AWS Courses FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that will hopefully answer any question you may have.
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GENERAL QUESTIONS
- Getting Started with AWS -

This really depends on your background and career goals. The following article will help you to decide:

Which AWS Certification should I get?

We also recommend downloading our free Guide to AWS Certifications.

With our instructor-led courses, there is NO need for previous AWS cloud experience as we’ll teach you the foundations of cloud computing. For those with limited IT background, we recommend getting started with the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam. Beginners are very welcome – as all of our entry-level courses are designed with non-techies and newcomers to the cloud in mind.

Yes, we do. You can purchase a gift certificate of any amount. The store credit is valid for 12 months and can be applied to multiple purchases.

Our courses are suitable for

  • Students preparing for the AWS certified exams who want to pass with confidence at first attempt
  • Anyone who is keen to take their AWS cloud career and salary to the next level with an AWS certification
  • Professionals who want to learn how to leverage the benefits of the AWS cloud to demonstrate strong capability with AWS to (future) employers

Yes, we regularly update all of the content of our training courses, practice exams and training notes to reflect the latest AWS changes.

Yes, we have compiled a range of free AWS Training Resources – including free video tutorials, practice questions and training notes. These free AWS training materials are a great way to familiarise yourself with Neal’s training style and format.

If you purchase directly from the digital cloud training platform, you get access to additional features such as extra learning modes (knowledge reviews and training mode) for practice questions.

While we don’t control Udemy’s pricing strategy (which varies from country to country), you may find that our packaged training courses are more affordable than purchasing individual courses on Udemy

If you prefer buying our courses from Udemy, you use our most recent Udemy coupon codes.

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GENERAL QUESTIONS
- Studying for your AWS Certification exam -

Simply log-in and navigate to “My Courses” in the upper left corner. That’s where you’ll find all of your purchased courses.

Please read our refund policy before making any purchase. If you’re not 100% happy with your AWS video or practice exam course, you can request a refund within 7 days of your purchase. Please log-in to your account and click on the arrow next to your name (in the upper right corner). In the drop-down menu, select “My Orders” and click “Request Refund”. You’ll be presented with 2 options:

1: My money back
Please allow up to 7 business days for the refund to be processed. 

2: Credit note for future purchase
Get instant credit for your next purchase. You can make as many purchases as you want until the credit is exhausted. Valid for 12 months.

You’ll find the link for the course downloads in the last lecture of section 1 titled “Course Download”.

Exam Mode: In exam simulation mode, you complete one full-length practice exam (out of the total of 6 sets) and answer all 65 questions within the allotted time. You are then presented with a pass / fail score report showing your overall score and performance in each knowledge area to identify your strengths and weaknesses.

Training Mode: When taking the practice exam in training mode, you will be shown the answers and explanations for every question after clicking “check”. Upon completion of the exam, the score report will show your overall score and performance in each knowledge area.

Knowledge Reviews: Now that you have identified your strengths and weaknesses, you get to dive deep into specific areas with our knowledge reviews. You are presented with a series of questions focussed on a specific topic. There is no time limit and you can view the answer to each question as you go through them.

Final Exam Simulator: The exam simulator randomly selects 65 questions from our pool of over 500 unique questions – mimicking the real AWS exam environment. The practice exam has the same format, style, time limit and passing score as the real AWS exam.

Please check the FAQ on this page to find immediate answers to your questions.

For technical questions, please join the discussion on Slack. You will be asked for your email address and will be sent an invite. Once there, join the course specific channel.

We also host a private group on Facebook where students get to ask questions and share their exam experience with the community of AWS students. 

Please note that messages on social media aren’t monitored.

For sales enquiries, please fill in this form.

If you purchased on Udemy, please use the Udemy Q&A forum

Note: Please search the Udemy forum for previous threads that may answer your question before posting.

We’d love you to join us on Slack. You will be asked for your email address and will be sent an invite. Once there, join the course specific channel.

All of our practice tests use randomized questions and answers so please copy the text of the question (not the number) and submit your feedback here: https://digitalcloud.training/student-feedback

Yes, you can. When taking the practice exam in training mode, you will be shown the answers and explanations for every question after clicking “check”. The same applies to the knowledge reviews where you are presented with a series of questions on a specific topic.

