AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

I passed the AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam this morning with an acceptable 77%. That's the first non-Microsoft exam I have taken in almost 7 years.

I was getting bored of the 2 week Office 365 migration engagements I've been delivering and looking to branch off into another area. I was trying to decide between Lync, Azure, or something else when my company signed a partnership with Amazon Web Services a few months ago. That came with some training and certification vouchers with the requirement that we have certified individuals by the end of the year. I was pushing for training and we needed people to certify, and it all came together last month.

Resources used:
AWS Partner Technical Assessment courses
3-day Global Knowledge AWS Associate training course.
Slides and notes from the course
The free AWS tier for some general familiarity
AWS Whitepapers
AWS Official Documentation - free on Kindle
CloudAcademy Subscription for the practice exam.

The Getting Started guides, followed by the User/Admin/Developer Guides for a deeper dive, were great resources - and free! I took the class a couple of weeks ago, reviewed the slides and referenced the guide books last week, the reviewed with CloudAcademy yesterday. The test was the typical multiple choice exam. I had plenty of time to complete and review some questions, but there were a few that I flat did not know.

I'm excited about AWS now and looking forward to deploying and migrating customers to AWS. Especially after the 96 hour, 12 hour on/12 hour off schedule, disaster recovery test at my client last week. The whole time I was thinking "If they would only put this in the cloud..."


  • srabieesrabiee Member Posts: 1,231 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Thanks for letting us know. I'm still wholly engaged in Microsoft certs, and soon to be VMware certs, so I haven't really given any AWS stuff much thought. Definitely worth a look into.
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  • SixtyCycleSixtyCycle Member Posts: 111
    The Getting Started guides and the User/Admin/Developer Guides, are these from the AWS website? I'm interested but my company is not a partner. What will be my best materials and how much study time do you suggest?
  • ClaymooreClaymoore Member Posts: 1,637
    Search the Kindle store on Amazon for AWS and you will find all the documentation. The Fundamental level labs at QwikLabs look very close to the labs we ran in the class. Most of the labs cost tokens, however the Introductory labs are free. Everyone also gets access to a free tier of AWS for the first 12 months to build familiarity.

    My total time from starting to certifying was 6 weeks. I read the Getting Started and User Guides for about a month, spent 3 days in class, and then reviewed for a week before the exam.
  • SixtyCycleSixtyCycle Member Posts: 111
    That was valuable information. Thanks for the help Claymoore.
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