If you are planning to appear for the AWS certification exam, you have made a really good choice. Being an AWS professional, you can make a production-ready system for your organization, which will be scalable, stable, and well-monitored. And yes, it’s a high-paying job. Based on our training experience, here is a list of certifications:
(The above hierarchy can vary as per the intelligence level of the individual)
To get yourself prepared for AWS certification, the first step is to learn Cloud Computing concepts.
1). Awareness of Operating Systems
It is important to have an awareness of Operating Systems (like Windows, Linux, Mac) if you want to pursue the AWS certification exam. You need to understand how operating systems work and how the function at a high level. For AWS certification, Linux operating system is necessary to learn because most of the organizations that work with web applications and scalable environments make use of the Linux Operating System. Linux is also used for IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) platform.
2). Awareness of Virtualization
After the clear understanding of Operating Systems, you have to attain awareness of virtualization. Virtualization is a strategy that runs multiple operating systems (which are called virtual machines) inside a single physical machine. Each virtual machine consists of an individual RAM, CPU, Disk, and run its operating system.
3). Awareness of Networking
Networking is really important to learn when you are preparing for AWS certifications. You need to learn the basic concepts like role and working of IP addresses, private and public networks, etc.
Other than these, there are nine different stages of AWS certifications depending upon the various levels of learning or expertise which are categorized in a total of 4 different role-based paths for the certification depending upon the level of expertise.
What will you learn?
The certification is for the aspirants looking to build and validate fundamental level understanding of cloud. This is a foundational level course. In this level of AWS, you will learn fundamentals of cloud computing, setting up of the AWS account, AWS management console, S3 Services, etc.
At least one month
What will you learn?
This certification is for the individuals who are looking to learn to design highly available systems or applications on the AWS platform. The level of this course content is intermediate as well as advanced. You will learn, Identity Access Management, EC2, Database on AWS, Route53, Network Address Translation, HA Architecture, etc.
At least 1.5 months
What will you learn?
This certification is for the software developers who want to learn how to build cloud-based applications on the AWS platform. This is an advanced level course. You will learn, AWS SDK, Access Management, Integrate AWS applications by using AWS Lambda, AWS API Gateway, Amazon SNS, etc.
At least 2-3 months
What will you learn?
This certification is for the tech savvy’s who want to get their hands dirty in DevOps role. The course content will allow you to learn how to create automatable and repeatable deployments of applications, networks, and systems on the AWS platform. This is an advanced level course. In this course content, you will learn the concepts like management of the AWS instance and permissions, security management, troubleshooting problems, EC2 configuration, etc.
At least 3-4 months
Reading the above description, I believe, you are now aware of the total period you required to learn AWS concepts depending upon your area of interest. Now, the major thing is to how can you stick to your plan so that you may find yourself prepared for the AWS certification exam and nail it in a first attempt. Here are some tips for the same:-
A). Focus on Dates
Make a goal after analyzing how much total time you’ll take to learn your AWS interest exam. Spare enough time for practical implementation so that you may not find yourself stuck at any point. If you are a working professional and preparing your AWS exam with your job, then Friday is the perfect day you can boost your soul. Connect your weekends, too with your study plan. Say, on Friday and Saturday you’ll learn new concepts, and on Sunday you will revise and test yourself based on several quiz or questionnaires.
B). Be Punctilious
Be punctual and regular in your study plan. It is worthless to train areas you already excel in. Rather, focus on the weaker areas you really need to focus on.
C). Stay Active
You will be dealing with technology every time while preparing for AWS certification exams. A study says that 30 minutes of walking on a treadmill improves problem-solving skills by 10%. Extra 10% really matters in your preparation, right?
D). Involve in a Study Group
Teamwork is surely a fire way to keep you on track. Join AWS communities or groups on social media to exercise the topics you have prepared. With each person taking a section, and each making concise notes saves a lot of time. You can also conduct a mini quiz on each section you and your team is working on.
E). Choose a perfect place to study
This seems an obvious piece of advice, but most of the students take it in a wrong manner. Do not surround yourself with loud or aggressive music. But simply have a peaceful environment around yourself. You can make use of soft and relaxing music.
It is better to clear your theoretical concepts completely and then proceed for the practical’s. Although this certification exam does not have any practical exams but still getting practical knowledge will always be beneficial to attain so that even if you forget theory but practical can always be remembered. It’s good to practice through mock tests but do not expect hundred percent same questions to be asked in the exam. Other than this, do thorough research about the AWS certification exams.
Now, all you need is to-
i). Choose the AWS platform you want to prepare for
AWS offers four major platforms- AWS Cloud Practitioner, Architect, Developer, and Operations. You have to choose one of the above or all platforms as per your interest.
ii). Register for the certification exam
Book for the exam only after at least one year of hands-on practice in AWS because you need to give yourself enough time for the preparation. Study for 2-3 hours every day or night.
iii). Choose your training platform
Choose a proper training platform to clarify your AWS concepts. You can either opt for online training platform or choose an offline one. You can join a community to prepare your exam. You may choose to join any platform for this like- online, classroom, social media, meetup, etc. Like-minded people will help you to stay on track and reach your goals.
Just going through the services and features of AWS is not enough; you need to know AWS inside and out, use cases, a combination of different services, when to use the services, etc. Building a project is really beneficial to know how much you have known till the time. Maintain accountability in yourself
A period mentioned above might seem long for a passionate AWS learner. Well, we have got you covered in this! If you are clear about your area of expertise or are still thinking about it, just talk to our career counselor to take guidance regarding the best learning path of AWS certification exam. You can enroll yourself in our six weeks training program at JanBaskTraining as a starting point and adjust your learning strategy from there. Participate in the mock tests or AWS practice tests to analyze your inner knowledge of AWS. Subscribe the AWS blogs on the internet as much as you can. This way, you will surely pass your AWS certification exam in a first attempt. Happy Learning!
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