AWS and How I got myself AWS Cloud Practitioner Certified

It has been a while since I completed this certification. Well, this deserved a page on its own and here it is.
The reason why you would want to certify yourself on one cloud vs the other might range on a variety of factors from what you work on, you inclination towards one cloud vs the other, your future career path etc. If you ask me, it would be nice to have fundamental certifications in more than one Cloud. Helps understand things from a different perspective.

Certification in AWS

 As of 2021, AWS comprises of 200 products and services including computing, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, machine learning, mobile, developer tools, and tools for the Internet of Things.

Certification in AWS shows that you have the skills and knowledge to design, deploy and manage applications on Amazon Web Services. The process of training and learning required to pass the exams allows one to solidify principles and strengthen your knowledge. AWS introduced certifications in 2013 and it currently offers 12 certifications that cover both foundational and specialty cloud computing topics.

AWS Cloud Practitioner

This is a certification which is aimed at individuals who are looking to validate their overall understanding of the AWS Cloud. It does not necessarily have to be technical folks. It is useful for individuals in technical, managerial, sales, purchasing or even financial roles who work with the AWS Cloud. The break up of the questions in the exam is based on the below criterion –

  • Cloud Concepts (28%)
  • Security (24%)
  • Technology (36%)
  • Billing and Pricing (12%)

How I Prepared

Consistently dedicated an hour a day for around 3 weeks. (spent more that than nearing the exam date)

Created notes and revised.

Looked up on complete courses on YouTube (Free videos by Andrew Brown is highly recommended)

Strategy for the Exam

  •  Don’t spend a lot of time on each question, if you are not too clear, mark the question and move on.
  • Eliminate obvious wrong answers (I found that this was applicable for some of the questions)
  • Look for specific keywords and relationship between questions