Certified Developer – Associate Certification Preparation for AWS

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  • 16th August 2019 - Added courses: 'Deployment Orchestration with AWS Elastic Beanstalk' and 'AWS CloudFormation: Introduction to Infrastructure as Code'
  • 20th May 2019 - Compute Fundamentals for AWS updated to include content on Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR) & Amazon Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes (EKS)

Training Overview

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 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.

Intended Audience

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 which 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
  • Compute
  • Databases
  • Storage
  • Encryption
  • Edge Services
  • Serverless Architecture
  • CI/CD
  • Developer Tools

Learning Objectives

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 develop cloud applications on AWS. This training is an excellent way to learn more topics and best practices. A key to succeed 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 on 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 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.  


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 experiences 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 an 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.

Next steps

On completion of this learning path you might want to take a look at our AWS Solutions Architect - Associate Certification Preparation for AWS - Feb 2018 Learning Path.


Your certificate for this learning path

Learning Path Steps

2 labs

Learn how to create and manage IAM users, groups and policies to securely control access to AWS services and resources.

3 labs

Learn how to manage our organization using IAM Users and Groups and IAM Roles 

4 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Overview of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

6 labs

By completing this hands-on lab, you will be able to create your first Amazon EC2 instance using the AWS Management Console.

7 labs

You will learn the steps to launch and configure a Windows virtual machine using Amazon AWS.

8 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: AWS Compute Fundamentals

9 labs

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...

11 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Database Fundamentals for AWS

12 labs

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

16 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Storage Fundamentals

17 description

How to Optimize S3 Performance

20 description

How to encrypt and EBS volume

21 labs

In this lab, you'll learn about Amazon Key Management Service to encrypt S3 and EBS Data at an intermediate level. Get started today!

23 labs

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...

24 labs

You can easily and inexpensively use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host a website that uses client-side technologies (such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) and does not require server-side technologies (such as PHP and ASP.NET). This type of site is called a st...

32 labs

Learn how to create and run your first AWS Lambda function.

33 labs

Learn how to design, configure, secure and test HTTP endpoints, using AWS Lambda as backend.

34 labs

Learn how to implement a Custom Authorizer with AWS Lambda to define ad-hoc authorization logics for your API Gateway resources.

37 labs

Learn how to invoke a Lambda function and implement custom logics in response to S3 events (e.g. object creation, update or deletion).

38 labs

Automating EBS snapshots with Lambda and CloudWatch EventsAutomating EBS snapshots with Lambda and CloudWatch Events

39 labs

Learn how to listen to DynamoDB update streams and process batches of records with AWS Lambda to augment your database behavior.

40 labs

Learn how to invoke a Lambda function to process and manipulate notifications published on SNS topics.

44 labs

Learn how to deploy applications using Amazon Elastic Beanstalk with monitoring, autoscaling, and load balancing.

50 labs

This lab is an overview about the CodeCommit service, it covers how to create a repository, how to connect to a repository and how to manage a repository.

51 labs

Learn how to invoke a Lambda function in response to CodeCommit events on your repository.

53 labs

Follow the application lifecycle from dev to prod: continuous integration, rollbacks and blue/green deployments with AWS Code Services. 

56 labs

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!

58 exam-filled

Preparation Exam: Certified Developer - Associate for AWS (June 2018)

About the Author

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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 centre and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 50+ courses relating to Cloud, most within the AWS category with a heavy focus on security and compliance

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.