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AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional


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

Renewal Period: 3 years

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect–Professional certification is intended for individuals who perform a Solutions Architect–Professional role. This certification validates advanced technical skills and experience in designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. It is recommended that candidates have two or more years of hands-on experience designing and deploying cloud architecture on AWS.

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

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years 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 SAP-C01

  • Design for Organizational Complexity (12.5%)
    • Determine cross-account authentication and access strategy for complex organizations (for example, an organization with varying compliance requirements, multiple business units, and varying scalability requirements)
    • Determine how to design networks for complex organizations (for example, an organization with varying compliance requirements, multiple business units, and varying scalability requirements).
    • Determine how to design a multi-account AWS environment for complex organizations (for example, an organization with varying compliance requirements, multiple business units, and varying scalability requirements).
  • Design for New Solutions (31%)
    • Determine security requirements and controls when designing and implementing a solution.
    • Determine a solution design and implementation strategy to meet reliability requirements.
    • Determine a solution design to ensure business continuity.
    • Determine a solution design to meet performance objectives.
    • Determine a deployment strategy to meet business requirements when designing and implementing a solution.
  • Migration Planning (15%)
    • Select existing workloads and processes for potential migration to the cloud.
    • Select migration tools and/or services for new and migrated solutions based on detailed AWS knowledge.
    • Determine a new cloud architecture for an existing solution.
    • Determine a strategy for migrating existing on-premises workloads to the cloud.
  • Cost Contro (12.5%)
    • Select a cost-effective pricing model for a solution.
    • Determine which controls to design and implement that will ensure cost optimization.
    • Identify opportunities to reduce cost in an existing solution.
  • Continuous Improvement for Existing Solutions (29%)
    • Troubleshoot solution architectures.
    • Determine a strategy to improve an existing solution for operational excellence.
    • Determine a strategy to improve the reliability of an existing solution.
    • Determine a strategy to improve the performance of an existing solution.
    • Determine a strategy to improve the security of an existing solution.
    • Determine how to improve the deployment of an existing solution.

Exam Preparation Resources

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

  • AWS certifications are valid for 3 years. Certification holders may recertify by taking the current Professional-level exam for the certification already held.
  • 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 - Professional include:

  • It is recommended that candidates have two or more years of hands-on experience designing and deploying cloud architecture on AWS.

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Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

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