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How I passed the AWS DevOps Engineer Professional Exam


In this blog post, I'll share my experience taking the AWS DevOps Pro Exam, how I prepared for it, well I guess not prepared for it, and some recommendations for resources to help you pass the exam.


Like the Azure DevOps Expert Exam (AZ-400), I didn't have any specific preparation for the AWS DevOps PRO Exam either. I had a coupon expiring and the exam version was retiring, so I decided to wing it.

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That being said, I do have one year of DevOps engineering experience using TeamCity, CloudFormation, Terraform, and Azure DevOps, which helped me understand DevOps principles and where AWS tools fit in the process. However, I wasn't familiar with AWS-specific tooling, such as CodeCommit, CodePipeline, and CodeBuild.

My Exam Experience

I took the exam in person at a nearby college rather than doing it remotely from my home, via PearsonVUE. The exam took almost two and a half hours out of the three hours allotted, and I found it challenging to focus after the 30-35th question due to a lack of breakfast and a bad headache.

The questions were lengthier compared to the Azure DevOps Expert Exam (AZ-400), requiring more reading and remembering the context of the questions. Nevertheless, I passed the exam with a score of 756.

AWS DevOps Engineer Professional Exam Report

Recommendations for Exam Preparation

I suggest familiarizing yourself with all the DevOps tools offered by AWS, such as:

  • CodeCommit, CodeBuild, CodeDeploy, CodePipeline

  • CloudFormation

  • Elastic Beanstalk

  • SSM and OpsWorks

  • There were also questions about CloudTrail, CloudWatch logs, monitoring, AWS Config, and AWS Inspector.

Understanding the concepts of fault tolerance , disaster recovery , and high availability is essential. If you have a strong understanding of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) and have worked within a DevOps or Cloud team, you should be well-prepared for the exam.


Though I didn't use any resources for my preparation, I recommend checking out Stephen Marek's courses on Udemy for AWS certificate courses.

AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional 2023 - DOP-C02

For practice exams, Tutorial Dojo/Jon Bonso's practice exams are a great option.

AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional Practice Exams 2023

This AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional Practice Exams 2022 course provides anyone with study materials that mimic the actual exam.



While I didn't prepare extensively for the AWS DevOps Pro Exam, my experience in the field and understanding of DevOps principles helped me pass. Remember that hands-on experience is invaluable when preparing for an exam like this. Good luck with your preparation, and I hope you find these insights helpful!

Bonus: If you are a video person, check out my YouTube Channel, where I talk about Cloud, DevOps and tech.

Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or LinkedIn, if you have any questions.

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