I’m now on the path towards becoming an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (CCP). Woohoo!
Getting AWS certified, and understanding the world of cloud computing, is a logical next step towards solidifying my role as a Data Engineer.
The Cloud Practitioner certification is not required for other more advanced AWS certifications (such as Big Data and DevOps), but it’s a good place to start. Plus, I’m really excited about using AWS 12-months-free and always-free tier services to implement a few independent projects I’ve been working.
How do I get AWS certified? Quick answer: pass a test!
Now, the test is not free. It costs $100. I’ll want to pass it the first time. Plus, I am not at all interested in winging-it. I want to really know the stuff. And ace that test, of course.
But, …. how?
To answer this question, I went down the internet rabbit hole, searching for ‘how to become AWS Cloud Practitioner Certified’. There are many books, blogs, videos, and Quora posts promising me they know the answer. And, of course, Amazon itself has its Training and Certification rabbit hole. The general consensus of the steps required for passing the exam is:
- Read the AWS CCP exam guide
- Read white papers
- Read FAQ’s related to AWS cloud, services and applications
- Practice using AWS services
- Prepare for the exam (using one or more of a myriad of practice tests)
- Take the exam and pass
To avoid getting overwhelmed with all the above steps, I’m going to do the first thing: study.