secure and test HTTP endpoints, using AWS Lambda as backend.
Learn how to implement a Custom Authorizer with AWS Lambda to define ad-hoc authorization logics for your API Gateway resources.
This course explores some of the common use cases for serverless functions and shows how to implement serverless functions in a simple application.
Learn how to use AWS Step Functions.
Learn how to invoke a Lambda function and implement custom logics in response to S3 events (e.g. object creation, update or deletion).
Automating EBS snapshots with Lambda and CloudWatch EventsAutomating EBS snapshots with Lambda and CloudWatch Events
Learn how to listen to DynamoDB update streams and process batches of records with AWS Lambda to augment your database behavior.
Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) is a fully-managed, highly-scalable service that facilitates message delivery. Learn how to send messages and process them with AWS Lambda.
In this introductory course, you will learn to recognize and explain the core components of Amazon Kinesis and where those services can be applied.
Using AWS X-Ray to monitor a Node.js App deployed with Docker containers
This course demonstrates how to implement a locally hosted Microservices based Node.js application using Docker containers.
This course covers AWS Elastic Beanstalk, its uses, how it's configured and the various monitoring options available.
Learn how to deploy applications using Amazon Elastic Beanstalk with monitoring, autoscaling, and load balancing.
In this course, you'll learn about AWS CloudFormation and it provides you with the ability to provision your infrastructure as code.
This course explains how the DevOps philosophy can provide a holistic way to look at software development, deployment, and operations.
This course explores the various tools, technologies, and vocabularies surrounding the continuous integration ecosystem.
This course introduces you to continuous delivery, providing a solid foundation for more advanced courses on the subject.
This course introduces AWS CodeCommit and explains how it can be used to manage your source code.
An introduction to the highly scalable and fully-managed AWS CodeCommit source control service. This lab covers creating, accessing, and adding files to repositories hosted in CodeCommit.
Learn how to invoke a Lambda function in response to CodeCommit events on your repository.
This course will familiarize you with the AWS CodeDeploy service and ensure you know when and where to use it within your own software projects.
This course will familiarize you with the AWS CodePipeline service and ensure you know when and where to use it within your own software projects.
This course will familiarize you with the AWS CodeBuild service and ensure you know when and where to use it within your own software projects.
Follow the application lifecycle from dev to prod: continuous integration, rollbacks and blue/green deployments with AWS Code Services.
Learn to use Amazon Cognito to manage User Pools, then authenticate against them with a basic web app that uses the AWS SDK. Get started today!
This course walks you through AWS Route 53 and managing domain registrations, traffic routing, and health checks to optimize access to your Amazon infrastructure.
Cert Prep: Certified Developer - Associate for AWS
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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