To review questions at the end of a practice exam, choose “Review questions”.

Please use either an SSH tool or the Putty tool. For connecting. Please use this AWS article for instructions.

Please follow the instructions in this AWS article for your operating system.

Please make sure you’re using the latest code from the course download. Make sure you’re copying the code exactly including all formatting and line breaks.

Also, check the following (where applicable):

– Ensure you have a role that provides S3 read access

– Check the S3 path/file specified exists and is accessible

– The EC2 instance has a security group assigned that allows HTTP inbound on port 80 or 443 from any source (0.0.0.0/0)

– The EC2 instance has a public IP or has access to a NAT Gateway (if in a private subnet)

Check the following:

–  The user data (if applicable) has run correctly – login to EC2 and check that Apache is running and the /var/www/html directory has an index.html file

– The security group for EC2 and ELB is setup correctly to allow the relevant ports and protocols (HTTP/HTTPS)

– The health check configuration is configured correctly with port / protocol / path – try removing the path so it’s just a slash, e.g. /

AWS are making constant, usually minor, changes to the UI. We do our best to keep our videos up to date but sometimes there will be some differences in what you see due to the pace of change. Most of the time the changes are minor and you can work around them. If there are major changes please let us know and we’ll update the video.

AWS Course-Specific
Questions and Answers

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam

AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification

Absolutely! We have many students coming from diverse backgrounds including non-technical roles. The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner is definitely achievable even if you’re new to IT and cloud computing.

Our AWS Cloud Practitioner courses are suitable for:

  • Students preparing for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam who want to pass with confidence at first attempt
  • IT Professionals who want to become qualified AWS Cloud Practitioners and enter any AWS technical Job interview with confidence
  • Anyone who is keen to take their AWS Cloud Career and salary to the next level with an AWS certification
  • Professionals who want to learn how to leverage the benefits of the AWS Cloud to demonstrate strong capability with AWS to (future) employers

No need for previous AWS cloud experience as we’ll teach you the foundations of cloud computing. Beginners are very welcome! Our AWS Cloud Practitioner courses were designed with non-techies and newcomers to the cloud in mind.

Yes, these AWS training courses reflect the latest exam pattern CLF-C01.

We regularly update the content of our training courses to reflect the latest AWS changes. 

No, unlike the associate and professional level certifications, Cloud Practitioner questions are not scenario based. All questions conform to the AWS format (1 answer from 4 options, or 2 answers from 5 options).

Yes, when taking the practice exams in “training mode” you can check every answer and explanation as you go through the questions.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Exam

AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certification

Yes, you can. Though it may be advisable to start with the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification, many students go straight to the AWS Solutions Architect Associate. We’ve had many students pass who don’t have any AWS experience.

There are no prerequisites for the AWS Solutions Architect Associate training course. However, to make the most from these courses, basic knowledge of cloud computing / networking concepts and experience with AWS is recommended. We also advise our students to create an AWS free-tier account to follow along with the practice labs – and we will show you how to set it up in the beginning of the course.

We regularly update the content of these training courses to reflect the latest AWS changes. 

Yes, all questions are scenario-based and conform to the AWS format (1 answer from 4 options, or 2 answers from 5 options)

Yes, when taking the practice exams in “training mode” you can check every answer and explanation as you go through the questions.

AWS Certified Developer Associate Exam

AWS Developer Associate Certification

No. You do not need to have a development or programming background to do this course or pass the exam. Everything you need is within the course. For the Developer Associate exam you need to be able to read some simple code snippets but don’t need to be able to write code.

There are no prerequisites for taking the AWS Developer Associate exam. So you can sign-up for this certification straight away if you like. No need to take the AWS Solutions Architect Associate first.

Yes, all code is supplied in the course download that can be accessed using the link in the last lecture of section 1 titled “Course Download”.

