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A Complete Guide: How to Become an AWS Certified SysOps Administrator

May 14, 2021
Rich Morrow

Why get certified as an AWS SysOps Administrator?

If you’re looking to advance your career in IT, there are few better ways than an AWS certification. In terms of popularity, AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate is only rivaled by the Architect Associate credential. In Global Knowledge’s IT Skills and Salary Report, Architect Associate was found to be the second highest-paying certification among all certifications (including non-AWS certifications), paying an average salary north of $125,000 – not too shabby for someone looking to move upward and onward.

Unlike other certifications that focus primarily on one technology (i.e. Hadoop, MySQL, etc.), AWS certifications may cover a couple dozen AWS services. If you’re taking an AWS certification exam, you’re expected to know a bit about a lot. The “jack of all trades” with knowledge about storage, networking and processing are set up for success.

Being prepared for the topic matter isn’t enough for test takers—they also need a clear plan of how to take the test. How many questions are there? How much time are you given? Are you allowed to view questions more than once?

This certification prep guide will give candidates everything they need to ramp up both the technical and logistical knowledge needed to pass the test and get certified in SysOps Administrator.


What is the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator certification?

Achieving the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate certification validates your technical expertise in deployment, management and operations on the AWS platform. The end goal is to confirm 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.


Who should take the AWS SysOps Administrator exam?

Generally, system administrators, operations managers and individuals responsible for supporting operations on AWS will want to take this exam to demonstrate their expertise. However, that’s not to say you have to be in that role. You could be an architect or developer looking to diversify your skillset by adding another certification to your toolkit. If that’s the case, this certification prep guide will help outline how to achieve it.


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