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How Can You Be An AWS Certified Solutions Architect

The exam for AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate has been designed for the individuals. It includes Experience Designing, Distributed Applications and Systems on the AWS platform. For scoring well in the exam, concepts like Designing and Applying scalable fault tolerant systems on AWS must be clarified properly.

To be a AWS Certified Solutions Architect, these are the essential requisites:-  

  1. Better knowledge of an existing on-premises Application to AWS
  2. Knowledge of entry and exit of data to and from AWS
  3. Selection of the appropriate AWS service that is based on data, Computer, Database, including security requirements is a must.
  4. For appropriate use of AWS Architecture, the best practices should be identified
  5. AWS costs should be estimated and cost control mechanisms should be identified

The kind of knowledge and skills which are essential for AWS Certified Solutions Architect should include all of the given areas and Objective components.


The level of intellect includes Majority of the following skills or Qualities:

  • Individual should have hands-on-experience of using computer, networking along with storage, and database AWS services
  • Should have Professional Experience in Architecting large-scale distributed systems
  • A better understanding about elasticity and other scalability concepts
  • The individual is required to have an in-depth understanding of the AWS Global Infrastructure
  • An in-depth understanding of network technologies as they relate to AWS
  • Candidate should have a good understanding of all security features and tools that is provided by AWS and how they relate to the traditional services.
  • Candidate should have an understanding of client interface to the AWS platform
  • The examinee should have a thorough understanding of AWS deployment and Management Services.

General IT Knowledge

  • An in-depth understanding of typical multi-tier Architectures that involve web servers, caching, Application servers along with load balancers, and storage.
  • It is Mandatory to have knowledge of Relational Database Management System and No SQL
  • User should have an understanding  of Message Queuing and Enterprise Service Bus
  • Candidate 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 the Content Delivery Networks
  • Working experience about core LAN/WAN Network Technologies will be helpful too
  • 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 with the software development life cycle
  • Having work experience with concept of Information and Application Security  Mechanisms, and tools is a must
  • Candidate should be aware about end-user computing and collaborative technologies

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

  1. Candidate should have done Architecting on AWS
  2. There is a strong need to deep knowledge or training in one of the High-level Programming language
  3. Should have knowledge about AWS Cloud Computing White Papers
  4. Individual need to take Overview of Amazon Web Services
  5. Candidate needs to have knowledge about Security Processes
  6. Individual needs to have good understanding of AWS Risk & Compliance Whitepaper
  7. Better understanding of Storage Options on Cloud
  8. Needs to know about Architecting for the best practices of AWS Cloud
  9. Experience to use the hybrid systems with on-premises and AWS component.
  10. Using the AWS Architecture Center website


What is the eligibility for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect?

Candidates will be eligible for this Certification if they have:-

  1. It is required to have 1+years of designing available with cost efficient, fault tolerant including scalable distributed systems on AWS
  2. Should have a deep knowledge of one highly demanding Programming language
  3. Candidate should have the capability to identify and define requirements for an AWS-based Application
  4. Candidates should know about Hybrid Systems with on-premises and AWS components
  5. The examinee should have the ability to provide best practices for building secure and reliable applications on the AWS Platform

Details required for this exam:

  1. There will be Multiple choice questions and answers.
  2. User will be provided with Eighty minutes to complete the exam
  3. It is available in different languages like English, Japanese, Traditional Chinese including Simplified Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Korean and German
  4. One could do the registration for practice exam that is for USD 20
  5. 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 candidates have the option to select their answers from four or more response options.

The one or more options will better complete the statement or answer the question.

If there would be distracters i.e wrong answer, it means that the examinee needs more 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