The Developer Associate courses are suitable for

  • Students preparing for the AWS Certified Developer exam who want to pass with confidence at first attempt
  • IT Professionals who want to become qualified AWS Developer Associates and enter any AWS technical Job interview with confidence
  • Anyone who is keen to take their AWS Cloud Career and salary to the next level with an AWS certification
  • Professionals who want to learn how to leverage the benefits of the AWS Cloud to demonstrate strong capability with AWS to (future) employers

This AWS Developer training is highly suitable for both AWS beginners and experienced students. While AWS or programming experience may be useful, it is NOT a prerequisite to enroll in this course as you’ll have access to everything you need to succeed. 

This course covers all of the topics that are included in the AWS Certified Developer Associate (DVA-C01) exam guide and are featuring on the exam today, such as:

  • AWS Serverless including AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon DynamoDB, AWS Cognito and the AWS serverless application model (SAM)

  • Docker containers on AWS with Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and AWS Fargate

  • AWS Developer Tools including AWS CodeCommit, CodeBuild, CodeDeploy, CodePipeline and CodeStar

  • Amazon EC2 including Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)

  • Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) including Security Groups, Network ACLs and Flow Logs

  • Amazon Route 53 and Amazon CloudFront

  • AWS Storage including Amazon S3 and Amazon EBS

  • The AWS CLI, SDK and APIs

  • AWS CloudFormation and Elastic Beanstalk

  • Amazon RDS, ElastiCache, and DynamoDB DAX

  • AWS Application integration services including Amazon SQS, SNS, AWS Step Functions and Amazon Kinesis

  • Monitoring, logging and tracing with Amazon CloudWatch, CloudTrail and AWS X-Ray

  • Security and access management with AWS IAM, Cognito, KMS, ACM, Systems Manager, and Secrets Manager

The AWS Certified Developer Associate certification is one of the most sought-after certifications in the cloud computing industry. AWS Cloud Developers are in huge demand and salaries can be above $150,000 USD per annum. The AWS Certified Developer exam aims to test knowledge of the key services and tools used by developers creating applications on AWS.

Yes, this AWS training course reflects the latest exam pattern DVA-C01.

We regularly update the content of our AWS training course to reflect the latest AWS changes.

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate Exam

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator
The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate certification is considered to be the hardest of the associate level AWS certifications to attain. This certification shows a solid understanding of how to deploy, manage and operate systems running on AWS.
 
Through this training course you’ll gain valuable skills to showcase to potential employers and will be able to easily pass your exam first time.

There are no prerequisites for taking the AWS SysOps Administrator exam. So you can sign-up for this certification straight away if you like. However, it is highly recommended to take the AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam first – and then build upon that knowledge. 

Yes, all code is supplied in the course download that can be accessed using the link in the last lecture of section 1 titled “Course Download”.

It is recommended to have completed the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate or the AWS Certified Developer Associate training course or have equivalent experience with AWS.

With our mixture of in-depth theory, logical diagrams and hands-on training, you’ll learn how to deploy, manage, and operate scalable, highly available, and fault-tolerant systems on AWS, fully preparing you for the AWS SysOps Certification exam. 

Yes, this AWS training course has been updated to reflects the latest exam pattern SOA-C02.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional Exam

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional
We recommend that you have passed the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam or have similar experience. Even better is to have all 3 associates before attempting the professional level as it will give you broader knowledge.

There are no prerequisites for taking the AWS Solutions Architect Professional exam. So you can sign-up for this certification straight away if you like.

Yes, we include guided hands-on exercises that you can complete in your own AWS Free Tier accounts. We use a multi-account structure to simulate real-world scenarios and the types of scenarios that come up in the exam.
 

The course is 19 hours long and we also recommend you take our practice test course to become competent with answering exam-style questions. Assuming you have recently completed associate certifications you should be able to study for and complete your CSA Pro exam within 4-8 weeks of additional study time.

The SAP-C01 exam is multiple choice questions and you are presented with 75 questions which you must complete within 180 minutes. The pass mark is 75%.

The questions can be long and complex and often include solutions with multiple services and also multiple account structures. This is a difficult exam that requires candidates to have a strong working knowledge of a broad set of AWS services.

For more information, check out this article: 
My AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional Exam Experience