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AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate

Prepare for the AWS SysOps Administrator Associate-level exam

Achieving AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate certification validates your technical expertise in deployment, management and operations on the AWS platform. It confirms that you understand the concepts of:

  • Deploying, managing and operating scalable, highly available and fault-tolerant systems on AWS.
  • Migrating an existing on-premises application to AWS.
  • Implementing and controlling the flow of data to and from AWS.
  • Selecting the appropriate AWS service based on compute, data or security requirements.
  • Identifying appropriate use of AWS operational best practices.
  • Estimating AWS usage costs and identifying operational cost control mechanisms.


About the exam

The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate exam includes multiple-choice and multiple-answer questions. You will have 80 minutes to complete it.


The below prerequisites demonstrate the skills and knowledge that will help you achieve the AWS SysOps Administrator – Associate certification.


AWS Knowledge and Experience 

  • At least one year of hands-on experience with the AWS platform.
  • Professional experience managing/operating production systems on AWS.
  • A firm grasp of AWS seven principles for architecting for the cloud.
  • Hands-on experience with the AWS CLI and SDKs/API tools.
  • Understanding of network technologies as they relate to AWS.
  • Good grasp of fundamental security concepts with hands-on experience implementing security controls and compliance requirements.

General IT Knowledge 

  • One to two years of experience as a systems administrator in a systems operations role.
  • Understanding of virtualization technology.
  • Experience monitoring and auditing systems.
  • Knowledge of networking concepts (DNS, TCP/IP and firewalls).
  • Ability to collaborate with developers and the business team across your organization. 

Required Exams

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate exam

Recommended Courses

The following course helps you prepare for this certification:


AWS Associate-level certification holders are required to get recertified every two years in order to remain valid. Two ways to maintain Associate-level certification:

  1. Take a Recertification Exam. This is not the same exam as the original, but follows the same format. Read more at AWS Recertification FAQs.
  2. Pass the Professional-level Exam. You can remain certified by earning either the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional or AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional certification.