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Cloud Certifications To Boost Your IT Skills

Cloud computing has been one of the fastest-growing IT trends for the last several years. If you're an IT pro looking to move up the ladder or make more money, check out our list of certifications than can set you on your path.
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Amazon Web Services (AWS)
These certifications are suitable for candidates with skills and knowledge in designing, deploying, and operating applications and infrastructure using AWS. AWS certifications help professionals showcase their skills on AWS, as well obtain the skills they need to work with their organizations' AWS-based applications.
Certifications
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional
- AWS Certified Developer - Associate
- AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate
- AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional
See below for descriptions of each certification. 

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
This certification is proposed for professionals with experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. The ideal candidate for this certification is someone who has:
- One or more years of hands-on experience in designing cost efficient, fault tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS;
- The ability to deploy hybrid systems with on-premises and AWS components;
- Good command and exhaustive knowledge of one high-level language.
Prerequisites: None
Exam format: Multiple choice
Exam time: 80 minutes
Language preference: English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, French, and German
Exam fees: Practice exam registration: $20; Exam registration: $150
Recommended courses: Architecting on AWS and AWS Certification Exam Readiness Workshop: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate. Also, workshops available starting from $270.
Study materials:

- Exam guide
- Sample questions
- Online practice exam (Login credentials required)
 

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional
This certification is useful for professionals with advanced technical skills and experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. This certification is ideal for candidates who:
- Have achieved the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate; 
- Can design and deploy dynamically scalable, highly available, fault tolerant, and reliable apps on AWS; 
- Can assess cloud application necessities and create architectural references for implementation, deployment, and provisioning applications on AWS;- Can offer best practices direction on architectural design across numerous applications, projects, or the enterprise.
Prerequisites: Must be an AWS Certified Solution Architect - Associate
Exam format: Multiple choice
Exam time: 170 minutes
Language preference: English and Japanese
Exam fees: Practice exam registration: $40; Exam registration: $300
Recommended course: Advanced Architecting on AWS
Study materials

- Exam guide
- Sample exam questions
- Online practice exam (Login credentials required)
 

AWS Certified Developer - Associate
This certification is for professionals with technical skills and knowledge in developing and maintaining applications on the AWS platform. The ideal candidate is someone who has:
- Minimum one year of experience in designing and maintaining AWS-based applications;
- Significant knowledge of at least one high-level language;
- Expertise in designing, developing, and deploying cloud-based solutions using AWS.
Prerequisites: None
Exam format: Multiple choice
Exam time: 80 minutes
Language preferences: English, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese
Exam fees: Practice exam registration: $20; Exam registration: $150
Recommended course: Developing on AWS

Study materials:
- Exam guide
- Sample questions
- Online practice exam (Login credentials required)
 

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate
This certification is proposed for professionals with technical expertise in deployment, management, and operations on the AWS platform. The ideal candidate for the certification is someone who has:
- At least one year of experience of operating AWS-based applications;
- Understanding of provisioning, operating, and maintaining systems running on AWS;
- Proficiency in providing AWS processes, deployment supervision, and best practices during the development of a project
Prerequisites: None
Exam format: Multiple choice
Exam time: 80 minutes
Language preferences: English, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese
Exam fees: Practice exam registration: $20; Exam registration: $150
Recommended course: System Operations on AWS
Study materials

- Exam guide
- Sample exam questions
- Online practice exam (Login credentials required)
 

AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional
This certification is proposed for professionals with expertise in provisioning, operating, and managing distributed application systems on the AWS platform. This certification is ideal for candidates who have:
- Achieved either the AWS Certified Developer - Associate or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate certification;- Two-plus years of experience in provisioning, operating, and managing AWS environments;
- Expertise in developing code in a minimum of one high-level language;
- Adequate knowledge in automation and testing via scripting/programming and understanding of agile and auxiliary development processes and practices.
Prerequisites: Must be an AWS Certified Developer - Associate or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate
Exam format: Multiple choice
Exam time: 170 minutes
Language preferences: English
Exam fees: Practice exam registration: $40; Exam registration: $300
Recommended course: DevOps Engineering on AWS
Study materials
- Exam guide
- Sample exam
- Online practice exam (Login credentials required)
(Image: Amazon Web Services)

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

These certifications are suitable for candidates with skills and knowledge in designing, deploying, and operating applications and infrastructure using AWS. AWS certifications help professionals showcase their skills on AWS, as well obtain the skills they need to work with their organizations' AWS-based applications.

