How I got AWS Cloud Practitioner Certified

With my professional experience of enabling a Financial organization launch their proprietary data management platform on the AWS Cloud and a luxury retailer transition their on-prem sales & ops reports to the cloud — I have seen the evolution of clients from cloud-trepidation to almost cloud-frenzy (lets put everything on the cloud). So, becoming AWS certified was a no-brainer if you are looking at building a career in Cloud — but there were still lots of questions on Which Certification, Preparation required, Value vs Investment, etc.

In this article, I am attempting to provide my personal insight into these questions as I got AWS Cloud Practitioner Certified in 15 days with the hopes that they might guide you in your Cloud career journey

Learning Objectives

  • Why AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification ?
  • Preparation/ Learning Journey
  • Experience during the examination (of online proctoring)
  • Next Steps

Why AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification ?

Preparation for the Certification (What worked, what did not)

Apart from these, I also had the support of these wonderful collaterals :

  • AWS Practice Tests ebook : With 6 practice tests of 60+ Qs each, I gained a lot of information thanks to the detailed answers (And it also helped that it mirrored lot of actual questions)
  • AWS Training Videos : Frankly after the training sessions from Tyrel, the videos were more re-inforcement and also found most of them going a bit deep

Other options you can consider for your training

Linux Academy’s UDEMY Course and AWS Practice tests in UDEMY

In terms of investment, you are looking at a $100 sticker price for the certification, another $10–20 for training and definitely 15–20 hrs of learning

Examination experience

First, the initial validation itself took 20 mins — after the initial photo id validation, taking screenshots of the room, I spent 10 frustrating minutes just waiting for something to happen on the screen(Thankfully, I stuck with it)

While I was able to take the exam with the camera in-built on the Laptop; it took a lot of maneuvering for the online proctor to be satisfied that the room was clean (one of our colleagues had to move his box of peanuts).
Note : I highly recommend getting an external camera with sufficient cable length

Luckily, once the initial screening was completed I was at ease since the questions were very straight forward — but just as I was getting into the rhythm; I kept on getting interrupted by the proctor (was just drinking water).

Believe me, sitting in a place for 90 mins within the confines of the camera screen was taxing enough and with the proctor prodding everytime you stretch was definitely getting on my nerves.

Somehow thanks to all the preparation; I was able to breeze through and was able to review all the QnA 3 times before I decided to Finish the exam and had to hold my breath for 5 mins going through a survey before the results were announced

Next Steps

While, I hope this really helped you get started on your AWS Cloud professional journey. Let me know if you have any specific Qs, reach out to me at deep.bhaskaran@gmail.com (or) Linkedin

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