Developing on Amazon Web Services Certification Exam – My Study Steps

Many times I have been asked how I studied for the various Amazon Web Services exams and I thought I would write a specific series of steps of how I have approached this topic.

The first thing to note is that my background is that of a systems engineer so I come from the old school UNIX and Linux worlds of HP-UX, AIX, and Solaris.  I evolved into architecture, networking, and virtualization (and of course people), but that isn’t where I stayed.  So Citrix/VMware-style virtualization is normal for me as well as Windows in various flavors.  I have also been doing AWS either directly or indirectly (as a manager or architect) for over 5 years.   I know the lingo, read the blogs, and of course, now I have taught AWS for most of 2016.

But to the chase….

Nay, if our wits run the wild-goose chase, I am done; for
thou hast more of the wild-goose in one of thy wits than, I am
sure, I have in my whole five.

Romeo And Juliet Act 2, scene 4, 67–73

  1. Read the Exam Guide for the Developing on AWS Certification.  In particular, read the sections on Domain knowledge.  Note below that section the specific areas that you must study.  Focus on those.  Look up any terms you don’t understand like AMI, AAA, or CIDR.  This will tell you where to spend most of your time.
  2. Take one of the following in preferred order:
    1. A Cloud Guru’s Developing on AWS course – This course normally runs for $30 and involves 8 hours of videos.  A great starter course.  The best part of it… the quizzes.  Not only the quizzes here in this course but the ones you can get below on Android (or iPhone?).   Best recommendation and the one most people love.  They also have ALL of the certification which I recommend.  Do not move on until you can pass the final simulated quiz with a %95 or better.
    2. Linux Academy’s Developing on AWS course. – This course is also good with quizzes and other community tidbits.  I actually like Linux Academy for the breadth of courses it offers and not just their AWS section.  AS of this writing on 9/15, they do not have the DevOps Engineering exam certification so hence A Cloud Guru.
    3. Cloud Academy’s Developing on AWS course – This is the one course that I hear complaints about.  I have never heard any complaints about A Cloud Guru or Linux Academy but hear many about Cloud Academy.  Honestly, I don’t know why because they seem pretty solid, but I have to share my experience.
  3. Obtain the mobile app for A Cloud Guru (a.k.a Exam Certified) in Google Play or iTunes store for the Developing on AWS Exam Test..  –  There is an app for Solutions Architect and Developer and I recommend the Developer mobile app to make sure you can test, test, test.   Aim for 95% or higher and make sure you understand why your answer is the correct one.
  4. Do all of the free Intro labs for AWS at Qwiklabs and maybe even kinda sorta buy an account with them and go past the introductory courses.

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