What AWS Certification should I get?
What are AWS Certifications and are they worth it
AWS, like most other vendors of... well, anything, has a certification program. These are used to validate basic competency in a few areas. It can be related to services, application experience, domain knowledge, or a mix of all three. Obtaining a certification will be an act in 3 parts:
- Study, and know the stuff
- Schedule a test (and pay for an exam, depending on the certification level)
- Pass the test and share that news everywhere you can, congrats!
So let's dive into the types of vendor-certified.
Accreditations (no cost, not a proctored exam, don't expire)
These are tests that anyone can take, there are no prerequisites required, and there are no exam fees. And if you fail, you can re-test as many times as you need to pass. Because of this, although they do contain validation of valuable concepts, they are not regarded as a technical credential.
Good to know: you will not get into the "certified lounge" at "re:invent" or other regional conferences with just these credentials. Ask me for a funny story about that one ;)
So here are the accreditation courses:
- AWS Technical Professional
- AWS Cloud Economics
- AWS STP: Foundations (technical)
- AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials
- You pay to take these exams
- They are proctored exams
- The credentials don't last forever and three years is the current expiration
- You will need to recertify to keep a valid certification
- The "current" status is provable in public, via a unique id
- AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
- AWS Certified Developer Associate
- AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional
- AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional
- AWS Certified Advanced Networking Specialty
- AWS Certified Big Data Specialty
- AWS Certified Security Specialty
- AWS Certified Machine Learning Specialty
- AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder Specialty
Recommended order (from my perspective)
- All three accreditations for every person in your company that will work in or develop in the cloud. Table stakes.
- Cloud practitioner for sales and technicians.
- One of the Associates, as a starting point.
- The other two associates, before you go for a Professional-level certification
- A Specialty-level certification, based on need or job role.
- A pro in your field.
And then get the rest, like pokemon. Hecc, it can't hurt.