AWS Certifications Path for Data Professionals

Andre Yai
6 min readJun 21, 2022

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Guide and Tips for AWS Certifications

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Nowadays, many companies are migrating from their on-premise stations to the cloud. As such, AWS has become one of the main and most adopted cloud providers followed by Azure and GCP.

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Therefore getting an AWS Certification can lead you to new and sometimes better job opportunities.

An interesting fact about AWS certifications, you don’t need to follow a particular order. That means you do not have to obtain an entry-level certification to be able to do a more advanced or specific.

I had some experience taking AWS Certifications. I had gotten certifications in AWS Developer Associate and AWS Machine Learning Specialty and AWS Data Analytics Specialty. I plan to get more in the near future.

Here I will list some certifications that AWS offers related to Data Professionals are taking and later some tips that I think may help you during this journey.

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Certifications

AWS Practitioner

AWS Practitioner

Cloud Practitioner

About: This is a starter point for all AWS certifications, a more general certification. Although this isn’t a certification focus in Data, it is important for those who want to know more about cloud fundamentals. This credential helps organizations identify and develop talent with critical knowledge related to implementing cloud initiatives. Earning AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner validates cloud fluency and foundational AWS knowledge.

Price: 100 USD

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AWS Practitioner Domains

Main Services: EC2, IAM, RDS, Lambda, S3, Route 53

Courses:

[NEW] Ultimate AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner — 2022

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Practice Exams

AWS Data Analytics Specialty

Aws Data Analytics

AWS Data Analytics Specialty

About: This certification is more suitable for Data Engineers. This credential helps organizations identify and develop talent with critical skills for implementing cloud initiatives. Earning AWS Certified Data Analytics — Specialty validates expertise in using AWS data lakes and analytics services to get insights from data.

Price: 300 USD

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Data Analytics Exam Guide

AWS Data Analytics Domains

Main Services: Kinesis, Athena, Redshift, EMR, Glue, Lambda, Step Functions, S3, DynamoDB, QuickSight

Courses

AWS Certified Data Analytics Specialty 2022 — Hands On!

AWS Certified Data Analytics Specialty Practice Exams

AWS Machine Learning Specialty

AWS Machine Learning Specialty

AWS Machine Learning Specialty

About: This certification is more suitable for Data Scientists and Machine Learning Engineers. This credential helps organizations identify and develop talent with critical skills for implementing cloud initiatives. Earning AWS Certified Machine Learning — Specialty validates expertise in building, training, tuning, and deploying machine learning (ML) models on AWS.

Price: 300 USD

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Exam Guide

Some AWS Services for this exam are: Sagemaker, S3, Glue and EMR. Be aware that you need some previous knowledge how machine learning works (building, training, tuning, validation, deployment).

Courses

AWS Certified Machine Learning Specialty 2022 — Hands On!

AWS Certified Machine Learning Specialty Practice Exams

Others certifications:

Other certifications that I would recommend are AWS Developer and AWS Solutions Architecture.

AWS Developer is a certification that helps organizations identify and develop talent with critical skills for implementing cloud initiatives. Earning AWS Certified Developer — Associate validates the ability to write and deploy cloud-based applications.

AWS Solutions Architeture is a certification that helps organizations identify and develop talent with critical skills for implementing cloud initiatives. Earning AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate validates the ability to design and implement distributed systems on AWS.

You can look for more certifications on AWS Certification Portal Page.

Some Tips

  • Read the Certification Exam Guide.
  • Watch and take notes from the Udemy courses. Other great source is AWS Training and reading AWS Whitepapers.
  • Create an AWS Account.
  • If it is the first time using an AWS account , you should look for free tiers and services that you can use free in the first months.
  • Practice with some of AWS Services. Be careful with the time spent and computation can become very expensive if you leave it running.
  • Do and redo some mock tests. Like from Dojo Test and AWS Samples Tests. Some similar questions may be on your exam.
  • Register your certification. You can do it online or in a registered center. There you can choose which exam you would like to take and the date and time slot.
  • In most AWS Certifications exams you have more or less 3 hours to complete.
  • And most of them are composed of 65 to 70 multiple-choice questions.
  • To pass you should get a mark greater than 70%.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you can apply for an additional 30 min for your exam.
  • If you already have an AWS certification, you can use a promotion code and pay 50% less for your next exam certification.

3 days previous exam date:

  • Be sure that you know everything that will be in your exam test.
  • It is a good idea to redo a Mock test. And check if the grade is good enough to pass the exam. If not, you should consider rescheduling it.
  • Be careful that you cannot reschedule it if you have less than 48 hours before the exam.
  • If you are doing it online, it’s a good idea to test your connectivity and exam software. Make sure everything is properly fine.
  • If you are doing it in a test center, you should check how to go there.

Before the exam:

  • Review everything you need to know to be successful in this exam.
  • Connect to your exam time slot early. Clean your workstation. There will be a proctor watching you. Make sure your computer notifications are off and your internet speed is good.
  • Be calm and everything will be fine. Good Luck!!

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References

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AWS Certification Portal Page

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[NEW] Ultimate AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner — 2022

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Practice Exams

AWS Certified Data Analytics Specialty 2022 — Hands On!

AWS Certified Data Analytics Specialty Practice Exams

AWS Certified Machine Learning Specialty 2022 — Hands On!

AWS Certified Machine Learning Specialty Practice Exams

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Andre Yai

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