Certifications

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional
  • AWS Certified Developer - Associate
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate
  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional

See below for descriptions of each certification.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

This certification is proposed for professionals with experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. The ideal candidate for this certification is someone who has:

  • One or more years of hands-on experience in designing cost efficient, fault tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS;
  • The ability to deploy hybrid systems with on-premises and AWS components;
  • Good command and exhaustive knowledge of one high-level language.

Prerequisites: None

Exam format: Multiple choice

Exam time: 80 minutes

Language preference: English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, French, and German

Exam fees: Practice exam registration: $20; Exam registration: $150

Recommended courses: Architecting on AWS and AWS Certification Exam Readiness Workshop: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate. Also, workshops available starting from $270.

Study materials:

 

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional

This certification is useful for professionals with advanced technical skills and experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. This certification is ideal for candidates who:

  • Have achieved the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate;
  • Can design and deploy dynamically scalable, highly available, fault tolerant, and reliable apps on AWS;
  • Can assess cloud application necessities and create architectural references for implementation, deployment, and provisioning applications on AWS;
  • Can offer best practices direction on architectural design across numerous applications, projects, or the enterprise.

Prerequisites: Must be an AWS Certified Solution Architect - Associate

Exam format: Multiple choice

Exam time: 170 minutes

Language preference: English and Japanese

Exam fees: Practice exam registration: $40; Exam registration: $300

Recommended course: Advanced Architecting on AWS

Study materials

 

AWS Certified Developer - Associate

This certification is for professionals with technical skills and knowledge in developing and maintaining applications on the AWS platform. The ideal candidate is someone who has:

  • Minimum one year of experience in designing and maintaining AWS-based applications;
  • Significant knowledge of at least one high-level language;
  • Expertise in designing, developing, and deploying cloud-based solutions using AWS.

Prerequisites: None

Exam format: Multiple choice

Exam time: 80 minutes

Language preferences: English, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese

Exam fees: Practice exam registration: $20; Exam registration: $150

Recommended course: Developing on AWS

Study materials:

 

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate

This certification is proposed for professionals with technical expertise in deployment, management, and operations on the AWS platform. The ideal candidate for the certification is someone who has:

  • At least one year of experience of operating AWS-based applications;
  • Understanding of provisioning, operating, and maintaining systems running on AWS;
  • Proficiency in providing AWS processes, deployment supervision, and best practices during the development of a project

Prerequisites: None

Exam format: Multiple choice

Exam time: 80 minutes

Language preferences: English, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese

Exam fees: Practice exam registration: $20; Exam registration: $150

Recommended course: System Operations on AWS

Study materials

 

AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional

This certification is proposed for professionals with expertise in provisioning, operating, and managing distributed application systems on the AWS platform. This certification is ideal for candidates who have:

  • Achieved either the AWS Certified Developer - Associate or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate certification;
  • Two-plus years of experience in provisioning, operating, and managing AWS environments;
  • Expertise in developing code in a minimum of one high-level language;
  • Adequate knowledge in automation and testing via scripting/programming and understanding of agile and auxiliary development processes and practices.

Prerequisites: Must be an AWS Certified Developer - Associate or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate

Exam format: Multiple choice

Exam time: 170 minutes

Language preferences: English

Exam fees: Practice exam registration: $40; Exam registration: $300

Recommended course: DevOps Engineering on AWS

Study materials

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Cloud is the need of the Hour
Cloud is really an in-demand technology, organizations have a good demand of IT prfessionals blessed with cloud-based skills. 
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