AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate – Learning Path and Certification
I used to get a lot of queries on AWS learning path and exam preparation procedures via emails or chats. Honestly I am not an expert (now) to advise on which track you need to follow; all depends on your target, like you want to go for an architect role or become a DevOps specialist. AWS is offering multiple level and streams of certifications for developers, architects and DevOps; see below for a quick overview on the certifications AWS is offering.
How to Start ?
1. Create Your Free AWS Account
Like other public cloud providers (GCP, Azure, Alibaba, OTC), AWS also offering a free tier usage of 1 year with limited resource usage; but that is more than enough to learn the platform. You have to sign-up and provide your credit card details; don’t worry, AWS will not charge you for anything until you exceed the free tier usage. So create free account and start getting your hands dirty.
Read about : How To Check Your Resource Usage in AWS Free Tier
2. Follow A Course from any Cloud Expert
Since I read a lot about Ryan Kroonenburg‘s course in udemy.com, I choose the same and purchased same course (yes, there was an offer and I got it for some 10$++) and started watching videos. I strictly recommend to do the hands on lab together with course (with your free tier account); otherwise you will lose the track.
- Recommended Course to follow – AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate 2018 by Ryan Kroonenburg. They have all those courses in their own learning platform acloud.Guru; but the prize and packages are different.
If you read reviews and other blogs, below course also heavily recommended by students who passed the exam.
3. Get resources to refer
Do not limit your learning from the course content only, but read all available documents when you feel a doubt on the content for clarification.
- AWS documentation is well structured with elaborated content; always refer AWS documentation for latest facts.
- Always Refer AWS FAQs
- Read all AWS whitepapers at least once you get an overview.
- Overview of Amazon Web Services
- AWS Storage Services Overview
- AWS Well-Architected Framework
- An Overview of the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework
- AWS Security Best Practices
- How AWS Pricing Works
- Architecting for the Cloud: AWS Best Practices
- The Business Value of AWS: Succeeding at Twenty-First Century Business Infrastructure
- Read Best-in-Town AWS Learning Blog by Jayaendra Patil
4. Exam Preparation
You can book for your exam any time without worries, so book only when you feel you are ready to attend the test. Below are some articles for exam preparation.
- Tips on passing the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional Exam by Brian Finnegan
- A curated list of AWS resources to prepare for the AWS Certifications – By leonardofed
- Exam Feedback – by Tricia Turton
AWS Solution Architect Associate – Sample Questions
Always good to practice with questions; but never consider those as exam dumps.
- Exam Practice – 60 Questions
- Exam Practice – 337 Question Card by Quzlet
- Exam Practice – by ExamCollection.com
- Exam Practice – by WhiczLabs.com
- Exam Practice – Multiple Parts by AWSLagi.com
- Exam Practice – 672 Questions by free-braindumps.com
AWS has already launched new exam for Architect Associate; so be careful when choosing the exam. Old exam will be available until somewhere Aug 2018 but better take as soon as possible if you have such plans. Or revise the course content and go for new exam.
All the very best.