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3 New Specialty AWS Certifications Available

3 New Specialty AWS Certifications Available

Anyone feel free and clear having recently passed the holy grail “ALL FIVE” AWS Exams? Don’t get too relaxed … There are three new AWS Certification, Specialty Beta Exams:

  1. AWS Certified Advanced Networking
  2. AWS Certified Security
  3. AWS Certified Big Data

Each one has the Multiple choice, multiple answer format, like the previous five exams. Listed exam time allowance is 3 hours and the price is currently $150 USD, while in beta, the normal price will be $300 USD. They all call for 5 years hands on experience in each of their respective specialties. You must also already have at least one Associate level certification to be eligible.

Some details lifted directly from the exam info pages:

AWS Certified Advanced Networking

The AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty exam validates advanced technical skills and experience in designing and implementing AWS and hybrid IT architectures at scale. This exam is intended for individuals who perform complex networking tasks.

You should understand how to:

  • Develop and implement infrastructure automation
  • Design, implement, and optimize routing architectures (including static and dynamic)
  • Design, implement, and optimize multi-region solutions for a global enterprise
  • Design, implement, and optimize highly available connectivity solutions (e.g., DX, VPN)
  • Relate the nuances of AWS networking to integration of AWS services

more info… (links to AWS Certification site)

AWS Certified Security

The AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam measures a candidate’s ability in the area of security as it pertains to design, implementation, and troubleshooting. The exam is intended for individuals who perform a Security Specialist role.
You should understand how to:

  • Implement AWS Solutions with enterprise security packages, identity management, and federation systems
  • Understand compliance and security standards including PCI DSS, ISO 27001, and HIPAA
  • Advise customers on architectures meeting industry standards such as SAS70, SOC1, FISMA
  • Implement security controls around ERP packages including SAP and Oracle

more info… (links to AWS Certification site)

AWS Certified Big Data

The AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty exam validates technical skills and experience in designing and implementing AWS services to derive value from data. The exam is for individuals who perform complex Big Data analyses.

You should understand how to:

  • Implement core AWS Big Data services according to basic architectural best practices
  • Understand how to properly control access to secure data
  • Understand the frameworks that underpin the large scale distributed systems like Hadoop/Spark and MPP data warehouses
  • Design scalable and cost effective architecture to process data

more info… (links to AWS Certification site)

These present a huge opportunity to set yourself apart from others and prove your deep knowledge of one of these three AWS Specialties. Or you can collect ALL EIGHT to prove your AWS omnipotence!

 

Sources: 

https://aws.amazon.com/certification/our-certifications/
https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-advanced-networking-specialty/
https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-security-specialty/
https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-big-data-specialty/

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