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AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Level

Become an AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

Achieving AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Level certification validates that you have the hands-on experience using AWS to design highly available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable distributed systems. It confirms your ability to identify and define requirements for an Amazon Web Services-based application and to follow best practices for building secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform.

Before attempting the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Level exam, you should have the following required knowledge and skills:

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Knowledge

  • Hands-on experience using compute, networking, storage, and database AWS services
  • Professional experience architecting large-scale distributed systems
  • Understanding of Elasticity and Scalability concepts
  • Understanding of network technologies as they relate to AWS
  • A good understanding of all security features and tools that AWS provides and how they relate to traditional services
  • A strong understanding of how to interact with AWS (AWS SDK, AWS API, Command Line Interface, AWS CloudFormation)
  • Hands-on experience with AWS deployment and management services

General IT Knowledge

  • Excellent understanding of typical multi-tier architectures: web servers (Apache, nginx, IIS), caching, application servers, and load balancers
  • RDBMS (MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server), NoSQL
  • Knowledge of message queuing and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)
  • Familiarity with loose coupling and stateless systems
  • Understanding of different consistency models in distributed systems
  • Experience with CDN and performance concepts
  • Network experience with route tables, access control lists, firewalls, NAT, HTTP, DNS, IP, and OSI Network
  • Knowledge of RESTful Web Services, XML, JSON 
  • Familiarity with the software development lifecycle
  • Work experience with information and application security, including public key encryption, SSH, access credentials, and X.509 certificates

Required Training and Exam

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

Required ExamRecommended Training
AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Level exam (SAA-C02)

AWS Technical Essentials (GK4501)

Architecting with Amazon Web Services (GK4502)


Architecting on AWS Accelerator (GK4533)

Exam preparation:

Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (GK7389)

Exam Readiness Intensive Workshop: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (GK4502-ER)


AWS Certifications are valid for 3 years. To maintain your AWS Certified status, you are required to periodically demonstrate your continued expertise by recertifying. Recertification helps strengthen the overall value of your AWS Certification and shows individuals and employers that your credential covers the latest AWS knowledge, skills, and best practices. Learn more at the AWS website.

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