Time frame to become a AWS architect with no experience?

TechnicalJayTechnicalJay Senior MemberMember Posts: 219 ■■■□□□□□□□
Hello, as the question states what would be an average time frame to become a AWS architect?

Thanks

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  • blargoeblargoe Self-Described Huguenot NC, USAMember Posts: 4,174 ■■■■■■■■■□
    No AWS experience, or no IT experience?
    IT guy since 12/00

    Recent: 11/2019 - RHCSA (RHEL 7); 2/2019 - Updated VCP to 6.5 (just a few days before VMware discontinued the re-cert policy...)
    Working on: RHCE/Ansible
    Future: Probably continued Red Hat Immersion, Possibly VCAP Design, or maybe a completely different path. Depends on job demands...
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,015 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Are you talking about the certification or job title?
    Goals for 2018:
    Certs: RHCSA, LFCS: Ubuntu, CNCF CKA, CNCF CKAD | AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, AWS Solutions Architect Pro, AWS Certified Security Specialist, GCP Professional Cloud Architect
    Learn: Terraform, Kubernetes, Prometheus & Golang | Improve: Docker, Python Programming
    To-do | In Progress | Completed
  • TechnicalJayTechnicalJay Senior Member Member Posts: 219 ■■■□□□□□□□
    IT experience but no AWS experience(3 years desktop support) and to be able to get a job not just the cert.

    Thanks
  • spongeymspongeym Member Posts: 35 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Anyone who watches the videos, goes to the training courses, understands the underlying principals of cloud tech and has done enough lab work can pass the cert.

    However we can't judge how good you are at your current position, let alone jumping into an AWS Architect position. Are you currently using any form of scripting or Automation for the desktop? Have you done things like build desktop images to get that bit of server experience. Do you have any server/infrastructure knowledge or experience at all?

    It's not just saying, yes, I'm cloud certified put that on your CV and get the job, it's also understanding the other technologies that would leverage the cloud and how to get the best out of them. I've worked with Systems Engineers who have got lots of Windows Server & Linux experience, who even after working on AWS/Azure haven't got that opportunity yet.

    In all honesty, having worked with AWS and Azure without any formal training than what I've done in my spare time and having a good understanding of things like DNS, IIS/Web based applications and an Infrastructure background of 10 years, I don't see the jump from Desktop to AWS Architect being an easy one, I'd say you may need to work with your 3rd line team more and getting into that mindset before saying yes, I can do this as a full time position.
  • Node ManNode Man Member Posts: 668 ■■■□□□□□□□
    My new favorite question for people starting certs: Do you have an employer in mind? Is there job openings in your commute range?
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,015 ■■■■■□□□□□
    I think becoming an Architect of anything takes a while. But I don't think it takes much effort to become an AWS admin, or to get into a role that involves some AWS.
    Goals for 2018:
    Certs: RHCSA, LFCS: Ubuntu, CNCF CKA, CNCF CKAD | AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, AWS Solutions Architect Pro, AWS Certified Security Specialist, GCP Professional Cloud Architect
    Learn: Terraform, Kubernetes, Prometheus & Golang | Improve: Docker, Python Programming
    To-do | In Progress | Completed
  • TechnicalJayTechnicalJay Senior Member Member Posts: 219 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thanks guys,

    How long did it take you do get all 3 AWS certs Double?
  • LeBrokeLeBroke Member Posts: 490 ■■■■□□□□□□
    You also need to have at least intermediate knowledge of Linux to land most AWS jobs. Intermediate, as in, good enough to be a mid-level Linux system administrator at most companies that aren't Google.

    In your day job you would need to do a fair amount of scripting. Ansible/Puppet/Chef can only take you so far. If there's no module for what you want to do, you'll need to write one yourself.

    I would focus on Linux and SDLC before focusing on AWS as a platform, just like how you need to be able to manage Linux or Windows servers if you're doing any sort of VMware work.
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,015 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Thanks guys,

    How long did it take you do get all 3 AWS certs Double?

    Very late response, but not that long. Less than 6 months, but I had a gap in between that was probably about 3 months. I think it took me about a month of studying for the first cert, the AWS CSA. Then a month of studying for the other 2 combined.
    Goals for 2018:
    Certs: RHCSA, LFCS: Ubuntu, CNCF CKA, CNCF CKAD | AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, AWS Solutions Architect Pro, AWS Certified Security Specialist, GCP Professional Cloud Architect
    Learn: Terraform, Kubernetes, Prometheus & Golang | Improve: Docker, Python Programming
    To-do | In Progress | Completed
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