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AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

written by Sudheer Satyanarayana on 2019-08-01

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate is one of the most sought-after certifications in the IT industry.

Here's a few tips for those seeking this certification.

Background Knowledge And Experience

AWS recommends "at least one year of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable and distributed systems on AWS." In other words, if you recently started your career in IT, there are a few things you have to do before you start preparing for this certification.


Suggested Plan

Should you use a course?

Video courses help a lot. If you have membership at Linux Academy or A Cloud Guru platforms, in addition to the Certified Solutions Architect - Associate courses, go through the videos of Certified Developer Associate and Certified SysOps Associate courses. They have a huge overlap and helps you gain a better understanding of AWS services. Also, after completing the CSA exam you can quickly prepare for the Certified Developer Associate and Certified SysOps Administrator Associate exams.

Should you use dumps?

Dumps are huge lists of questions and answers compiled by third-parties. Do not waste your time with dumps. Instead focus on gaining first-hand experience by doing it yourself. Instead of memorizing which AWS service would you use from the dump's question and answer perspective, do the research yourselves. Read the AWS documentation and find out what service you would use for a particular situation. To understand various contexts of these questions, read the AWS FAQs. You can also get a sense of the question contexts from the well-architected framework. Take one or two official practice exams. They give you a good overview of what to expect in the exam.

Why this difficult path?

It won't be unfair if you dub this plan as "getting AWS certified the hard-way". You could probably pass the certification exam by taking a video course and reading some dumps. That can only give you the certification but not the knowledge and experience required to provide solutions to real-world problems. The idea behind this suggested learning path is improving the knowledge depth and breadth as opposed to shallow understanding of relevant subjects.

How long is the preparation time?

The answer is subjective. It depends on your prior experience and ability to learn new things. Some people are fast and some slow. If you have a full-time day job, and you decided to utilize your spare time on weekdays and weekends, it will probably take somewhere between six months to a year or more. Don't be disheartened by the length of preparation time. In the end, it will definitely payoff.

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