Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate


Credential: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate certification is intended for individuals who perform a Solutions Architect role. The exam validates an examinee's ability to effectively demonstrate knowledge of how to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on AWS technologies. It validates a candidate's ability to define a solution using architectural design principles based on customer requirements and provide implementation guidance based on best practices to the organization throughout the lifecycle of the project. Eligible candidates should have one year of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS, in-depth knowledge of at least one high-level programming language, ability to identify and define requirements for an AWS-based application, experience with deploying hybrid systems with on-premises and AWS components, and capability to provide best practices for building secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1 year recommended
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

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Written Exam SAA-C01

  • Domain 1: Design Resilient Architectures (34%)
    • 1.1 Choose reliable/resilient storage.
    • 1.2 Determine how to design decoupling mechanisms using AWS services.
    • 1.3 Determine how to design a multi-tier architecture solution.
    • 1.4 Determine how to design high availability and/or fault tolerant architectures.
  • Domain 2: Define Performant Architectures (24%)
    • 2.1 Choose performant storage and databases.
    • 2.2 Apply caching to improve performance.
    • 2.3 Design solutions for elasticity and scalability.
  • Domain 3: Specify Secure Applications and Architectures (26%)
    • 3.1 Determine how to secure application tiers.
    • 3.2 Determine how to secure data.
    • 3.3 Define the networking infrastructure for a single VPC application.
  • Domain 4: Design Cost-Optimized Architectures (10%)
    • 4.1 Determine how to design cost-optimized storage.
    • 4.2 Determine how to design cost-optimized compute.
  • Domain 5: Define Operationally Excellent Architectures (6%)
    • 5.1 Choose design features in solutions that enable operational excellence.

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

Renewal Period: 3 years

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate credential has the following recertification information:

  • AWS certifications are valid for 3 years. Certification holders may recertify by taking the current Associate-level exam for the certification already held or by passing either the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional exam for the Architect path or AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional exam for the Developer or Operations path.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

Additional considerations for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate include:

  • It is recommended that candidates have one year of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS.

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