The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator- Associate is a very comprehensive and technical certification offered by a renowned company named Amazon. This certification validates the applicants according to the expertise mainly technical, regarding operating the AWS (Amazon Web Services) platform, as well as its management and deployment. Thus, it makes the candidates skillful and experienced in the field of AWS platform configuration. Moreover, there are different other related concepts as well which are questioned in the certification exam regarding the platform i.e. how to deploy, operate and manage the fault tolerant and highly available systems on AWS. Using this test, mainly the IT professionals can gain hand on experience and training which is the essential component for their future in the domain of AWS infrastructure. Designing, deployment and operating skills and technical knowledge is tested through the test related to AWS applications in the relevant platform.
The questions in the exam are based on multiple choices which they have to answer in less than 80 minutes. The test can be taken in different languages apart from just English unlike other certifications such as Portuguese, Brazilian, Chinese, and Japanese etc; therefore, it is convenient for most people and that is why it is commonly taken certification. The exam free is 150 dollars according to United States. Candidates can also do practice using the practice exam for which the fee is 20 dollars.
Another related exam is called as AWS Certified DevOps Administrator- Professional which offers advance course and knowledge platform which candidates can learn to design distributed systems and applications and relevant programming for advance technical experience.
The major objective of this certification is to help the candidates develop the requisite skills and capability so that they learn how to configure and manage the AWS systems and applications. They also get credibility and visibility in terms of experience which will help them later on to prove their proficiency by working in any company for AWS based applications setup. Some of the major objectives which can be achieved through this certification are mentioned below:
- Candidates can get precise estimation about indentifying the operational cost control mechanisms as well as the usage cost.
- Identification of the best practices regarding the appropriate use of the AWS operations
- Learn how to select the AWS based appropriate service based on the parameters such as security requirements, data or computation.
- Learn how to migrate the traditional and existing application mainly operational in the on premises environment to the AWS platform
- Most importantly, how to operate, manage and deploy the AWS systems in an environment where fault tolerance and highly available systems can be operational
AWS allows the qualified candidates to do re certification for the renewal of their certification credential so that they stay up to date and flourish in the domain based on state of the art technical knowledge and skills. Thus, they can re certify after two years to renew the associate level certification either by advancing to the professional level or by passing the re certification exam.
AWS Certified SysOps Administrator- Associate certification requires to have at least one or more than one year experience in the relevant domain. More specifically, the candidates should know the basics of AWS platform and should have some hands on experience regarding how AWS applications operate.
Skills and Benefits
The successful candidate after clearing the certification exam will be able to deploy and maintain the AWS systems. Moreover, they will be able to identify the critical issues and possible solutions to operate and build the applications successfully on AWS. The qualified candidates will easily apply for AWS beginner level jobs and if they posses some experience then they can promote to the professional system administrators. These candidates can also pursue their careers in the development field where they can help organizations in deploying the AWS applications on their systems.
After clearing this exam, the candidates can opt for more advance level certification i.e. AWS Certified Solutions Architect- Professional which requires more than two years experience in the relevant field.