4 Tips for Becoming an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer

Marlo Vernon April 08, 2019

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) started their certification program back in 2013. Fast-forwarding six years, these certifications have become one of the best assets an engineer can use to boost their career. According to the 2018 IT Skills and Salary Report, 89% of IT professionals in 2018 (globally) had at least one certification, which is 3% more than in 2017. AWS exams are now available in multiple languages to cater to the global demand represented by numerous testing centers across the world.

AWS certification validates an engineer’s DevOps and cloud expertise with an industry-recognized credential – helping organizations identify and hire highly-skilled professionals to head their cloud initiatives on the AWS platform.

Advantages to getting AWS DevOps certified

AWS DevOps certification validates your technical expertise in operating, provisioning and managing distributed app systems on the AWS platform. It provides you with tangible advantages that showcase your accomplishments and further improve your AWS knowledge. Let us look at some of the benefits you can gain from being an AWS certified DevOps engineer:

  • Deep subject matter expertise around the AWS platform and AWS cloud functions
  • A better understanding of how DevOps teams can create robust systems efficiently and quickly with AWS
  • Invitations to regional appreciation receptions and access to AWS certification lounges at AWS events
  • Access to an exclusive AWS certified merchandise store and its numerous products
  • Practice exam voucher to help you prepare for your next AWS certification
  • Access to the AWS certified global community LinkedIn group
  • You can share your achievement on social media with an AWS certified logo

What you need to know to become an AWS certified DevOps engineer

There is a high demand for AWS certified DevOps engineers in the industry – and getting your own AWS DevOps certification can help you stand out from others in the crowd. Here are some tips that can help you ace the exam and boost your career.

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1) Pre-requisites for the certification exam

The AWS DevOps certification is a professional level certification which caters to both developers and system operators – aka DevOps practitioners. You must complete the foundational level and associate level of AWS certifications before taking this exam, i.e. you should first be an AWS certified developer or AWS certified SysOps administrator. You must also know how to:

  • Set security controls and governance procedures
  • Handle and work with tools that help automate operational processes
  • Manage and implement continuous delivery systems and workflows on AWS
  • Define and deploy monitoring, metrics and logging systems on AWS
  • Develop code in at least one high-level programming language
  • Build highly automated infrastructures

You should be aware of AWS services like Compute and Network, Storage and CDN, Database, Analytics, Application Services, Deployment, and Management. You’ll also need to know how to effectively use auto-scaling, monitoring and logging in AWS. Two years of comprehensive experience in designing, operating and troubleshooting the solutions on AWS cloud is a bonus.

2) Exam format

The AWS certification exam includes questions in two formats – multiple choice questions, and multiple response questions.

Every multiple choice question covers a scenario-based problem that a DevOps person would’ve faced in the real world. These questions offer four or more potential solutions, with one correct answer.

In the multiple response questions, you have four or more options to choose from and you need to select two or more suitable answers since there can be multiple correct solutions.

Here are some sample questions for your reference.

You’ll need to pay $300 as a registration fee for the AWS DevOps certification exam and the test will have a time limit for 170 minutes. Here are the main topics and their weighted importance – this information should help you focus on learning the right things in preparation for the exam:

Topics and Weight for AWS DevOps Certification Exam

3) Reference materials

Here are some reference materials that can help you with the preparations:

AWS also provides digital and classroom training to help DevOps teams learn best practices and tips when using AWS.

4) Evaluation process

The evaluation process of the AWS DevOps certification exam is based on industry best practices and guidelines. The scoring system has been established by AWS professionals.

You can score anywhere from 100-1000 with a minimum passing score of 750. AWS certification uses a compensatory scoring model, indicating that you don’t have to pass individual sections but you’ll need to get an overall score of 750 to pass. However, all unanswered questions in the examination are scored as incorrect and can affect your final score. Also, the AWS DevOps quiz includes unscored items that are included in order to gather statistical information. These items will not influence your results in any way.

Once the exam is completed, the system will automatically display your result. If you wish to retake the certification, you’ll have to wait 14 days for a 2nd attempt. Within 72 hours of passing the exam, an AWS certified e-certificate and digital badge will be credited to your AWS account where you could share on your social media profiles if you’d like to.

What are you waiting for? Register for the certification and take the exam.

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