How Can You Be A AWS Certified Solutions Architect

The exam for Certified Solutions Architect  Associate has been designed for the individuals includes experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. For passing  the exam,concepts which needs to cleared.This includes designing and applying scalable fault tolerant systems on AWS.

To be a AWS Certified Solutions Architect,these kind of  qualities required:-  

Better knowledge of an existing on-premises application to AWS
Entry and exit of data to and from AWS
Selection of the appropriate AWS service that is based on data, computer, database, including security requirements
Appropriate use of AWS architecture best practices should be identified
AWS costs should be estimated and cost control mechanisms should be identified

The kind of knowledge and skills which is essential  for AWS Certified Solutions Architect  should includes all of the given areas and objective components. The level of knowledge includes majority of the following skills or qualities:

AWS Knowledge

  • Individual should have hands-on experience using computer, networking along with storage, and database AWS services
  • Should have professional experience in architecting large-scale distributed systems
  • Better understanding about elasticity and other scalability concepts
  • It is required to have better understanding of the AWS global infrastructure
  • There should be better understanding of network technologies as they relate to AWS
  • Candidate should have better knowledge of all security features and tools that is provided by AWS and how they relate to traditional services
  • Candidate should have understanding of client interfaces to the AWS platform
  • The examinee should have better knowledge of AWS deployment and management services

General IT Knowledge

  • It is required to have better understanding of typical multi-tier architectures that involves web servers, caching, application servers along with load balancers, and storage
  • It is mandatory to have knowledge of Relational Database Management System and NoSQL
  • User should have understanding  of message queuing and Enterprise Service Bus
  • Individual should be familiar with loose coupling and stateless systems
  • It is good to have knowledge of  different consistency models in distributed systems
  • Candidate should also understand Content Delivery Networks
  • Working experience about core LAN/WAN network technologies
  • Better experience to use route tables, access control lists including firewalls, NAT, HTTP, and DNS, IP, OSI Network
  • It is required to have understanding of RESTful Web Services including XML and JSON
  • Should be familiar to software development life cycle
  • Having work experience with concept of information and application security  mechanisms, and tools
  • Candidate should be aware about end-user computing and collaborative technologies

These training courses or other equivalent methodologies will assist in exam preparation:

Candidate must done Architecting on AWS
There is need to have deep knowledge or training in one of the  high-level programming language
Should have knowledge about AWS Cloud Computing White Papers
Individual need to take overview of Amazon Web Services
Candidate needs to have knowledge about Security Processes
Individual needs to have better understanding of AWS Risk & Compliance Whitepaper
Better understanding of Storage Options in the Cloud
Needs to know about architecting for the best practices of AWS Cloud
Experience to use the hybrid systems with on-premises and AWS components
Using the AWS Architecture Center website

How the user will be eligible for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect?

Candidates will be eligible for this certification if they have:-
It is required to have 1+years of designing available with cost efficient, fault tolerant including scalable distributed systems on AWS
Should have deep knowledge of one highly demanding programming language
Candidate should have capability to identify and define requirements for an AWS-based application
Candidates should know hybrid systems with on-premises and AWS components
The examinee should have ability to provide best practices for building secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform

Details required for this exam:

There will be multiple choice and multiple answer questions
User will be provided with eighty  minutes to complete the exam
It is available in different language like English, Japanese,Traditional Chinese including Simplified Chinese,, Russian, Spanish, Korean and German
One could do the registration for practice exam that is for USD 20
The registration fee for the exam is USD 150


% of Examination


Designing highly available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, scalable systems

60 %


10 %

Data Security

20 %


10 %
  Total 100 %

The candidate have option to select their answer from four or more response options.The one or multiple options which will better completes the statement or answer the question. If there would be distractors i.e wrong answer, it means that the examinee is with incomplete knowledge .Test item formats used in this examination are multiple-choice,multiple-response and Sample Directions


Sl. No. Chapter
Chapter - 1.0 Designing highly available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, scalable systems
Chapter - 1.1 Identify and recognize cloud architecture considerations, such as fundamental components and effecti
Chapter - 1.2 Content may include the following:
Chapter - 1.3 How to design cloud services
Chapter - 1.4 Planning and design
Chapter - 1.5 Monitoring and logging
Chapter - 1.6 Familiarity with:
Chapter - 1.6.1 Best practices for AWS architecture
Chapter - 1.6.2 Developing to client specifications, including pricing/cost (e.g., on Demand vs. Reserved vs Spot; R
Chapter - 1.6.3 Architectural trade-off decisions (e.g., high availability vs. cost, Amazon Relational DatabaseServi
Chapter - 1.6.4 Hybrid IT architectures (e.g., Direct Connect, Storage Gateway, VPC, Directory Services)
Chapter - 1.6.5 Elasticity and scalability (e.g., Auto Scaling, SQS, ELB, CloudFront)
Chapter - 2.0 Implementation/Deployment
Chapter - 2.1 Identify the appropriate techniques and methods using Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, AWS Elastic Beanstalk,
Chapter - 2.1.1 Configure an Amazon Machine Image (AMI)
Chapter - 2.1.2 Operate and extend service management in a hybrid IT architecture
Chapter - 2.1.3 Configure services to support compliance requirements in the cloud
Chapter - 2.1.4 Launch instances across the AWS global infrastructure
Chapter - 2.1.5 Configure IAM policies and best practices
Chapter - 3.0 Data Security
Chapter - 3.1 Recognize and implement secure practices for optimum cloud deployment and maintenance. Content may i
Chapter - 3.1.1 AWS shared responsibility model
Chapter - 3.1.2 AWS platform compliance
Chapter - 3.1.3 AWS security attributes (customer workloads down to physical layer)
Chapter - 3.1.4 AWS administration and security services
Chapter - 3.1.5 AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
Chapter - 3.1.6 Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
Chapter - 3.1.7 AWS CloudTrail
Chapter - 3.1.8 Ingress vs. egress filtering, and which AWS services and features fit
Chapter - 3.1.9 “Core” Amazon EC2 and S3 security feature sets
Chapter - 3.1.10 Incorporating common conventional security products (Firewall, VPN)
Chapter - 3.1.11 Design patterns
Chapter - 3.1.12 DOS mitigation
Chapter - 3.1.13 Encryption solutions (e.g., key services)
Chapter - 3.1.14 Complex access controls (building sophisticated security groups, ACLs, etc.)
Chapter - 3.1.15 Amazon CloudWatch for the security architect
Chapter - 3.1.16 Trusted Advisor
Chapter - 3.1.17 CloudW attached Logs
Chapter - 3.2 Recognize critical disaster recovery techniques and their implementation. Content may include the fo
Chapter - 3.2.1 Disaster recovery
Chapter - 3.2.2 Recovery time objective
Chapter - 3.2.3 Recovery point objective
Chapter - 3.2.4 Amazon Elastic Block Store
Chapter - 3.2.5 AWS Import/Export
Chapter - 3.2.6 AWS Storage Gateway
Chapter - 3.2.7 Amazon Route53
Chapter - 3.2.8 Validation of data recovery method
Chapter - 4.0 Troubleshooting : Content may include the following:
Chapter - 4.1 General troubleshooting information and questions


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