AWS Solutions Architect - Labbing costs

MitMMitM Member Posts: 622 ■■■■□□□□□□
I just started going through ACloudGUru's course on CSA. So far so good, but I may look to supplement with PluralSight or Linux Academy

I'm going to sign up for a Free Tier account but was curious for those who have passed the exam, how much did you wind up spending by labbing? I'd like to lab heavy to maximize my learning experience.


  • TuningislifeTuningislife Member Posts: 49 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Very small amount for me

    Just remember to turn off your instances when not in use.

    Here is an example of my bill from last month.

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud running Linux/UNIX
    $0.00 per Linux t2.micro instance-hour (or partial hour) under monthly free tier
    19 Hrs

    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud running Windows
    $0.00 per Windows t2.micro instance-hour (or partial hour) under monthly free tier
    1 Hrs

    $0.00 per GB-month of General Purpose (SSD) provisioned storage under monthly free tier
    2.427 GB-Mo

    Elastic Load Balancing - Classic
    $0.00 per LoadBalancer-hour (or partial hour) under monthly free tier
    5 Hrs

    Completed: B.S. & M.S. in Cybersecurity, and MBA @ UMUC
  • MitMMitM Member Posts: 622 ■■■■□□□□□□
    thanks for the reply. Appreciate it
  • KittrickKittrick Member Posts: 12 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I'm pretty sure that I paid, in total, under $20 to spin some of the lab items up from the CSA official study guide, but most everything was in the free tier.
  • averageguy72averageguy72 Member Posts: 323 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I've only done limited stuff but a couple of EC2 instances for a few days in two different regions and several CloudFront distribution configurations cost only about ~$2.30 USD over 3 weeks.
    CISSP / CCSP / CCSK / CRISC / CISM / CISA / CASP / Security+ / Network+ / A+ / CEH / eNDP / AWS Certified Advanced Networking - Specialty / AWS Certified Security - Specialty / AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional / AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional / AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate / AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate / AWS Certified Developer - Associate / AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • KittrickKittrick Member Posts: 12 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Regardless, it is really cheap for the resources used to gain the hands-on needed for the cert. The expected bump in pay and/or new job title is totally worth it, considering the exam is only $150 and you can take it up to 9 times now with 14 days in-between retakes. It used to be 3 times then you had to wait a full year for the 4th try up until recently.
  • has786has786 Member Posts: 14 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Do you work for a cloud company.
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