I've just passed the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam. Woohoo!
I sat the exam using the new online option which means I could take the exam in a meeting room at work on my own laptop instead of having to travel to a testing centre.
The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner is a foundation level certification that tests knowledge of core AWS services, security, cost optimisation, and support plans. It isn't designed to test in-depth knowledge of AWS services and requires a high-level knowledge of Cloud Computing.
If you're studying toward the Solutions Architect or Developer Associate exams you'll probably have the Technology domain covered but will need to make sure you have enough knowledge of the Billing and Pricing domain.
I've only recently made the move to the tech world so it's been a long journey to get here. I signed up for the AWS Free Tier back in August 2018 and signed up for the AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials course to get started.
The resources I used to cover all the material needed to pass were:
- Exampro Free course
- Overview of Amazon Web Services Whitepaper
- Architecting for the Cloud Whitepaper
- How AWS Pricing Works
- Udemy Practice Exams $
Scheduling the exam was pretty straightforward. The Training and Certification site has all the instructions you need to create an account, fill in your details and schedule a Pearson Vue exam.
The instructions recommend that you download the software used to conduct the exam in advance to check that it recognises your microphone and webcam in advance. Even though I did this a few days before I still needed to go through the process again on the day.
I needed to receive a text message which took me to a site to take a picture of my ID, a selfie and my desk. This was a little tricky due to my choice of room. The desk is built into the walls so when I had to take a picture of the left, right, front and back of the desk it was a bit of a squeeze. I'm glad the proctor wasn't watching me at this point.
Once that was all done on my phone I then had to put my phone beyond arm's length for the rest of the exam time.
The proctor then appeared via a chat window to do some more checks. I had to put my wrists up to the screen to show I wasn't wearing a watch, and do a SLOW 360-degree spin in my office chair to verify I had taken photos of the same room. Hopefully, I didn't make the proctor too dizzy.
After the checks were done the exam was released. The chat window vanished and I was presented with multichoice and multianswer questions. There was a checkbox to flag any questions I wanted to come back to, and a button if I needed to check in with the proctor at any stage.
When I was ready to finish there were another set of questions about how I found the exam and then the final splash page with my results straight away.
The splash screen said I had passed. Yay! And that my results would be emailed within five working days. This arrived the day after so I didn't have to wait long to see get my certificate and official results.
All-in-all it was a straightforward process and made it much easier than having to schedule a time at a training centre to do an exam that was all over in about 45 minutes.
If you're doing the Cloud Practitioner exam soon I'd recommend giving it a go.
This post originally appeared on helenanderson.co.nz