re: The Journey AWS to Certification VIEW POST


This looks like a solid list Helen. I have heard mixed things about Udemy when it comes to certifications so you might want to check out A Cloud Guru.

I have the Professional SA and Professional DevOps. You have to get past the Associate exams to sit for those, but they are hugely beneficial as well.

The other thing that I see missing in your post (maybe because it's implicit), is that you really should explore the various services by actually using them for something. This reinforces the learning and makes the exam a lot more straightforward.

Here are some posts I have written here on dev around this topic:
How to Study to Become an AWS Certified Professional Solutions Architect
How to Articulate the Value Proposition of AWS in 5 Words
How To Best The AWS Certified Associate Solutions Architect Exam


Thank you Kyle!

I've found your posts really useful, thank you for all the detail.

How did you find the jump between the Associate and Professional level? Did you need a lot more time in the products to really get your head around the more difficult exam material?


The jump from Associate level to Professional is significant. In my experience, the questions are much more involved and look more like story problems.

The practice exams give you a hint of this, but until you sit for the exam it's not quite the same. Some tips around making that jump:

  • Know the core networking and security fundamentals around AWS. (i.e. VPCs, security groups, shared responsibility model, MFA, etc).
  • Know the various costing strategies organizations can use. (i.e. reserved instances, spot instances, etc).
  • Know the services that enable hybrid-cloud. This is a big one for the SA Professional because a lot of the material is about how an organization can incrementally move to AWS.

When it comes to making the jump, more time in the services certainly helps but only to an extent because how often are you going to use the hybrid solutions? Not very often.

Therefore, my suggestion is to really study the various services you don't know at all. Understand the use case for those services, the pricing of them and the limitations they have.

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