AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate: A Study Guide

  • Increases marketability to employers
  • Provides solid credentials in a growing industry (with projected growth of as much as 70 percent in five years)
  • Market analysis shows it is the highest paying AWS IT certification in 2020

AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate Study Guide: What is a Learning Path?

Cloud Academy offers a wide variety of video courses, quizzes, and Hands-on Labs on different areas of cloud computing. Our Learning Paths help you get from where you are to where you want to go. The Sol Arch associate learning path is essentially your AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate study guide.

  • Video courses provide guided lectures on key areas of the exam, with examples.
  • The Hands-on Labs provide direct access to AWS services to help you put theory into practice.
  • A preparation exam gives you the opportunity to assess your knowledge and readiness before taking the real exam
  1. Design Resilient Architectures (30%)
  2. Design High-Performing Architectures (28%)
  3. Design Secure Applications and Architectures (24%)
  4. Design Cost-Optimized Architectures (18%)

Using the Learning Path

An essential element of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate study guide involves understanding the gaps in your knowledge.

How long will it take?

This is a natural question. Passing the exam requires being well prepared, and how long that takes depends on your own level of experience and knowledge.

Where to focus your time

How much of the Solutions Architect — Associate exam connects with your current or previous work experience? This will give you an idea of where to focus your time on learning new topics. We’ll discuss some basics below. We breakdown study strategies that can be applied to any process like a cert learning path.

Domain 1: Design Resilient Architectures — 30%

  • AWS Global Infrastructure (Regions, Availability Zones, Edge Locations, Regions Edge Caches)
  • Multi-tiered architectures within a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • Amazon Route 53
  • Amazon CloudFront
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity strategies
  • Decoupled and event-driven architectures
  • AWS storage services

Domain 2: Design High-Performing Architectures — 28%

  • Auto-scaling and application and network elastic load balancers
  • Amazon EC2, ECS, and Elastic Beanstalk
  • Storage performance with the Elastic File System and Amazon S3 features
  • VPC Networking components: Subnets/ENIs/ENA’s/NACLs/Security Groups/NAT Gateways/ Bastion hosts/VPC Endpoints/VPN/Direct Connect/Transit Gateway/AWS Global Accelerator
  • AWS Databases
  • High availability across Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon Aurora
  • Amazon DynamoDB Accelerator (DAX)

Domain 3: Design Secure Applications and Architectures — 24%

  • Deep dive on AWS Identity & Access Management
  • Amazon Cognito for web & mobile security
  • AWS Organizations — Service Control Policies (SCPs)
  • Protecting application with AWS WAF, Firewall Manager, and Shield
  • Understand AWS logging mechanisms
  • Audit, monitor and evaluate with AWS Config and AWS CloudTrail
  • Data encryption using the AWS Key Management Service (KMS)

Domain 4: Design Cost-Optimized Architectures — 18%

  • AWS storage costs across Amazon S3, Glacier, EFS, Storage Gateway, AWS Backup
  • Savings plans and reserved instances for compute instances
  • Cost optimization across the network infrastructure

Putting it all together

Ultimately, where you decide to focus your time and how much time you spend depends on you. The best approach to our Learning Path is to delve deeply into any unfamiliar territory and to follow each and every step.

  • Watch and rewatch the videos (and post your questions as comments — we will respond!).
  • Take your time in each Hands-on Lab to get comfortable with the different services in AWS.
  • Finally, explore the AWS documentation links in the content provided.



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