AWS Certification Breakdown

AWS Certification Breakdown

A Breakdown of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certifications

AWS currently offers nine certifications:

***Foundational Certification

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (AWSCertifiedCloudPractitioner.com)
  • Pre-requisites: N/A
  • Format: Multiple-choice questions
  • Length: 90 minutes – 65 questions
  • Cost: $100

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***Associate-Level Certifications

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (AWSCertifiedSolutionsArchitect.com)
  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple-answer
  • Time: 130 minutes (based on the new exam) – 65 questions
  • Cost: $150

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AWS Certified Developer – Associate (AWSCertifiedDeveloper.com)
  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple-answer
  • Time: 80 minutes – 65 questions
  • Cost: $150

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AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate (AWSCertifiedSysOpsAdministrator.com)
  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple-answer
  • Time: 80 minutes – ? questions
  • Cost: $150

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***Professional-level Certifications

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (AWSCertifiedSolutionsArchitect.com)
  • Prerequisites: Status as AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple-answer
  • Time: 170 minutes – ? questions
  • Cost: $300

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AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional (AWSCertifiedDevOpsEngineer.com)
  • Prerequisites: Status as AWS Certified Developer – Associate or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate.
  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple-answer
  • Time: 170 minutes – ? questions
  • Cost: $300

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***Specialty-level Certifications

AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty (AWSCertifiedBigData.com)
  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple-answer
  • Time: 170 minutes – ? questions
  • Cost: $300

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AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty (AWSCertifiedAdvancedNetworking.com)
  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple-answer
  • Time: 170 minute – ? questions
  • Cost: $300

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AWS Certified Security – Specialty (AWSCertifiedSecurity.com)
  • Format: Multiple-choice, multiple-answer
  • Time: 170 minutes – 65 questions
  • Cost: $300

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Re-certification and Staying Up to Date

AWS certification holders are required to recertify every two years.

You may recertify by either passing the professional-level exam for the same certification or by passing the recertification exam for your existing certification. Recertification exams run for 80 minutes and cost $75.

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