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The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate is an associate-level certification designed for individuals performing in solutions architect roles. It is ideal for beginners to AWS and cloud computing, as well as more experienced IT professionals. To pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate (SAA-C02) exam you’ll need to have good knowledge of how to design and implement secure and robust distributed systems using AWS technologies.
We wrote an extensive article on the general question of whether AWS certifications are worth it in 2021 here but the short answer is absolutely, yes!
With average salaries above $100,000 USD and increases in salary of over 25% for certified individuals, you’re going to be in a much better position to secure your dream job or promotion if you earn your AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate certification. You’ll also develop strong hands-on skills by doing the guided hands-on lab exercises in our course which will set you up for successfully performing in a solutions architect role.
The best way to get started is to enroll in our Ultimate Training Package for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate. This will provide you with access to on-demand video training, practice tests, and cheat sheets – everything you need to prepare for your exam!
AWS Certified Solutions Architects are IT professionals who design cloud solutions with AWS services to meet given technical requirements. An AWS CSA is expected to design and implement distributed systems on AWS that are high-performing, scalable, secure and cost optimized.
All of our video-based certification courses come with a free study plan that helps you plan your study period. We recommend that you allocate at least 60 minutes of study time per day and you will then be able to complete the certification within 2 months (including taking the actual exam). Study times can vary based on your experience with AWS and how much time you have each day, with some students passing their exams much faster and others taking a little longer.
The AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam is an associate-level exam that requires a solid understanding of the AWS platform and a broad range of AWS services. The AWS CSA exam questions are scenario-based questions and can be challenging. Despite this, the AWS CSA is often earned by beginners to cloud computing.
The SAA-C02 exam is a multiple choice examination that is 65 questions in length. You can take the exam in a testing center or using an online proctored exam from your home or office. You have 130 minutes to complete your exam and the passing mark is 720 points out of 100 points (72%). If English is not your first language you can request an accommodation when booking your exam that will qualify you for an additional 30 minutes exam extension.
All AWS certification exam results are reported as a score from 100 to 1000. Your score shows how you performed on the examination as a whole and whether or not you passed. The passing score for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate is 720 (72%).
There are no prerequisites for taking AWS exams. You do not need any programming knowledge or experience working with AWS. Everything you need to know is included in our courses. We do recommend that you have a basic understanding of fundamental computing concepts such as compute, storage, networking, and databases.
The AWS CSA is ideal for those performing in Solutions Architect roles and for anyone working at a technical level with AWS technologies. Earning the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate will build your credibility and confidence as it demonstrates that you have the cloud skills companies need to innovate for the future.
The AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam cost is $150 US.
Once you successfully pass your exam, you will be issued a 50% discount voucher that you can use towards your next AWS Exam.
For more detailed information, check out this blog article on AWS Certification Costs.
Our on-demand training will set you up to pass your AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate certification exam
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate (SAA-C02) is the most popular AWS certification and one of the most valuable and highly sought after certifications in the cloud computing industry.
According to Glassdoor.com, the average salary for an AWS Solutions Architect in the United States is over $125,000 per year. This is a fast growing industry with high demand for certified professionals.
We designed our AWS Solution Architect training course to fully prepare you for the exam through a combination of video lectures, guided hands-on exercises, practice questions, and cheats sheets.
You’ll learn the major components of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and how to design secure and robust solutions using AWS technologies. We use a “learning by doing” approach so you can build practical skills and deepen your understanding.
Absolutely no prior experience of AWS is required for this certification path and you don’t need any programming knowledge. Everything you need to know is included in our course materials so you can be fully prepared to pass the challenging SAA-C02 exam on your first attempt.
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In this course we teach you all of the skills required to successfully pass your AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam requires a solid understanding of the AWS platform and core services. This course teaches you the hands-on skills required to design and implement solutions using AWS services in the areas of compute, networking, storage, management, database, and analytics.
You’ll learn how to choose which AWS services you should use to meet given technical requirements, how to build solutions on AWS according to well-architected best practices, and how to ensure performance and security requirements are met.
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam guide groups these skills into four domains. In this course we teach you all of the skills required to successfully pass your AWS Solutions Architect exam.
You’ll learn the following skills (grouped by domain):
- Design a multi-tier architecture solution
- Design highly available and/or fault-tolerant architectures
- Design decoupling mechanisms using AWS services
- Choose appropriate resilient storage
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This Ultimate Training Package includes the CSAA video course, CSAA practice exam course and ebook for offline study
For best results, enroll in the Ultimate Training Package for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate. This popular training includes everything you need to pass your exam: Instructor-led Video Course + Practice Exam Course + Training Notes (PDF).
With this practical hands-on training, you’ll maximize your chances of successfully passing your exam at the first attempt while learning how to architect and build applications on Amazon Web Services.
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90 quiz questions to test your knowledge
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500 unique practice questions
6 sets of full-length practice exams
Online exam simulator - timed and scored
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Take your Studies Offline with these downloadable Training Notes (PDF)
Ultimate compilation of cheat sheets
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300 pages of facts & diagrams
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