Taking on certifications is like leveling up in CoD or belt promotions in Krav Maga, but for my professional life. As I embark on this journey, I’ll be recording my adventures and lessons learned, along with resources I’ve used to prepare for the certification exam, the big B.O.S.S. at the end of the road.
Where do you go to find out about something? The source. Amazon (thank you, Bezos) has plenty of resources out there, free of charge, gratis, my favorite type of resource. I mean, Amazon is already making Bezos the top 3 richest man in the whole wide world (trip dubs), so it’s nice of them to put out the roadmap, along with some resources at no cost. However, there are always those classrooms offered for an eye and half of the other. A class at $2K USD > is not out of reach, but not cheap enough. Since I'm frugal AF, I'm not going to shill out that amount of cash, so free resources and maybe, just maybe, some material paid for by my place of work (wink, smile).
To start off, I’m not going to do the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner. I’ve been working around AWS for around 3+ years, so I’m just going to go big (BC I AIN’T GOING HOME), get that AWS Certified Developer - Associate notch under my belt.
The exam guide by AWS is here.
All the details about the exam are there, but some of the major points are:
- Multiple choice!
- Pass or fail
- Scoring goes from 100-1K, with a min passing score of 700, sounds doable
- 4 domains, each with different weight, make sure you get the big picture in each domain below… ￼
There are a few, free sample questions here.
After giving the sample questions a shot, I got 3 out of 10 wrong, so a 70 average. Compared to the big dawg (the exam), I have a good chance of passing this thing…SO YOU’RE SAYING THERE’S A CHANCE?!
Find the guide here.
This list is curated by AWS experts, so it should be a good starting point.
I might be skipping some of the Phase 0 resources, since I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on the foundation of AWServices.
I reviewed the first link for “What is Cloud Computing?”, and it was pretty basic, but there are some cool infographics as to how other companies are using AWS services. The link is here.
I downloaded the pdf from the link above and will begin to read the 95 pages and highlight some good pointers…I'll share them next time.
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